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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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As we anticipate the coming of Shakespeare’s Globe to the 43rd season of Spoleto Festival USA, we began reflecting on the similarities between Charleston and London. While our Southern city—though steeped in history—may not seemingly measure up to that of London, both locales do have a […]

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