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Two hundred years after his hanging in Charleston, Denmark Vesey is finally starting to be included in modern discussions of slavery outside of historical circles. A former enslaved man in Charleston who had purchased his freedom, Vesey led an attempted liberation of enslaved Africans. In […]

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by Larry Blumenfeld Reprinted from the 2022 Spoleto Festival USA Program Book “Why is music called the divine art, while all other arts are not so called? We may certainly see God in all arts and in all sciences, but in music alone we see […]

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by Jenny Ouellette and Anna Brooks Reprinted from the 2022 Spoleto Festival USA program book In 2014, Ebony Williams made her Spoleto debut with  Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Audiences may remember her dancing: powerful yet precise with liquid-like limbs flowing this way and that—a radiant, […]

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by Vanessa Ague Reprinted from Spoleto Festival USA 2022 program book Imagine walking into a Barnes & Noble or Charleston’s own Monster Music & Movies. You scan the aisles, searching for the umbrella category that fits your musical appetite best—perhaps classical, jazz, or pop. You […]

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As we’ve started to return to the office in preparation for the 2022 Festival, things have been merry and bright at Spoleto HQ. Everyone’s in the holiday spirit, so we asked a few of our artistic directors and festival producers to share some favorite tunes […]

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