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Music for the Spirit

St. John Passion June 4 at 7:30pm Charleston Gaillard Center Music lovers everywhere adopt a hallowed expression at the mere mention of Johann Sebastian Bach. Few composers earned as many accolades as this church musician, and you’ll quickly see why at the Festival’s performance of […]

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Director, writer, actor, and singer/songwriter Cora Bissett was first propelled into the limelight as a teenager, after answering a band’s advertisement in the Fife Free Press. The band Darlingheart—influenced by such groups as The Pixies and R.E.M.—was searching for a singer, and Bissett fit the […]

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“Slop ’n’ Soul,” that is how Curtis Harding describes his musical style—a little psychedelic, rooted in gospel and rock, with a heavy dose of R&B in the mix. “Soul is the foundation of what I do,” he explained to Garden and Gun in 2018. “Slop is mixed […]

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When asked recently who he lists as his “Top 3 composers right now,” Spoleto’s Director of Chamber Music Geoff Nuttall replied, “Haydn, Handel, and Wiancko—in that order.” That third name might be unfamiliar to most, but for those attending the 2019 Bank of America Chamber […]

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You may not know her name yet, but Melanie Henley Heyn is a star in the making—and singing the title role in this season’s all-new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome. Born in a small town in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Henley Heyn studied at Manhattan School of Music Manhattan […]

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