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Stories about the 2021 Spoleto Festival USA.

South Carolina Public Radio, Spoleto Festival USA Announce Programming for 2021 Season

As the Spoleto Festival USA prepares to return with in-person performances for 2021, South Carolina Public Radio is announcing coverage plans for this year's festival. SC Public Radio began covering the festival in 1981, so this year marks four decades of collaboration.

SC Public Radio's local classical music program Sonatas and Soundscapes, which airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on our News & Music stations, will feature Spoleto content from May 28 through June 18. Additionally, we're continuing our Spoleto Backstage podcast for the 2021 festival with new episodes premiering Tuesdays and Fridays starting June 1.

Beginning May 28, Sonatas and Soundscapes host Bradley Fuller will broadcast live from the Dock Street Theatre in downtown Charleston, SC, and interview musicians from this year's festival and Geoff Nuttall, director of the festival's renowned Chamber Music series. Recordings from this year's Chamber Music series will be featured on the show starting June 4.

You can tune in to the program on our News & Music stations: 89.3 FM HD1 in Charleston, 91.3 FM in Columbia and 90.1 FM in Greenville/Spartanburg. In addition, a livestream of the broadcast can be accessed here on our website or by downloading the SCETV app, which is available on all iOS and Android devices.

In addition to our on-air programming, our podcast Spoleto Backstage, featuring interviews with key figures and artists as well as music from the festival, is also returning for 2021. Eleven episodes will be released twice weekly through July 5. All episodes will be available here and wherever podcasts are heard.

For more on this year's Spoleto Festival USA, visit spoletousa.org.

Sean Birch brings his passion for engaging with listeners and delivering high-quality radio and podcasts to his role as Director of South Carolina Public Radio. Working with his team, he guides the creation of news and programming which informs, entertains and reflects the diverse population of the Palmetto State. He also chooses the national programming heard on stations and oversees the day-to-day operations of the radio network.