Spoleto in Retro- Part 2 (2001) | ETV Classics

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South Carolina ETV’s Beryl Dakers heads to Charleston, SC for the 25th anniversary of Spoleto Festival USA for SCETV's two-part special Spoleto in Retro. In part two, Dakers explores even more of the disciplines featured in the festival's lineup: music and visual arts. 

A key pillar of Spoleto since the beginning are the daily chamber music performances. Charles Wadsworth, founder and host of chamber music at Spoleto, said, "I feel a mission to try to get chamber music to as many people as I can and to remove prejudices that people have about chamber music. It's a form of music, which is open to everyone. You don't have to have a special background, or you don't have to be terribly sophisticated to enjoy it."

Every season Spoleto has a resident choir and orchestra. The 100 members of the resident orchestra are hand-selected from across the country by the musical director of that season. Until 2021, the Westminster Choir served as the festival's resident choir. 

Visual arts at the festival cover a wide range of crafts from painting to sculpture to site-specific work, in addition to each year's official festival poster, which is created by an artist each year. 

For coverage of Spoleto Festival USA 2022, SC Public Radio's Sonatas and Soundscapes, which airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on the network’s News & Music stations, will feature Spoleto content from May 27 through June 10. Additionally, SC Public Radio will broadcast recordings from this year’s Bank of America Chamber Music Series as well as offer on-demand audio of the performances on southcarolinapublicradio.org

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