As Spoleto wraps up its 2021 season, overview critic Maura Hogan assesses the festival as it reemerges.
Reviving a past festival feature, our arts critic offers a weekly Spoleto overview of this year's program.
Spoleto Festival USA prides itself on artistic risk-taking. Health risks, though, are another matter entirely.
On Fri., May 28, Spoleto's opening ceremony was short on crowds and long on optimism.
Don't let those poised expressions in the lobby fool you. The team at Spoleto has plenty of calamitous stories that threatened to upend a production, or at very least their nerves.
On a custom-built stage over the College of Charleston's Rivers Green, a New York dance company is raring to Lindy, bop and swing.
Upward of one in five enslaved Africans arrived in America as a Muslim. But that story has gone little told.
Omar ibn Said was captured in Senegal at 37 and enslaved in Charleston. A devout Muslim, he later converted to the Christian faith of his enslavers. Or did he?
Memorial Day weekend is amping up in Charleston, and music of all styles is set to fill the air.
What will Spoleto Festival's first theater offering feel like? The suspense is killing us.
How do you measure 35-plus years of artistic vision? The breadth and depth of Nigel Redden's legacy, and its role in elevating both artists and Charleston, bears out in countless stories. Here are a few.
When it comes to revitalizing the Charleston arts scene, this is far from the first rodeo for Spoleto Festival USA.
From May 28 to June 13, the 2021 Spoleto Festival USA will once again take the form of a 17-day international, multidisciplinary performing arts extravaganza spanning music, dance, theater and more.
Festival staff announced another postponement of the opera "Omar," which originally was slated for 2020.
Nigel Redden, celebrated general director of Spoleto Festival USA, has announced his retirement.
Spoleto Festival USA will present the U.S. premiere of Emma Rice's "Romantics Anonymous," the musical adaptation by Wise Children and Bristol Old Vic.
Like all arts organizations, Spoleto Festival USA has found itself in uncharted waters.
The festival’s John Kennedy assembles an 11-piece orchestra for a taste of what might have been.
Australian bassist Linda May Han Oh and Cuban-American pianist Fabian Almazan will perform for Spoleto Festival USA audiences on Wednesday as originally planned.
The Morans on music inspired by the Great Migration.
Spoleto Festival USA organizers have arranged to present a few of the scheduled 2020 performers online May 22 through June 7.
Joe Miller, director of choral activities for Spoleto Festival USA, has left his post at Westminster Choir College to assume a position at the University of Cincinnati's College Conservatory of Music.
Festival incurs deficit and shifts programming, including world premiere of "Omar" opera to 2021.
“This opera gives us a way to look at Charleston in a more comprehensive way,” Spoleto's general director said. “And in exploring Charleston’s history, we’re exploring America’s history.”
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.