Starting today, May 22, Charleston, SC will celebrate its premiere arts festival for 17 days and 17 nights – Spoleto USA 2009. The festival offers more than 120 performances. In addition, the City of Charleston also produces the Piccolo Spoleto. The Charleston City Paper just published a very detailed guide to Spoleto that includes opera, theater, dance, music and parties and more. So much to do during Spoleto in Charleston…. I will only mention my favorites:
Piccolo Spoleto’s Sunset Serenade, May 22 at 8pm. Charleston Symphony performing on the steps of the Custom House. Free!
Don John– musical theater (sexy actor Gisli Orn Gardarsson from Iceland appeared on Lowcountry Live today). “The play is the contemporary update of the classic myth of Don Juan, the original ladykiller, the first international playboy, the proto-womanizer, the Ur-man of mystery (The City Paper).” Memminger Auditorium. May 22, 23, 25, 27-30; June 1-2, June 4-7. $25
Punch Brothers – concert. Five young talented folk and bluegrass musicians are the talk of town. May 28. The Cistern. $25
Noche Flamenca – dance. Hot and steamy night filled with flamenco; superb dancers, guitarists and singers. The Cistern. June 4-6. $30
Brahms/Tchaikovsky – classical music. World renowned violinist Sarah Chang joins the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra to perform Brahms’ brilliant and challenging Violin Concerto in D major and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. Gaillard Auditorium. June 2. Starting at $10.
Festival Finale – concert. Bring your picnic and wine. The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will offer a concert under the stars featuring Bartók’s lively Dance Suite and Rimsky-Korsakov’s sumptuous Scheherazade + fireworks. Middleton Place Plantation. June 7. $15