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SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA

MAY 25 – JUNE 10, 2018 CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA


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CHARLESTON SETS THE STAGE Welcome! We are Spoleto Festival USA. For 41 years, we have gathered renowned artists as well as emerging performers in dance, music, opera, and theater for a 17-day artistic celebration in this beloved Southern city. On the following pages, you will find the program for our 42nd season—May 25 through June 10—when the very best set-builders, puppeteers,

musicians,

choreographers,

playwrights,

conductors,

wigmakers, acrobats, designers, and songwriters from around the globe come together. We invite you to look through this book and begin to imagine your 2018 Festival experience. NOT SURE HOW TO START OR WHERE TO BEGIN? LET US HELP! OUR TEAM OF KNOWLEDGEABLE BOX OFFICE AGENTS ARE READY WITH RECOMMENDATIONS, ADVICE, AND INSIDER TIPS. A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS CAN BE FOUND ON PAGES 54 AND 55.

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What’s Inside OPERA

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Pia de’ Tolomei*

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Jazzmeia Horn

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Tree of Codes*

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Jon Batiste

Il matrimonio segreto

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Trio 3 Plus Vijay Iyer

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Artifacts

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Craig Taborn

Borders*

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Chucho Valdés Quartet

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

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The Pied Piper

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The Strange Undoing of

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Prudencia Hart*

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Ranky Tanky+

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Ricky Skaggs and

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THEATER 11

Kentucky Thunder

DANCE 6

Celebration: The Art of the Pas de Deux

AND MORE…

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Miami City Ballet

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Behind the Garden Gate

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Dorrance Dance

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Opening-Night Fête

One of Sixty-Five Thousand

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Support the Festival

Gestures / NEW BODIES

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Funders

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Accommodations

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Venue Guide

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Event Calendar

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Backbone

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Brahms’s German Requiem*

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Bank of America Chamber Music

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Music in Time

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You Are Mine Own*

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Westminster Choir Concerts

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Angels

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Mozart and Mahler

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Wells Fargo Festival Finale

Includes Artist Talk *

Conversations With Jazz Talk

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Front Row Talk

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Conversations With Sunday

June 3

5:00pm

Host Martha Teichner interviews Pia de’ Tolomei Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya and soprano Natalia Pavlova (pp 21 and 30) at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.


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US PREMIERE

PIA DE’ TOLOMEI MUSIC BY GAETANO DONIZETTI CONDUCTED BY LIDIYA YANKOVSKAYA DIRECTED BY ANDREA CIGNI

He didn’t believe her An episode from Dante’s Purgatorio is recast in pre-World War II Tuscany for the US premiere of Pia de’ Tolomei. In this 19th-century opera by portray women in turbulent circumstances—the title character suffers dire consequences due to her husband’s jealousy. A collection of fine Italian paintings pepper breathtaking sets while sharp costumes evoke 1930s Europe, complementing lush arias and orchestral writing performed by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. This production’s high drama, devastating plot, and enveloping score tick all the boxes for lovers of tragic opera. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Pia de’ Tolomei is co-produced by Spoleto Festival USA, Teatro di Pisa, Teatro del Giglio di Lucca, and Teatro Goldoni di Livorno.

College of Charleston Sottile Theatre Sunday

May 27

7:00pm

Thursday

May 31

7:30pm

Sunday

June 3

2:00pm

Wednesday

June 6

7:30pm

Friday

June 8

7:30pm

Major support provided by The Albert Sottile Foundation. Additional support provided by BMW Manufacturing Co. Made possible in part by The Brand Foundation of New York, Inc. Opera programming is endowed by the Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation.

Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes

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Donizetti—whose Lucia di Lammermoor and Maria Stuarda so resonantly


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CELEBRATION: THE ART OF THE PAS DE DEUX An evening of perfectly paired duets In 1958, American choreographer Jerome Robbins—who had just opened West Side Story on Broadway—was tapped as a resident artist during the inaugural Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. During his tenure with the Festival, the choreographic giant premiered several works and even established a short-lived ballet company. As organizations around the globe celebrate Robbins’s centennial, Spoleto Festival USA pays homage to a 1973 Spoleto Festival performance organized and hosted by Robbins. Entitled Celebration: The Art of the Pas de Deux, it showcased five breathtaking duets from various dancemakers performed by international superstars of the day. On May 25, 2018, be part of dance history when Miami City Ballet, one of the leading classical ballet companies in the US, resurrects this special event. Miami City Ballet’s programming doesn’t stop here! Turn the page (p 8) for additional offerings.

Charleston Gaillard Center Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall Friday

May 25

6:30pm

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes The 2018 dance series is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Support provided by The Jerome Robbins Foundation. Sponsored by Eastern Distribution


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Opening-Night FĂŞte Friday

May 25

8:00pm

Following the performance, Celebration: The Art of the Pas de Deux, join Festival artists and patrons for an evening honoring the work of American master Jerome Robbins and the dancers of Miami City Ballet. See p 49 for more information.


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MIAMI CITY BALLET Romance on pointe Applauding a recent Miami City Ballet performance, the chief dance critic of The New York Times wrote that the artists—musical, boundless, and technically clear—“dance with sunshine.” It was high praise for the American troupe, which is internationally renowned for its interpretations of George Balanchine’s iconic choreography. Yet Miami City Ballet is also committed to presenting new works by more contemporary innovators, including Justin Peck and Alexei Ratmansky—two eminent choreographers whose pieces highlight the company’s triumphant return to Spoleto Festival USA. And for balletomanes who revel in more classic selections, Miami City Ballet offers up Balanchine’s joyful Walpurgisnacht Ballet. Witness Miami City Ballet’s tribute to legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins (p 6) on the Festival’s opening night!

Charleston Gaillard Center Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall Saturday

May 26

2:00pm and 8:00pm

Sunday

May 27

2:00pm

Approximately 2 hours The 2018 dance series is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. Sponsored by Eastern Distribution


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“Miami City Ballet, a jubilant and endearing company, refreshes the eyes and spirit.” — The New York Times

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JAZZMEIA HORN Vocal fireworks at the Gaillard Jazzmeia Horn is turning heads. The New York Times described her as “the most talked-about jazz vocalist to emerge since Cécile McLorin Salvant,” and Jazztimes mused that she is “heir to the legacy of Betty Carter.” Horn’s assured delivery, nimble scatting, and improvisational prowess echo and expand upon another jazz legend, Sarah Vaughan, whom Horn considers a leading influence. Spoleto Festival USA is proud to present this rising talent— the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition winner and a 2018 Grammy Award nominee—leading her new septet in an unforgettable evening of vocal fireworks.

Charleston Gaillard Center Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall Monday

May 28

8:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes Sponsored by Wells Fargo


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BORDERS WRITTEN BY HENRY NAYLOR

“A profound reminder of the power of art and culture” — The Times

9/11, Bono, and Bin Laden: the 21st century in an hour The Mediterranean, 2017, rough seas: an aging fishing boat is sinking fast under the weight of refugees. As it dips lower in the water, one young Syrian is panicking. She can’t swim, and she’s six months pregnant. Actor Avital Lvova returns to Spoleto Festival USA after her riveting performances in 2017’s onewoman monologue Angel—also created by visionary playwright Henry Naylor. 843.579.3100

In Borders, a refugee’s experiences are contrasted with those of a celebrated war photographer, whose audience with Osama bin Laden prior to September 11, 2001, shaped his career. Winner of the Best of Edinburgh in 2017, Naylor’s pithy, engrossing work brings these characters toward each other, “leading to a result which is pure and captivating” (Independent).

Woolfe Street Playhouse Friday

May 25

9:00pm

Saturday

May 26

2:00pm and 7:30pm

Sunday

May 27

7:30pm

Monday

May 28

8:30pm

Tuesday

May 29

7:30pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes Sponsored by American Express

Conversations With Sunday

May 27

3:00pm

Host Martha Teichner interviews playwright Henry Naylor at Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.


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Dock Street Theatre Thursday

May 24

8:00pm (preview)

Friday

May 25

8:00pm

Sunday

May 27

3:30pm and 8:00pm

Monday

May 28

3:30pm and 8:00pm

Wednesday

May 30

7:30pm

Thursday

May 31

7:30pm

Saturday

June 2

3:30pm and 8:00pm

Sunday

June 3

3:30pm and 8:00pm

Tuesday

June 5

7:30pm

Wednesday

June 6

7:30pm

Friday

June 8

7:30pm

Saturday

June 9

3:30pm and 8:00pm

Sunday

June 10

3:30pm


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KNEEHIGH AND BRISTOL OLD VIC

THE FLYING LOVERS OF VITEBSK WRITTEN BY DANIEL JAMIESON

Holding on to hope, to history, and to each other Perhaps you’ve seen them floating over a Russian village? Or perhaps you’ve seen her toppling forward, arms full of wild flowers, As he arches above her head and steals a kiss. Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall—the flying lovers of Vitebsk— are immortalized as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history. Cornish theater company Kneehigh, whose Tristan and Yseult had a sold-out run at the Festival in 2006, brings its signature blend of original music, whimsical charm, and utterly mesmerizing theatrical magic back to Charleston. This “gloriously romantic” (The Times) winner of the 2017 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award traces the young couple as they navigate the pogroms, the Russian Revolution, and each other. Emma Rice’s production is drawn in a theatrical language as fluid as Chagall’s paintings and woven throughout with music and dance inspired by Russian Jewish tradition.

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes Sponsored by South State Bank

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DIRECTED BY EMMA RICE


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RANKY TANKY A musical melting pot Taking its name from the Gullah phrase for “work it” or “get down,” Ranky Tanky infuses the music of the Georgia/South Carolina sea islands with jazz, gospel, and R&B—and the result is irresistible. Grounded by “an enigmatic, unshakeable and unspoiled tradition that’s long been hidden in plain sight,” this band brings together six dynamic musicians, many of whom call Charleston home. Lead vocalist Quiana Parler, “whose power, dexterity and expressiveness convey the breadth and strength of the material’s emotional content” (JAZZIZ magazine), merges her talents with trumpeter/singer Charlton Singleton, bassist Kevin Hamilton, percussionists Quentin Baxter and Calvin Baxter, and guitarist/singer Clay Ross. After playing Norway’s Moldejazz, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, Ranky Tanky returns to perform on its home turf under the Cistern Yard’s live oaks.

College of Charleston Cistern Yard Saturday

June 2

9:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes Sponsored by First Citizens Bank Programming at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard is kindly endowed by Carlos, Lisa, and Blake Evans.

Front Row Talk: Mining The Gullah Groove Friday

June 1

5:00pm

In conversation with music critic Larry Blumenfeld, drummer Quentin Baxter and fellow members of Ranky Tanky talk about Charleston’s Gullah culture and how their music champions this legacy within a contemporary framework. This discussion will be held at Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.


“One of the most imaginative tap

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choreographers working today” — The New Yorker

DORRANCE DANCE Tap dancing into new frontiers Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance doesn’t play by anyone else’s rules. As the artistic director of Dorrance Dance, the MacArthur Fellow is known for creating genre-busting work that builds on tap dance’s rich history and pushes the tradition’s rhythmic, technical, and conceptual boundaries. Audiences may recall Dorrance Dance’s joyous Festival debut and its world premiere of Delta to Dusk in 2014; the company returns to the Memminger Auditorium this season with a varied program that confirms Dorrance’s status as a true visionary: ETM: Double Down, which incorporates electronic floor Myelination; the whimsical Jungle Blues; and Three to One, a brilliant barefootand-tap-shoe juxtaposition. Program 1: ETM: Double Down Program 2: Jungle Blues, Three to One, Myelination

Memminger Auditorium Friday

June 1

8:00pm (Program 1)

Saturday

June 2

8:00pm (Program 1)

Sunday

June 3

5:00pm (Program 1)

Monday

June 4

7:00pm (Program 1)

Wednesday

June 6

7:00pm (Program 2)

Thursday

June 7

6:00pm (Program 2)

Friday

June 8

8:00pm (Program 2)

Saturday

June 9

5:00pm (Program 2)

Both programs approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes The 2018 dance series is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

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boards that allow the dancers to manipulate their sounds; the exhilarating


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US PREMIERE

TREE OF CODES MUSIC BY LIZA LIM CONDUCTED BY JOHN KENNEDY DIRECTED BY ONG KENG SEN

The present and future collide Somewhere between memories and dreams, between the past and future, lies Tree of Codes—a splendidly mystifying journey into “a reality as thin SPOLETOUSA.ORG

as paper.” In this US premiere, acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which we might encounter more than one existence. Two-headed birds and layers of light conjure a magical world under Director Ong Keng Sen (Facing Goya; 2014) in this dramatic work inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name. Two singers take on multiple characters as the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, led by John Kennedy, weaves a descriptive soundscape full of the intricate details that attract us to fantasy. We don’t have the answers— we have the questions. Sung in English with English supertitles.

Dock Street Theatre Saturday

May 26

7:00pm

Tuesday

May 29

7:30pm

Friday

June 1

7:30pm

Monday

June 4

7:30pm

Thursday

June 7

7:30pm

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

Conversations With

Opera programming is endowed by the

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Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation.

May 26

3:00pm

Host Martha Teichner interviews Director Ong Keng Sen at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.


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JON BATISTE Party at the Cistern In the past several years, Jon Batiste has made quite a name for himself— and not only for his standing gig as bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Whether the New Orleans native is singing, expertly playing the piano, or grooving with his “harmonaboard” (a harmonica and keyboard mashup), Batiste’s artistic vision and exuberant charisma make him one of the most in-demand and recognizable jazz artists today. His infectious spirit is the perfect match for a joyous kick-off to Spoleto Festival USA’s 42nd season on Friday, May 25.

College of Charleston Cistern Yard Friday

May 25

9:00pm

Saturday

May 26

9:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes Sponsored by Wells Fargo Programming at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard is kindly endowed by Carlos, Lisa, and Blake Evans.

With the Dap-Kings on May 26 The merriment continues on Saturday evening, when acclaimed Brooklyn-based funk and soul revivalist band, the Dap-Kings, joins Batiste under the Cistern Yard live oaks.


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RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER A pickin’ good time under the oaks Ricky Skaggs was no more than a kid when he performed with Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and Ralph Stanley—the first generation of bluegrass royalty. From this enviable launching pad, Skaggs’s quicksilver voice,

College of Charleston Cistern Yard Friday

June 1

9:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes

blistering mandolin technique, and propensity for musical exploration have made him a legend in his own right, earning 15 Grammys, an exhaustive

Sponsored by First Citizens Bank

list of accolades, and the company of Kentucky Thunder—six of the finest

Programming at the College of

pickers performing today. Hear warp-speed renditions of this distinctively

Charleston Cistern Yard is kindly

American music sprinkled with stories about Monroe and Doc Watson at this

endowed by Carlos, Lisa, and

one-night-only performance. “Skaggs and his band are just about the best

Blake Evans.

bluegrass has to offer” (The Seattle Times).


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BRAHMS’S GERMAN REQUIEM CONDUCTED BY JOE MILLER

The exhilarating force of a full stage Ein Deutsches Requiem was, for composer Johannes Brahms, a deeply personal work; he gleaned the title from a manuscript belonging to Robert Schumann, a father figure of sorts, and wrote the work after his own mother’s death in 1865.

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Natalia Pavlova, who returns to Charleston after her dazzling American debut in the 2017 Festival production of Eugene Onegin, sings the revered soprano solos, including the heartfelt final movement: “I will comfort you as one whom his own mother comforteth.” Hear the power and rapturous beauty of Brahms’s masterwork performed by Westminster Choir, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

Conversations With Sunday

June 3

5:00pm

Host Martha Teichner interviews soprano Natalia Pavlova (also p 30) and Pia de’ Tolomei Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya (p 4) at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

Tuesday

June 5

7:30pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes


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ONE OF SIXTY–FIVE THOUSAND GESTURES / NEW BODIES Ballet dancers gone postmodern It’s rare to see the artistic and athletic finesse of the world’s leading ballet dancers on stages outside of opulent theaters and opera houses. Yet when three of New York City Ballet’s finest talents—Jared Angle, Sara Mearns, and Gretchen Smith—arrive at Spoleto Festival USA, audiences get the unprecedented opportunity to witness them up close and without pointe shoes or tutus in the intimate Emmett Robinson Theatre. A collaboration between ballerina Mearns—a Columbia, South Carolina, native—and postmodern choreographer Jodi Melnick, this unique and experimental quartet is set to music by composers György Ligeti, Heinrich Biber, and Robert Boston. Melnick, who enjoyed a performance career with Twyla Tharp (among others), also presents a solo work created in conjunction with the late Trisha Brown.

Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston Thursday

June 7

7:30pm

Friday

June 8

7:00pm

Saturday

June 9

2:00pm and 7:00pm

Sunday

June 10

2:00pm

Approximately 1 hour The 2018 dance series is sponsored by

“The high voltage of [Sara Mearns’s]

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

every performance is extraordinary”

Additional support is provided by the

Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.

The New York Times


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TRIO 3 PLUS VIJAY IYER OLIVER LAKE, SAXOPHONE REGGIE WORKMAN, BASS ANDREW CYRILLE, DRUMS VIJAY IYER, PIANO

Masters of improvisation Having been part of cutting-edge jazz since the 1960s—when they honed their musical skills alongside such legends as John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor—the eminent improvisers of Trio 3 continue to stay sharp and at the forefront of the movement. As elder masters of their individual instruments and as composers, saxophonist Oliver Lake, bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille strike a unique balance; “a group where music is the leader” has long

Charleston Gaillard Center Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall Sunday

June 3

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

been their guiding principle. Trio 3’s recent recordings have aligned the group with the next generation of greats, including the widely celebrated pianist Vijay Iyer. Iyer, a MacArthur “Genius” who The New Yorker deems “extravagantly gifted” and “[one of] today’s most important pianists,” joins the group for this landmark Festival concert.

7:00pm

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Dock Street Theatre Program I Friday

May 25

1:00pm

Saturday

May 26

11:00am and 1:00pm

Sunday

May 27

11:00am and 1:00pm

Monday

May 28

11:00am

Monday

May 28

1:00pm

Tuesday

May 29

11:00am and 1:00pm

Wednesday

May 30

11:00am and 1:00pm

Thursday

May 31

11:00am

Thursday

May 31

1:00pm

Friday

June 1

11:00am and 1:00pm

Saturday

June 2

11:00am and 1:00pm

Sunday

June 3

11:00am

Sunday

June 3

1:00pm

Monday

June 4

11:00am and 1:00pm

Tuesday

June 5

11:00am and 1:00pm

Wednesday

June 6

11:00am

Wednesday

June 6

1:00pm

Thursday

June 7

11:00am and 1:00pm

Friday

June 8

11:00am and 1:00pm

Saturday

June 9

11:00am

Program II

Program III

Program IV

Program V

Program VI

Program VII

Program VIII

Program IX

Program X

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Program XI Saturday

June 9

1:00pm

Additional support provided by The Robert and

Sunday

June 10

11:00am and 1:00pm

Janice McNair Foundation.

All concerts approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes

The St. Lawrence String Quartet is the Arthur and

Full program details will be available in April 2018.

Holly Magill Quartet in Residence.


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DIRECTED AND HOSTED BY GEOFF NUTTALL

Twice a day, every day Let the party commence! Now in his ninth season as director and host, violinist Geoff Nuttall curates one of the most stimulating and boisterous chamber series in the country, at home in the intimate Dock Street Theatre. Eleven programs—each performed three times—enchant audiences by combining bright contemporary compositions, hidden old-world gems, and beloved treasures. A thrilling roster of musicians animate these midday delights, including countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, violinist Livia Sohn, pianist Inon Barnatan, violist Meena Bhasin, and cellist Joshua Roman. Joining these Festival favorites are newcomers Peter Moore, who serves as co-principal trombonist for the London Symphony Orchestra; tenor Paul Groves, whose 2018 schedule marks his 25th season performing with the Metropolitan Opera; and the Brooklyn-based JACK Quartet, which joins forces with St. Lawrence String Quartet to premiere an octet by composer-in-residence Doug Balliett. Exuberant musicianship paired with the antics and joy of friends reuniting creates an experience that is simply not to be missed.

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CARLO COLLA AND SONS MARIONETTE COMPANY

IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO MUSIC BY DOMENICO CIMAROSA CONDUCTED BY MARCO SECO

A comedic opera with strings attached Forget love triangle—Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage) comically intertwines the desires of a half dozen characters to form a love hexagon in 18th-century Bologna. Hijinks unfold to a bubbly score by Domenico Cimarosa— Mozart’s contemporary—performed by a chamber orchestra. Six members of the illustrious Westminster Choir voice the flirtatious characters, portrayed by handcrafted puppets from Milan’s charming Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company. Laugh along with this delightful opera as these playful personalities reveal their secrets. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston Monday

May 28

6:00pm

Tuesday

May 29

6:00pm

Wednesday

May 30

2:00pm and 7:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes Opera programming is endowed by the Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation.


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CARLO COLLA AND SONS MARIONETTE COMPANY

THE PIED PIPER A handcrafted fairy tale Italy’s Carlo Colla and Sons Marionette Company returns to Spoleto Festival USA (Sleeping Beauty, 2015) with its old-world style of puppetry and enchanting rendition of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Witness the town’s grape harvest and feast, general mirth, and the appearance of a mysterious visitor and his flute. This well-known fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm weaves its story around the beautifully painted scenes of Saxony, featuring 11 puppeteers manipulating 410 meticulously crafted marionettes—including 300 pesky rats! Performed in English.

Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston Friday

May 25

4:00pm and 7:00pm

Saturday

May 26

12:00pm and 5:00pm

Sunday

May 27

12:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes


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MUSIC IN TIME DIRECTED AND HOSTED BY JOHN KENNEDY

New sounds in music An Elemental Thing What is this thing we call music, and how do we bring it to life? Come examine how music expresses the collision of our culture and environment, beginning with the 2017 work An Elemental Thing by Liza Lim, composer of this season’s opera Tree of Codes. The tactile and ephemeral aspects of music are further explored in Zosha Di Castri’s Strange Matter and Annea Lockwood’s Water and Memory, while works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Jennifer Walshe underscore how, in its analog and digital manifestations, music is a living reflection of what it means to be human in 2018. Monday

May 28

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Brilliant Nights Salvatore Sciarrino’s glistening Tre Notturni Brillanti serves as the first course to a program celebrating the broad possibilities of listening. Andreia Pinto Correia’s This White Silence and Liza Lim’s The Heart’s Ear probe how we listen to what is within us. Unsuk Chin’s tour de force Acrostic Wordplay, featuring soprano Marisol Montalvo, deconstructs how we understand language and assign meaning during a time when words must be created to describe the new.

— Wednesday

May 30

9:00pm

Departure Duo In an unusual pairing of register extremes (high and low), soprano Nina Guo and bassist Edward Kass explore “meeting in the middle” and ask the audience to consider “in-betweenness” in all its forms. “In-betweenness” ranges from the haze between reality and memory in Beat Furrer’s haunting Lotófagos to humanity’s symbiotic yet tenuous relationship with technology in Talia Amar’s Deus Ex Machina. In her setting of Molly Brown’s soliloquy from Joyce’s Ulysses, Amy Beth Kirsten looks at the tension between our public and private selves, while works by Katie Balch and John Kennedy ponder what exists between the meaning and sounds of words. David Smooke’s setting of the phrase “all are welcome here” in 16 languages reminds us that “here” is relative.

— Monday

June 4

5:00pm

Woolfe Street Playhouse All concerts approximately 1 hour Sponsored by American Express


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Conversations With Sunday

June 3

5:00pm

Host Martha Teichner interviews soprano Natalia Pavlova (also p 21) and Pia de’ Tolomei Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya (p 4) at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.


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YOU ARE MINE OWN CONCEPT AND DIRECTION BY ATOM EGOYAN

From a symphony blooms a love story In a filmmaker’s hands, a symphony becomes something more. Director Atom Egoyan (perhaps best known for The Sweet Hereafter and remembered by this multimedia event to create a vivid, impassioned love story from Alexander von Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony and Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. Soprano Natalia Pavlova, adored by Spoleto audiences for her performance in Eugene Onegin last season, returns to sing with baritone Alexander Dobson; together, they animate Bengali writer Tagore’s lush poetry to form a gloriously tender evening. John Kennedy conducts the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in these masterpieces on the cusp of late romanticism. Join these esteemed artists to experience a symphonic work like you never have before. Sung in German with English supertitles. You Are Mine Own is co-produced by Spoleto Festival USA and Luminato Festival.

Charleston Gaillard Center Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall Saturday

June 2

7:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

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Festival audiences for Feng Yi Ting in 2012) transcends orchestral convention in


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NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND

THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART WRITTEN BY DAVID GREIG DIRECTED BY WILS WILSON

Dancing with the devil One wintry morning, Prudencia Hart—an uptight academic—sets off to attend a conference in the Scottish Borders; little does she know who awaits her. Delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters, and wild karaoke, Prudencia’s dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience (members of which receive a taste of whisky as they enter the Woolfe Street Playhouse) in this immersive experience. The National Theatre of Scotland makes its Spoleto Festival USA debut with this “gleeful import” that “shifts seamlessly from robust silliness to sensual dreaminess” (The New York Times). Pull up a chair and whet your whistle for an evening of anarchic theater, live music, and strange goings-on.

Conversations With Thursday

“Terrific, inventive sense of fun” — The Scotsman

June 7

5:00pm

Host Martha Teichner interviews members of the cast at Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.


Woolfe Street Playhouse Thursday

May 31

8:00pm

Friday

June 1

3:00pm and 8:00pm

Saturday

June 2

5:00pm

Sunday

June 3

3:00pm and 7:00pm

Tuesday

June 5

7:00pm

Wednesday

June 6

8:00pm

Thursday

June 7

8:00pm

Friday

June 8

8:00pm

Saturday

June 9

2:00pm and 8:00pm

Approximately 2 hours Sponsored by American Express Additional support provided by Spoleto SCENE.


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ARTIFACTS NICOLE MITCHELL, FLUTE AND ELECTRIC FLUTE TOMEKA REID, CELLO MIKE REED, DRUMS

Listening to the past; playing to the future In 1965, a group of musicians congregated on Chicago’s South Side to create experimental music that transcended styles, naming themselves the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Fifty years later, three artists shaped by this still-active collective—Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, and Mike Reed—joined forces to create Artifacts, an album reinterpreting tunes from AACM’s storied past. It’s a celebratory nod to jazz history, yet the trio is committed to more than reflection: as a group, they also perform original music that speaks to current times. Renowned leaders and composers in their respective fields, Mitchell, Reid, and Reed—reuniting for the Festival—are known for pushing their individual art forms and instrumentations to discover new realms and possibilities.

Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston Saturday

May 26

7:00pm

Sunday

May 27

5:00pm and 7:00pm

Monday

May 28

5:00pm and 7:00pm

Tuesday

May 29

7:00pm

Approximately 1 hour Sponsored by Wells Fargo

Jazz Talk: Creative Music and Collective Spirit Tuesday

May 29

5:00pm

In conversation with music critic Larry Blumenfeld, the members of Artifacts discuss the enduring legacy of Chicago’s AACM and how it has influenced and empowered them. This event will be held at Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.


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CRAIG TABORN Playing outside the lines Before playing a concert, pianist Craig Taborn has been said to listen to his 45,000-song iPod on shuffle. “I like the experience, the change in moods, the feeling of going from a 20-minute composed track to a 30-second blast of metal,” he told The New York Times in 2017. That exciting incongruity is a good indication of what one might experience as an audience member—it is nearly impossible to guess where the experimental jazz artist’s ingenious improvisations will lead. One thing, however, is for sure: Taborn impresses at each creative musical turn. For his Festival debut, Taborn performs solo for two nights, then calls on friends Gerald Cleaver on drums and bassist Chris Lightcap to form a trio.

Wednesday

June 6

7:00pm

Thursday

June 7

7:00pm

Friday

June 8

5:00pm and 7:00pm

Saturday

June 9

5:00pm and 7:00pm

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Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston

Approximately 1 hour Sponsored by Wells Fargo

“…one of the best jazz pianists alive… his playing inspires something rare in music today, a sense of wonder.” — The New York Times


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“…he changed the course of Cuban music” — The Wall Street Journal


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CHUCHO VALDÉS QUARTET CHUCHO VALDÉS, VOCALS AND PIANO YAROLDY ABREU ROBLES, PERCUSSION RODNEY BARRETO, DRUMS YELSY HEREDIA, BASS

First propelled into the international spotlight in 1977 at Dizzy Gillespie’s recommendation, pianist, composer, bandleader, and six-time Grammy winner Chucho Valdés expresses the pinnacle of Afro-Cuban jazz. During his time leading groundbreaking band Irakere, Valdés ignited a new revolution: timba— Cuban dance music that fuses folkloric styles with jazz, rock, and funk to create a rich and dynamic sound. He has inspired generations of musicians, and together with this quartet, Valdés continues to stretch the boundaries of AfroCuban jazz. Be there as the commanding pianist displays incomparable gusto, lyricism, and singular virtuosity at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

Charleston Gaillard Center Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall Thursday

May 31

7:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes Sponsored by Wells Fargo

SPOLETOUSA.ORG

A giant of Afro-Cuban music


WESTMINSTER CHOIR CONCERTS CONDUCTED BY JOE MILLER

Shimmering sonic alchemy The pristine acoustics in the antebellum Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul carry Westminster Choir’s “shimmering sonic alchemy” (The Post and Courier) in this quintessential Festival tradition. Joe Miller’s inimitable choral ensemble makes Charleston its home every spring, displaying its virtuosity and versatility in operas, choral masterworks, and in these concerts designed to showcase all its “precision, unanimity and power” (The New York Times). In the 2018 season, the program features music from Frank Martin’s exquisite and dynamic Mass for Double Choir.

Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul Saturday

May 26

5:00pm

Friday

June 1

5:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes


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ANGELS CONDUCTED BY JOE MILLER

Females in focus In a wonderfully special performance, the sopranos and altos of Westminster Choir present an evening of music centered around Pergolesi’s 1736 Stabat

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

Mater—a hymn to Mary, mother of Jesus, as she endures the crucifixion of her son—and Holst’s sublime Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda. These expressive chamber pieces seek to bring a woman’s perspective to the spiritual world. Join

Tuesday

May 29

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes

us for a memorable candlelit evening in the lovely sanctuary of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

9:00pm

Sponsored by Pinnacle Bank


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“Hersch’s music—luxurious, free-flowing, unashamedly gorgeous jazz—is idiosyncratically, unmistakably a creation of his own.” — The New York Times

FRED HERSCH TRIO FRED HERSCH, PIANO JOHN HÉBERT, BASS ERIC MCPHERSON, DRUMS

Unashamedly gorgeous jazz Heralded by fellow pianists and critics alike, Fred Hersch is unmistakably one of the 21st century’s greatest jazz talents—“a pristine pianist with a poet’s soul” (The Boston Globe). When he arrived on the New York scene in the 1980s, playing

College of Charleston Cistern Yard Sunday

May 27

9:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes

alongside the likes of Joe Henderson and Art Farmer, Hersch quickly asserted himself as a true original. It’s a quality he continues to possess more than 30

Sponsored by Wells Fargo

years later as a trailblazing and eloquent composer and the standard-bearer of

Programming at the College of Charleston

mainstream jazz piano. On the heels of two 2018 Grammy nominations and the

Cistern Yard is kindly endowed by Carlos,

release of his provocative memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly, Hersch makes

Lisa, and Blake Evans.

an exciting one-night-only return to the Festival.


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CONDUCTED BY STEVEN SLOANE

One evening, two titans—the final showcase On the penultimate night of the 2018 season, join the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra for its final showcase. Pianist Pedja Muzijevic, whose expertise and artistry are well known to regulars at the Bank of America Chamber Music series, performs Mozart’s beguiling and spirited Piano Concerto no. 15 in B-flat Major. Mahler’s first symphony, “The Titan,” concludes the program, taking listeners on a journey from a single opening pitch to a fourth movement the composer describes as springing “suddenly, like a lightning bolt from a dark cloud.” Hear the extraordinary talents of this nationally acclaimed orchestra under the baton of former Festival Music Director Steven Sloane.

Charleston Gaillard Center Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall Saturday

June 9

8:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes

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MOZART AND MAHLER


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“Their phenomenal strength

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and agility really has to be seen to be believed.” — Broadway World

US PREMIERE GRAVITY & OTHER MYTHS

BACKBONE Testing the limits

circus and physical-theater company wowed audiences with sold-out performances of A Simple Space. This time, the troupe returns to the Festival with Backbone, an examination of strength—what it is, where it comes from, and how it’s measured. Ten acrobats take over Memminger Auditorium for a joyous and extraordinary display of athleticism, artistry, and physical storytelling set to a driving score created live onstage. With supremely clever choreography, grounded in humor as well as arresting feats, Backbone blurs the line between imagination and possibility, leaving one to wonder if gravity is real—or simply a myth.

Memminger Auditorium Friday

May 25

8:00pm

Saturday

May 26

7:00pm

Sunday

May 27

5:00pm

Monday

May 28

2:00pm

Tuesday

May 29

7:00pm

Wednesday

May 30

6:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes Sponsored by Sherman Capital Markets, LLC

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Festival-goers may remember Gravity & Other Myths from 2014, when the Australian


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A.I.M Movement that speaks, even in silence Audiences rarely leave an A.I.M performance unchanged or uncharged. Drawing from a wide range of contemporary dance styles, and often working in collaboration with his dancers, choreographer, director, and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham crafts a rich repertoire that’s at once provocative and introspective. Two of the company’s newest works, Drive—grounded in hip-hop with a score by Theo Parrish and Mobb Deep—and a vulnerable duet from Dearest Home, punctuate A.I.M’s exciting Festival return (the company brought audience members to their feet in 2012 after performances of The Radio Show), along with Abraham’s The Quiet Dance and postmodern choreographer Doug Varone’s Strict Love.


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SPOLETOUSA.ORG

Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston Friday

June 1

7:00pm

Saturday

June 2

2:00pm and 7:30pm

Sunday

June 3

3:00pm and 8:00pm

Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes The 2018 dance series is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.


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WELLS FARGO FESTIVAL FINALE featuring

THE LONE BELLOW Different location, same spectacular sendoff With a “magnetic” sound that’s “built to shake the rafters” (NPR), The Lone Bellow is the perfect match for the Festival’s exciting new Finale, held for the first time at Charleston’s beloved stadium, “The Joe.” Zach Williams, Kanene Donehey Pipkin, and Brian Elmquist’s unique style—part Americana roots, part soul, and a whole lotta rock ‘n’ roll—frames the Nashville-based group’s passionate vocals and emotional songwriting, heard most recently on their third studio album, Walk Into a Storm. Through rousing, playful concerts that are as much a journey as they are a celebration, the artists of The Lone Bellow “remind everyone that they are one of the finest folk-rock groups on the circuit today” (Relix). The party kicks off at 5:30pm. Come enjoy the famously indulgent concessions at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park while local bands (to be announced) take the stadium stage. The Lone Bellow’s 8:30pm concert headlines the evening, followed by a brilliant display of fireworks, drawing the 2018 Festival to a close.


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new venue! Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park Sunday

June 10

Gates open at 5:30pm Live music starts at 6:00pm The Lone Bellow performs at 8:30pm

Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park is located downtown (360 Fishburne St.) with parking in adjacent lots. Reserved and general admission seating is available. Lawn chairs, coolers, and outside food and beverage are prohibited; concessions can be purchased onsite. This event is rain or shine.


48 CHARLESTON

BEHIND THE GARDEN GATE THE GARDEN CONSERVANCY’S NATIONAL OPEN DAYS PROGRAM CHARLESTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

Sun-dappled fern fronds, bright blooms, and handcrafted ironwork characterize Charleston’s secret sanctuaries. For the sixth year, Spoleto Festival USA collaborates with the Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy to open the Holy City’s garden gates for self-guided tours. Each Saturday tour features eight different private gardens, promising two full days of discovery and wonder in these artfully cultivated spaces.

Purchase tickets for both weekends to see all 16 gardens. Tours are self-guided. Saturday

May 26

Between 10:00am and 4:00pm

Saturday

June 2

Between 10:00am and 4:00pm

Garden descriptions and more information may be found at gardenconservancy.org/open-days/charleston.


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OPENING-NIGHT FÊTE Following Miami City Ballet’s dazzling performance (p 6), the Opening-Night Fête celebrates the beginning of the 2018 Festival at a downtown location to be revealed this spring. Toast this extraordinary ballet troupe at the party of the season with refreshing cocktails, sumptuous tropical food, live music, and the company of dancers and patrons.

Festive attire

Location to be revealed in 2018 Friday

May 25

8:00pm

$385 per person ($200 tax deductible)


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BECOME INSTRUMENTAL IN THE FESTIVAL’S SUCCESS SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA IS PROUD OF ITS HISTORY.

Make a gift

FOR 42 YEARS, THE FESTIVAL HAS UPHELD ITS MISSION TO PRESENT PROGRAMS OF THE HIGHEST

SPOLETO SOCIETY

ARTISTIC CALIBER WHILE MAINTAINING A DEDICATION

Members of Spoleto Society ($1,250+) enjoy unparalleled

TO YOUNG ARTISTS, A COMMITMENT TO ALL

opportunities to experience the best of what the Festival has

FORMS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS, A PASSION FOR

to offer—benefits range from personal ticketing assistance

CONTEMPORARY INNOVATION, AND AN ENTHUSIASM

through our patron services manager to the opportunity to

FOR PROVIDING UNUSUAL PERFORMANCE

meet artists at exclusive parties throughout the Festival.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ESTABLISHED ARTISTS.

FESTIVAL CIRCLE

This commitment to the global artistic community would

Members of Festival Circle ($100 – $1,249) receive an array

not be possible without your financial support. Ticket sales

of benefits, including advance access to tickets during our

and other earned income cover less than 50% of the cost of

donor pre-sale and an invitation to the final dress rehearsal

the Festival.

of a featured production.

In addition to attending performances, your charitable gifts

SPOLETO SCENE

are truly essential to Spoleto’s continued legacy.

Members of Spoleto SCENE ($150 individual membership), the Festival’s young-patrons group (ages 21 – 39), enjoy specially priced SCENE ticket packages, invitations to SCENE-only parties, happy hours, and behind-the-scenes opportunities during the Festival. BRAVO SOCIETY Members of the Bravo Society have demonstrated a significant, yet simple, commitment both to Spoleto Festival USA today and to the Festival’s vibrant future. There are a variety of ways that individuals may support the Festival through planned giving. To learn more about the Bravo Society, please contact the development office at 843.724.1192.

To make a gift to the Festival, visit spoletousa.org/support or call 843.724.1192.


THANK YOU TO OUR FUNDERS

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FUNDERS

The Jerome Robbins

The Albert Sottile

Foundation

Foundation

County of Charleston

Arthur and Holly

Sherman Capital

Magill Foundation

BMW Manufacturing Co.

Markets, LLC

Christel DeHaan Family

Gaylord and Dorothy

South Carolina Arts

Eastern Distribution

Foundation

Donnelley Foundation

Commission, which

The Brand Foundation of

The Charles E. and Andrea

The Robert and Janice

receives support from the

New York, Inc.

L. Volpe Charitable Trust

McNair Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

PICCOLO SPOLETO

Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach companion to Spoleto Festival USA, partners with the Festival each spring to host an exuberant 17-day celebration of the arts and community. Every year, Piccolo Spoleto features hundreds of free and modestly priced events with a focus on accessibility and participation in the arts. Detailed program information and advance ticketing will be available in late April at piccolospoleto.com or by phoning the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs at 843.724.7305.

IMAGERY CREDITS

Doug Hickok, covers and pp 2, 3; Imaginarium Creative Studio, p 4; Jesse Gertein, pp 6, 7; Gene Schiavone, pp 8, 9; Jacob Blickenstaff, p 10; Rosalind Furlong, p 11; Steve Tanner, pp 12, 13; Reese Moore, p 14, Matthew Murphy, p 15; permission of Tree of Codes publisher Visual Editions, photo by Nina Jua Klein, p 16; Sasha Israel, pp 18, 19; courtesy of Skaggs Family Records, p 20; William Struhs, pp 21, 24, 25, 38, 39, 41; photo provided, pp 22, 34; John Rogers, p 23; Corrado Bonora, p 27; Julia Lynn Photography, pp 28, 29; Jenny Anderson, p 33; John Rogers ECM Records, p 35; Francis Vernhet, pp 36, 37; Martin Zeman, p 40; Carnival Cinema, p 42; Ian Douglas, pp 44, 45; Eric Ryan Anderson, pp 46, 47; Marion Brenner, p 48; Leigh Webber Photography, pp 30, 31, 49, 50

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CHARLESTON ACCOMMODATIONS BELMOND CHARLESTON PLACE GO!

As Charleston’s luxury destination, Belmond Charleston Place offers the ideal launch point for Spoleto Festival USA. Receive 20% off select tickets as well as 10% off your stay. Plus, enjoy dinner for two at Charleston Grill, continental breakfast for two daily, and welcome amenities. Rates from $429 per room, per night. Please note, package is subject to availability and restrictions may apply. Valid for travel May 24 – June 12, 2018. Two night minimum stay required. 205 Meeting St. belmond.com/charlestonplace 800.611.5549

CHARLESTON MARRIOTT The Charleston Marriott is conveniently located downtown, one mile from the historic district with complimentary parking, recently renovated guestrooms and meeting space, fitness center and pool, and shuttle service to downtown. 170 Lockwood Blvd. marriottcharleston.com 843.723.3000

FRANCIS MARION HOTEL

GO!

Historic hotel in the grand tradition. Located in the historic district and walking distance to many Festival venues, restaurants, and shops. Rooms and spacious penthouse suites with unsurpassed views of Charleston. Parking, valet. 387 King St. francismarioncharleston.com 877.756.2121

HISTORIC DISTRICT

GO!

Located in Charleston’s trendy Upper King Historic District where boutique shops, award-winning restaurants, and historic sites are within a few blocks. Perfect for Spoleto Festival USA travelers, this hotel

offers residential-style accommodations with upscale amenities including an indoor heated pool, complimentary breakfast buffet, and free WiFi. 560 King St. hyatthousecharlestonhistoricdistrict.com 843.207.2299

HYATT PLACE CHARLESTON — HISTORIC DISTRICT

GO!

Guests will enjoy spacious rooms, an indoor heated pool, complimentary breakfast buffet, and free WiFi. Located on Upper King Street, the Historic District of Charleston offers boutique shopping, exquisite dining, and close proximity to Spoleto Festival USA events. 560 King St. hyattplacecharlestonhistoricdistrict.com 843.414.4900

SPOLETO!

Learn more about Go Spoleto! hotel and ticket packages at spoletousa.org/gospoleto or when making your hotel reservation with a Go Spoleto! hotel partner.

PARKING GUIDE SEE MAP ON PAGE 53 P1 VRTC Garage, 63 Mary St. P2 Visitor Center Lot, 375 Meeting St. P3 Aquarium Garage, 24 Calhoun St. P4 Camden Garage, 47 John St. P5 Gaillard Garage, 32 Alexander St. P6 Marion Square Garage, 399 King St. P7 College of Charleston Garage, 91 St. Philip St. P8 George Society Lot, 31 George St.

THE BEACH CLUB AT CHARLESTON

P9 St. Philip Street Garage, 34 St. Philip St.

HARBOR RESORT & MARINA P10 Charleston Place Garage, 85 Hasell St. GO!

A world-class destination offering an abundance of activities and elegant accommodations with balconies in every guestroom that showcase spectacular sunsets overlooking the water and surrounding sights of downtown Charleston. 28 Patriot Points Rd. charlestonharborresort.com/the-beachclub.htm 843.856.0028

P11 Wentworth Garage, 81 Wentworth St. P12 Majestic Square Garage, 153 Market St. P13 Cumberland Street Garage, 160 Meeting St. P14 Concord Garage, 1 Cumberland St. P15 Market/Horlbeck Lot, 131 Market St. P16 Queen Street Garage, 93 Queen St. P17 Garage at King and Queen Streets, 114-128 King St. P18 East Bay Garage, 25 Prioleau St.

THE VENDUE Named #1 Hotel in Charleston and #9 Hotel in the US in the 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and as Charleston’s only hotel entirely dedicated to the arts, The Vendue, located in historic downtown, seeks to provide guests with genuine Southern hospitality, unique experiences, and the highest level of service. 19 Vendue Range thevendue.com 843.577.7970

PARKING GARAGES: There are many parking garages located throughout downtown Charleston. Garages typically charge by the hour. SURFACE PARKING LOTS: Surface lots either charge by the hour or a flat daily rate. METERED PARKING: Most meters are checked 9:00am until 6:00pm Monday through Saturday. Parking at meters is free on Sunday and city holidays. RESIDENTIAL AREAS: Visitors can park for free for one to two hours on residential streets. Time limitations are posted in these areas.

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Woolfe Street Playhouse, 34 Woolfe St.

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Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.

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Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

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Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.

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College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St.

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Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

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St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King St.

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College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

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Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

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Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.

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Charleston Gaillard Center / Spoleto Festival USA Box Office, 95 Calhoun St.

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Opening Ceremonies, City Hall, 80 Broad St.

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2018 EVENT CALENDAR 24 MAY: THURSDAY 8:00pm

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (preview) DST (p 12)

8:00pm 9:00pm

7:00pm 8:00pm 8:00pm 8:00pm 9:00pm 9:00pm

Opening Ceremonies OPN Chamber I DST (p 24) The Pied Piper ROB (p 27) Celebration: The Art of the Pas de Deux CGC (p 6) The Pied Piper ROB (p 27) Backbone MEM (p 42) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Opening-Night Fête (p 49) Borders WSP (p 11) Jon Batiste CIS (p 18)

26 MAY: SATURDAY 10:00am 11:00am 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 9:00pm

Behind the Garden Gate (p 48) Chamber I DST (p 24) The Pied Piper ROB (p 27) Chamber I DST (p 24) Borders WSP (p 11) Miami City Ballet CGC (p 8) Conv | Tree of Codes CLS (p 17) The Pied Piper ROB (p 27) Westminster Choir Concerts CTL (p 38) Artifacts REC (p 34) Backbone MEM (p 42) Tree of Codes DST (p 16) Borders WSP (p 11) Miami City Ballet CGC (p 8) Jon Batiste and the Dap-Kings CIS (p 18)

5:00pm 11:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm 3:30pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 8:00pm 8:30pm

Chamber II DST (p 24) Chamber III DST (p 24) Backbone MEM (p 42) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Artifacts REC (p 34) Music in Time | An Elemental Thing WSP (p 28) Il matrimonio segreto ROB (p 26) Artifacts REC (p 34) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Jazzmeia Horn CGC (p 10) Borders WSP (p 11)

29 MAY: TUESDAY 11:00am 1:00pm 5:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 9:00pm

Chamber III DST (p 24) Chamber III DST (p 24) Jazz Talk | Artifacts REC (p 34) Il matrimonio segreto ROB (p 26) Artifacts REC (p 34) Backbone MEM (p 42) Borders WSP (p 11) Tree of Codes DST (p 16) Angels STM (p 39)

30 MAY: WEDNESDAY 11:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm

Chamber IV DST (p 24) Chamber IV DST (p 24) Il matrimonio segreto ROB (p 26) Backbone MEM (p 42) Il matrimonio segreto ROB (p 26) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12)

9:00pm

Music in Time | Brilliant Nights WSP (p 28)

27 MAY: SUNDAY

31 MAY: THURSDAY

11:00am 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 3:30pm

11:00am 1:00pm 7:00pm

5:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm

Chamber II DST (p 24) The Pied Piper ROB (p 27) Chamber II DST (p 24) Miami City Ballet CGC (p 8) Conv | Borders WSP (p 11) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Artifacts REC (p 34) Backbone MEM (p 42) Artifacts REC (p 34) Pia de’ Tolomei SOT (p 4) Borders WSP (p 11)

3:00pm 5:00pm

28 MAY: MONDAY

25 MAY: FRIDAY 12:00pm 1:00pm 4:00pm 6:30pm

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Fred Hersch Trio CIS (p 40)

7:30pm

Chamber IV DST (p 24) Chamber V DST (p 24) Chucho Valdés Quartet CGC (p 36) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Pia de’ Tolomei SOT (p 4)

8:00pm

Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32)

7:30pm

7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:00pm 9:00pm

Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32) Front Row Talk | Mining the Gullah Groove REC (p 14) Westminster Choir Concerts CTL (p 38) A.I.M ROB (p 44) Tree of Codes DST (p 16) Dorrance Dance MEM (p 15) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32) Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder CIS (p 20)

2 JUNE: SATURDAY 10:00am 11:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm 3:30pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:00pm 9:00pm

Behind the Garden Gate (p 48) Chamber VI DST (p 24) Chamber VI DST (p 24) A.I.M ROB (p 44) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32) You Are Mine Own CGC (p 30) A.I.M ROB (p 44) Dorrance Dance MEM (p 15) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Ranky Tanky CIS (p 14)

3 JUNE: SUNDAY 11:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm 3:00pm 3:00pm 3:30pm

Chamber VI DST (p 24) Chamber VII DST (p 24) Pia de’ Tolomei SOT (p 4) A.I.M ROB (p 44) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12)

5:00pm

Conv | Yankovskaya and Pavlova CLS (p 4) Dorrance Dance MEM (p 15) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32) Trio 3 Plus Vijay Iyer CGC (p 23) A.I.M ROB (p 44) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12)

5:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 8:00pm

4 JUNE: MONDAY 11:00am 1:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm

Chamber VII DST (p 24) Chamber VII DST (p 24) Music in Time | Departure Duo WSP (p 28) Dorrance Dance MEM (p 15) Tree of Codes DST (p 16)

1 JUNE: FRIDAY

5 JUNE: TUESDAY

11:00am 1:00pm

11:00am 1:00pm 7:00pm

Chamber V DST (p 24) Chamber V DST (p 24)

Chamber VIII DST (p 24) Chamber VIII DST (p 24) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32)


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7:30pm 7:30pm

Brahms’s German Requiem CGC (p 21) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12)

7:30pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:00pm

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Pia de’ Tolomei SOT (p 4) Dorrance Dance MEM (p 15) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32)

6 JUNE: WEDNESDAY 11:00am 1:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 8:00pm

Chamber VIII DST (p 24) Chamber IX DST (p 24) Craig Taborn REC (p 35) Dorrance Dance MEM (p 15) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Pia de’ Tolomei SOT (p 4) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32)

7 JUNE: THURSDAY 11:00am 1:00pm 5:00pm 6:00pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 7:30pm 8:00pm

Chamber IX DST (p 24) Chamber IX DST (p 24) Conv | Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32) Dorrance Dance MEM (p 15) Craig Taborn REC (p 35) NEW BODIES ROB (p 22) Tree of Codes DST (p 16) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32)

8 JUNE: FRIDAY 11:00am 1:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm

Chamber X DST (p 24) Chamber X DST (p 24) Craig Taborn REC (p 35) Craig Taborn REC (p 35) NEW BODIES ROB (p 22)

VENUE KEY OPN: Opening Ceremonies, City Hall DST: Dock Street Theatre

9 JUNE: SATURDAY 11:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm 2:00pm 3:30pm 5:00pm 5:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 8:00pm 8:00pm 8:00pm

Chamber X DST (p 24) Chamber XI DST (p 24) NEW BODIES ROB (p 22) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Craig Taborn REC (p 35) Dorrance Dance MEM (p 15) Craig Taborn REC (p 35) NEW BODIES ROB (p 22) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Mozart and Mahler CGC (p 41) Prudencia Hart WSP (p 32)

CGC: Charleston Gaillard Center ROB: Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston MEM: Memminger Auditorium SOT: Sottile Theatre at College of Charleston CIS: College of Charleston Cistern Yard WSP: Woolfe Street Playhouse REC: Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston CTL: Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul CLS: Charleston Library Society STM: St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church JRP: Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park Turn to p. 53 for a venue map and more details.

10 JUNE: SUNDAY

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11:00am 1:00pm 2:00pm 3:30pm

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5:30pm

Chamber XI DST (p 24) Chamber XI DST (p 24) NEW BODIES ROB (p 22) The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk DST (p 12) Festival Finale featuring The Lone Bellow JRP (p 46)

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