“The 2019 Savannah Music Festival will be the 16th and final season for violinist Daniel Hope as associate artistic director,” reads an unsigned article in Tuesday’s (3/5) Savannah Morning News (GA). He will be succeeded in 2020 by violist and conductor Philip Dukes. “Due to his current music director posts at the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and San Francisco’s New Century Chamber Orchestra, an artistic directorship of the Frauenkirche Cathedral in Dresden and a worldwide touring schedule, Hope has decided [to narrow] his international travel time…. On closing day [of the 2019 festival], his father, the acclaimed novelist Christopher Hope, reads from his BBC essay ‘My Son the Fiddler’ with his son accompanying him in works for solo violin. Hope’s 2019 season at SMF begins with a performance of Beethoven’s ‘Triple’ Concerto alongside David Finckel and Wu Han with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano…. Dukes … has been a regular participant in SMF chamber music programs since 2004. He … is a professor of viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and artistic director of Marlborough College (UK)…. The 2019 Savannah Music Festival runs from March 28 to April 13.”

Posted March 8, 2019