Maria Zouves, Savannah VOICE Festival executive director, recently unveiled the new program for the second annual festival, which will take place from Aug.1-17 in and around Savannah.

New for this year, a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" will be staged at Christ Church in downtown Savannah on Aug. 3 and 5. Other events include acclaimed Carnegie Hall couple Jennifer Johnson Cano and Christopher Cano, who will be performing a recital Aug. 2 at Christ Church.  Returning will be the music trivia concert, "VOICES Out of a Hat" on Aug. 9 at Asbury Memorial Church and the "Festival Finale - from Bizet to Broadway" on Aug. 16 at First Presbyterian Church.

The Savannah VOICE Festival is again partnering with the Westin Savannah Harbor, which will transform an area of their hotel into a vocal conservatory for the duration of the festival and will host the return of "Death, by Aria I & II," master classes with guest artist instructors, a screening of "Carmen" and the Teen VOICE workshop and showcase. New for 2014 will be the "Studio Opera Scenes" and "Opera Idol Competition."

Also new for 2014 is the "VOICES Around the World" concert, which offers song repertoire from many nations, plus a new and intimate "Salon Series," which is a VOICE Society member exclusive. Returning will be "VOICES of Sacred Song" at First Presbyterian Church.

An expanded community outreach program will include Bethesda Academy and Chatham County schools, as well as assisted living facilities.

Wrapping up the festival is the Gala Dinner Fundraiser on Aug. 17. Details will be announced later in the spring, including the 2014 recipient of the Sherrill Milnes VOICE Award.

Tickets go on sale to the general public in April. Some festival events will be free with other events priced at $18-$65.  

VOICE Society Members can enjoy exclusive events, early booking privileges, discounts with local businesses and a regular newsletter. Membership for the VOICE Society is $150 for individual members, $250 for couples and $300 for families. 

To join the VOICE Society or buy tickets for the 2014 Savannah VOICE Festival, go to www.savannahvoicefestival.org, email info@savannahvoicefestival.org or call 855-76-OPERA.