Welcome to the Spoleto Festival USA journal.
Delve deeper into the stories that make up the fabric of the Festival.
When British composer Joby Talbot was asked in 2005 to create an a cappella choral piece inspired by the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage across Northern Spain, he gathered a backpack and headed for the hills. “I’m not a religious person, but I love […]Read More
One of the world’s brightest and most beloved vocal ensembles, Westminster Choir has been a Spoleto Festival USA fixture since the inaugural season in 1977. Now led by Dr. Joe Miller, the Westminster Choir continues to be a Festival highlight—and their concerts in Charleston’s historic […]Read More
In 1969, an 18-year-old college student arrived in Spoleto, Italy, ready for his first day as a studente assistente at the Festival of Two Worlds. “I was in awe of the artists who were gathered to celebrate dance, music, theater, opera, and all the performing […]Read More
No doubt about it, the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra members are the busiest artists of the entire Festival—accompanying the opera and choral productions as well as playing many symphonic and chamber concerts throughout the season. (This year alone, ensemble members play such a range of […]Read More
Child prodigy, genius, or artistic organism? When it comes to Esperanza Spalding, all three descriptors have been used (despite her career-long attempt to shake off labels). The last one, however—“artistic organism”—comes from Spalding directly, reflecting the bassist and vocalist’s rather modest approach to describing herself and […]Read More