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We’re Here for Sasha Velour

Ahead of her 2024 Spoleto debut, Sasha Velour will join the fourth season of the Emmy-winning unscripted series We’re Here. The gender-fluid drag queen is known for her performance artistry, fierce activism, and boundary-breaking scholarship. Sasha will present an immersive evening of drag, storytelling, and […]

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Add to Playlist: Charles Lloyd’s New Single “Monk’s Dance” 

2024 Spoleto Festival USA performer Charles Lloyd has released the first single off his upcoming album, The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow, due out March 15. Selected by The New York Times for its playlist of the most notable new tracks. Lloyd’s debut single, […]

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New Release by 2024 Spoleto Composer Nathalie Joachim: Ki moun ou ye 

2024 Festival composer, Natalie Joachim has released her second studio album, Ki moun ou ye. A Haitian American flutist, singer, and composer, Joachim’s original cello concerto will premiere at the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra concert performed by cellist Seth Parker Woods. Get your tickets for […]

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Family Friendly at Spoleto Festival USA: Celebrating Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on the special role that mothers play in our lives and all they teach us. Many of us experience our first arts performance with our moms who are eager to expose their children to creativity, music, and […]

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Chef Mike Lata Pairs Dinner and a Show

This March, acclaimed chef and industry leader Mike Lata received Spoleto’s 2023 Mary Ramsay Civic Award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions of civic and charitable leadership within the Charleston community. As the co-owner and chef of FIG and The Ordinary, Lata has shaped Charleston’s culinary landscape, […]

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Class is In: Artists and their Teachers

For every professional artist, there are, of course, countless mentors behind the scenes. It’s no surprise that some of the best award-acceptance speeches include mention of childhood teachers setting the recipients on a path of greatness or awakening a self discovery. In reality, artists never […]

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Five Questions for the New Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director of Chamber Music 

In just under four months, Paul Wiancko will welcome guests to the first Bank of America Chamber Music program of the 2024 Festival. Until then, we want you to get to know Paul. A member of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet, founding member of the […]

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From Mena Mark Hanna: Music Moves Us

Two things happened in Berlin on March 16, 2020:  our first child, Hugo, was born, and  the city went into full lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This may sound glib, but at first the lockdown felt like a bit of a reprieve for a […]

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The countdown to Spoleto Festival USA 2023 begins January 27

As I reflect on some of the challenges of the past few years and even the first weeks of 2023, I am immeasurably grateful to serve an organization that has brought decades of wonder to audiences and spurred positive growth for its community. Spoleto Festival […]

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Add to Playlist: Charles Lloyd’s New Single “Monk’s Dance” 

2024 Spoleto Festival USA performer Charles Lloyd has released the first single off his upcoming album, The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow, due out March 15. Selected by The New York Times for its playlist of the most notable new tracks. Lloyd’s debut single, […]

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Spoleto Staff Playlist: Holiday Favorites 

We surveyed our team, from the elves in development to the carolers in producing, to compile the soundtrack to Spoleto this holiday season. We unearthed a treasure trove of unexpected and heartwarming Christmas favorites, so get ready to step into the musical minds of the […]

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Essential Kishi Bashi from Spoleto Superfan Anna Brown

Spoleto staffer Anna Brown remembers doing a happy dance when she heard Kishi Bashi would be part of the 2023 season lineup. (An impeccable one, surely—she was a classically trained dancer, after all.) As it turns out, Brown has long been a superfan of the […]

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We’re Here for Sasha Velour

Ahead of her 2024 Spoleto debut, Sasha Velour will join the fourth season of the Emmy-winning unscripted series We’re Here. The gender-fluid drag queen is known for her performance artistry, fierce activism, and boundary-breaking scholarship. Sasha will present an immersive evening of drag, storytelling, and […]

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Announcing the cast and creative team of Ruinous Gods

Spoleto Festival USA today announced the cast and creative team for the world premiere performances of Ruinous Gods, a new full-length chamber opera by composer Layale Chaker and librettist Lisa Schlesinger at Spoleto Festival USA 2024. Announced earlier this year, the work explores the trauma […]

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Composer Paul Wiancko is the next Director of Chamber Music

Cellist and composer Paul Wiancko will become the next Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director of Chamber Music, debuting in the role in the 2024 season. Wiancko’s appointment marks the first time in the Festival’s history that the standing director is both a performer […]

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Conductor Timothy Myers is named music director of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

Spoleto Festival USA’s General Director & CEO Mena Mark Hanna announced today the appointment of conductor Timothy Myers as music director of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, one of the world’s most prestigious ensembles for emerging musicians. In his new role, Myers will lead its […]

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