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Our series of reviews and reports from the nation’s premier Arts festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Discover performances and events at this year's festival, visit Spoleto Festival USA.Subscribe to a podcast of this series via iTunes using the button below or visit our subscribe page for other options.Subscribe

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Dispatch 10: Reflections

As this visit to the festival draws to a close, Frank reflects on how the variety of offerings at the Spoleto Festival USA enhances the experience of attending events. Read the Full Dispatch > Several of the people from the Spoleto Festival USA I’ve interviewed for this series have expressed the same idea: that attending these varied events in close proximity to each other gives you an enhanced appreciation for each event that you might not have otherwise. As the end of my latest visit to the festival draws near, I can heartily confirm that’s true. Some of the concerts I’ve attended have distilled that concept to its most basic. For example, the Dialogues recital given by the brilliant pianist Pedja Muzejevich as part of the Music in Time series. He gave a performance at the Simons Center Recital Hall at the College of Charleston that juxtaposed the familiar language of Haydn piano sonatas with much more unusual works, such as John Cage’s Bacchanal for Prepared Piano, which at t...

-1 s2017 JUN 8
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Dispatch 10: Reflections

Dispatch 9: The Chamber Music Series

Frank catches up with Geoff Nuttall, director of the Spoleto Chamber Music Series, backstage at the Dock Street Theater. He answers the burning question, “What exactly is chamber music?”, and also talks about two of the most significant elements of the festival: the city of Charleston and its people.

-1 s2017 JUN 6
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Dispatch 9: The Chamber Music Series

Dispatch 7: The Orchestras of Spoleto

On this episode Frank drops by the Spoleto Festival USA offices in Charleston to visit with John Kennedy, Director of Orchestral Activities. They’ll speak about what makes the festival’s orchestra so versatile, and what John especially appreciates about the support of Charleston.

-1 s2017 JUN 2
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Dispatch 7: The Orchestras of Spoleto

Dispatch 6: Westminster Choir & Waiting for Godot

Frank reviews the Westminster Choir concert and Waiting for Godot from the 2017 Spoleto Festival USA. Read Full Dispatch > There are few settings in Charleston more idyllic for a concert than the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. Watching the late afternoon light as it slants through the windows on the west side of the sanctuary, with the stained glass behind the altar providing a dramatic backdrop to the Westminster Choir in their evening attire, you feel like you’re in for a special experience, and indeed, you are. The Westminster Choir has been the Choir in Residence at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston for many years, since the days when the ensemble was led by the legendary Joseph Flummerfelt. Upon Flummerfelt’s retirement, Joe Miller assumed the role, and he continues the tradition of presenting sublime a cappella concerts in that special hour before a late spring evening gets underway. Miller has distinguished himself by programming especially thoughtful and i...

-1 s2017 JUN 1
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Dispatch 6: Westminster Choir & Waiting for Godot

Dispatch 5: The Westminster Choir

Frank Dominguez sits down with Joe Miller, Director of Choral Activities for the Spoleto Festival USA to talk about the Westminster Choir’s history with the festival. Joe also talks about his love for the flora and fauna of Charleston.

-1 s2017 MAY 31
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Dispatch 5: The Westminster Choir

Dispatch 4: Farnace & Yo, Carmen

Frank reviews two productions from the 2017 Spoleto Festival USA: the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s most popular opera, and the return to Charleston of an internationally acclaimed flamenco dance company. Read Full Dispatch > This WDAV Dispatch from Spoleto reviews two productions from the 2017 festival: the US premiere of a once-celebrated, now obscure opera; and the return to Charleston of an internationally acclaimed flamenco dance company. Antonio Vivaldi is one of my favorite composers, but like most classical music lovers, I know him primarily because of his instrumental concertos, with the set known as The Four Seasons his most familiar and ubiquitous. Yet during his career, Vivaldi enjoyed far more success as an opera composer, and of his more than forty operas, Farnace enjoyed the greatest popularity. So I really looked forward to seeing and hearing my first Vivaldi opera, and the Spoleto Festival USA production running at the Dock Street Theater did not disappoint, with a st...

-1 s2017 MAY 30
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Dispatch 4: Farnace & Yo, Carmen

Dispatch 3: A Newcomer's Guide

In this episode Frank visits the office of Nigel Redden, General Director of the Spoleto Festival USA, and asks him for tips that newcomers to the festival might find useful. They also discuss the history of the festival, and why Charleston is the best city in the U.S. to host it.

-1 s2017 MAY 29
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Dispatch 3: A Newcomer's Guide

Dispatch 2: Spoleto Festival USA: A Preview

Frank speaks with Perry Tannenbaum of Charlotte’s Creative Loafing about what keeps him coming back to Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston after more than twenty years.

-1 s2017 MAY 24
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Dispatch 2: Spoleto Festival USA: A Preview

Dispatch 1: Returning to Spoleto

Frank Dominguez reflects on WDAV's past and present coverage of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. Read Full Dispatch > As WDAV embarks on another season visiting the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, it’s inevitable to look back and reminisce. As the writer and producer of our blog posts and podcasts this year, I can’t help but remember my first visit to Spoleto in 2009. I had heard about the festival for years before that. My mother-in-law – a violinist and music teacher – made an annual pilgrimage to the Dock Street Theater for the chamber music series. But I had no idea about the breadth and scope of the festival until I began covering it for WDAV. In those days we had an entire team of hosts, producers, audio engineers and support staff gathering interviews, recording performances, and otherwise exploring the varied offerings of the festival. As you might imagine, the enterprise was expensive and proved impossible to sustain, and the festival staff struggled to a...

-1 s2017 MAY 21
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Dispatch 1: Returning to Spoleto
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Latest Episodes

Dispatch 10: Reflections

As this visit to the festival draws to a close, Frank reflects on how the variety of offerings at the Spoleto Festival USA enhances the experience of attending events. Read the Full Dispatch > Several of the people from the Spoleto Festival USA I’ve interviewed for this series have expressed the same idea: that attending these varied events in close proximity to each other gives you an enhanced appreciation for each event that you might not have otherwise. As the end of my latest visit to the festival draws near, I can heartily confirm that’s true. Some of the concerts I’ve attended have distilled that concept to its most basic. For example, the Dialogues recital given by the brilliant pianist Pedja Muzejevich as part of the Music in Time series. He gave a performance at the Simons Center Recital Hall at the College of Charleston that juxtaposed the familiar language of Haydn piano sonatas with much more unusual works, such as John Cage’s Bacchanal for Prepared Piano, which at t...

-1 s2017 JUN 8
Comments
Dispatch 10: Reflections

Dispatch 9: The Chamber Music Series

Frank catches up with Geoff Nuttall, director of the Spoleto Chamber Music Series, backstage at the Dock Street Theater. He answers the burning question, “What exactly is chamber music?”, and also talks about two of the most significant elements of the festival: the city of Charleston and its people.

-1 s2017 JUN 6
Comments
Dispatch 9: The Chamber Music Series

Dispatch 7: The Orchestras of Spoleto

On this episode Frank drops by the Spoleto Festival USA offices in Charleston to visit with John Kennedy, Director of Orchestral Activities. They’ll speak about what makes the festival’s orchestra so versatile, and what John especially appreciates about the support of Charleston.

-1 s2017 JUN 2
Comments
Dispatch 7: The Orchestras of Spoleto

Dispatch 6: Westminster Choir & Waiting for Godot

Frank reviews the Westminster Choir concert and Waiting for Godot from the 2017 Spoleto Festival USA. Read Full Dispatch > There are few settings in Charleston more idyllic for a concert than the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. Watching the late afternoon light as it slants through the windows on the west side of the sanctuary, with the stained glass behind the altar providing a dramatic backdrop to the Westminster Choir in their evening attire, you feel like you’re in for a special experience, and indeed, you are. The Westminster Choir has been the Choir in Residence at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston for many years, since the days when the ensemble was led by the legendary Joseph Flummerfelt. Upon Flummerfelt’s retirement, Joe Miller assumed the role, and he continues the tradition of presenting sublime a cappella concerts in that special hour before a late spring evening gets underway. Miller has distinguished himself by programming especially thoughtful and i...

-1 s2017 JUN 1
Comments
Dispatch 6: Westminster Choir & Waiting for Godot

Dispatch 5: The Westminster Choir

Frank Dominguez sits down with Joe Miller, Director of Choral Activities for the Spoleto Festival USA to talk about the Westminster Choir’s history with the festival. Joe also talks about his love for the flora and fauna of Charleston.

-1 s2017 MAY 31
Comments
Dispatch 5: The Westminster Choir

Dispatch 4: Farnace & Yo, Carmen

Frank reviews two productions from the 2017 Spoleto Festival USA: the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s most popular opera, and the return to Charleston of an internationally acclaimed flamenco dance company. Read Full Dispatch > This WDAV Dispatch from Spoleto reviews two productions from the 2017 festival: the US premiere of a once-celebrated, now obscure opera; and the return to Charleston of an internationally acclaimed flamenco dance company. Antonio Vivaldi is one of my favorite composers, but like most classical music lovers, I know him primarily because of his instrumental concertos, with the set known as The Four Seasons his most familiar and ubiquitous. Yet during his career, Vivaldi enjoyed far more success as an opera composer, and of his more than forty operas, Farnace enjoyed the greatest popularity. So I really looked forward to seeing and hearing my first Vivaldi opera, and the Spoleto Festival USA production running at the Dock Street Theater did not disappoint, with a st...

-1 s2017 MAY 30
Comments
Dispatch 4: Farnace & Yo, Carmen

Dispatch 3: A Newcomer's Guide

In this episode Frank visits the office of Nigel Redden, General Director of the Spoleto Festival USA, and asks him for tips that newcomers to the festival might find useful. They also discuss the history of the festival, and why Charleston is the best city in the U.S. to host it.

-1 s2017 MAY 29
Comments
Dispatch 3: A Newcomer's Guide

Dispatch 2: Spoleto Festival USA: A Preview

Frank speaks with Perry Tannenbaum of Charlotte’s Creative Loafing about what keeps him coming back to Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston after more than twenty years.

-1 s2017 MAY 24
Comments
Dispatch 2: Spoleto Festival USA: A Preview

Dispatch 1: Returning to Spoleto

Frank Dominguez reflects on WDAV's past and present coverage of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. Read Full Dispatch > As WDAV embarks on another season visiting the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, it’s inevitable to look back and reminisce. As the writer and producer of our blog posts and podcasts this year, I can’t help but remember my first visit to Spoleto in 2009. I had heard about the festival for years before that. My mother-in-law – a violinist and music teacher – made an annual pilgrimage to the Dock Street Theater for the chamber music series. But I had no idea about the breadth and scope of the festival until I began covering it for WDAV. In those days we had an entire team of hosts, producers, audio engineers and support staff gathering interviews, recording performances, and otherwise exploring the varied offerings of the festival. As you might imagine, the enterprise was expensive and proved impossible to sustain, and the festival staff struggled to a...

-1 s2017 MAY 21
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Dispatch 1: Returning to Spoleto
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