Thinking of Moving to Charleston? Reason#8 The Annual Spoleto Festival

Posted by Bob Farina on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 2:12pm.

The annual Spoleto Festival in Charleston continues to be amazing with over 300 performances in 17 days…theater, dance, opera, music, artist talks, jazz and others mediums.

Last evening I really enjoyed the Italian opera Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage)…. A comic opera with members of Westminster Choir giving voice to handcrafted Italian marionettes in this charming production. The choir was in the orchestra pit and the only characters on stage were the marionettes managed by 10 Italian artisans from hidden scaffolding above the stage. It was first performed in 1792. A thoroughly enjoyable night.

The previous evening I ventured to the famous Mepkin Abbey in Monks Corner to hear Illuminations, a Memorial Day concert featuring the Taylor Festival Choir and the Charleston Symphony ensemble group perform several choral pieces and 2 concertos from Bach and Marcello. The program closed with one of my all-time favorites… Gabriel’s Oboe from the 1986 academy award movie…The Mission, played by Zachary Hammond, principal oboist at the Charleston Symphony.

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