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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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What better way to do a deep dive into Spoleto’s 2019 season than by reading some of the original works that inspired the shows or biographies about the artists themselves? We’ve compiled a short list to bring to your local library—or you can follow our […]

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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 […]

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