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2015 Paradise Interrupted. Photo (c) Julia Lynn Photography.

PARADISE INTERRUPTED

Date: May 22, 24, 27, 29, & 31

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

A vast garden grows before your eyes in this world premiere opera by artist Jennifer Wen Ma and composer Huang Ruo.

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2015 Veremonda l'amazzone di Aragona. Photo (c) Julia Lynn Photography.

VEREMONDA, L’AMAZZONE DI ARAGONA

Date: May 23, 26, 30, June 2, & 5

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

The Spanish King and Queen’s siege of the Moorish fort on the Rock of Gibraltar is tangled with passionate love stories and comical mistaken identities in Cavalli’s 1652 opera.

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Photo by Helena Miscioscia

ROMEO AND JULIET

Date: May 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, June 1, 3, 4, 6, & 7

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Shakespeare’s Globe theater makes its Festival debut with a brand new production of the Bard’s timeless tragedy in which youthful passion and warring families intertwine.

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Photo by Piero Corbella

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Date: May 22 – 27

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Italy’s Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company brings the enchanting tale of cursed Princess Aurora to life with 165 handcrafted marionettes.

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GOLDEN DRAGON WATER PUPPET THEATRE

Date: June 2 – 7

Venue: College of Charleston Stern Student Center Garden

One of Vietnam’s cultural treasures, these traditional water puppets perform with live music in a specially constructed pool.

Theater
Photo by Mel Hattie

WHEN IT RAINS

Date: June 3 – 6

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

A dark comedy, social satire, and heartbreaking drama, this story depicts how misfortune changes relationships between the closest of people.

Physical Theater
Photo by SYC Studios - Sean Young

CASUS CIRCUS | KNEE DEEP

Date: June 2 – 7

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

Australian company Casus Circus makes its Festival debut with this bold and captivating work.

Dance
Photo by Andrew Ross

SCOTTISH BALLET | A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Date: May 22 – 24

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Scottish Ballet recreates Tennessee Williams’s famous play, combining high drama with articulate physicality to tell the story of Blanche DuBois, Stella, and Stanley through dance.

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(L) Photo by Kyle Cordova (R) Photo provided by Ashley Bathgate

WHAT MOVES YOU | LIL BUCK & ASHLEY BATHGATE

Date: May 29 – 31

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Memphis jookin’ sensation Charles “Lil Buck” Riley pairs his elastic, elegant street dance with cellist Ashley Bathgate’s musical accompaniment in this world premiere collaboration.

Dance
Photo by Julieta Cervantes

TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY

Date: May 29 – 31

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

This definitive postmodern dance company brings four of its influential works to the Festival: Set and Reset, If you couldn’t see me, Rogues, and PRESENT TENSE.

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Photo by Briana Blasko

SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS

Date: June 5 – 7

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Dancers form a kaleidoscopic map that unfurls to selections from Steve Reich’s The Desert Music; this performance also includes a new work, Untitled # 12, by Chinese visionary Shen Wei.

Music
Photo by William Struhs

BANK OF AMERICA CHAMBER MUSIC

Date: May 22 – June 7

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Hosted by violinist Geoff Nuttall, these popular twice-daily concerts feature 11 fresh and distinctive programs performed by a fantastic roster of musicians.

Music
Photo provided by Huang Ruo

THE LOST GARDEN | MUSIC IN TIME

Date: May 23

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra perform works by composer Huang Ruo including The Lost Garden from his new opera Paradise Interrupted.

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Julia Lynn Photography

WESTMINSTER CHOIR CONCERTS

Date: May 24 & 27

Venue: Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul

Joe Miller leads his magnificent choir in Urmas Sisack’s Oremus; Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine; Monteverdi’s Sí ch’io vorrei morire; and the opening chorus from Bach’s Cantata 79.

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CITY LIGHTS with SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA ORCHESTRA

Date: May 25

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

This 1931 silent film features Charlie Chaplin’s beloved “Little Tramp” in his pinnacle role; the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra accompanies the film under William Eddins’s baton.

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Photo provided by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

EMMYLOU HARRIS AND RODNEY CROWELL

Date: May 25

Venue: TD Arena at College of Charleston

These Nashville legends join each other for a Memorial Day performance, drawing from their shared history and 40-year friendship.

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Julia Lynn Photography

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA ORCHESTRA | TAN DUN / BARBER / SIBELIUS

Date: May 26

Venue: Sottile Theatre at College of Charleston

John Kennedy leads the elite Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Tan Dun’s Concerto for Orchestra, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Sibelius’s Symphony no. 5.

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Photo provided by The Living Earth Show

QUARTER-TONE SHREDDING | MUSIC IN TIME

Date: May 27

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Performing on electric guitar and percussion, San Francisco’s The Living Earth Show blends rock and roll, post-classical new music, and heavy metal in this program of works by a diverse range of contemporary composers.

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DOUBLE HAPPINESS | MUSIC IN TIME

Date: May 28

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

San Francisco’s The Living Earth Show—an electric guitar and percussion duo—plays works commissioned from young composers.

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Julia Lynn Photography

WESTMINSTER CHOIR | THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL PASSION & JEPHTE

Date: May 30 & 31

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Westminster Choir performs David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion with new choreography by Pontus Lidberg, along with Carissimi’s Jephte.

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THE BOOK OF SOUNDS | MUSIC IN TIME

Date: May 31

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Pianist Conor Hanick explores the beauty and meditation of German composer Hans Otte’s concert-length piano suite Das Buch der Klänge (The Book of Sounds).

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Photo courtesy of Bill Morrison

DECASIA with SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA ORCHESTRA

Date: June 1

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Filmmaker Bill Morrison’s 2002 film assembles found footage and meditates on the decay of silent films; John Kennedy leads the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in live accompaniment of the score by American composer Michael Gordon.

Music
Photo provided by Conor Hanick

THE CONCORD SONATA | MUSIC IN TIME

Date: June 2

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Pianist Conor Hanick performs American composer Charles Ives’s monumental piano sonata depicting Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts, and Thoreau.

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BACH | ST. MATTHEW PASSION

Date: June 3

Venue: Sottile Theatre at College of Charleston

Joe Miller leads a double choir and double orchestra in Bach’s monumental account of The Last Supper, Judas’s betrayal, Peter’s denial, and Jesus’s trial and crucifixion.

Music
Photo by Ves Pitts

TAYLOR MAC’S 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC: SONGS OF THE AMERICAN RIGHT

Date: June 3 – 6

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

This flamboyant provocateur travels through time to examine popular music from various eras, spanning from the 18th century to present day.

Music
Photo by David McClister

WELLS FARGO FESTIVAL FINALE featuring ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

Date: June 7

Venue: Middleton Place

This much-loved event brings the Festival to a spectacular end at Middleton Place including picnicking, a beer garden, fireworks, and a performance by seven-piece soul band St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

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Photo by Angelo Trani

MUSICA NUDA

Date: May 21 & 22

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

This stripped back yet bold duo fuses jazz, songwriting, rock, punk, and classical music to defy boundaries and to unveil the core essence and meaning of the songs they perform.

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Photo by Da Pa Virada | Dani Gurgel

MÔNICA SALMASO

Date: May 23 & 24

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

One of Brazil’s finest singers, Mônica Salmaso accesses tradition and contemporary fare as she reaches new emotional depths.

Wells Fargo Jazz
Photo by Maria Birba

CARLOS AGUIRRE

Date: May 25 – 27

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

This Argentine composer and pianist makes his North American debut with compositions that fuse South American folklore, jazz, and chamber music idioms.

Wells Fargo Jazz
Photo provided by Rita Marcotulli and Luciano Biondini

RITA MARCOTULLI and LUCIANO BIONDINI

Date: May 28 – 30

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Pianist Rita Marcotulli and accordionist Luciano Biondini access their Italian roots as well as new influences and possibilities for an inspired sound.

Wells Fargo Jazz
Photo by Rocky Schenck

MADELEINE PEYROUX

Date: May 28 & 29

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Through distinctive renditions of old classics and modern tunes, Madeleine Peyroux is an insightful and fresh vocalist with flawless choices in repertoire and a signature sound.

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Photo by Jerris Madison

DIANNE REEVES

Date: May 30

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

One of the world’s preeminent jazz vocalists, Dianne Reeves interprets songs from all corners of music effortlessly.

Wells Fargo Jazz
Photo by Shervin Lainez

KATE DAVIS

Date: June 4

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

This multi-instrumentalist and vocalist puts a fresh spin on the standards and brings a canonical sensibility to her own lush creations.

Special Events
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BEHIND THE GARDEN GATE

Date: May 23 & 30

Venue: Various

A self-guided tour through an array of Charleston’s exquisite private gardens.

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OPENING NIGHT FÊTE

Date: May 22

Venue: Cannon Green - 103 Spring Street

The fifth annual Spoleto Opening Night Fête celebrates the 2015 season with an elegant party at Cannon Green.

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MASTER CLASSES

Date: May 30 & June 6

Venue: Various

Join fellow dance and movement enthusiasts for Master Classes led by Festival artists.

Artist Talks
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CONVERSATIONS WITH

Date: May 23, 24, 30, June 6

Venue: Charleston Library Society

CBS correspondent Martha Teichner hosts lively conversations with Festival artists.

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