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Rarely do lovers of celtic music get to hear Northern Irish musicians steeped in the traditions of the Ulster-Scots and in the politics of Northern Irelnad...Taylor Music Group Board Member, Tommy Shelton has brought three of Northern Ireland's Valley brothers to perform in Piccolo's Celtic Arts series...these three brothers hail from a famous Armagh musical family---Niall is on concertina, Cillian on Uillean pipes and Caoimhin brings the keyboards alive....Charleston is priviledged to hear the tunes of this Armagh family...a family who helped preserve the music of the pipes after the Troubles......Brian and Eithne Vallely, parents of the three performers tonight, established the Armagh Pipers Club, which grew into the now-famous William Kennedy Piping Festival. The three brothers show Charleston festival lovers the real thing...and their set is kicked off by the fun-loving local Celtic sensation, GoodFoot. Don't miss it.....
Thanks to the owners and dedicated staff of Bull Street Gourmet...locally-owned businesses like yours, make us feel like we have communal gathering places....you have created "community" for us all...and we deeply appreciate that.
With the closing of Burbages and Bull Street gourmet in Charleston's historic residential district, it is a truly sad state of affairs.
May your business skills continue to create gatherings of like-minded people...in a world so desperately in need of human connection.
Perhaps you have become a hackneyed critic, in general, about Festivals because you have covered so many, in your career. Perhaps you are so accustomed to immersing yourself in fantastic music and arts, because of the privileges of your profession, and you feel comfortable discounting the brilliance of obviously remarkable performances. like the South Indian Dance and Classical Music of Shantala.
I suspect that you are a die hard chamber music fan. While you were listening to heavenly Music in Time performances, however, you missed all the jazz! You didn't even mention the fantastic Wachovia Jazz Series ---international Jazz offerings that took us around the world...sorry that you missed the eclectic and charming Iiro Rantala, currently, the world's trend-setter in Improvisational Jazz Piano Solo work...or the Andre Mehmari Trio, from Brazil, who transported us all into an alternate reality, with their transcendent tunes....Jazz Producer, Michael Grofsorean, has a particular knack, for winnowing out the world's newest, hottest jazz performers. He's got his fingers, on the musical global pulse.
I agree that the Spoleto producers need to engage one of Charleston's talented King Street marketing and media companies,(like Slant Media) to examine their demographics...and I wholeheartedly agree with your point about the importance of new strategies to bring Spoleto's performing arts to the under served "youth market". Enjoying music, dance or theater in unique venues, that appeal to a younger crowd, are way way overdue on the Spoleto Producers list of most important Agenda Items.
I ask you to recognize one very important point, whether you think Spoleto's dance and theater performances are lackluster or not.
Every production offered at Spoleto widens and educates us about the cultural arts of the world. Our community and our children and the wider audiences that come from afar, are so so lucky to be able to learn about the world beyond the myopic USA, through the artists that the festival lays at our feet for 17 glorious days. If you can't travel...or afford to being your child to Finland, Brazil, England, India...then you can open up their eyes, to the rest of the world, with the purchase of a Spoleto ticket.
I reveled in what I learned about ancient cultures through when I watched Shantala, Matsukaze..and when we had the honor of hearing one of the world's pre-eminent Celtic Uillean pipers, Cillian Vallely, who performed at Piccolo.
Furthermore, with such unstable weather as a factor, this year's festival left me with a deep respect for the enormity of the job of programming and producing shows, when last minute venue changes must be engineered, and financial consequences weigh so heavily. Bringing performers to us from Asia, North America, South America and beyond, is incredible alone. Getting them all to perform in safe, weather-friendly locations, within a tight Spoleto budget, is yet another tall order.
Like you, I am all for innovation...I want to go to Spoleto to find out what's trending in music, dance, visual art and theater, around the world. I'm with you on that one, Mr. Day.
So , here's hoping that in 2013-2014, Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto producers put their heads together to figure out ways to inject innovation into unique venue selections, fusions of unlikely artists and collaborations with the plethora of local artistic talent. If they themselves practice creative planning they will indeed, better engage a growing youth audience and could make the global arts accessible to folks who can't afford big ticket shows.
Fantastic! I have always prized the "endangered and disappearing" culture of the Gullah-Geechee nation. No where else in the USA, will one find a culture as close to the African, as close to the land....thank you Pete Marovich for this compelling visual history of a rare people.
Not in the wrong location, at all....why should all the cool ethnic restaurants be downtown or in North Charleston...folks in the suburban areas of Mt. Pleasant need to get into world cuisine, too!
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