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May 2022

Charleston-born Edmund Thornton Jenkins’ Rhapsodic Overture receives a thrilling restoration nearly 100 years after it was composed and here is what you should know: Under the baton of Festival Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra presents the […]

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“Omar,” the opera by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, received its world premiere at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston on May 27, 2022. In the days following the world premiere performance, the reviews have started to come in. We’re rounding them up here. The New […]

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Artist, activist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Allison Russell will be singing under the stars at Spoleto Festival USA this Wednesday and here is what you should know: Russell has walked through shadows. Her extraordinary gift of songcraft speaks to a powerful reclamation of self; her words […]

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The Festival’s longstanding tradition of presenting exceptional theatrical productions at Dock Street Theatre continues in 2022.  Irish theatre producer Landmark Productions brings the U.S. Premiere of The Approach to the stage over the course of 11 performances and here is what you should know: This 65-minute […]

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Storytelling through song, Lift Every Voice brings together principal artists and choristers of Omar, accompanied by pianist Brandon Waddles, for a special evening highlighting music of the Black experience. Here is what you should know: Engaging audiences on a journey from spirituals to contemporary melodies—including […]

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