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Opera

Ruinous Gods

Date: May 24, 27, 29, June 1

Venue: Sottile Theatre at College of Charleston

With a groundbreaking score that weaves Arabic maqam and Western classical music, this world premiere opera urges crucial conversations about the effect of displacement on migrant children.

Dance

L.A. Dance Project: Romeo and Juliet Suite

Date: May 25, 26

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Acclaimed choreographer Benjamin Millepied stages a bold, multidisciplinary adaptation of the timeless tragedy with Prokofiev’s lush score performed by live orchestra.

Theater

The Song of Rome

Date: May 25, 26, 27, 31, June 1, 2

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

In their world premiere exploration of Virgil’s Aeneid, Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson toggle between past and present to depict power dynamics that feel as resonant today as during the fall of the Roman republic.

Theater

fix+foxy: Dark Noon

Date: May 31, June 1, 2

Venue: Festival Hall

Seven South African actors personify mythologized archetypes of the American West to offer an outsider’s unflinching perspective on U.S. history.

Theater

Cassette Roulette: John Cameron Mitchell and Amber Martin

Date: May 25, 26

Venue: Festival Hall

In a capricious showcase of songs, stories, and characters, Tony-winner John Cameron Mitchell and cabaret superstar Amber Martin perform an audience interactive mixtape not to be missed.

Theater

Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling

Date: June 1, 2

Venue: Rose Maree Myers Theater at Charleston County School of the Arts

With dazzling visuals, this vibrant, family-friendly production illuminates the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale in a feast for the eyes and soul.

Theater

Sasha Velour’s The Big Reveal Live Show!

Date: June 6

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Classic drag, intimate storytelling, live art, and video experimentation collide in this sought-after spectacle from the internationally celebrated drag performer Sasha Velour.

Physical Theater

Casus Creations: Apricity

Date: June 6–9

Venue: Festival Hall

Australia-based Casus Creations returns to Spoleto to present a mesmerizing and uplifting combination of acrobatics, aerials, music, and humor.

Music

An Evening with Yo-Yo Ma

Date: May 30

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

The legendary cellist reflects on his five-year, six-continent tour of Bach’s Cello Suites in both performance and conversation. Joining him are two extraordinary artists he met during his travels— Angélique Kidjo and Jeremy Dutcher.

Music

Bank of America Chamber Music

Date: May 24–June 9

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Under the inspired curation of new director Paul Wiancko, globally renowned musicians present 11 ingenious and intimate programs that span canonical classics and vital new works.

Music

Spoleto Festival USA Chorus + Orchestra: The Creation

Date: June 3

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

The Festival Chorus and Orchestra unite for a jubilant performance of Joseph Haydn’s 1798 oratorio The Creation, chronicling the biblical creation of Eden.

Music

Spoleto Festival USA Chorus

Date: May 31, June 6, 7

Venue: Various

Gifted vocal fellows from across the nation gather in a historic Charleston sanctuary for two highly anticipated programs of sacred and secular works.

Music

Mahler’s Fifth

Date: June 1

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Under the baton of new Music Director Timothy Myers, the Festival Orchestra tackles Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 5 and a world premiere cello concerto by composer Nathalie Joachim with guest soloist Seth Parker Woods.

Music

Beethoven’s Third

Date: June 5

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

On a stirring program, the Festival Orchestra performs Beethoven’s “Heroic” symphony, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Inon Barnatan, and Reena Esmail’s Testament.

Music

Elisa Harkins: Wampum / ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎦᎫᏗ

Date: June 3, 4

Venue: Charleston Music Hall

Visual artist and composer Elisa Harkins presents an innovative work of Indigenous Futurism, a blend of electronic dance tracks, Indigenous music, and vocals in a performance both dreamy and intense.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Terri Lyne Carrington New Standards with Special Guest Dianne Reeves

Date: May 26

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

The acclaimed drummer and renowned vocalist unite for a rich selection of works by female jazz composers spanning eras, geographical borders, and genres—from blues to bebop and beyond.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Layale Chaker + Sarafand

Date: May 27, 28

Venue: Charleston Music Hall

Layale Chaker and her ensemble perform a beguiling blend of classical, contemporary music, jazz, Arabic maqam scales, and improvisation.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Charles Lloyd Sky Quartet

Date: May 31

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

The legendary bandleader returns to Spoleto at the helm of a remarkable ensemble, including pianist and MacArthur fellow Jason Moran, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Brian Blade.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Lowcountry: South Carolina Music in the Gullah Tradition

Date: June 2

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

In a celebration of Gullah history and musical heritage, 20-plus South Carolina artists join drummer Quentin Baxter, trumpeter Matt White, and saxophonist Chris Potter for a musical fusion of jazz and praise house melodies.

Wells Fargo Jazz

El Arte del Bolero: Miguel Zenón / Luis Perdomo Duo

Date: June 6–8

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Reimagining beloved boleros as sensuous jazz ballads, saxophonist Miguel Zenón and pianist Luis Perdomo share their Grammy-nominated album in five intimate engagements.

Wells Fargo Jazz

Pedrito Martinez: Echoes of Africa

Date: June 7

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

The Grammy-nominated conguero and batá drum phenom Pedrito Martinez returns with an expanded band, vocalists, and dancers for a performance of Afro-Cuban rhythms and cutting-edge dance music.

Front Row

Old Crow Medicine Show

Date: May 24, 25

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Grammy-winning Americana/roots/string band Old Crow Medicine Show rocks opening weekend with hits including “Wagon Wheel,” one of the top country singles of all time.

Front Row

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Date: May 27

Venue: TD Arena at College of Charleston

Jazz icon Trombone Shorty and his legendary ensemble Orleans Avenue takes to the Cistern stage with a high-octane performance that blends New Orleans sound with rock, funk, and hip-hop.

Front Row

Amos Lee

Date: May 28

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Billboard chart-topping singer-songwriter Amos Lee unfolds his folk, rock, and soulful influences in a solo acoustic performance under the stars.

Front Row

Brandy Clark

Date: June 1

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Already one of the most successful songwriters in country music, this year’s Grammy Award winner for Best Americana Performance has emerged as an acclaimed solo artist with her latest album landing on a slew of “Best Of” lists.

Front Row

Watchhouse

Date: June 5

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Watchhouse, the bold and poetic Appalachian-steeped folk duo, bring their reinvented sound at the edge of experimental folk-rock to the Cistern Yard.

Front Row

Aoife O’Donovan with members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

Date: June 7

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

The lauded singer-songwriter joins the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra to perform selections from her 2024 album All My Friends, inspired by letters and speeches of the suffragist movement.

Front Row

Jason Isbell

Date: June 8, 9

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Grammy Award-winning rock and roll icon Jason Isbell lights up the Cistern Yard for back-to-back rare acoustic performances.

Traditions

Opening Ceremony

Date: May 24

Venue: Charleston City Hall

Spoleto and the Charleston community unite to open the 48th Spoleto Festival USA at this public event.

Traditions

Tell Your Story

Date: May 22

Venue: Festival Hall

Four Festival Orchestra fellows pair with Charleston-based entrepreneurs, artists, and activists to create aural memoirs—works of creative placemaking distinct to the South Carolina Lowcountry and to this moment.

Artist Talks

Conversations With

Date: May 25, 26, June 1, 4

Venue: Various

Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner hosts riveting, intimate conversations with the artists and companies of Spoleto Festival USA, illuminating the creative process and delving into the stories that form the 2024 productions.

Artist Talks

Jazz Talks

Date: May 27, June 7

Venue: Various

Spoleto Festival USA’s Jazz Curator Larry Blumenfeld speaks with artists from the 2024 Wells Fargo Jazz Series.

Special Events

Opening Gala

Date: May 23

Kick off the 2024 Festival in high style at Spoleto’s Opening Gala—your chance to mix and mingle with some of this season’s extraordinary talent.

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