Aha! I knew free outdoor events and Spoleto were not mutually exclusive. This is great.
Let's just stop this idea right here that a free performance means that the artists performing it are not getting paid. When it comes to high-caliber musical and arts organizations like the ones at Spoleto, wages and salaries for a free performance are often, if not almost always, covered by grants, private gifts, etc. Ticket prices do not cover salaries. We would not have arts festivals of any kind — community like Piccolo Spoleto or international like Spoleto — without a whole lot of public money and private philanthropy. This is very basic stuff.
Thanks for your eloquent comment, ImFromHere. I think it's important to note that actually, the Spoleto Festival is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, not to mention a long list of foundations. So yes, there actually is lots of public money for the arts (though not enough). Ticket prices certainly don't cover the cost of something like Paradise Interrupted. If Spoleto were to offer a free community event, as countless arts and music festivals do around the world, I imagine they would search for an individual patron or a foundation grant to cover the cost. Pretty standard stuff.
I am very aware of the financial challenges the CSO has faced — we've been reporting on them for years — and yet they're still able to offer free events like their family concerts at the Aquarium and an outdoor concert at Hampton Park. You should attend one some time. They're great.
To clarify the use of the royal we: this is a stylistic choice, as you'll notice when reading other reviews in this paper. It is not intended to refer to the public at large, as that is hardly the role of any writer.
Also - I too thought the score for this film was outstanding, and played to perfection by the very talented musicians there.
Great story! Thanks for bringing attention to this environmental issue.
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