Welcome to the Spoleto Festival USA journal.

Delve deeper into the stories that make up the fabric of the Festival.

The Approach

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Three conversations draw us into the inner lives of Anna, Cora, and Denise. What will they reveal to each other? And what does each of them have to hide?

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Ebullient musicianship and artistic camaraderie blend in an extraordinary presentation of fresh compositions and canonic gems onstage at the Dock Street Theatre. Hear beloved returning players and fresh faces mix old and new in the Festival’s signature series.

Nduduzo Makhathini

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A deep spirituality is inseparable from the improvisational performance of pianist Nduduzo Makhathini, whose cross-continental, multilayered melodic groove is informed by a childhood where music and ritual are symbolically linked.


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Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’s world premiere opera recounts the life and autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, an African scholar enslaved in the Carolinas who refused to be defined or erased by his captors.

Presented by Wells Fargo