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Chamber Music Intimacy At The 2012 Savannah Music Festival

Violinist Daniel Hope. (Savannah Music Festival)

Think of Savannah, Ga. and an image of the definitive old Southern city comes to mind — Spanish moss-draped parks, Victorian buildings and a lifestyle of elegant repose. Yet for a couple of weeks each spring, before the steamy weather hits, the 279-year-old city transforms into a swinging music party during the Savannah Music Festival.

This week, during the festival's 10th anniversary, we're highlighting concerts (see below) from some of the top chamber music performers.

The festival seems to broaden its musical reach every year. If your tastes run to jazz and blues, traditional Indian music, bluegrass, Baroque, cabaret, flamenco or funk, you could be satisfied in Savannah.

Each year, the festival spreads its concerts out over a dozen venues throughout the city's historic district. But most of the classical chamber music shows are reserved for the Telfair Academy, part of the oldest public art museum in the south, founded in 1883. Click on the links below to hear the concerts we've gathered so far.

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Takacs Quartet

The revered group plays an intense, lyrical movement by Franz Schubert and intricate Bartók.
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Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić

The day he first held his father's old guitar, Miloš knew he chose the right instrument.
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Daniel Hope's Russian Reminiscences

British violinist Daniel Hope heads up a musical tribute to Tchaikovsky and a sun-splashed souvenir.
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Daniel Hope's French Connections

The multi-faceted violinist performs in a concert of music by Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Ravel.
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Beethoven's Transcendent String Quartet

The Emerson Quartet plays Beethoven's most soul-searching string Quartet.
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