June 2019

Found 3 blog entries for June 2019.

Last night at the Gaillard Performance Center, I was overwhelmed with Songs of America... Patriotism, Protest and the Music That Made a Nation. It was a collaborative event by Pulitzer Prize winner John Meacham and Grammy Award winner Tim McGraw... a unique evening filled with in-depth discussions of our historic times lead by John with intermittent breaks of Tim singing an appropriate period song. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and informative celebration of America by exploring the origins of American music, tracing patriotic roots back to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two World Wars, the beginnings of rock n' roll, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, all the way through the 21st century American struggles, including renewed

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I moved to Charleston 12 years ago and have never looked back! One of the reasons is the year-round access to the arts, and especially the 17-day springtime Spoleto Festival when the city serves as a backdrop to artistic celebration of dance, music, opera, theater, and visual arts with over 500 events in 70 venues. This year I experienced such a wide variety… Grammy award winning jazz genius Esperanza Spalding Making Magic Under The Stars… England’s Globe Theater group’s performance of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy Twelfth Night… Westminster Choir’s inspirational a cappella performance of Path of Miracles, celebrating in musical theater the pilgrimage to Spain’s Camino de Santiago… world premiere dramatic stage performance of Amos Gitai’s  Letter To

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Each year in late Spring, locals and tourists alike make their way to the historic streets of Charleston as the city transforms into a cultural mecca showcasing the arts encompassing theater, dance, opera, jazz, chamber music and more for Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston's annual premier performing arts festival.

 

Spoleto Festival kicks off the first day of the 17 day run with its traditional opening ceremony in front of City Hall. A section of Broad Street is blocked off and people fill the street. It is an opportunity to hear about the festival from the perspective of community leaders, see snippets of performances to come, or hear from some of the performers and playwrights themselves. The festival is comprised of many talented,

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