Special Events

Celebrating Geoff Nuttall

Date: May 26

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

A star-studded tribute to Spoleto’s late Director of Chamber Music, renowned chamber soloists, special guests, and the Festival Orchestra all perform in honor of Nuttall’s boundary-breaking musical genius.

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Opera

Vanessa

Date: May 27, 29, June 6, 10

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Set to one of the most beautiful scores of the 20th century, Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer prize-winning opera explores the depths of its characters’ psyches in this modern, existential drama.

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Theater

An Iliad

Date: May 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, June 2, 3

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Tony Award-winner Denis O’Hare stars in this radical retelling of Homer’s epic, crafting a sweeping account of humanity’s unshakable attraction to violence, destruction, and chaos.

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Theater

The Book of Life

Date: June 1–4

Venue: Festival Hall

Based on collected letters from survivors of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, this US premiere infuses an arresting yet hopeful work with the rhythms of Rwanda’s first-ever female drumming ensemble.

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Theater

Only an Octave Apart

Date: June 7–11

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

A Grammy Award-winning opera countertenor complements New York’s preeminent cabaret showstopper for a dazzling, genre-defying musical hybrid that revels in the coexistence of contrasts.

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Dance

Dada Masilo: The Sacrifice

Date: June 1–4

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

A brilliant exploration of ritual and sacrifice, the award-winning South African choreographer Dada Masilo reimagines The Rite of Spring—her latest work reframing iconic ballets through a contemporary lens.

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Dance

Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic

Date: May 27–29

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

The buoyantly virtuosic tap dancer and choreographer returns to Spoleto with a new work that captures the magical spark of connection and creation—a joyous feast for the eyes, ears, and soul.

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Dance

Scottish Ballet: The Crucible

Date: June 2–4

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Choreographer Helen Pickett sets Arthur Miller’s seminal play in motion and pointe shoes, zeroing in on the female perspective as the townspeople of Salem devolve into mass hysteria.

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Physical Theater

Gravity & Other Myths: Out of Chaos

Date: June 7–11

Venue: Festival Hall

Australian physical theater company Gravity & Other Myths presents one of their newest works, Out of Chaos—a high-flying display of acrobatics that the troupe describes as its “boldest and most ambitious yet.”

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Music

The Rite of Spring

Date: June 5

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

John Kennedy conducts the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Igor Stravinksy’s iconic masterpiece Le sacre du printemps on a program that also includes the US premiere of Phillip Glass’s thrilling Symphony No. 14.

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Music

New World Symphony

Date: June 7

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Maestra Mei-Ann Chen leads the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Antonin Dvořák’s triumphant New World Symphony and works by American composers Florence Price and Michael Abels.

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Music

Symphonie Fantastique

Date: June 9

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Baltimore Symphony Music Director Designate Jonathon Heyward leads the Festival Orchestra through Berlioz’s epic Symphonie Fantastique and Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto, featuring buzzy soloist Micah McLaurin.

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Music

Bank of America Chamber Music

Date: May 26–June 11

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Highlighting a broad range of repertoire spanning centuries, many of the world’s chamber music luminaries perform eleven riveting programs at the historic Dock Street Theatre.

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Music

A Poet’s Love

Date: May 26, 27, 29, 30

Venue: Queen Street Playhouse

Acclaimed tenor Jamez McCorkle both sings and accompanies himself on piano in this multilayered production of Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, set against a backdrop of magical projections and stagecraft.

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Music

Spoleto Festival USA Chorus: Density 40:1

Date: June 7–8

Venue: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

The full sonic glory of Spoleto’s 40-strong choral ensemble reverberates through Thomas Tallis’s majestic Spem in alium, paired with works by celebrated contemporary composers.

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Music

Spoleto Festival USA Chorus + Orchestra: Handel’s Dixit Dominus

Date: May 30

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Twenty-four members of the Festival Orchestra join the full Festival Chorus for a heavenly program of two iconic Baroque masterpieces by George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell.

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Music

Music in Time

Date: May 28, 31

Venue: Various

Two unconventional programs feature music from the cutting-edge: provocative and meditative selections reflecting on time, place, and humanity.

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Music

Tell Your Story

Date: May 27

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.

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Music

Wells Fargo Festival Finale featuring Tank and the Bangas

Date: June 11

Venue: Firefly Distillery

With a sound blending funk, rock, jazz, soul, and hip-hop, the Grammy-nominated band closes the Festival season with a celebratory bang—and fireworks—at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston.

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Wells Fargo Jazz

Quentin Baxter Quintet

Date: May 27

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

This rollicking homecoming concert puts Grammy Award winner Quentin Baxter centerstage, leading a band of Charleston’s musical royalty and esteemed special guests.

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Wells Fargo Jazz

Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya

Date: June 8

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

On the heels of his 88th birthday and the release of his newest album, Solotude, distinguished South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim makes a rare stop in the United States for a performance with his band Ekaya.

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Wells Fargo Jazz

Kris Davis Diatom Ribbons

Date: June 2

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

The “powerhouse pianist” (New York Times) and composer Kris Davis leads a star-studded, experimental ensemble featuring Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, as well as guitarist Julian Lage.

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Wells Fargo Jazz

Henry Threadgill Zooid

Date: June 6

Venue: College of Charleston Sottile Theatre

Considered the most important jazz composer of his generation, Pulitzer Prize winner Henry Threadgill and his quintet Zooid make an exciting Spoleto debut for a performance at once radical, reverent, and utterly remarkable.

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Wells Fargo Jazz

Immanuel Wilkins Quartet

Date: June 7-10

Venue: Queen Street Playhouse

One of the most promising jazz artists of his generation, saxophonist/composer Immanuel Wilkins imbues this five-concert residency at the Queen Street Playhouse with a spirit of creative innovation.

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Wells Fargo Jazz

Courtney Bryan

Date: June 1–3

Venue: Queen Street Playhouse

An artist shaping the future of American contemporary classical music, Courtney Bryan bridges the gaps between jazz and traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. See her perform solo and with a quartet of saxophone, piano, electric bass, and drums.

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Front Row

Ebony Bones

Date: May 26

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

British songstress, performance artist, and producer Ebony Bones brings her undefinable mix of punk, funk, disco, Afrobeat, and pop—and a 14-piece orchestra—for a groundbreaking opening-night Spoleto debut.

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Front Row

Nickel Creek

Date: May 31, June 1

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

The platinum-selling bluegrass trio of Grammy Award winners reunite for two unforgettable evenings under the Cistern Yard live oaks.

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Front Row

Alisa Amador

Date: June 7

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

The 2022 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner captivates listeners with her soulful voice, incisive lyrics, and syncopated rhythms rooted in her musical upbringing of Latin folk and jazz.

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Front Row

Kishi Bashi with Strings

Date: June 3

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

One of indie-rock’s most in-demand collaborators, multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi steps out on his own with unique musical explorations that celebrate his Japanese heritage and dig into themes of love and self-discovery.

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Artist Talks

Conversations With

Date: May 28, June 2, 8

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 2023 productions.

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Artist Talks

Jazz Talks

Date: June 3, 5

Venue: Various

Spoleto Festival USA’s Wells Fargo Jazz advisor and Wall Street Journal jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld speaks with artists from the 2023 Wells Fargo Jazz Series.

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