Opera
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PORGY AND BESS

Date: May 27, 30, June 1, 3, 8, 12

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Written, set, and newly conceived in Charleston, this production brings DuBose Heyward’s inspiration for Catfish Row to life—beginning in the Charleston we know, and revealing the roots and character of the Gullah community.

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THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL

Date: May 29, 31, June 2, 4

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

Performed by an orchestra elevated on a platform and encircling the audience, this contemporary German opera by Helmut Lachenmann explores the little match girl’s last moments as she gazes into the dreams and memories conjured by the flames.

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Opera
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LA DOUBLE COQUETTE

Date: May 28, 29, 31, June 1

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

A contemporary revision of a 1753 opéra comique retains all of its deliciously French charm and gaiety as it portrays a series of schemes—including cross-dressing—to win back a lover.

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Theater
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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

Date: May 26, 27, 29, 30, June 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Dublin’s Gate Theatre makes its 10th appearance at Spoleto Festival USA with a sparkling new production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece.

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Theater
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ADA/AVA

Date: May 27, 28, 29, 30

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Manual Cinema makes its Festival debut with a story of the fantastic and the supernatural told through live music and shadow puppetry.

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EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Date: June 8, 9, 10, 11

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Every Brilliant Thing is a “beautiful, heart-wrenching and very funny” (Time Out London) play about finding reasons to live when all hope seems lost.

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Theater
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A GAMBLER’S GUIDE TO DYING

Date: June 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Awarded The Scotsman’s Fringe First award at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this one-man show is an intergenerational tale of what we live for and what we leave behind.

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GOLEM

Date: June 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

The newest creation from the astonishingly original company 1927 follows a fantastical tale of an extraordinarily ordinary man and the creature he creates.

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Dance
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AAKASH ODEDRA COMPANY

Date: June 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

British dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra has rapidly accumulated international acclaim for his stunning solo performance Rising.

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Dance
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BILL T. JONES/ARNIE ZANE COMPANY

Date: May 27, 28, 29

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

The iconic modern-dance company returns to the Festival with a program that marries Jones’s inventive choreography with works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, and Beethoven performed live.

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Dance
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L.A. DANCE PROJECT

Date: June 4, 5

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Bursting onto the dance scene in 2012, L.A. Dance Project has been turning heads with its fresh, contemporary vision of dance and stylistically diverse repertory.

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Dance
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HAVANA RAKATAN

Date: June 9, 10, 11

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Havana Rakatan brings salsa, mambo, jazz, bolero, son, cha-cha-cha, and rumba together for a dazzling display of Cuban passion augmented by a live eight-piece band on stage.

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Dance
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OPPOSING FORCES

Date: June 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

Breakdancing, live beats, and hip hop collide to challenge perceptions of gender roles in this exciting work created by choreographer, dancer, and educator Amy O’Neal.

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Music
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MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS

Date: June 3

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians remains a landmark work of the 20th century, helping to define the minimalist movement with its revolutionary style.

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Music
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CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT

Date: June 6

Venue: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

The youthful virtuosity of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will be on display in this special chamber orchestra program, which includes Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes.

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BANK OF AMERICA CHAMBER MUSIC

Date: May 27 – June 12

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.

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WESTMINSTER CHOIR CONCERTS

Date: May 30, June 3

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

Conducted by Joe Miller this esteemed ensemble offers selections from its rich and widely varied repertoire along with traditional favorites.

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Music
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40TH-SEASON CELEBRATION CONCERT

Date: May 28

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

The full Festival Orchestra, the Westminster Choir, musicians from the Bank of America Chamber Music and Wells Fargo Jazz series, and more celebrate 40 years of spectacular music-making in the new Charleston Gaillard Center conducted by Steven Sloane.

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CHORAL FANTASY

Date: June 7

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Westminster Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will combine forces to present Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Choral Fantasy, as well as Olivier Messiaen’s Couleurs de la Cité Celeste.

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Music
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GRACE NOTES: REFLECTIONS FOR NOW

Date: June 4, 5

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Acclaimed visual artist Carrie Mae Weems offers up Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, a provocative performance of music, song, text, spoken word, and video projection that explores our historical moment.

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Music
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MUSIC IN TIME | HELMUT LACHENMANN IN CONVERSATION

Date: May 27

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

This pillar of the German avant garde discusses his opera, The Little Match Girl. The program also features a performance of his song cycle Got Lost.

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MUSIC IN TIME | EIN KINDERSPIEL AND SPOLETUDES

Date: June 4

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Helmut Lachenmann’s Ein Kinderspiel is performed alongside Gleb Kanasevich’s recent work Verpflichtet II and the premiere of John Kennedy’s portraits of Festival musicians, titled Spoletudes.

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MUSIC IN TIME | SERYNADE WITH AN AUTOMATED SUNRISE

Date: June 7

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Pianist Stephen Drury performs Helmut Lachenmann’s Serynade, which is paired with Oscar Bettison’s An Automated Sunrise (for Joseph Cornell) for small ensemble.

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MUSIC IN TIME | ANCIENT VOICES OF CHILDREN

Date: June 1

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

This George Crumb classic of contemporary music will be performed by soprano Heather Buck, pianist Stephen Drury, and members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

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MUSIC IN TIME | A MAZE (WITH GRACE)

Date: June 2

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

“Amazing Grace” is unfolded note-by-note in Thomas Albert’s ode to memory, A Maze (With Grace); members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will also perform Hong-Da Chin’s …the clock is ticking… and Richard Reed Parry’s Music for the Heart and Breath.

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AFRAM OU LA BELLE SWITA

Date: June 4, 5, 6

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Reconstructed in what is believed to be its first performance, Afram transports you to the romance and whimsy of Jazz-age Paris, with a southern touch.

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OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW

Date: May 26, 27

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Two-time Grammy-Award winners, Old Crow Medicine Show is at once steeped in Southern tradition and wide-eyed vitality—a combination sure to create an unforgettable live-music experience.

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WELLS FARGO FESTIVAL FINALE featuring NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS

Date: June 12

Venue: Middleton Place

An all-day event at Middleton Place including picnicking, a beer garden, fireworks, and a performance by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

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Wells Fargo Jazz
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JASON MORAN FATS WALLER DANCE PARTY

Date: June 4

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

For his Fats Waller Dance Party, pianist Jason Moran celebrates a sound forged in Harlem neighborhoods nearly a century ago.

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Wells Fargo Jazz
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RANDY WESTON AFRICAN RHYTHMS SEXTET

Date: June 2

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Weston has delved more deeply and with more profound insight than any other musician into jazz’s African roots.

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Wells Fargo Jazz
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RENÉ MARIE

Date: May 29

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

A Festival favorite, René Marie is known for her vocal vibrancy and self-possessed boldness, making her one of the most compelling voices performing today.

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Wells Fargo Jazz
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CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT

Date: June 3

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Salvant returns to the Festival with the fruits and success of the last several years marked by theatrical portrayals, fresh interpretations, and original compositions.

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Wells Fargo Jazz
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ARTURO O’FARRILL AND THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA

Date: May 28, 29

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra embodies the drama of big-band jazz, the dynamism of Latin music, and the thrill of 18 world-class musicians.

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Wells Fargo Jazz
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BOHEMIAN TRIO

Date: May 28, 30, 31

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Bohemian Trio intertwines earthy, Afro-Cuban rhythms with sweeping classical melodies, jazz improvisation, and the celebration of Latin dance to transport its audiences to an inspired and fantastical place.

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Wells Fargo Jazz
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THE FREDDY COLE QUARTET

Date: June 8, 9, 10, 11

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Distinguished by his warm grace and suave, smoky voice, Freddy Cole is one of the most respected lyrical storytellers in jazz today.

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Special Events
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BEHIND THE GARDEN GATE

Date: May 28, June 4

Venue: Various

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

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40TH-SEASON SOIRÉE

Date: May 28

Venue: The Dewberry

Celebrate 40 seasons of Spoleto Festival USA with a sumptuous supper, sultry jazz, and hand-crafted cocktails at The Dewberry.

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Special Events
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MASTER CLASSES

Date: May 26, June 4, 11

Venue: Various

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

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PORGY AND BESS WALKING TOUR

Date: May 27 – June 12

Venue: Various

Explore the world of Porgy and Bess beyond the stage with this specially curated walking tour of downtown Charleston.

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Special Events
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ANNUAL AUCTION

Date: February 19

Venue: The Cedar Room

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Artist Talks
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CONVERSATIONS WITH

Date: May 28, 29, June 5, 6

Venue: Charleston Library Society, Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

CBS correspondent Martha Teichner hosts lively conversations with Festival artists. FREE EVENT.

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Artist Talks
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THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES: THE US, CUBA, AND JAZZ

Date: May 29

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Pianist/composer Arturo O’Farrill and saxophonist/composer Yosvany Terry discuss the historic bond between the US and Cuba in conversation with music critic Larry Blumenfeld.

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