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Charleston Event: The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC

The 2013 Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina will be held from May 24th to June 9th. The Spoleto Festival is an International Performing Arts Festival which includes over 160 performances in theatre, dance, and music including opera, chamber, jazz, bluegrass and many others. Locations for the many different performances will include, theatres, churches, the College of Charleston and several other locations.

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Opening Night

The Opening Night of the festival kicks off in the grounds of the College of Charleston’s President’s house. For $300.00, a ticket can be purchased to enjoy this opening night party with a cocktail supper, live music and a full bar. Festival artists and patrons will all be at the opening night.

Opera, Theater, and Dance

  • Visitors to Spoleto will have the chance to see two different operas. Matsukaze will be performed at the Dock Street theatre with tickets ranging in price from $25 to $65. Le Villi and Mese Mariano, two rarely performed Italian operas, will be performed at the College of Charleston Sottile Theater, with prices from $75 to $90.
  • Le Grand C, a French new-circus performance will be held at the Memminger Auditorium, featuring gravity-defying stunts. Tickets range from $50 to $65.
  • There is a wide selection of theater performances, including, Mayday Mayday, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oedipus and Bullet Catch. There are two different performances of the Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth and Book Two: Robot Planet Rising. Theatre productions will be held at the Dock Street Theatre, Memminger Auditorium and College of Charleston Theaters. Ticket prices vary, for Midsummer Night’s Dream tickets range from $50 to $85. For more information on details of dates, times, prices and locations, Box Office: 843.579.3100 or visit their website (click here).
  • For dance lovers, options include, tap artist Jared Grimes. Also, Spain’s renowned Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía and additionally Compagnie Kafig, combining hip-hop and samba.


The music selection is wide and varied. On May 30th, Angelique Kidjo, Grammy award- winning world music superstar will be performing. Other selections include, Bank of America Chamber Music, Westminster Choir Concerts, Rosanne Cash, J.D. McPherson and several others. Jazz Musicians are included in the festival with artists including Gregory Porter, IIro Rantala from Finland and Eli Degibri a soulful saxophonist.

2013 Festival Map

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Festival Finale

The Festival Finale on June 9th will be held at Middleton Place, one of Charleston’s National Historic landmarks and home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. The Festival Finale will include music by the Red Stick Ramblers, a mixture of a Cajun, honky-tonk, swing concert with a grand finale of fireworks.

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