Opera

EUGENE ONEGIN

Date: May 26, June 1, 4, 8

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Russia’s wintery beauty and Tchaikovsky’s full range of emotions are on display in this grand opera about the tragedy of first love.

Opera

FARNACE

Date: May 27, 29, June 2, 5, 7, 9

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Director Garry Hynes produces the US premiere of Vivaldi’s opera most performed in his lifetime; this mythical Roman war drama stars countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Opera

QUARTETT

Date: May 28, 31, June 3

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

The two principal characters from Les Liaisons dangereuses are trapped in a bitter game of seduction and deception in the US premiere of this Royal Opera production.

Theater

WAITING FOR GODOT

Date: May 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, June 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Director Garry Hynes and her Irish theater company Druid present a fresh take on Samuel Beckett’s quintessential 20th-century play about life’s great questions.

Theater

THE TABLE

Date: June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

This quirky telling of Moses’s story features a cardboard puppet operated by three men and occupies a welcoming space between contemporary humor and historical reference.

Theater

RAMONA

Date: May 31, June 1, 2, 3, 4

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Ramona—a train engine only able to move 300 meters—waits in a railway station for her heroic Trans-Siberian locomotive, Ermon, to return from his journey across the Russian railroads.

Theater

MURMURS

Date: May 26, 27, 28, 29

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Aurélia Thierrée returns to the Festival with this dreamlike, largely wordless rumination on a woman’s adventure into a surreal and shifting landscape.

Theater

ANGEL

Date: May 26, 27, 28, 29

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Inspired by a true story, Henry Naylor’s one-woman monologue depicts a heroine’s experience in a 2014 siege in Northern Syria.

Physical Theater

IL N’EST PAS ENCORE MINUIT

Date: June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Venue: Memminger Auditorium

Compagnie XY returns to the Festival with a piece of French circus that presents a metaphor for the ways in which humanity faces instability and imbalance.

Dance

W H A L E

Date: June 8, 9, 10

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Created by acclaimed choreographer Andrea Miller, W H A L E uses radical physical language and an impulsive narrative pace to juxtapose love, sex, and domesticity.

Dance

WE LOVE ARABS

Date: June 5, 7, 8, 9, 10

Venue: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston

Prolific choreographer and dancer Hillel Kogan presents We Love Arabs—a pithy work that examines the Arab-Israeli conflict with humor and subtlety.

Dance

OCD LOVE

Date: June 2, 3, 4

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Performed to deep, pulsing grooves created live by DJ Ori Lichtik, OCD Love explores themes of the heart through the lens of obsessive compulsion.

Dance

AYODELE CASEL

Date: June 1, 2, 3, 4

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

New York tapper Ayodele Casel presents the world premiere of a virtuosic piece exploring language, communication, identity, and legacy.

Dance

MONCHICHI

Date: May 26, 27, 28

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Dancer/choreographers Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez pool their experiences in ballet, martial arts, and breakdancing to develop a new language for an intercultural generation.

Dance

YO, CARMEN

Date: May 27, 28

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

The passionate flamenco dancer María Pagés embodies the legendary character of Carmen in a vibrant ode to femininity.

Music

BANK OF AMERICA CHAMBER MUSIC

Date: May 26 – June 11

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Host Geoff Nuttall leads some of the most skilled chamber musicians in the country in diverse, intimate, and thrilling programs.

Music

CINEMA AND SOUND

Date: June 7, 8, 9, 10

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Pianist/composer Stephen Prutsman performs his original score—with select members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra—for three silent film shorts from the 1910s and ‘20s.

Music

MOZART’S GREAT MASS

Date: June 6

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Westminster Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra combine forces to present works including Mozart’s great unfinished mass.

Music

RHIANNON GIDDENS

Date: June 9

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

SOLD OUT. This quintessentially American musician revives and recasts traditional songs, at once displaying a great reverence for history while introducing her own powerful perspective.

Music

MUSIC IN TIME | LECTURE ON THE WEATHER

Date: June 5

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Using texts by Henry David Thoreau, recordings of nature, and projections, this John Cage work is a prescient and timeless sonic rumination on environmental and social concerns.

Music

WELLS FARGO FESTIVAL FINALE FEATURING THE REVIVALISTS

Date: June 11

Venue: Middleton Place

The 2017 season comes to a close with an afternoon/evening celebration at historic Middleton Place with a performance by The Revivalists, followed by fireworks.

Music

DELLA MAE

Date: June 2

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

This Nashville-based string band has a reputation for blurring the lines between bluegrass, folk, soul, and old-time traditions.

Music

SPOLETO CELEBRATION CONCERT

Date: May 30

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

More than 100 Festival musicians join forces to plumb the depths of the Festival’s history in a jubilant evening of music making; conducted by Evan Rogister.

Music

WESTMINSTER CHOIR CONCERTS

Date: May 29, June 3

Venue: Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul

Joe Miller’s Westminster Choir performs at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul in one of the Festival’s best-loved traditions.

Music

MUSIC IN TIME | DIALOGUES WITH PEDJA MUZIJEVIC

Date: June 1

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Four Haydn sonatas are interspersed with three modern works by Jonathan Berger, John Cage, and Morton Feldman, to offer listeners a fresh landscape for hearing works anew.

Music

MUSIC IN TIME | TEMPUS FUGIT

Date: May 28

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

New musical works from a new generation of composers come together in a program featuring members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra led by conductor Jeffrey Means.

Music

MUSIC IN TIME | SOUNDING PEACE

Date: May 31

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

The Festival celebrates the centenary of American composer Lou Harrison with some of his generous and beautiful music integrating musical traditions from around the world.

Music

MAHLER 4 AND DREAMING

Date: June 3

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

John Kennedy leads the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s beatific Symphony no. 4, as well as Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Dreaming.

Wells Fargo Jazz

EVAN CHRISTOPHER’S CLARINET ROAD

Date: June 7, 8, 9, 10

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Through his music, Evan Christopher honors and extends the venerable New Orleans clarinet tradition with a dynamic yet intimate approach.

Wells Fargo Jazz

DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER

Date: May 25, 26

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Grammy winner and Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater returns to the Festival with her latest contributions to the jazz vocal tradition.

Wells Fargo Jazz

SOFÍA REI

Date: May 27, 29, 30

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Exploring connections between South American folklore, jazz, flamenco, and electronic sounds, Sofía Rei’s music projects a melodic purity while maintaining driving rhythmic complexity.

Wells Fargo Jazz

TERENCE BLANCHARD FEATURING THE E-COLLECTIVE

Date: June 3

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective comes to the Cistern Yard with a distinctly groove-based quintet, teeming with funk, rock, R&B, and blues sounds.

Wells Fargo Jazz

PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP

Date: May 27, 28

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Cuban musician Pedrito Martinez and his powerhouse quartet seamlessly blend Afro-Cuban music traditions with blues and jazz to create an irresistible dancing and listening experience.

Wells Fargo Jazz

CHARLES LLOYD QUARTET

Date: June 2

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Saxophonist/flutist Charles Lloyd fuses jazz with non-Western musical styles on his endless pilgrimage toward an ever-broadening experience as a “sound seeker.”

Wells Fargo Jazz

BUTLER, BERNSTEIN & THE HOT 9

Date: June 1

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

This fiery ensemble uses New Orleans tradition and early 20th-century blues as a launching point toward exploration that is “both historically aware and fully prepared to cut loose.”

Special Events

BEHIND THE GARDEN GATE

Date: May 27, June 3

Venue: Various

Sixteen of the Holy City’s most charming private gardens–eight each weekend–are available for exploration for ticket holders.

Special Events

MASTER CLASSES

Date: May 25, June 3, 10

Venue: Various

Join fellow dance and movement enthusiasts for Master Classes led by Festival artists.

Special Events

SLOW DANCING

Date: May 25 - June 9

Slow Dancing will be available in Marion Square nightly from May 25 to June 9, 9:00pm to 11:00pm. FREE EVENT

Artist Talks

CONVERSATIONS WITH

Date: May 27, 29, June 2, 4

Venue: Charleston Library Society, Woolfe Street Playhouse

CBS correspondent Martha Teichner hosts lively conversations with Festival artists. FREE EVENT.

Artist Talks

JAZZ TALKS

Date: May 28, June 3

Venue: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Music critic Larry Blumenfeld leads conversations with musicians and scholars of the jazz community. FREE EVENT.

Artist Talks

SPOLETO SALON

Date: April 25, May 2, 9, 17

Venue: 14 George Street

In hour-long evening discussions, learn more about various genres and gain a greater understanding of this season’s Festival productions. This is a FREE EVENT.

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