SAVANNAH, GA – April 7, 2020 – Today, the Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) announces a new initiative to offer lovers of the vocal arts, live music online during these times of social distancing as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SVF has already introduced the regular posting of previously unseen concerts on its YouTube channel athttps://bit.ly/3dSHpRA
The new ‘Virtually Live’ series will launch in early May 2020 and will take the place of the previously scheduled Prelude series, which begins the launch of the 8th annual Savannah VOICE Festival scheduled from August 1-23. SVF is currently planning for the 2020 festival to take place this August, with season plan announcements to be made and tickets to go on sale in June. However, the organization will continue to assess and respond appropriately in line with public health recommendations as the current situation evolves.
Prelude week will have a new format this year, as SVF remains committed to sharing diverse programming. The inaugural ‘Virtually Live’ season from May 4-9, will offer live mini-concerts, lectures and informative events through live-streaming, as well as interviews with legendary baritone and co-founder of SVF, Sherrill Milnes. Milnes is celebrating his 85th birthday year in 2020 as well as the 20th anniversary of the founding of his training program and SVF’s sister organization, The VOICExperience Foundation. Festival favorite artists including Liz Lang, Emily Yocum Black, Nan Qin, Peter Lake, Jessica Ann Best and Zachary Sebek. They will perform live mini “Interlude” concerts during the week of May 4, 2020 and co-founder of SVF, Maria Zouves is currently developing the schedule for this exciting week. This will also include informative talks and lectures about everything from Mozart to Modern Music.
“As audiences are currently denied the experience of gathering to enjoy music, modern technology is serving as a meaningful and dominant platform,” says Zouves. “We are fortunate to live in a world where we can create new ways to make music for our audiences. It is a powerful way to connect as a community. We care deeply about the health, safety and wellbeing of musicians and music lovers throughout the world.”
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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.