Spoleto, Piccolo to receive special coverage

Spoleto Festival USA unveils its 2012 poster, which depicts a portion of the painting “Beast” by Li Songsong, a young Chinese artist well-known for his large-scale compositions that consist of thick, colorful impasto.

The Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto festivals this year offer an especially diverse cornucopia of choices.

There is Chinese opera, physical theater, plays and more plays, one-man shows, comedy, family-friendly events, lots of classical music (including a significant selection of 20th- and 21st-century works), bugle playing, visual art, jazz and much more.

It’s enough to make a newspaper editor’s head spin. But fear not: The Post and Courier will dig in, as it typically does, and present readers with a supreme and sublime selection of feature stories, reviews and multimedia content.

Our coverage begins in earnest Thursday, when a special section devoted to all things Spoleto hits driveways and newsstands. And it continues every day through June 10. So what’s so special about it?

• Staff reporters and a new slate of expert reviewers will enlighten you, act as proxy for those unable to attend the performances and provide a basis upon which those who do attend can measure their own reactions.

• A group of energetic and talented graduate students from the noted S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University will flood the zone to offer up an extravaganza.

Our online content promises to be robust.

• At postandcourier.com, a special “Spoleto Spotlight” page will offer a dynamic range of articles, reviews, videos, photo galleries and links to blogs that track all things Spoleto.

• We will put an emphasis on video production. Each day new videos will appear on our website and YouTube channel, featuring artists, organizers, events and festival-goers.

And then there’s social media. Check out our new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SpoletoSpotlight. Follow Spoleto postings on Twitter (#spoleto). And be sure to visit postandcourier.com during the festivals. Leave comments. Vent your rage. Share your joy.

It will be well worth it.