Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Artisanals and Benny Starr will take the stage in North Charleston at the Spoleto finale

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Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, May 21, 2019 at 12:14 PM

See Benny Starr on Sun. June 9 at Riverfront Park. - JOSEPH NIENSTEDT
  • Joseph Nienstedt
  • See Benny Starr on Sun. June 9 at Riverfront Park.
Spoleto Festival USA has announced the local bands performing at this year's festival finale, headlined by Curtis Harding. On Sun. June 9 at 5 p.m. The Artisanals and Benny Starr will be among the artists you'll hear at North Charleston's Riverfront Park.

The Artisanals, comprised of Johnny Delaware, Clay Houle, Nick Recio, Ian Klin, and Eric Mixon, bring their "Americana charm and southern rock swagger" to the stage at 6 p.m. and local hip-hop artist and activist Benny Starr performs at 7 p.m.

Curtis Harding performs at 8:30 p.m., followed by the fest's signature closing fireworks display.

This is the first year that the festival finale is being held at Riverfront Park, and like in years past, guests can bring their own picnics to enjoy. Alcohol can be purchased onsite  only, and this year's selections include beer from Edmund's Oast and wine selections from Vintage Lounge.

Tickets ($35/adults, $15/children ages 6-12) can be purchased online. Onsite parking is $10.

Event Details Wells Fargo Festival Finale featuring Curtis Harding
@ Riverfront Park
1001 Everglades Dr.
North Charleston, SC
When: Sun., June 9, 5 p.m.
Price: $15-$35

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Spoleto announces 2019 'engaging the community' outreach and education endeavors

ETC, etc.

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 3:48 PM

Area students will get to go behind the scenes at some local theaters. - PROVIDED
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  • Area students will get to go behind the scenes at some local theaters.
Today Spoleto Festival USA 2019 announced this year's schedule of community engagement, with a focus on education. Spoleto ETC (engaging the community) connects Spoleto artists and Charleston residents, with an emphasis on building audiences of the future.

Spoleto looks to give back to Charleston through tailored education programs for area students, a discussion series and partnership with area organizations, and investment in the professional advancement of young artists.

In a press release festival general director Nigel Redden said, "From my personal experience, I know that an introduction to the performing arts at a young age can certainly be life-changing."

This year's education outreach includes visits from Bank of America Chamber Music artists to local schools including Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School and Memminger Elementary. Local students will also get the chance to see where these artists perform during a special trip to Dock Street Theatre and Emmet Robinson Theatre.

A number of Spoleto artists and administrators will also work with student-focused organizations outside of schools like the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra and CofC's arts management program.

This year's community outreach efforts include its Open Stage Door program, which every year provides over 800 complimentary tickets to community-based and nonprofit organizations in the area.

The fest also presents a free concert for families and caregivers of individuals with Autism, the Azure Concert, organized by pianist Stephen Prutsman and held at Dock Street Theatre on Sat. May 25 at 10:15 a.m. This is a free event, but be sure to register ahead of time by emailing Sara Bennett at sbennett@spoletousa.org.
Visiting artists will give free talks throughout the festival. Find the full schedule online. - PROVIDED
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  • Visiting artists will give free talks throughout the festival. Find the full schedule online.
As always, the festival hosts free salons (there's one tomorrow, Tues. April 30), a discussion series that illuminates elements of the upcoming season.

Throughout the festival you can head to free artist talks, from conversations with festival director of choral activities Joe Miller to jazz talks with artist David Virelles to master classes with visiting dance companies.

Rounding out the festival's ETC programming is its work with the professional advancement of young artists including the young pro musicians in the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the singers of Westminster Choir. Spoleto also offers an apprenticeship program, a short-term internship opportunity that allows college-age students to work under the guidance of professional arts administrators and technicians.

Learn more about the festival and all of its ETC programs online at spoletousa.org

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spoleto Salons kick off Tues. April 30

Free and open to all y'all

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Spoleto Festival USA 2019 begins so soon, Fri. May 24. Before then, though, the fest features three pre-season discussions, Spoleto Salons, that are free and open to the public. Did we mention free? The fun starts on Tues. April 30, with additional talks on Tues. May 7 and May 14. Reserve your seats ahead of time online.

Each talk takes place at the Spoleto Festival offices at 14 George St.

Spoleto Salons are designed to go into some behind-the-scenes elements of this year's season. Each salon is moderated by CofC professor Edward Hart. This year you can look forward to:

The Ripple Effect
Tues. April 30, 5:30 p.m.
Learn more about how Spoleto has helped preserve some of Charleston's theaters and buildings, and how the festival has served as a catalyst for creating new performing arts spaces throughout the city.

Salome, featuring directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser
Tues. May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Salome, Spoleto's sole opera this year, will feature a brand-new version of the classic story, set in modern times. Salome is the ninth festival production from directors Caurier and Leiser and at this Salon they'll talk about how time has influenced their career in storytelling.

Meeting Melanie
Tues. May 14, 5:30 p.m.
Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn sings the title role in this year's production of Salome, making her full-length opera debut.

Learn more about Spoleto and the upcoming season online at spoletousa.org.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Mary Ramsay Civic Award luncheon honors three longtime champions of Spoleto Festival USA

Congrats to the winners

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 3:01 PM

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The eighth Mary Ramsay Civic Award Luncheon, held this Fri. April 5 at the Governor Thomas Bennett House, honors three women who have had a major impact on Spoleto Festival USA: Sallie M. Duell, Susan W. Ravenel, and Kathleen Rivers.

The three women are instrumental figures in the festival’s long history in Charleston, using their philanthropic services to make the festival as wonderful as possible throughout the years.

Sallie McPherson Duell is a Greenville native who moved to Charleston in 1964 and began to volunteer with the Junior League of Charleston before serving a term as president from 1974 to 1976. Currently, Duell is on the founding board of Arm-in-Arm and serves as chairman of the Middleton Place Foundation.

Susan Heyward Gibbes Woodward Ravenel was born in Columbia before moving to Charleston in 1973. She started volunteering the year Spoleto Festival USA began and served on the board of directors from 1984 to 2002. Now, she is a member of the Directors Emeriti and on the partnership board for Neurosciences at MUSC.

Kathleen Hudson Rivers was born in Atlanta before traveling around the country and finally settling in Charleston in 1977. She joined the Gibbes Museum of Art Women’s Council alongside Blanche Brumley and Mary Ramsay before she became president of the women’s council and, eventually, president of the board of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Rivers has taken part in Spoleto Festival USA for three decades and is a member of the Festival’s Directors Emeriti Circle.

Named after the late Mary Croghan Ramsay, The Mary Ramsay Civic Award is given to those who have displayed considerable civic and charitable leadership within the community. The award is a remembrance of all the good works and determination Ramsay had for bettering the Lowcountry.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Follow Spoleto's Instagram for behind-the-scenes looks at the 2019 fest

T-minus two months until the fest

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 10:11 AM

In less than two months, Spoleto Festival USA hits the streets (stages, natch) of Charleston, and we're already excited. If you too can't wait to take in a play or five, watch live music at CofC's Cistern Yard (always a treat), and pack a picnic for the finale in Riverfront Park, then you may want to check out Spoleto's Instagram.

The account features profiles of this year's artists, backstories on Charleston landmarks, and most recently, a sneak peek of some of this year's sets.

The Festival's scene shop (where the magic happens) had a lot going on recently (see above) — from the construction of the stage for the performers of Shakespeare's Globe, to bits and pieces coming together for the set of the fest's one opera, Salome.

Check it all out in Spoleto's IG Stories. 

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