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Spoleto Festival USA's 32nd Season Offers an Eclectic Array of Productions

02-07-2008

 

Including:


**A Newly Revised Production of Anthony Davisís Opera Amistad**

**American Premiere of Monkey: Journey to the West**

**American Premiere of Hotel Modernís The Great War**

**American Premiere of Nottingham Playhouse Theater Companyís

The Burial at Thebes**

**Laurie Andersonís Newest Work, Homeland**

Plus Much More

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. Ė February 4, 2008 Ė Spoleto Festival USA is pleased to announce the complete program for its 32nd season. The 2008 Festival, slated for May 23 to June 8, promises an exciting range of performances from around the world.

            Highlightís of the festivalís 32nd season include a newly revised version of Anthony Davisís landmark opera Amistad; a new production of Gioachino Rossiniís La Cenerentola directed by Charles Roubaud; the American premiere of the highly acclaimed Monkey: Journey to the West by Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng and Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the British artists behind the award-winning virtual band, Gorillaz; the American premiere of the Hotel Modernís innovative live animation film The Great War; the American premiere of Nottingham Playhouse Theater Companyís The Burial at Thebes; the festival debut of Ballet du Grand Thť‚tre de GenŤve performing inventive pieces by three largely-celebrated international choreographers; and Laurie Andersonís newest work, Homeland, lauded as her most sonically sophisticated production to date.

            Other festival highlights include the darkly humorous vignettes of 1927ís Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; Heddy Maalemís dynamic Le Sacre du Printemps performed by his ensemble of 14 dancers from across Africa; the global sound of the Wachovia Jazz series featuring the Cyrus Chestnut Trio and the US debut of Brazilian pianist HeloŪsa Fernandes; the late afternoon Intermezzi series featuring a vocal recital with bass-baritone Gregg Baker; the return of gifted pianist Andrew von Oeyen performing Bartůkís technically challenging Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra; John Kennedyís groundbreaking Music in Time series; the 33 effervescent concerts of the Bank of America Chamber Music series; performances by the Westminster Choir; and much more.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets range from $10 to $150.  To purchase tickets, visit www.spoletousa.org or call (843) 579-3100.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the Spoleto Festival USA Box Office in the Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun Street, beginning Monday, April 14, 2008

 

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Note: Digital photos as well as a comprehensive calendar of events and program schedule are available online at www.spoletousa.org.  Contact Kristin Matthews for access instructions.

 

 

 

Spoleto Festival USA  Post Office Box 157  Charleston, SC 29402-0157  Tel: 843-722-2764  Fax: 843-723-6383  www.spoletousa.org

 

 

 

Contact:                      Paula Edwards, (843) 720-1137

                                    paulaedwards@spoletousa.org

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