Your mother has been with you since day one—as you took your first steps and dabbled in your new-found hobbies—remember those clarinet and dance lessons? To thank her for all she has done and continues to do, why not treat her to a performing arts experience catered specifically to her? Since all moms are unique, here are 8 Spoleto Festival USA shows that are guaranteed to please:

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For the jazz-loving mom: Evan Christopher and his trio will bring what he calls “contemporary early jazz” to the Festival this year. This group explores the full range of possibilities within New Orleans jazz by composing works based on tradition and adding in a dash of their own modern spin. Check out some of our favorite tracks HERECLICK HERE for information and tickets.

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For the trendy mom who’s always up to date: Monchichi is a duet by Company Wang Ramirez in which ballet and contemporary dance coexist with breaking, hip hop, and martial arts to create a new choreographic language that transcends cultural boundaries—set to electronic bass beats by French musician Ilia Koutchoukov aka Everydayz.
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For the creative mom who advises you to “follow your dreams:” Murmurs’s dreamlike and magical content is sure to engage her imaginative mind. Created by mother-daughter duo, Aurélia Thierrée and Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, this blend of theater, puppetry, and illusion is reminiscent of the hallucinatory tale of Alice in Wonderland—where all things are not as they seem—revisited through a new lens. CLICK HERE for information and tickets.

For a mom with a travel bug: songwriter and producer Sofía Rei brings her uplifting, inventive voice from Buenos Aires to Charleston for six unique performances that explore the connections between South American folklore, jazz, flamenco, and electronic sounds. CLICK HERE for information and tickets.

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For the mom who that listens to Mozart while cooking, Beethoven while cleaning, or Haydn while relaxing: tickets to an evening of Mozart’s Great Mass will be just what she needs this Mother’s Day. The powerful voices of the Westminster Choir and Charleston Symphony Orchestra Choir along with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will make this legendary Mozart work come to life for one night only this season. CLICK HERE for information and tickets.

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For the mom who is energetic and young at heart: treat her to an epic display of physical feats by the French circus troupe Compagnie XY. Il n’est past encore minuit is a thrilling piece of physical theater that’s in constant motion, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats. CLICK HERE for information and tickets.

For the dramatic mom who can’t get enough of the joy and heartache that encompass romantic pursuits: consider Tchaikovsky’s grand opera, Eugene Onegin. This is a Russian tale of first love that covers a wide range of emotions—from tenderness and desire to rejection and loss. CLICK HERE for information and tickets.

For the mom who’s always cracking jokes or just loves a good belly laugh: the disagreeable puppet Moses—star of Blind Summit Theatre’s The Tablewill satisfy her need for humor. This curmudgeon impersonates the prophet and entertains with musings on God, life, death, and puppetry. CLICK HERE for information and tickets.