Spoleto Festival in Charleston: May 30 - June 2, 2017
The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina is widely recognized as the country’s most comprehensive arts festival, and Charleston itself recently ranked for three consecutive years as Condé Nast’s foremost destination in the country. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary season of this remarkable event, the Festival has announced a highly original season running the gamut of the performing arts. Once again we are able to offer a varied program of six major performances embracing the Festival’s creative arts.
On our first evening, a once-only Spoleto Celebration Concert will honor the Festival’s history with a program of more than one hundred musicians. This will be the most important of this year’s instrumental concerts.
Following last season’s sold-out run of George Gershwin’s American classic, Porgy and Bess, the Festival has announced new productions of Tchaikovsky’s romantic Russian opera, Eugene Onegin; and Antonio Vivaldi’s seldom encountered Baroque opera, Farnace. We will enjoy Tchaikovsky’s beloved work in the beautifully restored Charleston Gaillard Center, re-opened only last May, and Vivaldi’s rarity will be staged in the intimate Dock Street Theatre.
Fulfilling a long-established tradition of presenting major theatre pieces, Spoleto will bring Ireland’s Druid Theatre and its Tony-Award winning director Garry Hynes for a ‘fresh take’ on Waiting for Godot. Samuel Beckett’s iconic 20th century play will be mounted in the Dock Street Theatre.
Finally, our busy schedule will be highlighted by two of the famed Dock Street Chamber Music Concerts, justifiably the most popular element of the entire Festival due to the exceptional standards of the entire series.
Founded by composer/director Gian Carlo Menotti as a counterpart to the earlier eponymous Spoleto Festival in Italy, the U.S. performances are set against the backdrop of historic Charleston and its unparalleled antebellum charm. With plenty of time to enjoy the imposing residential areas of the city itself, you will readily appreciate why Charleston is considered the finest example of l8th-century architecture and culture in America.
Accommodations for four nights at the Mills House, Charleston’s center of activity during the Festival. The Mills House is ideally located on Meeting Street near the heart of the city. Because of the tasteful Southern comfort and the proximity to the Dock Street Theatre, this is everyone’s first choice for a traditional stay in Charleston. During the warm late spring weather, you will enjoy the hotel’s large and attractive outdoor pool area. (The Mills House completed a major renovation last year.)
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $3,180
Single Occupancy: $3,830