Samaria Cantey, a 17-year-old junior at North Charleston High School, is reading her words on the wall of the Gibbes Museum of Art.
It took Abdel-Halim Caracalla, the founder of Caracalla Dance Theatre, years of travelling around the world and examining fabrics to come up with the costume designs featured in “One Thousand and One Nights.”
William Shakespeare is the most prolific playwright in history. Lists of Most Produced Playwrights don’t bother to include The Bard’s works. It’s unfair to everyone else.
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.
Monk and Coltrane. Hancock and Shorter. Fitzgerald and Armstrong. Jazz has a long tradition of legendary duos. Now, saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson are looking to place their own stamp on jazz royalty.
Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone are not interested in behaving. The Obie Award-winning contemporary theater duo, a married couple who work under the name 600 Highwaymen, are bringing their experimental piece, “The Fever,” to Spoleto Festival this week.
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.
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.
The three rings are getting much smaller with Circa’s newest show, making its way to the Spoleto Festival.
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.
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…
Carla Bley calls herself a “jazz warrior.” The legendary pianist and composer, now 82, will bring her fight to a relatively rare venue in her itinerary: the United States.
Upon her death in 2017, jazz matriarch and pianist Geri Allen left behind a career that spanned three decades, over 40 albums, a Grammy nomination and an immeasurable contribution to the landscape of music.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be front-and-center at Spoleto Festival USA with Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai’s multimedia theater work “Letter to a Friend in Gaza,” scheduled to be performed May 30-June 2 at the Emmett Robinson Theatre.
A common interpretation of the Middle Eastern folk tale collection “One Thousand and One Nights” is that Scheherazade, a new bride, keeps herself alive by entertaining her husband, the king, with a new story each night.
Dafnis Prieto was drawn to music by his Cuban neighbors, who played all hours of the day.
The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is comprised of about 50 percent newcomers and 50 percent returning players, configured anew each year through a rigorous audition process. This is likely the most competitive festival in the country for young orchestra musicians, and many of the players wh…
This year marks the sixth appearance of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at Spoleto Festival USA. Much has changed for the company since its first Charleston performance. One thing that hasn’t is the constant innovation of Bill T. Jones’ work.
In 2005, composer Joby Talbot was commissioned to produce a choral opus based on an 800-year-old Roman Catholic pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the north of Spain.
The bustle of the Big Apple, the open air of the West Coast and the vibrancy of Miami Beach all can be experienced in Charleston at Spoleto Festival’s “City Symphonies” performance at 7 p.m. May 26 at Memminger Auditorium.
One of the band's members said their previous Spoleto visits, in 2009 and 2013, were monumental in the group’s growth.
The Living Earth Show, a duo of classically trained musicians, questions what classical music should be. Guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson commission composers, then create unusual performances.
Sooner or later, many people start asking themselves: What are my roots? Where do I come from?
The 43rd Spoleto Festival USA kicked off Friday under clear skies and scorching sun outside Charleston City Hall.
Most of us have come in contact with an array of folk tales, whether we know it or not. From stories about fairies and trolls to Cinderella, folklore transcends geography and culture.
The story of “Salome” is an old one, originally found in the Bible, with a stage adaption penned by Oscar Wilde more than a century ago.
This year's Spoleto Festival runs from May 24 to June 9, and all of the events can be found here.
The Dock Street Theatre is proud to present Shakespeare’s Globe in ... well, that might be up to you.
Since becoming the festival’s Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director of Chamber Music in 2009, Nuttall has become synonymous with the interactive possibilities of the form, making it accessible as well as educational.
Meet the freelance reviewers joining our team to bring you coverage of everything Spoleto.
Among those who performed in the festival before they were famous are Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Benny Starr, a Charleston rapper known for his lyrics that take a deep, reflective dive into social justice and political issues, will take the stage June 9.
Spoleto Festival offers a full range of the performing arts — jazz, dance, opera, pop music, experimental and traditional theater, choral music, chamber music and symphonic music — and this makes it a little easier to take a few programming risks.
The Post and Courier and South Carolina Public Radio partner to offer "Spoleto Backstage" podcast.
Joseph Flummerfelt, an esteemed choral conductor who helped establish Spoleto Festival USA and who led the Westminster Choir for more than 30 years, died Friday. He was 82. The cause of death was a stroke, according to his close colleagues.
Spoleto Festival USA revealed on Thursday its 2019 poster, which features an image of an untitled 2016 painting by 49-year-old Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens.
What does the handbell bring to mind? Perhaps it’s church or Christmas or white gloves or Hershey's Kisses. Part of the mission of handbell ensemble Palmetto Bronze is to shift perceptions of their favorite instrument.
For the first time in Spoleto Festival USA's 42-year history, its finale will be on the Charleston peninsula — at Joseph P. Riley Park.
“The wand chooses the wizard,” Mr. Ollivander told Harry Potter.
Spoleto Festival Wardrobe Director Carolyn Kostopoulos has a keen eye for detail, and that trait enables her, with help from the festival's talented performing artists, to transform costumes into characters.
What would happen if Vincent Van Gogh showed up in New York City today? That’s the pretext for the play “Vincent John Doe,” which just completed a three-day Piccolo Spoleto Festival run at the City Gallery.
If you’ve been to any of this year’s Spoleto Festival USA chamber music concerts, you’ve probably seen the tall, slender, curly-haired fellow grooving along on his double bass at the Dock Street Theatre.
On Friday, Piccolo Spoleto Festival patrons will get a chance to hear The Cecilia Ensemble, a professional chamber choir of about a dozen singers based in Augusta, Ga.
From engrossing theatrical performances to rousing music concerts, the final three days of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival includes a variety of programs sure to satisfy any lover of the arts. Here are six highlights:
Ein Deutsches Requiem (German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms has been performed so regularly that it’s easy to forget that it’s awfully hard. I’ve done this piece so I’m not unsympathetic to the difficulties — and there are many — that Brahms places on the human voice.
Farrah Hoffmire is on a quest.
“The Complete History of Charleston for Morons” debuted in 2006, two years before Barack Obama was elected president, and the show still feels trapped in the Bush era. While some of the myriad pop culture references the show trades in have aged surprisingly well (it turns out jokes about Mel…
The term "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" was coined in 1980, the latest (and most clinical) label for a condition familiar to veterans and their family members since the Great War.
Silent warrior. Underdog. Middle voice. These are the generous words that describe the viola, the string instrument accustomed to the shadows, and to the relentless jokes.
Admission to secret parties at mansions and private happy hours where acrobats and actors weave through the crowd are just some of the benefits of a Spoleto Scene membership. The only catch? You have to be under 40 years old to join.