Staunton’s Sensational Summer Music Scene

In the culturally vibrant city of Staunton, you’ll find a surprising depth and variety of live musical performances nearly every day of the summer.
With music this good, you should really make plans to visit!
July 13-15
At one of Virginia’s coolest outdoor venues, Natural Chimneys Park, in Mount Solon, this festival features 40 bands, spread over four stages, for three days of roots music including Americana, honky tonk, country, alt-country, bluegrass, and blues. Towering limestone pillars serve as a backdrop to the music.
Headline performers include Trampled by Turtles, Josh Ritter, Nicole Atkins, David Wax Museum, and The Steel Wheels.
July 4
Wilson Fairchild, the country music duo (and sons of famed local legends, the Statler Brothers’ Don and Harold Reid) will headline a special show that starts at 8 pm at Gypsy Hill Park, culminating with a fireworks display.
June 28 – August 10, 2018
The mission of the Heifetz International Music Institute is to develop the expressive potential of advanced string students. This classical music institute’s six-week summer program was built around founder and artistic director, Daniel Heifetz’s idea that onstage charisma is a huge factor in being a successful performing musician. To that end, the institute puts on daily concerts that range from gifted young prodigies to their world-renowned faculty.
Don’t miss the 2018 Celebrity Series happening every Friday night with a “Heifetz Happy Hour” preceding the 75-minute concert featuring the Institute’s renowned faculty.
August 10 – 19
Described as “Virginia’s world-class music festival” by Travel+Leisure, this 10-day, European-style classical music festival features multiple concerts every day. More than 70 of the world’s finest professional musicians – members of acclaimed ensembles like the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera – travel from around the globe to stage concerts that span 600 years of music. The festival’s artistic director excels in producing a daring program of concerts that weave together medieval, renaissance, baroque, and classical era works alongside commissioned world premieres.
Highlights include a staged presentation of Handel’s rarely-heard opera Hercules; a day of Mozart, culminating with the Requiem on period instruments; and music ranging from Monteverdi to Gershwin, and from Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Summer is for music lovers, and we invite you to come to Staunton to experience some of the best music in Virginia.

With the gorgeous backdrop of the city’s celebrated historic downtown, the surrounding Shenandoah Valley, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, we think that’s an irresistable invitation.

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