The Arts

Warrick McZeke finds his love in Country Music

September 30, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Warrick McZeke

Growing up in Loris, S.C. Warrick McZeke was always around music and family. That’s where his interest in performing began, whether R&B, jazz, or soul. But today, he’s found his love in country music. It all began in a dorm on the campus of Clemson University and with a...

The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe

September 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Cleveland, in 1913.

In his new novel, The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe (2019, Chickadee Prince), Granville Wyche Burgess imagines Shoeless Joe Jackson, the outfielder disgraced in the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, living in Greenville, South Carolina, and finding that sports history has one more...

Spartanburg Songwriter Made His Mark in Nashville with Country Music

September 13, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
David Ball (second from left) and his band.

Country music has made and broken careers for close to a century now. David Ball of Spartanburg is one of the survivors, enjoying a long career in the field. In high school he joined the legendary acoustic trio Uncle Walt's Band, playing a blend of bluegrass, blues, swing...

Columbia Native's Country Music Dream Lasts a Lifetime

September 12, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Tut Underwood
Bemo Prince, at the mic, with some of his band members.

Country music finds fans in a variety of ways, most often by either hearing the music on the radio or seeing country artists play live. That's the way Bemo Prince of Columbia became a country music fan. "My daddy took me to hear...Snuffy Jenkins and the Hired Hands, and I...

Beloved Lowcountry author, Dorothea Benton Frank, dies

September 4, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Dorothea Benton Frank

In 2010, The Big Picture visited her beloved Lowcountry home on Sullivan’s Island and spent the day getting to know her. In her typical humor, she told us she never dreamed of being an author, she always thought she’d be a “princess.” Born and raised on Sullivan’s Island,...

Spoleto Festival USA Announces New Opera Based on the Life of a Slave

June 11, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
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In the city where nearly half of all enslaved Africans were brought to this nation, Spoleto Festival USA will unveil a new opera based on the life of an African-Muslim slave. His autobiography is believed to be the only surviving, unedited story written in Arabic in the...

Selecting the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra

June 7, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Director and conductor John Kennedy with the Spoleto USA orchestra

They are sure signs of Spoleto in downtown Charleston; instrument toting musicians and scorching heat. Among the jostling violin cases, is Shannon Fitzhenry. She’s back for her second year with the annual Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, one of 92 musicians chosen to play. “...

Spoleto Backstage: 'What Girls Are Made Of';'One Thousand And One Nights'; John Kennedy

June 6, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
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On this final episode of Spoleto Backstage for 2019, host Adam Parker speaks with Cora Bissett, writer and star, and Orla O'Loughlin, director, of the play "What Dreams Are Made Of." Based on Bissett's life story, the production follows a Scottish schoolgirl's rise to rock...

Spoleto Backstage: Rob Taylor; Joe Miller; 'Salome'

June 4, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
Spoleto Backstage: Rob Taylor; Joe Miller; 'Salome'

On this edition of Spoleto Backstage , host Adam Parker chats with Rob Taylor, director of Choral Activities at the College of Charleston, artistic director of the Taylor Festival Choir, and director of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Singers, about his...

Paul Wiancko Brings World Premiere, Widely-Influenced Style to Chamber Music Series

May 31, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Bradley Fuller
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Paul Wiancko started playing cello at age five. By age eight, he had composed his first piece of music. “If you can call it a piece,” Wiancko says. “I think it was maybe a thirty-two measure little tune, mostly in C major, mostly consisting of a couple of triads. And I...

Spoleto Festival Hopes to Inspire Children through Music

May 30, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Victoria Hansen
Chamber Music musicians plays for kids at Sanders Clyde Elementary School in downtown Charleston

Chamber music and children may seem like an unusual combination. But don't tell that to Geoff Nuttall. The director of Spoleto’s Chamber Music Series works a room of fourth and fifth graders like the strings of his violin, with charisma and class. “Music has been such a...

Spoleto Backstage: Punch Brothers; Shakespeare's Globe

May 30, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
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On this episode of Spoleto Backstage , host Adam Parker speaks with mandolinist and singer-songwriter Chris Thile of the progressive bluegrass group Punch Brothers about their history of performing at Spoleto Festival USA. The two also discuss Thile's experiences as host of...

S.C. Public Radio announces coverage plans for Spoleto Festival USA 2019

May 22, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio
Spoleto Festival USA 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. – S.C. Public Radio today announced its coverage plans for Spoleto Festival USA 2019. The statewide radio network will broadcast Spoleto events on “Performance Today” and “Sonatas & Soundscapes.” A six-episode podcast -- “Spoleto Backstage” -- is also...

Spoleto Backstage: Piccolo Spoleto; 'Pay No Attention To The Girl'; 'Letter To A Friend In Gaza'

May 21, 2019 - Posted in This Week in South Carolina by Adam Parker
Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2019 Logo

On this episode of Spoleto Backstage , we learn about this year's Piccolo Spoleto Festival from Scott Watson, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs for the city of Charleston, and violinist Yuriy Bekker, concertmaster for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Host Adam...

Spoleto Backstage: Previewing Spoleto Festival USA 2019

May 16, 2019 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Adam Parker
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The Spoleto Backstage podcast returns for 2019 to introduce you to the artists and people who make things happen at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston. Join host Adam Parker of the Post and Courier as we speak to key figures and artists about their performances before they...

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