“Let’s hope it doesn’t rain. At least, not during Spoleto Festival USA 2019,” writes Adam Parker in Thursday’s (1/3) Post and Courier (Charleston, SC). For the May 23-June 9 festival at outdoor and indoor venues throughout Charleston, “Organizers announced their 2019 programming, which includes a variety of musical performances, dance, theater, opera and public discussions. The pop and jazz music concerts kick off with the irresistible Esperanza Spalding…. Several of the productions deal with refugees…. Other productions focus on women…. The big opera production this year is Richard Strauss’ ‘Salome,’ in a contemporary urban setting.… A presentation of Bach’s … St. John Passion [will feature] the Westminster Choir, Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and conductor Joe Miller…. The festival orchestra, led by Evan Rogister, [will perform] Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony. And you’ll get a chance to hear Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C.… Filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Michael Gordon collaborate to present a trilogy of 30-minute works…. The Music in Time series … and the chamber music series, led by curator and violinist Geoff Nuttall … ought to attract the musically curious.”

Posted January 4, 2019