A Spoleto Festival USA classic, the Bank of America Chamber Music series returns to Dock Street Theatre today with the first of its 11 programs and audience members may notice something is a little different. Draped behind this year’s ensemble is a brand new backdrop, setting the tone for #SFUSA2022.

The change of scenery comes after nearly four decades of having the former Christian Thee backdrop frame the Dock Street stage. Spoleto Festival USA alongside Director of Chamber Music and Violinist, Geoff Nuttall, commissioned Charleston-based interdisciplinary artist Fletcher Williams III to create the contemporary work, titled Dusk.

“The South is a labyrinth. It’s whimsical, sacred, and spirited, the ground hallow and the air heavy with salt… Dusk is a memory of this place, which floats above the ground and reflects below the water’s surface.”

As an independent artist, Williams has produced numerous solo exhibitions within the Charleston area and participated in group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2021, South Arts named Williams the South Carolina State Fellow and Southern Prize Finalist.

Festival staff caught up with Fletcher to capture his reaction to seeing the largest scale of artwork he has created to date and here is what he had to say:

 

 

You can see the new backdrop during the Bank of America Chamber Music series at Dock Street Theatre beginning Friday, May 27 through Sunday, June 12.

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