SAVANNAH, GA – August 19, 2020 – Savannah VOICE Festival is slated to conclude its eighth season at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Aug. 22 with an exciting grand finale, VOICE Gala—a 20th Anniversary Celebration. Since the year 2000, the Milnes VOICE Programs have been inspiring artists and audiences to keep the legacy of great singing alive and strong. In this outlying time in the performing arts, VOICExperience and the Savannah VOICE Festival plans to end its virtual, Stay-at-Home Season by celebrating SVF’s collaboration and legacy through some wonderful performance moments from years past, as well as outstanding music by some of its present season’s artists.
Deciding to cancel the eighth Season’s in-person Festival was one of the most difficult decisions SVF Co-founder and Executive Director, Maria Zouves, had ever had to make, especially as Savannah VOICExperience was preparing to celebrate its 20th Anniversary during what promised to be an even bigger eighth season.
“I knew we couldn’t go dark completely. In talking with the young artists who were planning to come to Savannah to study, and the artists everyone had come to know and love that perform each summer, I knew we had to keep the music going and the voices strong—and we’d have to find a way to do so virtually!” explains Zouves. “In creating our Stay-at-Home Season, we wanted to give as many people as we could an opportunity to enjoy the music from the comfort and safety of their homes and where, together, we could explore why it is that art matters. Each performance has been presented absolutely free and I am so grateful to our sponsors who have helped us present a successful, digital Festival. I can’t wait to see friendly faces again, when we return to in-person events in the Hostess City. Until then, we hope everyone has been enjoying our 2020 Stay-at-Home Season VIII ‘We Have a VOICE’ and will join us for our fabulous season finale–you won’t want to miss a single note!”
The Savannah VOICE Festival’s finale, VOICE Gala–a 20th Anniversary Celebration is sponsored by Jean and John Fishburne. The event is free, with the option to donate to support SVF’s mission, which is committed to giving the arts a voice. The focus of SVF’s eighth season has been to demonstrate how much “art matters” to a society, largely because of its uplifting ability, and why it’s vitally important that it be kept relevant and at the forefront of the conversation and in our community.
The Savannah VOICE Festival is a non-profit arts organization that brings classical vocal excellence to Savannah, Georgia through a three-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Working with its sister organization, VOICExperience, the Festival annually serves over 100 artists, 5,000 audience members and provides over 45 events and community enrichments programs. To make a donation please visit www.savannahvoicefestival.org or call 855.766.7273.
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Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre and popular song. Donations are tax-deductible.
VOICExperience Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to pass on the traditions of great singing and develop new audiences for opera. Under the umbrella of The Sherrill Milnes VOICE Programs, VOICExperience continues its dedication to the quality, integrity and perpetuation of the vocal arts through life-changing intensives, performances, and community-enriching outreach events in New York, Georgia (with its sister organization, the Savannah VOICE Festival), Florida and Illinois. For more information, please visit www.VOICExperienceFoundation.org.
The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.