For the last 17 days, the streets and theaters of Charleston came to life with art from around the world. From Chinese opera to heartfelt chamber music to bumpin’ bluegrass, the festival thrilled patrons with its myriad offerings. As Spoleto 2012 comes to a close, we asked some people for their most memorable moments.
“This was my first time at Spoleto and I was truly in awe of the sound and scope of the chamber music. Every performance was incredible.”
Julia Bundrick, patron “Besides playing with so many wonderful musicians, I loved the outdoor concert series, especially Cecile McLorin Salvant. She and Jake Shimabukuro were really the highlights of the festival.”
Allyson Goodman, violist from Massachusetts
“I’ve been to the craft show and ‘Traces.’ ‘Traces’ was definitely the best. I don’t know how they make it so amazing!”
Katrina, 15-year-old patron“I loved the yo-yo thing they did at ‘Traces.’”
Benjamin, 9-year-old patron“I don’t know if I’ve had a favorite moment but there have been plenty of stressful ones.”
Unnamed Sottile Theatre stagehand
“The Dracula program from the chamber music really stood out this year. When the instruments started mimicking different voices it was incredible. It was more than just music, it was the best theater in town.”
Judy Cobau, patron“Watching the (Feng Yi Ting) musicians was incredible, especially the drums. My roommate, Sydney, played with them and I’ve never seen so much energy in a percussion ensemble.”
Anthony Parc, violist from Washington State
“For 10 years I’ve been volunteering as an usher at the festival. I got to see all the chamber music, and k.d. lang, who was amazing. Two men came up to me this year and said they wanted to do what I do (usher). I told them they had to wait about 20 years, retire, then move here like I did!”
Claudia Updike, usher “This year’s festival is the closest to the original concept of Gian Carlo Menotti I’ve seen. It had a quality of adventure and new things. I’m not normally a fan of (Philip) Glass, but the extraordinary production blew my mind. The same goes for Feng Yi Ting; it represents something in extreme contrast to the conservative things like the chamber music, which Geoff Nuttall and his musicians have done a remarkable job with.
“Also Stephen Prutsman has been a friend and colleague of mine for years. To hear him play Tchaikovsky is incredibly important to me in terms of both music and friendship.”
Charles Wadsworth, former artistic director of Chamber Music Series
Chris Baker, Special to the Post and Courier