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Bassist Reggie Workman Shares Perspective, Life Experiences with Students of Charleston Jazz Academy

By Bradley Fuller

Reggie Workman at the Charleston Jazz Academy.

Working with jazz legends like John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, and numerous others has given double bassist Reggie Workman more than a little perspective on music-making. On Monday, June 4th, the eighty-year-old exponent of hard bop and avant-garde jazz shared some of that perspective with students through a lecture/demonstration at the Charleston Jazz Academy. The academy, located on West Montague Avenue in North Charleston, absorbed the Leonard School of Music in 2017, and is the educational arm of Charleston Jazz.

Spoleto Festival USA Resident Conductor John Kennedy Conducts 'Tree of Codes' Premiere

By Jeanette Guinn

John Kennedy, conductor in residence at Spoleto Festival USA.

John Kennedy talks with Jeanette Guinn about the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and about the U.S. Pemiere of the opera, Tree of Codes.

Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which audience members might encounter more than one existence. Two-headed birds and layers of light conjure a magical world under Director Ong Keng Sen (Facing Goya; 2014) in this dramatic work inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name. 

Finding Humor in a Life with Cancer

By Jeanette Guinn

David Lee Nelson

A comedy. About cancer. From award-winning solo performer David Lee Nelson (Elephant in My Closet) brings Stages to Piccolo Spoleto - a new play about finding hope in the most unlikely of places. Nelson talks with Jeanette Guinn about life with cancer, the play, and his plans for the future. The play runs through Saturday evening at Chapel Theatre on Calhoun St. in Charleston, SC.

Our Town | Bishopville

By Rebecca Dymock

Bishopville Wall

For the next installment of our series on the many unique towns of South Carolina, “Our Town” we visited Bishopville, SC. Check out this video to see what the people of Bishopville have to say about their slice of the Palmetto State.

Our Town | Greenwood

By Tabitha Safdi

Greenwood South Carolina

“There’s Always Something Blooming” in the City of Greenwood. What makes Greenwood, South Carolina so unique? Check out Our Town! 

Spoleto Backstage: the Conductors

By Jeanette Guinn

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In this episode of Spoleto Backstage, Jeanette Guinn sits down with Spoleto's busiest conductor John Kennedy who will be involved with three of this years performances: Music in Time, Tree of Codes, and You are Mine Own. We also get to hear from the conductor of Pia de Tolomei, Lidiya Yankovskaya.

Chamber Music Series' First Trombonist Changing Common Perceptions of his Instrument

By Bradley Fuller

Peter Moore

With string quartets, piano trios, and woodwind quintets often receiving the spotlight, the trombone is seldom a contender for pride of place among instruments featured in chamber music programs. If included at all, it’s often sharing the stage with four other instruments as part of a brass quintet.

But for this year’s Spoleto Festival USA Chamber Music Series, the trombone is representing the brass family all by itself.

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