The backbone's connected to the ... We've often referred to the Spoleto Festival Orchestra as the backbone of the festival, and there's really no better way to describe them. The 90-member ensemble includes young, incredibly talented musicians from all over the world. They only had a few weeks to rehearse before the festival began, but they manage to sound as if they were born playing together.
Get used to these faces. SFO members perform in shows all over the festival, including Orchestra Uncaged,
Feng Yi Ting, Music In Time, Intermezzi, the Choral/Orchestral Concert, and Kepler. And then of course there's the SFO's take of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Stravinsky's Petrushka, led by acclaimed conductor Anne Manson and accompanied by pianist Stephen Prutsman. You'll also see them lugging their big instruments around town throughout the festival. Give them a smile — they're working their asses off.
This one time at band camp. The musicians are young — the star students at top conservatories — and their spots are highly sought after. Staying in the College of Charleston dorms, there's a distinct summer camp feel to their Spoleto experience, but instead of swimming and knitting pot-holders, they're playing elaborate symphonies by the world's best composers.