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SAVANNAH, GA – September 10, 2019 – The Festival might be over, but the music continues when Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) and the Davenport House Museum join forces for a second season, Savannah’s Music Through the Ages,presenting four parlor concerts and a free community lecture series in celebration of Savannah’s music during different times of the city’s history. SVF artists will return to Savannah to perform these four intimate concerts, the first of which will be held in the Davenport House MuseumParlor, located at 324 East State Street.

The concert series opens on Sept. 23,,2019 with “The World of the Davenports” at 6 and 8 p.m., featuring artists Jessica Ann Best, Emily Yocum Black, Carlton Moe, Angela De Venuto and Chad Sonka. Audiences will “step into the shoes of the Davenport household,” during the years between 1810-1860, and become immersed in a world where the American Songbook was growing and the French Opera House was the place to go in the South. On Dec. 16, 2019, at 6 and 8 p.m. the second concert, “Early Jazz,” takes a look at the years between 1900-1940 when the Davenport House fell on hard times and jazz was on the rise. Audiences will be invited to sit back and relax while SVF artists Sing, Sing, Sing with a Swing! On Feb. 10,, 2020 at 6 and 8 p.m., “Broadway & The American Songbook” is set to explore some of the most important and influential American popular songs from 1950-1970, a time that also saw the Davenport House through near-demolition before it was saved by action that led to the founding of Historic Savannah Foundation. On May 11,2020 at 6 and 8 p.m., “Present Day,” wraps up SVF’s trip through the ages by taking a look at how modern music has been influenced by all the eras that have come and gone—and how the Davenport House has managed to evolve and thrive. Light refreshments will follow each concert. Individual tickets are $35 and series subscriptions are $120 per person.

“Before you attend any or all of these fabulous concerts, we hope you’ll join the Davenport House Museum for the FREE lecture series and delve deeper into each era to learn the history behind the music,” encouragesSVF co-founder and Executive Director, Maria Zouves. “We are so excited to welcome these talented artists and knowledgeable speakers for what promises to be an amazing concert and lecture series!”

The FREE Music Through the Ages Lecture Series will kick off at the Kennedy Pharmacy, located at 323 E. Broughton Street at the corner of East Broughton Street and Habersham Street. The first lecture, “The World of the Davenports” (1810-1860) with speaker Dr. Christopher E. Hendricks is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 16,2020. Dr. Hendrick’s lecture will highlight a period of time when the Davenport House went from being a new home for the Davenports, to a boarding house run by Mrs. D, to a town house for the Baynard family. This time in history was the forerunner to the Civil War when Savannah, along with the rest of the South, would face even more momentous change.The next lecture will be “Early Jazz” (1900-1940) on Dec. 9,2020 at 6 p.m. with speaker Robert Gibson, followed by “Broadway & The American Songbook” (1950-1970) on Feb. 3,2020 at 6 p.m. with speaker Justin Havard, Savannah VOICE Festival’s Musical Director of the 2019 Festival opera – ‘Forever Plaid’. The last lecture, “1980-Present Day” (1980-pesent), will be presented on May 4,2020 at 6 p.m. with SVF’s Composer in Residence, Michael Ching.

This project is supported by Georgia Humanities, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.

For more information on the Savannah VOICE Festival, please visit, call 855-76-OPERA or email  For more information about Davenport House Museum visit www.davenporthousemuseum.organd Historic Savannah Foundation visit

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Editor’s Notes

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

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.  

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