Since 1995. First-of-its-kind in concept and execution, the Festival brings together over 100 international musicians each June in the historic spa town of Hot Springs National Park and Hot Springs, Arkansas. Serious in focus but casual in atmosphere, the Festival events take place in a variety of non-traditional venues including historic buildings, art galleries, hotel ballrooms, churches and open-air spaces. Before and after concerts, audience members and musicians mingle in Hot Springs’ eclectic restaurants and cafes, hike the National Park’s trails, and relax in the hot mineral water baths that gave the city its name. A unique format unites promising young musicians from across the United States with accomplished mentors who work with them on classical music that spans the spectrum. Performances that charge only a modest fee are sprinkled at locations all around Hot Springs throughout the festival. Most events are free of charge but there are some that require an admission fee.