Charleston: Home of Spoleto Festival USA
By Vicki Raisley, Guest Blogger | April 5th, 2018
Charleston, South Carolina is fantastic place to live and to work. There are many parks, historical sites, beaches, museums, galleries, plantations and gardens, restaurants and shopping centers to visit, as well as a long list of festivals and celebrations in which to take part. One of Charleston’s most prestigious festivals is called Spoleto USA which is America’s number one performing arts festival.Charleston’s rich history and natural beauty make it the perfect place for people from all over the world to gather to celebrate the arts.
The Spoleto USA festival was founded in 1977 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who intended to establish a counterpart to the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Charleston was chose for its history, charm and for its weath of thearers, churches, and other carious performance spaces. Each year, the event begins in late spring and showcases emerging and established artists performing operas, theater, classical music, and jazz. The Festical always fulfills its mission to "resent programs of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedicaiton to youn artists, a commitment to all forms of the performing arts, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists."
This distinguished arts events will begin on May 25, and run through June 10th, 2018. While attending various performances, patrons of the arts will also find themselves inside historic venues around Charleston. These venues include places like the Charleston Gaillard Center, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, the College of Charleston Cistern Yard, the Dock Street Theater, and St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Many of the venues are within easy walking distance of one another and many of Charleston’s most loved restaurants making this festival a treat for the eyes, ears, and taste buds of visitors. With over 150 performances to choose from, fine arts supporters will surely find many events to enjoy in the beautiful and welcoming city. This year, the festival will include the Miami City Ballet Company, a team of acrobats, the Westminster Choir, Jon Batiste from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Fred Hersch Trio, Italian marionettes, Ricky Skaggs, choreographers Michelle Dorrance and Kyle Abraham, and a multitude of others. Along with the official Spoleto USA festival, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs offers a companion festival known as Piccolo Spoleto. Piccolo Spoleto highlights outstanding local and regional artists in as many as one hundred additional performances.
The organizers of Spoleto USA have made it easy for visitors to come to Charleston and enjoy this prestigious event. Everything needed to book an enjoyable trip is located on the spoletousa.org website. (https://spoletousa.org/) On this site, one will find a comprehensive list of performances, times, and locations. The artists and shows are descrived on this site to help visitors understand what will be offere and what artists will be involved in each performance. Information about ticket prices is readily available here as well, making it easy to plan ahead for your cultural adventures. Links to hotel accommodations are provided for ease of planning, along with a list of other local attractions for visitors to enjoy.
Join thousands of other performing arts connoisseurs this spring in beautiful downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Enjoy some amazing performances and get a taste of the Charleston area which is one of the top rated cities to visit in the United States. Experience southern hospitality at fantastic restaurants and local attractions and shop in unique local shops to round out your visit. Who knows, you may just decide to stay here!
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