Spoleto Festival USA, which just concluded its 38th season, reported Tuesday that its finale at Middleton Place drew more than 3,500 patrons, the largest finale audience in more than a decade.
The event featured Lowcountry-based Shovels & Rope. Rain during the day cleared in time for late-afternoon and evening festivities.
The 17-day festival generated nearly $3 million in box office receipts, according to a new release. About 60,000 ticket-holders from 11 countries and all 50 states attended 141 performances.
The festival's budget this year was $6.85 million, more than half of which was secured with private donations.
The festival offered three opera productions this year in an effort to show patrons that, despite the temporarily closed Gaillard concert hall, it still took its mission as an innovative producer and presenter seriously, according to General Director Nigel Redden.
Next year, the Gaillard renovation will be finished. The concert hall is expected to be ready in time for the 2015 Spoleto Festival, and organizers have been making plans to celebrate the occasion with events that take full advantage of the renovated space and improved acoustics.
Programming for next season will be announced early in 2015.