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Every winter, the Festival’s Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy embarks on a very important mission: to select musicians for the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. This audition process takes him to seven cities across the country where he listens to every single […]

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We’re taking you behind the scenes of one of Spoleto’s most enduring and important traditions: the Apprenticeship Program. Each year, the Festival brings in dozens of student apprentices to learn about every aspect of our operations, from ticket sales and communications to artist services and […]

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Every winter, the Festival’s Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy embarks on a very important mission: to select musicians for the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. This audition process takes him to seven cities across the country where he listens to every single […]

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On May 22, 2020, Spoleto Festival USA’s 44th season will open with the world premiere of a newly commissioned opera by Rhiannon Giddens, a Grammy Award winner and MacArthur fellow known for exploring the legacy of African-American folk traditions. Michael Abels is working closely with Giddens […]

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On May 22, 2020, Spoleto Festival USA’s 44th season will open with a world premiere, a newly commissioned opera by Rhiannon Giddens, based on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved Muslim-African man who was brought to Charleston in 1807. The story traces his […]

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