If you live in an apartment in Charleston, SC then you know that one of our most exciting festivals begins this weekend. For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Now approaching its 37th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.
The 37th annual Spoleto Festival USA will feature one of its largest lineups in recent history May 24-June 9 in Charleston, with expanded dance and theater offerings and two original opera productions, as well as a wide range of classical and contemporary music.
The festival’s opening ceremony is set for noon Friday, May 24, in front of Charleston City Hall. The TD Arena will see its first performances on Friday night as Compagnie Käfig presents a program of hip-hop-influenced Brazilian dance. Following the evening’s performances, the Spoleto Opening Night Fête kicks off the 2013 season with an elegant street party with cocktail supper, live music, a full bar, and the company of festival artists and patrons.
Spoleto Festival USA is known for introducing audiences to new and groundbreaking work, and the 2013 Festival offers a number of American premieres in a variety of genres, beginning with the contemporary opera Matsukaze by Toshio Hosokawa, one of Japan’s most prominent living composers. In dance, young tap virtuoso Jared Grimes makes his Spoleto debut premiering a new evening-length work created especially for the festival.
Also this year, in a first-ever collaboration, Spoleto Festival USA, the Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy will present “Behind the Garden Gate,” a self-guided tour through more than half a dozen of Charleston’s beautiful private gardens, many of which have never been on public tour.
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