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Spoleto Festival USA Announces 2014 Season

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA ANNOUNCES 2014 SEASON

THE 38TH SEASON OF AMERICA’S PREMIER PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL WILL RUN FROM MAY 23–JUNE 8 IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Major Highlights of the 2014 Festival:

Two world premiere and eight United States premiere performances

Leoš Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová directed by Garry Hynes, the Tony Award-winning artistic director of Irish theater company Druid, and conducted by Anne Manson

A new staging of John Adams’s opera El Niña directed by John La Bouchardière and conducted by Joe Miller

The American premiere of Michael Nyman’s opera Facing Goya directed by Ong Keng Sen and conducted by John Kennedy

The return of Dublin’s Gate Theatre with the American premiere of Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel, adapted for stage by Irish writer Joseph O’Connor

Dance performances by contemporary ensemble Hubbard Street Dance Chicago,two programs from the tap troupe Dorrance Dance, a solo work choreographed and performed by South African dancer Gregory Maqoma, and the pop-culture infused Keigwin +Company

Physical theater productions including Finnish aerialist Ilona Jäntti and a presentation of Australian acrobatic troupe
Gravity & Other Myths’ A Simple Space

Music concerts by Grammy Award-winner Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn,vocalist Lucinda Williams as part of the Wells Fargo Jazz series, and Charleston’s Shovels & Rope headlining the Wells Fargo Festival Finale

January 27, 2014 (CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA)—Festival General Director Nigel Redden announced today the program for the 38th annual Spoleto Festival USA, taking place from May 23 – June 8, 2014. Held in Charleston, South Carolina the festival includes American premieres of the opera Facing Goya by Michael Nyman, the play My Cousin Rachel presented by Dublin’s Gate Theatre company, and a new staging of John Adams’ opera El Niño directed by John La Bouchardière. The Festival will also present the opera directorial debut of Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing a play on Broadway, in a production of Leoš Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová. Tickets are available to the general public on December 9 at spoletousa.org or by calling 843.579.3100.    

Featuring artists from over 14 countries and across the United States, the Festival will also present a variety of new works including the United States premiere production of Ravi Jain’s autobiographical play, A Brimful of Asha. Additional U.S. premiere productions will be performed by Finnish acrobat Ilona Jäntti and the Australian physical theater troupe Gravity & Other Myths. Composer Michael Gordon’s work Rewriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony will have its premiere performance with John Kennedy and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and pianist and composer Stephen Prutsman’s new piano quintet will premiere during the Bank of America Chamber Music series. Making their North American debut, the Latin musical group Aca Seca Trio will perform as part of the Festival’s Wells Fargo Jazz series.

Other highlights of the 2014 Festival include Joe Miller conducting El Niño in his first year as the new Director of Choral Activities for Spoleto Festival USA. Grammy Award-winning banjo player Béla Fleck will return to the Festival with his wife, Abigail Washburn, for a one-night-only performance, and singers Lucinda Williams and Charenée Wade will make their Festival debuts. The festival will also host a number of dance companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City’s Dorrance Dance and Keigwin + Company, and African dancer Gregory Maqoma.Headlining the Wells Fargo Festival Finale will be Charleston-based folk rock band Shovels & Rope.

After its success last season, the Festival will again collaborate with the Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy to present Behind the Garden Gate—self-guided tours through 16 of Charleston’s beautiful private gardens, many of which have never been open to the public.

For donors of $100 or more, the Festival is offering its first-ever donor pre-sale beginning December 3, providing exclusive access to tickets and premium seating for the 2014 season. Information on the donor pre-sale can be found at spoletousa.org.

On-site box office operations will be at the Charleston Visitor Center at 375 Meeting Street beginning Monday, March 17.

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2014
PROGRAM OVERVIEW

OPERA

Staged in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, the Spoleto Festival USA production of Leoš Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová will be directed by Garry Hynes (The Cripple of Inishmaan, 2011), the Tony Award-winning artistic director of the Irish theater company Druid, as she returns to Spoleto to make her opera directorial debut. Anne Manson, who led the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in 2012, will conduct this production.

John Adams’ El Niño will receive a new staging by acclaimed British director John La Bouchardière who is best known for writing and directing the 2007 British film, The Full Monteverdi. The libretto—adapted by Adams and Sellars—is a tapestry of European writings and sermons, Gospels from the Bible and the Apocrypha, and Latin American poetry in a telling of the nativity story that incorporates wooden figures similar to those used by Franciscan Monks to introduce Christianity to South America. Spoleto Festival USA’s new Director of Choral Activities, Joe Miller, will conduct this work in Memminger Auditorium.

Michael Nyman, who is widely known and celebrated for his film music including Gattaca and the Academy Award-winning film The Piano, has recomposed a large portion of the score for this American premiere production of Facing Goya. The opera, originally written for amplification, will be presented acoustically for the first time at the Festival. This 21st-century story mixes sci-fi, art history, and conspiracy theory to raise questions about human relationships. Singaporean director, Ong Keng Sen (Silver
River
, 2000,and Geisha, 2006), returns to Charleston to lead this production. Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities, John Kennedy, conducts Facing Goya in the Dock Street Theatre.

Spoleto Festival USA will present An Evening with Michael Nyman on Monday, May 26. The concert, held in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, will feature Nyman at the piano performing works from his film repertoire, original chamber works with members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and the premiere of his new string quartet. 

THEATER

Ireland’s Gate Theatre brings Joseph O’Connor’s stage adaptation of My Cousin Rachel to Spoleto Festival USA for its American premiere. With a story drawn from Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel, My Cousin Rachel features the Gate’s renowned acting company. Directed by Toby Frow, who previously directed My Cousin Rachel in Dublin in 2012, the playwill run for 19 performances in the Dock Street Theatre.

In an autobiographical work that examines how Indian traditions fare in Western culture, actor, director, and producer Ravi Jain brings his real-life mother to the College of Charleston Emmett Robinson Theatre in the United States premiere of A Brimful of Asha. In a story of family, arranged marriage, and the quest for the perfect bride Jain, a Toronto-native and founder of the “Why Not Theatre” company, has created a work that highlights the place of traditional cultural values in the modern age through a conversation between him and his mother.

Focusing on American culture and society, performance artist Laurie Anderson returns to Spoleto with The Language of the Future, a multimedia work highlighting
paradoxical issues in technology, communication, travel, and science. Anderson—an accomplished musician as well as performer—accompanies herself with her signature rhythmic cadence. She will perform in the final week of the Festival at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre.

PHYSICAL THEATER

Finnish aerialist Ilona Jäntti performs in the American premiere productions of Footnotes and Gangewifre along with her acclaimed work Muualla/Elsewhere. Australian acrobat troupe Gravity & Other Myths presents the United States premiere of A Simple Space, an intimate work that incorporates on-stage seating and features feats of acrobatic ability and human physicality, which was highly praised at both the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Both performances will be presented in the intimate Emmett Robinson Theatre at the College of Charleston.

DANCE

s 2014 dance lineup features four diverse companies. Performing in the TD Arena over opening weekend, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago will return to the Festival with a program highlighting their technique and physicality. Their Spoleto engagement will include the work of two dance s Quintett and Falling Angels by based Keigwin + Company will also perform on the TD Arena stage with two high-energy works, Megalopolis and Runaway, that meld the New York fashion scene with pop culture references.

New York City-based tap troupe Dorrance Dance will perform two programs in Memminger Auditorium: SOUNDspace,a piece showcasing the purity of movement,and The Blues Project with original music performed by Toshi Reagon’s five-piece jazz band. 

In a highly-anticipated Spoleto Festival USA debut, South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma presents a solo work inspired by his ancestor’s struggle to maintain his Xhosa identity during cultural shifts on South Africa’s Eastern Cape during the 19th century. Maqoma will be joined by four singers and world-fusion guitarist Giuliano Modarelli at the Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston.

MUSIC

Westminster Choir Director s new Director of Choral Activities will conduct two Westminster
Choir
concerts.  First is an a cappella program in the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul including Elegy by Daniel Elder, Nänie by Johannes Brahms, Ubi Caritas by Maurice Duruflé, and Legend of the Walled-up Woman by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Westminster Choir, in a concert with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, will present two settings of Te Deum—one from Handel, written in 1743 to celebrate King George II’s return from defeating France in battle, and one from Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, written in 1985.

Under the direction of violinist Geoff Nuttall, The Charles E. and Andrea L. Volpe Director for Chamber Music, the Bank of America Chamber Music series features 33 concerts of 11 programs performed twice daily in the historic Dock Street Theatre. The 2014 chamber program will see the return of familiar faces including the St. Lawrence String Quartet, bassist Anthony Manzo, clarinetist Todd Palmer (who celebrates his 20th year as part of this series), and pianists Pedja Muzijevic, Inon Barnatan, and Stephen Prutsman, who will debut his new piano quintet. Artists new to the chamber music stage include mezzo-soprano Charlotte
Hellekant, cellist David Ying from the Grammy Award-winning Ying Quartet, violist Masumi Per Rostad of the Pacifica Quartet, and violinist Gabriela Diaz.

The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is comprised of 90 young professional musicians selected in auditions held across the nation. In a concert conducted by rising international star Joana Carneiro, the Festival Orchestra perform Barber’s Adagio for Strings, John Adams’s Doctor Atomic Symphony, and Bela Bartók’s
Concerto for Orchestra. In a second concert, John Kennedy conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 paired with two modern homages to the masterpiece: Louis Andriessen’s The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven and the premiere of Michael Gordon’s Rewriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Both concerts are held in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre.

Resident Conductor and Director of Choral Activities John Kennedy’s Music in Time series explores contemporary music in the Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston. In a program featuring John Luther Adams, the first concert includes two recent Adams works: Four Thousand Holes and The Light Within. Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen’s 2008 work Schnee (Snow), scored for two pianos and percussion with trios of woodwinds and strings, will also be heard on the series. The young pianist Conor Hanick returns to the Festival with a rare performance of Tristan Murail’s Territoires de l’oubli (Territory of Oblivion), an exploration of the piano’s resonance. The final concert celebrates Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s 75th birthday with his De volharding (Perseverance).

The Festival’s late-afternoon Intermezzi concerts in Grace Episcopal Church feature the return of conductor Aik Khai Pung, and include artists from the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, the Festival’s operas. The Intermezzi series includes works by Benjamin Britten, Philip Glass, Richard Strauss,

The Festival offers three concerts featuring musicians who push the boundaries of their art. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, both known for their revolutionary
musical techniques and cross-genre collaborations with the banjo, will perform at the TD Arena. The Krüger Brothers, whose Swiss roots play a role in creating their take on Carolina folk music, perform a mix of original works and classics in the College of Charleston  Cistern Yard. Singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson presents her fresh perspective on cabaret, pop, and jazz also at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard.

WELLS FARGO JAZZ

The 2014 program for the Wells Fargo Jazz series features popular returning artists along with Festival newcomers. Jazz singer René Marie returns
to the Festival to perform a concert that pays tribute to Eartha Kitt in the TD Arena at College of Charleston. Saxophonist and tenor Håkon Kornstad, heard here in this 2012 TEDx talk from Oslo, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock, nominated “Jazz Musician of the Year” at England’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards, will perform at Simons Center Recital Hall.

Jazz vocalist Charenée Wade, a recent finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, will make her Festival debut in The College of Charleston Cistern Yard. Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams, who blends country, folk, and rock, will make her Spoleto Festival debut at the TD
Arena. Giving their North American premiere performance, the Aca Seca Trio will present their own interpretation of South American popular music, and mandolinist Danilo Brito, who illuminates Brazil’s choro music, will also be featured in the series. A day-long Wells Fargo Festival Finale concludes the season at Middleton Place, which will include gourmet picnic fare, a beer garden, regional bands playing throughout the afternoon, and Charleston’s own Shovels & Rope on the main stage.

The Festival continues its Conversations With discussion series—a collection of interviews with Festival artists conducted by Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Martha Teichner. This season, the series will feature:  Facing Goya director Ong Keng Sen and conductor John Kennedy; South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma; Kát’a Kabanová director Garry Hynes; and choreographer Michelle Dorrance, Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance. The series will be held at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Starting Monday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m., tickets can be purchased online atspoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100. For donors of $100 or more, the Festival
is offering its first-ever donor pre-sale beginning December 3, providing exclusive access to tickets and premium seating for the 2014 season. Information on the donor pre-sale can be found at spoletousa.org.

Beginning March 17, tickets may be purchased in person at the Spoleto Festival USA box office, located at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting Street.

The Festival offers subscription packages to the Bank of America Chamber Music series. Subscribers choose from three possible packages—one including all 11 programs, one for six programs, and one for five programs. Subscribers have access to premium seats in a consistent location for every performance and enjoy a 15% savings on individual concerts. Other benefits include special exchange privileges and early program announcements. To purchase a subscription, contact the patron services manager at 843.720.1114.

Go Spoleto! accommodation and ticket packages are available in partnership with several premium downtown hotels. For more information, visit spoletousa.org/gospoleto.

Festival gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and used towards performance tickets, merchandise such as Festival posters, or towards a charitable contribution to Spoleto Festival USA. New and convenient options for 2014 include electronic or express mail delivery service and the option to include a personalized message, and online redemption. To purchase gift certificates, order online at spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100.

Spoleto Festival USA 2014 is made possible in part by: Bank of America; BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; Wells Fargo; BMW Manufacturing Co.; First Citizens; Bloomberg; the City of Charleston; CertusBank; Palmetto Partners, Ltd.; Charleston Place Hotel; the County of Charleston; South Carolina Arts Commission; Sherman Capital Markets, LLC; Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel; South Carolina Bank and Trust; GlaserDuncan, CPAs; The Brand Foundation of New York,
Inc.; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; and The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.

QUICK FACTS

   
38th annual Festival, held for two and a half weeks beginning the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through June 8, 2014

  
Artists and ensembles from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Korea, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and from throughout the United States

  
Wide variety of genres including: opera, dance, theater, physical theater, choral, symphonic, chamber, contemporary, classical, jazz, and
bluegrass music

     
152 total performances

   
The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is made up of 90 musicians selected by Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy in
auditions in US cities including Charleston, SC

      
In 2014, performances will take place in 13 venues, including the Charleston Library Society located at 164 King Street, which will play host to
the Festival’s popular Conversations With discussion series.

2014 EVENT CALENDAR  May 23–June 8

Bold=opening performance

22 May: THURSDAY

8:00pm My Cousin Rachel (preview) DST

23 May: FRIDAY

12:00pm Opening Ceremonies OPN

1:00pm Chamber I DST

3:30pm A Simple Space ROB

7:00pm El Niño MEM

7:00pm Hubbard Street Dance Chicago TDA

8:00pm My Cousin Rachel DST

8:00pm A Simple Space ROB

9:00pm Charenée Wade CIS

9:00pm Opening Night Fête TBD

24 May: SATURDAY

10:00am Behind the Garden Gate (self-guided tours until 4pm)

11:00am Chamber I DST

1:00pm Chamber I DST

3:00pm Hubbard Street Dance Chicago TDA

3:30pm Conv | Garry Hynes CLS

3:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

5:00pm Music In Time I REC

7:30pm Kát’a Kabanová SOT

8:00pm A Simple Space ROB

8:00pm My Cousin Rachel DST

9:00pm Charenée Wade CIS

25 May: SUNDAY

11:00am Chamber II DST

1:00pm Chamber II DST

2:00pm A Simple Space ROB

3:00pm Hubbard Street Dance Chicago TDA

3:30pm Conv | Ong Keng Sen & John Kennedy CLS

5:00pm Gwilym Simcock REC

7:00pm Gwilym Simcock REC

7:30pm Facing Goya DST

8:00pm A Simple Space ROB

9:00pm Danilo Brito CIS

26 May: MONDAY

11:00am Chamber II DST

1:00pm Chamber III DST

2:00pm A Simple Space ROB

3:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

5:00pm Gwilym Simcock REC

7:00pm René Marie TDA

7:30pm El Niño MEM

8:00pm An Evening with Michael Nyman SOT

8:00pm My Cousin Rachel DST

27 May: TUESDAY

11:00am Chamber III DST

1:00pm Chamber III DST

3:30pm A Simple Space ROB

5:00pm Gwilym Simcock REC

5:00pm Intermezzo I GEC

8:00pm A Simple Space ROB

8:00pm Facing Goya DST

28 May: WEDNESDAY

11:00am Chamber IV DST

1:00pm Chamber IV DST

7:00pm Gwilym Simcock REC

7:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

8:00pm Concerto for Orchestra SOT

29 May: THURSDAY

11:00am Chamber IV DST

1:00pm Chamber V DST

5:00pm Intermezzo II GEC

5:00pm Westminster Choir CTL

6:30pm Gwilym Simcock REC

7:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

8:00pm A Brimful of Asha ROB

8:00pm Kát’a Kabanová SOT

9:00pm Kat Edmonson CIS

30 May: FRIDAY

11:00am Chamber V DST

1:00pm Chamber V DST

3:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

5:00pm Music In Time II REC

7:30pm Keigwin + Company TDA

7:30pm El Niño MEM

8:00pm A Brimful of Asha ROB

8:00pm My Cousin Rachel DST

9:00pm Aca Seca Trio CIS

31 May: SATURDAY

10:00am Behind the Garden Gate (self-guided tours until 4pm)

11:00am Chamber VI DST

1:00pm Chamber VI DST

2:00pm A Brimful of Asha ROB

2:00pm Keigwin + Company TDA

4:00pm Kát’a Kabanová SOT

8:00pm Dorrance Dance/SOUNDspace MEM

8:00pm A Brimful of Asha ROB

8:00pm Facing Goya DST

9:00pm Aca Seca Trio CIS

1 June: SUNDAY

11:00am Chamber VI DST

1:00pm Chamber VII DST

1:00pm Keigwin + Company TDA

3:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

5:00pm Music In Time III REC

5:00pm Westminster Choir CTL

7:30pm Belá Fleck & Abigail Washburn TDA

7:30pm A Brimful of Asha ROB

8:00pm Dorrance Dance/The Blues Project MEM

8:00pm My Cousin Rachel DST

2 June: MONDAY

11:00am Chamber VII DST

1:00pm Chamber VII DST

5:00pm Intermezzo III GEC

5:30pm Conv | Michelle Dorrance CLS

7:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

7:30pm Kát’a Kabanová SOT

8:00pm Dorrance Dance/The Blues Project MEM

3 June: TUESDAY

11:00am Chamber VIII DST

1:00pm Chamber VIII DST

5:00pm Intermezzo IV GEC

7:00pm Dorrance Dance/The Blues Project MEM

7:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

7:30pm Beethoven Transformed SOT

8:00pm Ilona Jäntti ROB

4 June: WEDNESDAY

11:00am Chamber VIII DST

1:00pm Chamber IX DST

3:00pm Ilona Jäntti ROB

5:00pm Håkon Kornstad REC

7:30pm Facing Goya DST

8:00pm Laurie Anderson SOT

7:30pm Lucinda Williams TDA

8:00pm Ilona Jäntti ROB

5 June: THURSDAY

11:00am Chamber IX DST

1:00pm Chamber IX DST

3:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

5:00pm Music In Time IV REC

8:00pm Dorrance Dance/The Blues Project MEM

8:00pm Laurie Anderson SOT

8:00pm My Cousin Rachel DST

8:30pm Gregory Maqoma ROB

6 June: FRIDAY

11:00am Chamber X DST

1:00pm Chamber X DST

2:00pm Gregory Maqoma ROB

3:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

5:00pm Westminster Choir CSJ

5:00pm Håkon Kornstad REC

5:30pm Conv | Gregory Maqoma CLS

7:00pm Håkon Kornstad REC

8:00pm Dorrance Dance/The Blues Project MEM

8:00pm Kát’a Kabanová SOT

8:00pm My Cousin Rachel DST

8:30pm Ilona Jäntti ROB

9:00pm Kruger Brothers CIS

7 June: SATURDAY

11:00am Chamber X DST

12:00pm Ilona Jäntti ROB

1:00pm Chamber XI DST

2:30pm Dorrance Dance/SOUNDspace MEM

3:00pm Gregory Maqoma ROB

5:00pm Håkon Kornstad REC

7:00pm Håkon Kornstad REC

8:00pm Dorrance Dance/SOUNDspace MEM

8:00pm Facing Goya DST

8:00pm Laurie Anderson SOT

9:00pm Gregory Maqoma ROB

9:00pm Kruger Brothers CIS

8 June: SUNDAY

11:00am Chamber XI DST

12:00pm Ilona Jäntti ROB

1:00pm Chamber XI DST

2:30pm Dorrance Dance/SOUNDspace MEM

3:30pm Gregory Maqoma ROB

3:30pm My Cousin Rachel DST

3:30pm Finale/Shovels & Rope MID

VENUES

CIS       College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George St.

CLS      Charleston Library Society, 164 King St.

CTL      Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.

CSJ      Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 120 Broad St.

CVC     Charleston Visitor Center/Spoleto Festival USA Box Office, 375 Meeting St.

DST      Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

GEC     Grace Episcopal Church,  98 Wentworth St.  

MEM    Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St.

MID      Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd.

OPN     Opening Ceremonies, City Hall, 80 Broad St.

REC     Simons Center Recital Hall at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.

ROB     Emmett Robinson Theatre at College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip St.

SOT      College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

TDA      TD Arena at College of Charleston, 301 Meeting St.