Since its inception in 1977, Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA
has annually welcomed an international array of talent from every facet of the performing arts. This year, from May
28 through June 13, visitors and locals alike will be treated to more than 120 performances of jazz, classical music, theater,
dance and opera.
Patterned after a similar event in Spoleto,
Italy, today the American version ranks as one of the nation's premier cultural events and, during the course of its thirty-three
year history, has attracted some of the most renowned names in the performing arts. Presented at a number indoor and
outdoor venues throughout the city, Spoleto USA has clearly had a dramatic impact on Charleston and made this charming city
a major artistic force.
A highlight of this year's festivities
will the re-emergence of the historic Dock Street Theater following a three-year renovation. Among the first buildings in
the country used solely for theatrical performances, the theater will host a production of a British ballad opera that was
first performed in the building in the early 1700's. Other highlights of this year's schedule include a presentation
by Dublin's Gate Theater, the ballet "Giselle", an original score by noted composer Philip Glass, and numerous musical
performances ranging from classical orchestrations and chamber ensembles to jazz and folk groups.
If you plan to visit Charleston, you might find these suggestions from noted author and South Carolinian, Pat Conroy, a helpful guide to finding your way around the city. And for more information
on Sploeto Festival USA and a full schedule of events, click here.