The most exciting time of year for Charleston’s arts world is quickly approaching. The 41st annual Spoleto Festival USA will take place May 26 through June 11, 2017, in Charleston, South Carolina.
“On the heels of a hugely exciting 40th season, this year’s Festival promises to build on that momentum, with even more dance and theatre performances than in previous years,” says Festival General Director Nigel Redden. “Charleston’s rich history in the arts comes alive during each Festival, and we will explore that history and add to it again.
The 2017 Festival features more than 160 ticketed events, held in 12 venues around Charleston that reflect the city’s past and present, including Woolfe Street Playhouse, Dock Street Theatre, Memminger Auditorium and the recently renovated Charleston Gaillard Center.
The American Express Woolfe Street Series will send audiences to the Upper King-area industrial building-turned-playhouse for a wide array of events, including a world premiere from tap choreographer and performer Ayodele Casel, three programs of Spoleto Festival USA Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy’s contemporary Music in Time series, and the world premiere of Cinema and Sound, featuring Festival-favorite pianist Stephen Prutsman.
In addition, for the third year in a row, the festival will present Spoleto Salon, a series of four free talks that aim to illuminate the 2017 festival from a behind-the-scenes perspective.
The festival will culminate with the spectacular Wells Fargo Festival Finale, which will take place across the Ashley River at historic Middleton Place, giving ticket holders access to not only a full lineup of local and regional bands headlined by The Revivalists, but also the opportunity to explore the estate’s lush grounds and scenic gardens.
For more information on Spoleto Festival USA, visit Spoletousa.org.