Thursday, March 5, 2020

Spoleto offers Charleston residents discounted tickets for 2020 fest this weekend, March 7-8

40 hours of 40 percent off

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Mar 5, 2020 at 3:03 PM

Romantics Anonymous makes the list of specially discounted Spoleto tickets - COURTESY SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
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  • Romantics Anonymous makes the list of specially discounted Spoleto tickets
This weekend, March 7-8, in the midst of all of your Wine + Food fun, make sure you peruse Spoleto Festival USA's discounted tickets, offered only during locals weekend.

For 40 hours snag 40 percent off performances like Omar, Romantics Anonymous, The Crucible, Get Out in Concert, and the War and Treaty. It's a seriously good deal on some seriously good shows. Check out the full list of discounted shows online.

Charleston-area residents on the festival's mailing list will be emailed a promotional code that they can use online, March 7 at 8 a.m.- March 8 at midnight. Not on the list? Create an account online now.

You can also purchase discounted tickets in-person at the Spoleto Festival USA offices, Sat.-Sun., 1-5 p.m.

Sun. March 8 is Second Sunday on King Street and the fest will have an info table set up at the corner of King and George, 1-5 p.m. While you can't buy tickets there, you can get the promotional code to use online (or walk over to  14 George St. to buy tickets at the fest office).

Learn more about the festival online at

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Tonight: Spoleto Festival USA hosts 2020 auction

Get your paddles ready

Posted by Shannon Murray on Fri, Feb 21, 2020 at 8:20 AM

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Be a part of the lively Spoleto Festival USA 2020 auction on Fri. Feb. 21 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium. Tickets start at $300 and can be purchased online.

The evening begins with a happy hour, followed be a formal sit-down dinner provided by Mosaic Catering + Events. Your entertainment for the evening includes cello played by Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra cellist Najette Abouelhadi.

Live auction items include a Viking River Cruise for two, a luxurious week in Turks and Caicos for six, a trip to Dallas with front-row seats to a Mavericks basketball game, and more.

All of the funds raised from the silent and live auctions are allocated to the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the country's most prestigious orchestra, comprised of elite young musicians from around the country. The funds raised help offset the cost of musicians’ housing and travel throughout the 17-day season.

Check out all the auction items online.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Spoleto's Exploring Omar discussion series is a free companion to this year's new opera

Engaging the community

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 3:46 PM

Omar Ibn Said is the subject of three upcoming discussions - (DETAIL) FILE PHOTO
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  • Omar Ibn Said is the subject of three upcoming discussions
Last week Spoleto Festival USA announced a new, free discussion series under the umbrella of Spoleto ETC (Engaging The Community), the fest's education and community outreach program. The ETC discussion series, Exploring Omar, expands on the historical context and cultural significance of Spoleto's original opera, Omar.

Written by Rhiannon Giddens, Omar is based on the life of former enslaved African, Omar Ibn Said. The opera premieres at Spoleto, running throughout this year's festival.

The discussions kick off next Thurs. Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at Randolph Hall with: Cultural Ties Between Futa Toro (Senegal) and the Lowcountry. You'll hear from the Penn Center's Victoria Smalls, Georgia State University professor Elizabeth West, and College of Charleston professor John Cropper. The panelists will discuss the faith and cultural traditions of both Futa Toro (Omar Ibn Said's birthplace) and the Lowcountry. Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim, a Citadel professor, moderates.
On Thurs. March 12 head to the Main Library at 6 p.m. for: Islam and Enslaved Africans in Early Charleston. Brenda Tindal of the International African American Museum moderates a discussion between Charleston County Public Library's historian Nic Butler and The New Schools' professor Hussein Rashid. This year the city celebrates 350 years, which makes it an apt time to discuss all of the city's history, including the influences of enslaved Africans on the introduction of Islam to the Lowcountry.
The final discussion, Omar Ibn Said, the Man, takes place on Thurs. April 23 at 6 p.m. at the Avery Research Center. Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim once again moderates; this panel features speakers Professor Ala Alryyes, of Queens College, and Dr. Sylviane Diouf, a visiting scholar at Brown University's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. The three will discuss who Omar Ibn Said was, and why his autobiography is so important. This discussion is followed by a reception.
Learn more about Spoleto (and buy tickets to Omar) online at

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Spoleto Festival USA 2020 tickets on sale Wed. Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

Get 'em while they're hot

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 2:05 PM

We have a feeling Meow Meow, a kamikaze cabaret, will sell quickly - COURTESY SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
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  • We have a feeling Meow Meow, a kamikaze cabaret, will sell quickly
Spoleto Festival USA returns to the Holy City this spring for three weeks of all the best international performing arts you can find, well, anywhere. From May 22-June 7 the city hosts 33 different shows — from a specially commissioned opera to world class jazz to some gravity-defying physical theater.

Tickets will be available to the public starting on Wed. Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

While our Spoleto preview should give you a pretty good idea of what's on the docket this year, we will note that there are some shows that may sell faster than others. If you're eyeing a show that's only here for one night or in a more intimate venue (Woolfe Street Playhouse, hint hint), you'll want to snag those tickets sooner rather than later.

Learn more about the fest online at

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Spoleto Festival USA teases "Romantics Anonymous," a musical about two chocolate makers

Isn't it romantic

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Dec 5, 2019 at 10:45 AM

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Today Spoleto Festival USA tossed out yet another teaser for their 2020 programming: Romantics Anonymous, a musical from Emma Rice, the director of 2018's well-loved The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. The musical will run at Dock Street Theatre, May 22-June 7 — almost the entire duration of the festival.

Rice adapted Romantics Anonymous from the French-Belgian romantic comedy Les Emotifs anonymes and Christopher Dimond and Michael Kooman developed the lyrics and music.

In a press release Spoleto general director Nigel Redden says, "Festival audiences have been continuously delighted by Emma Rice's productions and Romantics Anonymous will surely elicit the same response."
The plot of Romantics is reminiscent of Flying Lovers, described by the fest as "an unusual but tender love story." Two chocolatiers, Angelique and Jean-Rene, seek help in their individual businesses and their journeys "melt" (the puns possibilities abound) into a love affair.

Stay tuned for Spoleto's full program, which will be announced Jan. 5, 2020. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wed. Jan. 15 and a donor pre-sale begins Jan. 6.

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