Now approaching it’s 40th season, Spoleto Festival USA has seen a great deal of press coverage. Festival stories, whether in print or online, give readers the opportunity to draw deeper connections with performances they see on stage.

Below is a list of 40 notable headlines from the past 40 years.

  1. “Chamber Music a Hit at Spoleto U.S.A.” (The New York Times, 1977)
  2. “Spoleto Arts Festival Opens Today in Charleston, Reflecting a Revival of the City’s Cultural Legacy” (The New York Times, 1977)
  3. “Menotti Opera Well Received By Spoleto Festival Audience” (Savannah Morning News, 1993)
  4. “Charleston artistically awash in Spoleto” (Savannah Morning News, 1997)
  5. “1998 Spoleto Festival promises fun and variety” (Savannah Morning News, 1998)
  6. “Spoleto Festival Survives and Thrives” (The Wall Street Journal, 1998)
  7. “CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK; At Spoleto, the Novelty is Still Novel” (The New York Times, 1999)
  8. “TRAVEL ADVISORY; In Charleston, Spoleto Blooms Again” (The New York Times, 1999)
  9. “Spoleto will honor Menotti with an opera” (The Charlotte Observer, 2001)
  10. “Spoleto chamber music leader fills shoes splendidly” (The Charlotte Observer, 2001)
  11. “Reinventing the arts festival” (Savannah Morning News, 2004)
  12. “Charleston’s strong, eclectic mix of the arts ranks it high among tourists and music lovers” (Savannah Morning News, 2004)
  13. “Menotti Street (Spoleto I)” (The New Yorker, 2008)
  14. “Glorious overload of the senses” (The Post and Courier, 2008)
  15. “Spoleto, Gate Theatre stuff of legend” (The Post and Courier, 2010)
  16. “Spoleto Festival a bit of magic” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2010)
  17. “Spoleto Festival, USA: The South’s Arts Extravaganza” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2011)
  18. “Spoleto chamber musician Alisa Weilerstein awarded genius grant” (Charleston City Paper, 2011)
  19. “Spoleto sharpens its edge” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2012)
  20. “All the World On a Stage In America” (The New York Times, 2012)
  21. “8 premieres part of 2012 Spoleto Festival, adding element of risk and promise of reward” (The Post and Courier 2012)
  22. “Largest Spoleto season to unfold next week in SC” (The Denver Post, 2013)
  23. “Spoleto rises to greater heights” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2013)
  24. “Geoff Nuttall, The Jon Stewart of Chamber Music” (The New York Times, 2013)
  25. “Spoleto: 37 years, but still new” (The Post and Courier, 2013)
  26. “Spoleto Serves Up a Sweet (and Spicy) Summer Serenade” (Huffington Post, 2013)
  27. “Boldness, variety drive Spoleto’s appeal” (The Greenville News, 2014)
  28. “Art adventures abound at Spoleto Festival USA” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2014)
  29. “Shakespeare at Spoleto: A ‘Dream’ of a Production” (The Charlotte Observer, 2014)
  30. “Spoleto Festival opens with a bang and a fanfare” (The Post and Courier, 2014)
  31. “Joe Riley: 40 years in office, 40 years a Spoleto Festival booster” (The Post and Courier, 2015)
  32. “Chamber music is Spoleto’s quirkiest delight” (The Charlotte Observer, 2015)
  33. “Humor, drama abound on opening day of Spoleto Festival” (Winston-Salem Journal, 2015)
  34. “Charleston goes full speed during Spoleto Festival” (Winston-Salem Journal, 2015)
  35. “Spoleto overview: Confetti Cannons and an Evening in Paradise” (Charleston City Paper, 2015)
  36. “Spoleto Festival Calling With 17 Days of World-Class Acts” (Where Traveler, 2015)
  37. “Artistic invasion: Spoleto festivals transform Charleston” (The Post and Courier, 2015)
  38. Countertenor John Holiday steals the festival (The Post and Courier, 2015)
  39. “Spoleto Festival’s 40th year brings lavish lineup” (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2016)
  40. “Charleston’s Spoleto: At 40, historic and hip” (The Charlotte Observer, 2016)
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    40 for Friday is a new weekly (or bi-weekly) blog series celebrating the 40th season of Spoleto Festival USA. Feel free to comment if there is something you would like to see in this series. We have a lot of interesting content coming your way! 

Image: Gate Theatre’s The Importance of Being Earnest by Pat Redmond. CLICK HERE for information and tickets.