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In one day, you can walk to the

Unitarian Universal Church for the 11 a.m. concert series and be mes- merized by the beauty and talent of Catherine Leonard, Ireland’s leading violinist. An early evening perfor- mance might be an exciting duo such the young Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro and hot jazz songbird Di- anne Reeves. Next you should change into jeans because there’s a Cajun dance party goin’ on. Think Loui- siana dance hall, with Cajun tunes played by fiddler Joel Savoy and Jesse Lege with the Caleb Klauder Honky Tonk Band.

All within the Historic District, the

venues, like the sounds, are as varied as Savannah’s many personalities. You may take in a performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the highbrow, art-laden Telfair Academy or the striking, contemporary Jep- son Center for the Arts. Events are staged at the restored Lucas The- atre for the Arts, the larger Johnny Mercer Theatre, outdoor on River Street, at the Kennedy Pharmacy and in honky-tonks and no-frills dance halls. Keep this in mind when you pack for Savannah: You might want to include long evening dresses and gold stilettos, jeans and tennis shoes, boots for the bluegrass sets and all black for the dimly-lit jazz clubs. Pick

a conveniently located place to stay in the Historic District because you will be running home to change between sets. If you choose one of Savan- nah’s delightful bed-and-breakfasts, schedule a pit stop for the nightly wine reception, which most inns serve between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The global element of the Savan-

nah Music Festival expands each year, with India, West Africa and Cuba among the countries repre- sented in 2011, and a genre called world music is now a staple at the annual event. Some of the events at the festival actually are free, such as the Swing Central Jazz Series, which attracts large crowds. Parents with musically- inclined children should not miss the annual competition among a dozen of the country’s hardest-swinging high school bands. It’s bound to inspire your young drummer. Whether you love the sound of

an accordion or a French horn rings your chimes, or you simply wanna clap to banjo music, be soothed by a lute or thrill to the blare of a trum- pet, you will have the best of times at the Savannah Music Festival.

For more information, visit or call (912) 234-3378.

Chico Pinheiro: The young Brazilian guitarist teams up with jazz singer Dianne Reeves.

Catherine Leonard: Ireland’s leading violinist, who can spice it up with such fiery musicians as the marimba duo Hot Pepper.

Punch Brothers - Chris Thile is one-fifth of the innovative and daring acoustic ensemble that blends bluegrass with classical and unexpected angles of rock.

Joel Savoy: He fires up the crowd for the Cajun dance party. | | 15-SVG

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