Spoleto Calendar

Spoleto Festival USA unveils its 2012 poster, which depicts a portion of the painting ìBeastî by Li Songsong, a young Chinese artist well known in the People's Republic for his large-scale compositions which consist of thick, colorful impasto. It's a bit of a political statement, one that coincides with the presentation of a Chinese opera, "Feng Yi Ting."

For more information and to buy tickets, visit spoletousa.org or the Spoleto Festival box office in the lobby of the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, though May 23; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, May 24-June 9; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 10.

PICCOLO SPOLETO CALENDAR (PDF)

What: This award-winning new show from the acclaimed German company Circle of Eleven explores a world in which the laws of gravity suddenly change.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$75

What: American roots music with rock and roll flavor.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $40

What: This acclaimed company merges African-American cultural expression with the American modern dance tradition.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $20-$75

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85

What: The 1927 tale of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” blends live action and projected animation.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25-$35

What: Performer Jack Hitt embellishes personal stories with science.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: Celebrate the opening of the 36th Spoleto season by joining festival patrons and artists for an evening of cocktails, food, live music and dancing.

When: 9 p.m. Where: 7 Calhoun St.

Price: $350 per person; $4,500 per table

What: This young French-American vocalist will be joined by the Aaron Diehl Trio, recent Thelonious Monk prize-winner.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists, under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $40

What: This award-winning new show from the acclaimed German company Circle of Eleven explores a world in which the laws of gravity suddenly change.

When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: The 1927 tale of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” blends live action and projected animation.

When: 2 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25-$35

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85

What: Join CBS correspondent Martha Teichner for intimate conversations with festival artists.

When: 5 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: Free

What: The American premiere of pioneering composer Philip Glass’ newest operatic work.

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $40-$130

What: This acclaimed company merges African-American cultural expression with the American modern dance tradition.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $20-$75

What: Performer Jack Hitt embellishes personal stories with science.

When: 9 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: This young French-American vocalist will be joined by the Aaron Diehl Trio, recent Thelonious Monk prize-winner.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $40

What: Performer Jack Hitt embellishes personal stories with science.

When: Noon Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: This acclaimed company merges African-American cultural expression with the American modern dance tradition.

When: 2 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $20-$75

What: The 1927 tale of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” blends live action and projected animation.

When: 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25-$35

What: Japanese composers present “Listening to Fragrances of the Dusk.”

When: 5 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $25

What: Guo Wenjing’s contemporary opera of love, power and political intrigue

When: 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$80

What: This award-winning new show from the acclaimed German company Circle of Eleven explores a world in which the laws of gravity suddenly change.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: This flamenco pianist draws on a wide blend of musical styles for his compositions.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists, under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $40

What: This award-winning new show from the acclaimed German company Circle of Eleven explores a world in which the laws of gravity suddenly change.

When: Noon Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: Join CBS correspondent Martha Teichner for intimate conversations with festival artists.

When: 3 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: Free

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85

What: Conductor Alexander Kahn leads an ensemble from the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

When: 5 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25

What: Brazilian vocalist. When: 7 p.m.

Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $15-$65

What: The American premiere of pioneering composer Philip Glass’ newest operatic work.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $25-$95

What: Performer Jack Hitt embellishes personal stories with science.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists, under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: This double-bass virtuoso combines classical, jazz, Persian and South American influences.

When: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $30

What: This award-winning new show from the acclaimed German company Circle of Eleven explores a world in which the laws of gravity suddenly change.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: Led by composer Stephen Scott, the Bowed Piano Ensemble is an orchestra of 10 musicians at one grand piano.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25

What: Guo Wenjing’s contemporary opera of love, power and political intrigue.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$65

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: Join CBS correspondent Martha Teichner for intimate conversations with festival artists.

When: 2:30 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: Free

What: The Westminster Choir performs Herbert Howells’ masterpiece.

When: 5 p.m. Where: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St.

Price: $32-$40

What: This double-bass virtuoso combines classical, jazz, Persian and South American influences.

When: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $30

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$75

What: The 1927 tale of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” blends live action and projected animation.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25-$35

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$75

What: This double-bass virtuoso combines classical, jazz, Persian and South American influences.

When: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $30

What: The 1927 tale of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” blends live action and projected animation.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25-$35

What: The American premiere of pioneering composer Philip Glass’ newest operatic work.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $25-$95

What: Mike Daisey’s monologue, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” explores the price of our technology.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: A modern American string band whose music blends jazz, bluegrass and indie-rock.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: Join CBS correspondent Martha Teichner for intimate conversations with festival artists.

When: 10 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: Free

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $35

What: The festival’s choir-in-residence performs a diverse repertoire, ranging from Rachmaninoff to contemporary compositions by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds.

When: 5 p.m. Where: Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.

Price: $25-$40

What: The 1927 tale of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” blends live action and projected animation.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25-$35

What: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, one of America’s edgiest dance companies, offers an artistically charged program.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $20-$65

What: Choreographer Kyle Abraham’s reaction to an urban radio station being taken off the air.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: Guo Wenjing’s contemporary opera of love, power and political intrigue.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$65

What: Ukulele virtuoso performing a mix of jazz, rock and traditional music.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $35

What: The 1927 tale of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” blends live action and projected animation.

When: Noon Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25-$35

What: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, one of America’s edgiest dance companies, offers an artistically charged program.

When: 2 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $20-$65

What: Choreographer Kyle Abraham’s reaction to an urban radio station being taken off the air.

When: 2 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: Join CBS correspondent Martha Teichner for intimate conversations with festival artists.

When: 3 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: Free

What: Philip Glass, the composer of “Kepler,” sits down for a conversation with resident conductor John Kennedy.

When: 5 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: The American premiere of pioneering composer Philip Glass’ newest operatic work.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $25-$95

What: Mike Daisey’s monologue, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” explores the price of our technology.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85

What: Ukulele prodigy performing a mix of jazz, rock and traditional music.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $35

What: The 1927 tale of “The Animals and Children Took to the Streets” blends live action and projected animation.

When: Noon Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $25-$35

What: Choreographer Kyle Abraham’s reaction to an urban radio station being taken off the air.

When: 2 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85

What: This vocal recital of art songs and arias will be performed by two festival veterans from the cast of “Kepler.”

When: 5 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $25

What: Four-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $25-$75

What: The Spoleto Orchestra performs works by John Cage and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $20-$65

What: Mike Daisey’s monologue, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” explores the price of our technology.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: “Pierrot Lunaire” is a monodrama in three parts based on poems of Albert Giraud.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Simons Center Recital Hall, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $25

What: Choreographer Kyle Abraham’s reaction to an urban radio station being taken off the air.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: Guo Wenjing’s contemporary opera of love, power and political intrigue.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$65

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: Hear virtuosic performances of Chinese classical instruments, performed by members of the Feng Yi Ting orchestra.

When: 5 p.m. Where: Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.

Price: $25

What: Joseph Flummerfelt conducts the Westminster Choir, Spoleto Festival Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $10-$65

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$75

What: Mike Daisey’s monologue, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” explores the price of our technology.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$75

What: Grammy Award-winning gospel singer.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $25-$75

What: This cabaret-circus features nonstop acrobatics fused with urban dance.

When: 7 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $40-$75

What: A husband-and-wife team perform choreography set to video projections.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $32

What: Mike Daisey’s theatrical journey across the continent of India.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St.

Price: $32

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: Guo Wenjing, the composer of “Feng Yi Ting, “presents his trio “Dramas,” a theater for three percussionists.

When: 5 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: A husband-and-wife team perform choreography set to video projections.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $32

What: Guo Wenjing’s contemporary opera of love, power and political intrigue.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$65

What: This cabaret-circus features nonstop acrobatics fused with urban dance.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $30-$65

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists,under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: The Festival’s choir-in-residence performs a diverse repertoire, ranging from Rachmaninoff to contemporary compositions by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds.

When: 5 p.m. Where: Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.

Price: $25-$40

What: Anne Manson conducts the festival’s orchestra, featuring piano soloist Stephen Prutsman.

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St.

Price: $10-$65

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85

What: A husband-and-wife team perform choreography set to video projections.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $32

What: This cabaret-circus features nonstop acrobatics fused with urban dance.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $30-$65

What: This New Orleans brass ensemble blends jazz, funk, and hip-hop.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: This cabaret-circus features nonstop acrobatics fused with urban dance.

When: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $30-$65

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85

What: A husband-and-wife team perform choreography set to video projections.

When: 8 p.m. Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $32

What: This New Orleans brass ensemble blends jazz, funk and hip-hop.

When: 9 p.m. Where: College of Charleston Cistern Yard, St. Philip and George streets

Price: $30-$45

What: These concerts feature a changing roster of artists under the leadership of violinist Geoff Nuttall.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25

What: A husband-and-wife team perform choreography set to video projections.

When: Noon Where: Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

Price: $32

What: This cabaret-circus features nonstop acrobatics fused with urban dance.

When: 2 p.m. Where: Sottile Theater, 44 George St.

Price: $30-$65

What: The Gate Theatre presents Noel Coward’s comedy of manners.

When: 3:30 p.m. Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $25-$85

What: Live music followed by a fireworks show.

When: 3:30 p.m. doors, 4:15 p.m. The Local Honeys, 5:15 p.m. The Royal Tinfoil, 6:15 p.m. Valerie June, 8:30 p.m. Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole

Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $15-$30