After years of receiving backing from Wachovia, Spoleto Festival USA’s popular jazz program will be back in action this May and June as the Wells Fargo Jazz Series.
The 2011 lineup features an international variety of jazz and world music artists at the Cistern, Gaillard Auditorium, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, and the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts. The roster includes Grammy Award-nominated Trombone Shorty and his ensemble Orleans Avenue, four-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves, vocalist Karrin Allyson, Norwegian pianist Ketil Bjørnstad, Brazilian accordionist Toninho Ferragutti, Italian pianist Danilo Rea, and the Argentinean jazz duo of Willy González (on bass) and Micaela Vita (on vocals).
Additional popular music events include the festival debut of banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and the Original Flecktones and a multi-media presentation by songwriters Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (of the Dean & Britta duo and Luna) titled 13 Most Beautiful ... Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, which pairs their original compositions to a series of four-minute films Warhol filmed nearly 500 “screen tests” with his Bolex camera between 1964 and 1966.
The 35th annual Spoleto Festival USA also offers a variety of opera, theater, dance, musical theater, contemporary circus, and visual arts. Acclaimed bluegrass group the skillful Del McCoury Band will perform at the Festival Finale at Middleton Place on Sun. June 12. Their concert will be capped off by the traditional fireworks display.
Call (843) 579-3100 and visit spoletousa.org for more.