The Staunton Music Festival isn't your average small-town set of lawn concerts -- believe it or not, the central Virginia festival is a nationally acclaimed event.
From Aug. 17 to 25, Staunton will host 18 concerts in nine days, featuring works from Bach, Schumann and Mozart, as well as voice and chamber performances that chronicle "the decent into madness," says a festival coordinator. Should be a fun time.
The event also features a emerging composers program that salutes outstanding young composers. This years young composers being recognized are Michael-Thomas Foumai
and Shen Yiwen
Other expected performers hail from all over the world -- some have concert credits from the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood and Lincoln Center.
If you want you child to attend the festival but find that your pockets aren't that deep, don't sweat it -- lunchtime concerts are free, and almost all the evening concerts are “pay what you will” for ages 16 and under.
Tickets for all concerts and events, plus the opening gala, are $199. Tickets sans gala are $131. You can call 800-838-3006 for tickets or buy them at 101 W. Beverley St. in Staunton, Va.
The Stonewall Jackson Hotel
is extending a special $99 rate to SMF patrons during the festival. Call 540-885-4848 for reservations.