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Spoleto Festival USA

Ahead of its premiere June 4, Carrie Mae Weems discusses her Spoleto Festival USA production


Not sure how to choose among all the Spoleto 2016 offerings? Here, leaders of area arts organizations, plus a couple of media pros, share which shows they can’t wait to catch (aside from the long-ago-sold-out Porgy and Bess). Get the scoop, then go to to snag tickets of your own


Listened to a Spoleto Festival USA concert in the last two decades? It’s likely that John Kennedy had a hand in its inception

Ninety years after the untimely death of Edmund Thornton Jenkins, Spoleto Festival USA premieres his unfinished operetta, Afram ou La Belle Swita. Learn more about the son of the world-renowned Jenkins Orphanage Band founder who became one of the first American composers to merge musical nuances of the black South with the concert traditions of Europe and quite possibly helped inspire the music of Porgy and Bess


May 29, College of Charleston Cistern Yard, George St., Thursday, 9 p.m. $30-$50

May 26, TD Arena, 301 Meeting St., Monday, 7 p.m., $45-$65

May 31 & June 1-3, 5-8,  Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. Days & times vary. $25-$65

May 25, 27, 31, & June 4, 7, Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Days & times vary. $25-$85,

May 22-24, 26, 28-30 & June 1-3, 5-6, 8, Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Days & times vary. $35-$105


June 1, TD Arena, 301 Meeting St., Sunday, 7:30 p.m., $30-$85

June 3-4, 6-8, Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St., Tues, 8 p.m.; Wed, 3 & 8 p.m.; Fri, 8:30 p.m., Sat & Sun, noon, $25-$50

May 23-June 8, Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St., Friday, May 23, 1 p.m., then daily, 11 a.m., & 1 p.m., Prices vary.


May 30-June 1, TD Arena,  301 Meeting St., Friday, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m., $30-$75


January 31, 2014

The Spoleto Festival's Annual Auction featured a lively show from the Charlton Singleton Jazz Ensemble featuring Festival Jazz Artist Cyrus Chestnut on Friday, February 1. 

Spoleto SCENE took their annual White Party to new heights with a chic rooftop fete at 77 Wentworth on Thursday, June 7.

Quebec-based troupe, Les 7 Doigts de la Main, flips, jumps, catapults, cartwheels, and even sings its way through 90 minutes of sheer fun

The legendary R&B, soul, and gospel singer brought it to the Gaillard with a depth of expereience, energy, and soul