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2024 Mary Ramsay Civic Award Luncheon

Spoleto Festival USA is proud to announce the 2024 Mary Ramsay Civic Award winners are Kit and Joel Smith and Dr. Mary Thornley. Established in 2012, the Mary Ramsay Civic Award recognizes extraordinary contributions of civic and charitable leadership within the Charleston community. This year’s […]

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Pedrito Martinez to Honor Heritage in Return to Spoleto Stage 

Pedrito Martinez returns to the Spoleto stage after seven years. His 2017 Wells Fargo Jazz Series performance in the College of Charleston Cistern Yard had audiences on their feet. His return this June will bring an exciting performance blending of jazz, rumba, and afro-beats for […]

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From Mandolin Orange to Watchhouse 

This year, Spoleto Festival USA welcomes Watchhouse, the duo of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz that has been captivating audiences with their blend of bluegrass, folk, and Americana for over a decade. For some they are better known as Mandolin Orange, their namesake until 2021. […]

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Playlist: 2024 Spoleto Festival USA Wells Fargo Jazz Series

This year, the Wells Fargo Jazz Series promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of this vibrant musical genre. A captivating adventure through the vast landscape of jazz, this year’s lineup features the iconic sounds of the genre’s legends to the electrifying energy of contemporary […]

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Spoleto Festival USA Reading List

Each year, Spoleto Festival USA presents a rich tapestry of music, theater, opera, and dance in Charleston. Whether you’re a seasoned festivalgoer or a curious newcomer, our 2024 reading list will prime your artistic appetite and set the stage for an unforgettable Spoleto. These are […]

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Reviews are in: Charles Lloyd – The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow 

Released on his 86th birthday, Charles Lloyd’s new album The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow is garnering rave reviews.  One of the most significant recordings of his seven-decade career, The Sky Will Still Be There Tomorrow is Lloyd’s eleventh Blue Note album and delivers […]

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Brandy Clark’s Journey to Self-Discovery and Finally Winning Her First GRAMMY 

After decades in the music industry, GRAMMY and CMA Award-winner Brandy Clark is having a breakout year, in addition to her GRAMMY win, she nabbed her first Tony-Award for the Broadway musical Shucked, which she co-wrote, and has embarked on a national tour, performing in […]

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Spoleto Announces Cast for World Premiere Play The Song of Rome 

The cast is set for Spoleto Festival USA’s world premiere play The Song of Rome, written by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson. Co-produced by Spoleto Festival USA, the production will premiere on the opening weekend of this year’s Festival at the historic Dock Street Theatre.  […]

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Spoleto Perfomer Honors the Legacy of Women’s Suffragist with New Album  

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan is gearing up for her return to Spoleto Festival USA in June, but critics are already raving about her new album All My Friends, proving that the anticipation is well-deserved.     Inspired by the letters and speeches of suffragist Carrie […]

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Playlist: 2024 Front Row Series 

Old Crow Medicine Show. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Amos Lee. Brandy Clark. Watchhouse. Aoife O’Donovan. Jason Isbell. These acclaimed nationally-touring artists make up the 2024 Front Row series at Spoleto Festival USA.   A titan of classical and jazz music, the Festival has expanded […]

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Spoleto Chamber Musicians Joining Famed Kronos Quartet 

On March 5, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Spoleto alumni Gabriela Díaz and Ayane Kosaza will join the world-renowned chamber group Kronos Quartet in the article, “Two longtime members of Kronos Quartet plan a joint retirement.” Kronos will enter its sixth decade with two female […]

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Themes of women’s creativity, courage, and determination shine at 2024 Spoleto Festival USA

Since 1987, Women’s History Month has provided a space to celebrate the contributions of women and remember their remarkable stories of ingenuity, determination, and perseverance.  This spring, three of those stories—two true, one a fantastical dramatization of real testimonies—will take center stage at the 2024 […]

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“Chamber music is like no other art form.”

By Paul Wiancko My father Gene used to tell me that the average person changes careers seven times. In his own lifetime, he enjoyed successful stints in engineering, cartography, and geophysics, before ending up in documentary filmmaking. At first, I interpreted this oft-mentioned fact as […]

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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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Romeo and Juliet: A Retelling in Cinema, Theater, Opera, and Music  

The perennial tragic romance, Romeo and Juliet has been depicted in a myriad of artistic mediums in the 400+ years since William Shakespeare wrote the original play.  In honor of the upcoming 2024 Spoleto Festival USA production Romeo and Juliet Suite by L.A. Dance Project, […]

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Celebration of Gullah Culture Happening at the 2024 Festival

Honoring the history and heritage of the Lowcountry’s Gullah communities, Spoleto Festival USA 2024 will present Lowcountry: South Carolina Music in the Gullah Tradition in the College of Charleston Cistern Yard on Sunday, June 2. What is Gullah? The Gullah are an African American ethnic […]

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Which 2024 Spoleto Artists Took Home GRAMMY Awards?

At the 66th GRAMMY Awards, on Sunday, Feb. 4, two 2024 Spoleto performing acts won big. Jason Isbell: Best American Roots Song and Best Americana Album Now a six-time GRAMMY Award winner, Jason Isbell’s ninth studio album, Weathervanes earned the nod for Best Americana Album […]

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Spoleto’s Mena Mark Hanna and The Post & Courier’s Maura Hogan explore the 2024 lineup

In this conversation with Spoleto General Director & CEO Mena Mark Hanna and The Post & Courier’s Maura Hogan, go deep into the details of the 2024 Festival. Mena and Maura discuss the upcoming Festival and all you can’t miss. Explore the Season & Buy Tickets

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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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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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Spoleto’s 2024 season features a star-studded lineup of more than 100 performances

Spoleto Festival USA, the country’s premier performing arts festival, returns May 24 to June 9, 2024 with a star-studded lineup of more than 100 events in venues throughout Charleston, South Carolina. Tickets, starting at $25, are available for purchase online today, January 26. The ambitious […]

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Slew of Spoleto Festival USA Alumni Nominated for 2024 Grammy Awards

Above: Old Crow Medicine Show, Spoleto Festival USA 2016. Photo by Julia Lynn. Spoleto Festival USA alumni are widely represented in the 2024 GRAMMY Award nominations.    Rhiannon Giddens, co-composer of the score for Spoleto Festival USA’s original opera Omar, is nominated for two awards. A […]

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