Spoleto Today Archive
June 07, 2013J. D. McPherson
Spoleto Today welcomes J.D McPherson to the studio. Known for his uniquely authentic rockabilly swing, he will perform in TD Arena Friday June 7th and Saturday June 8th.
June 07, 2013Steven Berkoff on “Oedipus”
English actor, playwright, author and director Steven Berkoff has adapted and directed "Oedipus," performed in the Memminger Auditorium.
June 07, 2013A Word from the Chairman
Spoleto Chairman of the Board Carlos Evans talks about the future of the festival.
June 07, 2013The Intergalactic Nemesis
Jason Neulander is the writer and director of The Intergalactic Nemesis/ Book One: Target Earth and Book Two: Robot Planet Rising.
June 06, 2013Remembering Ted Stern
Spoleto Today reprises a 2012 interview with Ted Stern in remembrance of the beloved festival champion.
June 06, 2013Samuel Carl Adams, Spoleto USA Chamber Music
Samuel Carl Adams is the Bank of America Chamber Music Series composer-in-residence at this year's Spoleto USA Festival.
June 06, 2013Joe Miller of the Westminster Choir
Joe Miller drops by to talk with Marcus. Miller is the Director of Choral Activities for the Westminster Choir, one of the leading choral groups in the country, and a Spoleto USA favorite.
June 06, 2013Matt Williams, Prop Master for Spoleto USA
Matt Williams is the prop master for Spoleto Festival USA. He tells Spoleto Today about the challenge of finding or making props for Spoleto's stages.
June 06, 2013Bullet Catch
Rob Drummond as "William Wonder" is performing perhaps the most dangerous show at Spoleoto, Bullet Catch.
June 05, 2013Venus in Fur
Greg Tavares directs Venus in Fur, performed at the Threshold Repertory Theatre.
June 05, 2013Managing the Finances of a World Class Arts Festival
The Director of Finance for the Spoleto Festival Tasha Gandy talks about the nuts and bolts of the managing the the festival's finances.
June 05, 2013Rebound
Curator Karen Myers describes the Halsey Institute's latest exhibit "Rebound." Featured artist Long Ben Chin also stops by.
June 05, 2013Organist Jung-A Lee
Organist Jung-A Lee is one of the performers in Piccolo Spoleto's L'Organo Recital Series at First Scots Presbyterian Church.
June 05, 2013Soprano Linda Roark Strummer
World renowned opera soprano Linda Roark Strummer performs as Mother Superior in Spoleto USA's Mese Mariano.
June 04, 2013Spoleto Chamber Music: Pianist Pavel Kolesnikov
Russian pianist Pavel Kolesnikov plays in Spoleto's chamber music series.
June 04, 2013Artist Christian Thee
Artist Christian Thee's trompe l'oeil paintings are featured at The Charleston Library Society in an exhibit for Piccolo Spoleto.
June 04, 2013Piccolo Spoleto Young Artists Series
Deanna McBroom is a professor at the College of Charleston and Director of its Voice Program. She is this year's coordinator of the Young Artists Series for Piccolo Spoleto.
June 04, 2013Soprano Jennifer Rowley from “Le Villi”
Winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant, soprano Jennifer Rowley will be performing in Spoleto Festival's Le Villi.
June 04, 2013Shantala Shivalingappa’s Dance Tells a Story
In Sanskrit, "swayambhu" refers to a stone or rock whose shape naturally resembles the features of a deity; metaphorically, swayambhu is the spontaneous and sudden experience of an altered sense of reality. In the hands of the “divinely gifted” (The New York Times) Shantala Shivalingappa, Swayambhu is an almost mystical expression of Kuchipudi, India’s millenniaold theatrical dance form.
June 03, 2013Mary Edna Fraser at the Piccolo Spoleto Invitational Exhibition
Batik artist Mary Edna Fraser's exhibit for the Piccolo Spoleto Invitational at the Citadel, features low country coastlines and landscapes of the Ashley river on silks.
June 03, 2013The College of Charleston’s Partnership with Spoleto USA and Piccolo Spoleto
Valerie Morris, Dean of the College of the Arts at the College of Charleston, talks about the strong partnership between the College of Charleston and the Festivals.
June 03, 2013A Critic’s Take: Jeffrey Day
Jeffrey Day is the City Paper's overview critic and gives Spoleto Today his insights about this year's festival performances.
June 03, 2013Dance FX in Spoleto USA’s “Le Villi”
Jenny Broe is the Executive Director of Dance FX in Charleston whose dancers performed in Le Villi.
June 03, 2013The Sophia Institute’s Social Art series at Piccolo Spoleto
Carolyn Rivers is the founder and director of The Sophia Institute, and coordinator of the Piccolo Spoleto "Social Art" series.
May 31, 2013Music in Time: Nathan Davis
Nathan Davis's live electronic music created using laptops, processors and mobile phones is the 3rd program on the Music in Time series. He'll be performing in Recital Hall June 2nd.
May 31, 2013Opera: L’Enfant Prodigue
Metropolitan Opera tenor Hugo Vera joins the Charleston Chamber Opera for their presentation of L'Enfant Prodigue as part of Piccolo Spoleto.
May 31, 2013Johnnyswim
Singer-songwriter, husband and wife duo Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez make up the pop duo Johnnyswim and will be performing in the Cistern Yard for the Spoleto Festival.
May 31, 2013Author John Avlon
John Avlon, author of "Deadline Artists: Scandals, Tragedies and Triumphs" will take part in this year's Piccolo Spoleto Literary Festival.
May 31, 2013Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open: Jonathan Sanchez
Jonathan Sanchez is the coordinator of the Piccolo Spoleto Fiction Open, the festival's longest running event dedicated exclusively to fiction.
May 30, 2013Piccolo Spoleto highlights: Ellen Moryl
Ellen Moryl, Artistic Director Emeritus and Founding Director of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival shares the highlights of this year's festival and the history behind its creation.
May 30, 2013“Music in Time”: John Kennedy
Conductor and Director of Orchestral activities, John Kennedy talks about directing the orchestra and the Music in Time Series.
May 30, 2013“A World of Jewish Culture”: Ayala Asherov Kalus
Part of Piccolo Spoleto's "World of Jewish Culture" series, the Jewish Coffee House at Saffron Bakery will feature famous Israeli songwriter and composer Ayala Asherov Kalus.
May 30, 2013Robert Taylor, Director of the Taylor Festival Choir
Dr. Robert Taylor is the Director of Choral Activities at the College of Charleston and Founding Artistic Director and President of the Taylor Festival Choir.
May 29, 2013Spoleto USA Jazz: Pianist Iiro Rantala
Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala performs his solo show in Simons Center Recital Hall, part of the Spoleto Festival USA Jazz Series.
May 29, 2013A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tom Morris, director of A Midsummer Night's Dream talks about the creative process of directing actors and puppets.
May 29, 2013The Women of Lockerbie
"The Women of Lockerbie" is part of the Stelle di Domani series for Piccolo Spoleto. Two of the cast members stop by to talk about the show.
May 29, 2013Piccolo Fringe: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Greg Tavares is one of the actors in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," at Theatre 99 as part of the Piccolo Fringe series. He will also be directing Venus in Fur, at the Threshold Repertory Theatre.
May 28, 2013Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry Series
Barbara Hagerty and Henk Brandt of the Piccolo Spoleto Sundown Poetry Series tell Spoleto Today about the 35th year of the series and share some poetry.
May 28, 2013Le Grand C
Performers from Le Grand C talk about the gravity defying stunts in their French circus show.
May 28, 2013Steve Rosenberg: the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series
Steve Rosenberg is the coordinator of the Piccolo Spoleto "Early Music Series." He give the first Spoleto Today closet concert of a banjo ballad.
May 28, 2013Joseph Flummerfelt says goodbye to Spoleto USA
Joseph Flummerfelt has been recognized as one of the world’s preeminent choral conductors. And, after over 30 years he is stepping down as Spoleto USA's Artistic Director of Choral Activities.
May 28, 2013Piccolo Spoleto’s “A World of Jewish Culture”
The Piccolo Spoleto series "A World of Jewish Culture," is in it's 16 year. Martin Perlmutter and Enid Idelsohn coordinate the program and tell us why it's unique to the festival.
May 27, 2013Jazz Artists of Charleston
Jazz singer Leah Suarez and trumpeter Charlton Singleton join us from Jazz Artists of Charleston to talk about their upcoming performances.
May 27, 2013Grahame Long: A History of Dueling in the Holy City
Did you know the last duel in Charleston happened in 2006? Historian and author Grahame Long shares some stories from his book, "Dueling in Charleston: Violence Refined in the Holy City."
May 27, 2013Franklin Ashley Jazz Quintet
Pianist Franklin Ashley discusses headlining the Franklin Ashley Jazz Quintet and what he's looking forward to playing during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
May 27, 2013Dorothea Benton Frank: The First Original Wife
Best-selling author and Sullivan's Island native Dorothea Benton Frank gives Spoleto Today her first interview about her latest novel, "The First Original Wife."
May 24, 2013Tristan Sturrock: Mayday Mayday
Tristan Sturrock's 2006 performance as Tristan and Yseult made him a festival favorite. This year, his one-man show, Mayday Mayday, is highly anticipated.
May 24, 2013Sandra Nikolaejevs of Chamber Music Charleston
Fresh from her Carnegie Hall debut with the other musicians of Chamber Music Charleston, Sandra Nikolaejevs shares what she's looking forward to at Spoleto.
May 24, 2013Geoff Nuttall, Director of the Spoleto Chamber Music Series
Geoff Nuttall, artistic director of the Spoleto Chamber Music series, tells us what's to look forward to in this year's programs. Geoff is also first violinist of the St. Laurence String Quartet, the Chamber Music Series' Quartet in Residence.
May 24, 2013John Hull: Judging the Piccolo Spoleto Craft Show
Chair of the Art Department at the College of Charleston, John Hull, will be judging Piccolo Spoleto's craft show.
May 24, 2013Saxophonist Eli Degibri
Israeli saxophonist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Eli Degibri joins Marcus Overton to discuss his program for the Festival.
May 23, 2013Spoleto Festival USA General Director Nigel Redden
General director of Spoleto Festival USA Nigel Reddin discusses why Charleston is the best place in the world to have a festival and how Spoleto has changed the quality of Charleston's theaters.
May 23, 2013Lee Pringle: The Wind and the Mockingbird
Lee Pringle, producer of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir's performance of The Wind and the Mockingbird, talks about his inspiration for the piece.
May 23, 2013Steven Schick, Pecussionist
Steven Schick will make Spoleto history this year by becoming the first percussionist to be featured in the Chamber Music Series at Spoleto Festival USA.
May 23, 2013Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s Concertmaster Yuriy Bekker
Yuriy Bekker, CSO concertmaster and the director of the College of Charleston's orchestra, visits the studio and shares what he's excited to see at the Festival.
May 23, 2013Behind the Garden Gate
This year's Spoleto Festival features a self-guided tour of thirteen Charleston private gardens. The tour is presented by the Charleston Horticultural Society and the Garden Conservancy.