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Spoleto Festival USA

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Barry R wrote a review Jun. 2019
57 contributions54 helpful votes
My wife and I spent three days in Charleston at Spoleto. We attended a jazz concert and two Shakespearean performances. The performances were excellent, as were the venues. I was particularly thrilled with the Shakespeare troupe. They were amazingly talented and professional. We have seen Shakespeare performed in many places and this was as good as I have ever experienced.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Stucolco wrote a review Jun. 2019
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina1,483 contributions407 helpful votes
Since moving to Myrtle Beach over 14 years ago and being a theatrical addict, we try to come in for a weekend of Spoleto when there are performances that are of interest to us and this year, we had to split it between 2 weekends. We chose well as everything that we attended was superb. On weekend 1, we saw the Globe Theatre in “The Comedy of Errors”, The Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra in “Prokofiev & Shostakovich”, the opera “Salome” and even a Piccolo Spoleto offering of “Yuriy Bekker & Friends.” We completed our Spoleto “fix” on weekend 2 by seeing the remaining Globe Theatre productions of “Twelfth Night” and “Pericles”. Although prices for Spoleto performances are not inexpensive, the quality of all of the performances that we saw certainly makes the cost well worth it. I did, however, not understand why the first Globe Theatre production that we saw was $90 and the second and third were $70 for comparable seats in the same Dock Street Theatre.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Debbie1973 wrote a review Jun. 2019
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina40 contributions13 helpful votes
This was the first time we attended the Spoleto Festival All of the performances we attended were wonderful and each was very different. Some of the performances were not at all what we expected - they were more “experimental” than traditional. That added to the experience though. All of the venues were lovely especially Cistern Yard. We enjoy the arts and attending the Spoleto Festival allows us to try many different forms. Spoleto is a fabulous way to enjoy Charleston as well! There is something for everybody.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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ChefWigs wrote a review Jun. 2019
Charleston, South Carolina36 contributions10 helpful votes
Each year for 2 weeks (May-June), the City of Charleston throws a fabulous party and you should be there. Renowned artists of every genre arrive to perform in historic venues throughout the city. From evening jazz concerts under the live oaks in the Cistern yard at the College of Charleston to free performances on the steps of the Customs House, the festival offers something for everyone. A sure bet is morning Chamber Music at the historic Dock Street Theater, a jewel box venue with talented musicians from around the globe, that lasts just over an hour and sends you floating through the rest of your day. Everything from Opera to Physical Theater to Bluegrass is on offer. If you come once, you will certainly be back!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Mdtravelpro wrote a review Jun. 2019
Vero Beach, Florida59 contributions27 helpful votes
She was terrible, evidenced by people of all ages walking out in a steady stream throughout her Saturday Evening performance. She asked her audience what they wanted to hear, then told us it really didn't matter, 'cuz we already bought tickets....so it really didn't matter.. Her combination of performance theater, shouting, dissonance and general chaotic and meaningless noise was a total bust, and worst of all.....boring .....as she tried out her newest "album". NOW, FOR THE 5 STAR+ REVIEW: On the other hand, a choral performance of "Path of Miracles by the Westminister Choir of Princeton was an extraordinary and beautiful experience that made our entire 5 day stay in Charleston a memorable one. Art shows are set up in parks; music fills the churches and parks and harbor cruises; and the Garden Tour in the historic neighborhoods is both lovely and revealing, taking the opportunity to educate and/or remind visitors at many times during the visit to the City of the true history of lovely old Charleston: Unimaginable wealth built upon, and dependent upon, cotton and the labor of slaves. Charleston and the Spoleto Festival overall do a terrific job of hosting thousands of attendees, even in 100 degree heat. Particular kudos and highest praise to the PICCOLO SPOLETO FESTIVAL, which is sponsored by the City of Charleston, with programs of all sorts that run concurrently with Spoleto, at about half the price for most performances, with outstanding artists from all over, including the OUTSTANDING Trey Clegg Singers of Atlanta, the early music series, and The Sound of Charleston, including the mayor of Charleston, a talented pianist and true ambassador for his City and for the arts. Next year....we're heading to the Piccolo Spoleto schedule FIRST as we plan our visit and choose performances.........and MAY pick up some tickets for Spoleto that are of interest as a side-note.....rather than the other way around. Spoleto needs to take some responsibility for hosting a terrible performance such as Esperanza Spalding.......at $50 a ticket for our party.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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