Joseph Dennis

Tenor Joseph Dennis, who will sing in the world premiere of Paradise Interrupted at this year’s Festival, has been named one of five winners of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The event has helped to propel the career of many young singers and the illustrious list of past winners includes Renee Fleming, Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Ben Heppner, Thomas Hampson, and Samuel Ramey. It was a busy weekend for Joseph, who performed excerpts from Paradise Interrupted on Saturday before the grand finals held on Sunday.


Meanwhile, Paradise Interrupted composer Huang Ruo has been appointed the composer-in-residence for the 2015-16 season at Amsterdam’s prestigious concert hall the Concertgebouw. His works will be featured in a Music In Time concert on May 23, as well as in the Bank of America Chamber Music series. The appointment includes living in Amsterdam for three months and conducting in the famed hall. He will also premiere a new work during the season.


Emmylou Harris has been named as one of two Laureates of the 2015 Polar Music Prize alongside Dame Evelyn Glennie. Now in its 24th year, the Polar Music Prize, often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for music,” recognizes one Laureate from contemporary music and one from the classical world. The official announcement says of Harris: “Her voice follows the contours of the American landscape, from the highest peaks to the endless prairie. Weather, soil and color, it can all be perceived in her music.” Harris performs at the TD Arena on May 25 with Rodney Crowell.



Shakespeare’s Globe has released two trailers featuring Samuel Valentine and Cassie Layton cast as Romeo and Juliet in the new production of Romeo and Juliet to be presented in the Dock Street Theatre. Rehearsals, directed by Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Hoare, are currently underway in London. You can see rehearsal photos on the company’s Facebook page here.



Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre.


Westminster Choir’s concerts featuring David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion & Carissimi’s Jephte will be in the Emmett Robinson Theatre.


Golden Dragon Water Puppet performances will be held in the Stern Student Center Garden.



A second performance of City Lights feautring the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra has been added on Monday, May 25 at 8:30pm.


Great tickets are still available!

Tickets to Festival performances are available online at, over the phone at (843) 579-3100, and in person at the Charleston Visitor Center (375 Meeting Street).



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Photo credits: Huang Ro, Julieta Cervantes, Julia Lynn, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre, City Lights © Roy Export S.A.S