Cool vibe! Walking into the Memminger Auditorium, Bjork’s “Bachelorette” was playing. The stage is set for a concert. Then playwright Cora Bissett tells the story of her early rock 'n' roll career and the fallout that ensued. A really entertaining evening of theater. Music, performances, lig…

During their childhood, sisters Emily Grace Miller and Lacy Miller — better known as Gracie and Lacy — developed a profound appreciation for Golden Age movie musicals after being introduced to them by their grandmother.

From the 2013 TV drama “Reign” to Saoirse Ronan’s memorable performance in the 2018 film “Mary Queen of Scots,” the dramatic life of the 16th century Scottish monarch doesn’t seem to lose intrigue. On Saturday, The King’s Counterpoint, conducted by co-founder David Acres, presented its music…

A perfectly paired duo got to the heart of the matter in a space fit for their music. Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson took the stage of the intimate Simons Center Recital Hall on Wednesday evening for the first performance of their residency at this year’s Spoleto Fes…

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The stage, completely barren, is encased in fog. This starkness, which remains throughout the performance, contrasts with the intense physicality of Circa’s “What Will Have Been,” an intimate show the Australia-based physical theater troupe has brought to Spoleto Festival USA this year.

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Opera is integral to Spoleto Festival USA. Festival founder Gian Carlo Menotti was an opera composer. And for most of its 42 seasons, Spoleto Festival has offered at least two productions, sometimes familiar works, sometimes obscure ones.

600 Highwaymen’s "The Fever," brought to the Woolfe Street Playhouse by Spoleto Festival USA, is so effective because it's so unexpected. I fear that qualifying it, explaining it, will rob it of some of its power, its mystique. Just go see it. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here. The review will …

Performing artists generally are a durable lot, muscling through appearances (sometimes many in quick succession) no matter their physical or emotional condition. They get into the zone one way or another, and the best among them deliver consistently. They embody their characters on stage, t…

Five years ago, the Westminster Choir performed J.S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” at Spoleto Festival USA to broad acclaim. This year the choir will perform St. John’s telling of the crucifixion of Christ, again under the direction of Joe Miller.

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At first blush, I’m With Her doesn’t register as the type of band to be featured at Spoleto Festival. The fact that it’s made up of younger performers isn’t at all remarkable, of course; that is, until you discover that the band is touring their debut record, last year’s “See You Around.”

Some people might recoil at the idea of revisiting their teenage diaries in a public forum. But for Cora Bissett, who shot to stardom as the teenage lead singer of the Scottish indie-rock band Darlingheart, turning her diaries into a stage show helped her understand her formative years.

Blustery winds, bolts of lightning and a looming squall did not deter the maestra at the helm. National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Carla Bley led her trio through uncertain conditions as calmly as any seasoned seafaring captain would, steering her vessel with paper charts and vast ex…

Spoleto Festival’s chamber music variety show at the Dock Street Theatre mostly packs in patrons of a certain demographic: financially secure people, age 50-80, who can trace their ancestry to Europe and who grew up with the idea that classical music is an important art form.

Two couples — Jennifer and Al Cook and Tanya and Brian McGraw — had never before attempted to mold sand into art until they hit Front Beach on the Isle of Palms on Saturday morning to participate in Piccolo Spoleto Festival’s 31st annual Sand Sculpting Contest.

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He has played Carnegie Hall and shared the stage with the likes of Les Paul and Al Di Meola. Now, guitar virtuoso Stéphane Wrembel is on a quest to prove that his idol, Django Reinhardt, belongs in the same conversation as The Beatles.

Everyone, especially those working in customer service, need a good laugh in the middle of the busy festival season if we hope to keep our jobs and our heads. Pure Theatre took on the challenge of providing this laugh with Andy Livengood’s one-man show “Butcher Stories,” a departure from Pur…

The final part of the epic "Analogy Trilogy" performed by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company is titled "Ambrose: The Emigrant" and draws from the work of author W.G. Sebald. This haunting account unfolds with a slow and cerebral energy which is the most cinematic in nature of the trilogy a…

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Informed by folk and Americana music, and featuring fresh harmonies and a mastery of their stringed instruments, I’m With Her has created a sound both innovative and rooted in tradition.

"Letter to a Friend in Gaza" ends with a reading of a 1944 letter by Albert Camus, addressed to a "German friend" during wartime. It's the inspiration for the title of this show, and one quote in particular hit me particularly hard: “I should like to be able to love my country and still love…

“Ray Bradbury Live (Forever)” is an exercise in rediscovering one’s love of dinosaurs, rocket ships and all the things that capture children’s hearts and minds before they lose their sense of wonder. Written and performed by Emmy-winner Bill Oberst Jr., the show is just as much a description…

The Westminster Choir, long a cornerstone of Spoleto Festival USA, typically gets a good opera workout. The young singers form the choruses needed to present original festival opera productions. But this year, with the Sottile Theatre closed for renovation, an important opera venue is not av…

Target Margin Theater is presenting an interpretation of "One Thousand and One Nights," the story of a mad king who marries and kills a new bride each night, until he meets the enchanting Scheherazade, who tells him enthralling stories that keep her alive for another day.