Piccolo Spoleto Festival coverage

A projected "apparition" of the Carolina Parakeet, part of the installations "Carrion Cheer."
Halsey Institute

Artist Christian Orendt talks with Jeanette Guinn about The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy an installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on Calhoun Street as part of Piccolo Spoleto.

David Lee Nelson
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A comedy. About cancer. From award-winning solo performer David Lee Nelson (Elephant in My Closet) brings Stages to Piccolo Spoleto - a new play about finding hope in the most unlikely of places. Nelson talks with Jeanette Guinn about life with cancer, the play, and his plans for the future. The play runs through Saturday evening at Chapel Theatre on Calhoun St. in Charleston, SC.

John Kennedy, conductor in residence at Spoleto Festival USA.
Spoleto Festival USA

In this episode of Spoleto Backstage, Jeanette Guinn sits down with Spoleto's busiest conductor John Kennedy who will be involved with three of this years performances: Music in Time, Tree of Codes, and You are Mine Own. We also get to hear from the conductor of Pia de Tolomei, Lidiya Yankovskaya.

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On this episode of Spoleto Backstage, we chat with David Lee Nelson, writer and star of "Stages." 

Reporter Victoria Hansen takes you behind the scenes of Spoleto’s educational program.

And finally, we speak with "Borders" playwright Henry Naylor and star Avital Lvova. 

Manny Houston
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Jeanette Guinn talks with Charleston musician Manny Houston about Take Me to Church​, a Piccolo Spoleto event taking place Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 p.m., at the City Gallery.  The program is billed as "an all ages, cabaret styled, exploration in gospel music and traditional Broadway show tunes."

Portraits from King St-500 Block
Jack Alterman

A Charleston native and skilled photographer, Jack Alterman is best known for his diverse portraits of Charlestonians. His newest exhibition, King Street – Faces of the 500 Block is currently being presented as part of Piccolo Spoleto in the previously closed-down Morris Sokol furniture store. The show is comprised of Alterman's portraits of the people who used to live in the 500 block area of Upper King St.

Greg Colleton is an artist and the Director of Operations at Redux Contemporary Art Center.  This year, he was chosen as the juror for the annual Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition.  The exhibition takes place at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, through June 12,  and showcases paintings, photography and sculpture by South Carolina artists.

  Cathryn Zommer is the Executive Director of arts partnership organization, Enough Pie. As part of Piccolo Spoleto, Enough Pie is holding their fourth annual event in a series entitled “Awakening.”  Awakening IV: Indigo is all about blue.

Citizen: An American Lyric was performed previously at the Fontaine Theatre.
Ed Krieger

  Shirley Jo Finney is an actress and an acclaimed award-winning director. She will be directing Citizen: An American Lyric, at the PURE Theatre on King St. during this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The show is based on Claudia Rankine's 2014 award-winning book of poetry of the same title.

Chatham Baroque plays in the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series.
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  College of Charleston professor Steve Rosenberg has coordinated the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series for 30 years.   He and  Andrew Fouts, baroque fiddle player for Chatham Baroque, talk about this year's program. And Steve looks back over 30 years of early music.

Chatham Baroque at the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series

Heather Buck, soprano.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

  Soprano Heather Buck describes George Crumb’s 1970 composition Ancient Voices of Children as a “hyper-colored world” of sound. With a score that includes tongue clicks and other extended techniques for the voice plus unusual instrumentation, the work has remained at the forefront of 20th century vocal chamber works. The performance is part of Spoleto Festival USA’s Music in Time series on June 1st.

Manual Cinema performs AVA/ADA.
Yi Zhao and Howard Ash

  Manual Cinema’s Drew Dir joins SCPRS’s Kate McKinney for a conversation about Ada/Ava, a multimedia work that combines Dir’s shadow puppetry with an original score. Live actors and musicians share the stage with shadow puppets to tell the story of sisters Ada and Ava while exploring the human struggles of loss and self-discovery. Ada/Ava marks performance collective Manual Cinema’s Spoleto Festival USA debut.