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…

Melanie Henley Heyn has been performing folk, classical and opera music since childhood and can be heard on the soundtrack of the cult television series, “Battlestar Galactica.” She received early training at the Manhattan School of Music, graduated from University of Southern California, an…

Stephen Prutsman is no newcomer to the Spoleto festival. In fact, his name can be found in many programs from years past, playing the piano in the chamber music performances or presenting original jazz compositions.

David Virelles grew up in Santiago, Cuba, in a family of musicians. It didn't take long for his own musical interests to develop. A pianist, he trained at the conservatory and eventually became fascinated with the American jazz tradition.

It is no secret that there is a longstanding gender imbalance in a jazz world dominated by men. But this year’s Spoleto Festival, which is dominated by strong female musicians, offers us an alternative reality. Carla Bley, Esperanza Spalding and the Geri Allen Tribute Quintet spearheaded by …