Thursday, April 18, 2019

Spoleto Salons kick off Tues. April 30

Free and open to all y'all

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 11:30 AM

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Spoleto Festival USA 2019 begins so soon, Fri. May 24. Before then, though, the fest features three pre-season discussions, Spoleto Salons, that are free and open to the public. Did we mention free? The fun starts on Tues. April 30, with additional talks on Tues. May 7 and May 14. Reserve your seats ahead of time online.

Each talk takes place at the Spoleto Festival offices at 14 George St.

Spoleto Salons are designed to go into some behind-the-scenes elements of this year's season. Each salon is moderated by CofC professor Edward Hart. This year you can look forward to:

The Ripple Effect
Tues. April 30, 5:30 p.m.
Learn more about how Spoleto has helped preserve some of Charleston's theaters and buildings, and how the festival has served as a catalyst for creating new performing arts spaces throughout the city.

Salome, featuring directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser
Tues. May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Salome, Spoleto's sole opera this year, will feature a brand-new version of the classic story, set in modern times. Salome is the ninth festival production from directors Caurier and Leiser and at this Salon they'll talk about how time has influenced their career in storytelling.

Meeting Melanie
Tues. May 14, 5:30 p.m.
Soprano Melanie Henley Heyn sings the title role in this year's production of Salome, making her full-length opera debut.

Learn more about Spoleto and the upcoming season online at
Event Details Spoleto Salons
@ Spoleto Building
14 George St.
Charleston, SC
When: Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. Continues through May 14
Price: Free to attend
Buy Tickets
Lectures + Seminars

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Mary Ramsay Civic Award luncheon honors three longtime champions of Spoleto Festival USA

Congrats to the winners

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 3:01 PM

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The eighth Mary Ramsay Civic Award Luncheon, held this Fri. April 5 at the Governor Thomas Bennett House, honors three women who have had a major impact on Spoleto Festival USA: Sallie M. Duell, Susan W. Ravenel, and Kathleen Rivers.

The three women are instrumental figures in the festival’s long history in Charleston, using their philanthropic services to make the festival as wonderful as possible throughout the years.

Sallie McPherson Duell is a Greenville native who moved to Charleston in 1964 and began to volunteer with the Junior League of Charleston before serving a term as president from 1974 to 1976. Currently, Duell is on the founding board of Arm-in-Arm and serves as chairman of the Middleton Place Foundation.

Susan Heyward Gibbes Woodward Ravenel was born in Columbia before moving to Charleston in 1973. She started volunteering the year Spoleto Festival USA began and served on the board of directors from 1984 to 2002. Now, she is a member of the Directors Emeriti and on the partnership board for Neurosciences at MUSC.

Kathleen Hudson Rivers was born in Atlanta before traveling around the country and finally settling in Charleston in 1977. She joined the Gibbes Museum of Art Women’s Council alongside Blanche Brumley and Mary Ramsay before she became president of the women’s council and, eventually, president of the board of the Gibbes Museum of Art. Rivers has taken part in Spoleto Festival USA for three decades and is a member of the Festival’s Directors Emeriti Circle.

Named after the late Mary Croghan Ramsay, The Mary Ramsay Civic Award is given to those who have displayed considerable civic and charitable leadership within the community. The award is a remembrance of all the good works and determination Ramsay had for bettering the Lowcountry.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Follow Spoleto's Instagram for behind-the-scenes looks at the 2019 fest

T-minus two months until the fest

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 10:11 AM

In less than two months, Spoleto Festival USA hits the streets (stages, natch) of Charleston, and we're already excited. If you too can't wait to take in a play or five, watch live music at CofC's Cistern Yard (always a treat), and pack a picnic for the finale in Riverfront Park, then you may want to check out Spoleto's Instagram.

The account features profiles of this year's artists, backstories on Charleston landmarks, and most recently, a sneak peek of some of this year's sets.

The Festival's scene shop (where the magic happens) had a lot going on recently (see above) — from the construction of the stage for the performers of Shakespeare's Globe, to bits and pieces coming together for the set of the fest's one opera, Salome.

Check it all out in Spoleto's IG Stories. 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Spoleto offering Charleston locals 40 hours of 40 percent off select 2019 tickets this weekend

Performances include this year's finale at Riverfront park

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 10:52 AM

This way to 40 percent off tickets! - BILL T. JONES/ ARNIE ZANE COMPANY
  • Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company
  • This way to 40 percent off tickets!
It's a busy week in festival news, y'all. Charleston's Wine + Food festival kicks off today (be sure to check out our extensive coverage on that front). And while Spoleto Festival USA doesn't pop off until later this Spring, this weekend Charleston locals have the chance to snag 40 percent off of tickets to a wide variety of shows.

Locals weekend, held Sat. March 9 and Sun. March 10, is an opportunity for locals to use a promo code either online or in person to snag specially priced tickets. The Spoleto box office, located at 14 George St., will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, as part of Second Sunday on King Street this weekend, there will be an information table on the corner of King and George streets, set up from 1-5 p.m.

The list of specially priced performances includes over 50 festival events, like Spoleto's all-new production, Salome, and the world premieres of Roots and Letter to a Friend in Gaza, as well as the always popular festival finale, this year held in North Charleston's Riverfront Park.

Check out the full list of discounted performances online. 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Spoleto tickets now on sale, auction preview held at Cigar Factory Thurs. Jan. 17

Get 'em while they're hot

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 2:46 PM

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As of today (Wed. Jan. 16, FYI), tickets for the 43rd season of Spoleto Festival USA are now on sale to the general public. Yes folks, Spoleto draws ever near, hitting the town with a bang of confetti, fanfare, and so very much culture and art starting May 24. The three-week long fest brings with it theater, concerts, opera, dance, oh my! You can buy tickets online at or by calling (843) 579-3100.

If three weeks of the arts feels overwhelming, fear not. Earlier this month City Paper's theater critic and Spoleto overview critic, Maura Hogan, previewed the upcoming festival. Highlighting the impressive number of theater offerings at this year's fest, Hogan also takes note of a new finale location — and a through line of really great storytelling.
You can purchase individual tickets to each show or choose from several package options.

Spoleto's annual auction, which this year benefits the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, takes place on Fri. Feb. 8 at the brand spankin' new Hotel Bennett, which is set to open officially in February. Auction guests have the opportunity to bid on sponsorships of orchestra members (starting at $500) which will help fund their 2019 residency. Additional live auction items include tickets to the PGA masters, a trip to London, and a Viking River Cruise.

As always, the auction features art donated by private collectors, gallery owners, and artists. If you'd like to check out the art beforehand, the pieces will be on display in Fritz Porter (located in the Cigar Factory) starting tomorrow, Thurs. Jan. 17. A free-to-attend preview party with light hors d'oeuvres and bubbly kicks off at 6 p.m. The works will remain on display through Jan. 30.

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