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12 Jan 2018
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One of the preeminent arts festivals in the country (and arguably the world) takes place each year in Charleston, and one of our luxury beach house rentals SC makes the perfect home base. Of course I’m talking about Spoleto, and they have just announced who will be performing this year and when. It’s an impressive and eclectic mix, as usual. Adam Parker of the Post and Courier recently covered the newly-announced season.  In looking for a theme, he has unofficially dubbed it the Year of the Woman.  This is pretty timely indeed, considering the tenor of the recent Golden Globes awards show. Highlights include a new opera “Tree of Codes” created by a woman, Liza Lim.  She’ll stage it at the historic Dock Street Theater.   The Music in Time Series will feature the works of nine different female composers.  Popular tap dancer Michelle Dorrance returns for two new shows.  Director Emma Rice will head up the Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic’s production of “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk,” also at the Dock. Other major performances include Brahm’s German Requiem, and works by Mozart and Mahler.  The Miami Ballet is prominently featured in multiple events.   Local Gullah band Ranky Tanky featuring Quiana Parler is sure to sell out. Another performer sure to be a big hit is Jon Batiste. He’s the leader of the house band for Charleston native Stephen Colbert on the Late Show.  Jon Batiste is a super-gifted high energy performer, born in Louisiana and trained at Julliard.  He’ll be headlining two shows in the Cistern Yard during the festival’s opening weekend.

Spoleto's announced their new season near our luxury beach house rentals SC

Spoleto's announced their new season near our luxury beach house rentals SC

One noteworthy change this year  -  the location of the finale. Normally happening on the grounds of Middleton Place, this year the festival finale will take place at The Joe.  That’s the Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park in downtown Charleston.  It’s actually an even more convenient location for most of our luxury beach house rentals SC.  Headlining will be The Lone Bellow band. Read Adam’s full coverage of the new Spoleto season here.

Mark your calendars now, and go ahead and book one of our luxury beach house rentals SC

The dates of this year’s festival are May 25th through June 10th.  Over 150 performances will take place in venues across the peninsula and beyond.  This is the 42nd year of the festival which draws people from all around the globe to Charleston. If you are interested in one of our SC vacation rentals for the time of the festival, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston, please call for availability as soon as possible.  The secret is out that a Charleston beach house is a great home base for a visit to the festival, and it’s an extremely popular time to be in Charleston.  The sooner you call, the more likely you’ll be to get your pick of your ideal luxury house on Isle of Palms or Folly Beach rentals Charleston. Tickets officially go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 22nd, although they are currently available for purchase by donors who give at least $100.  Tickets will be available for purchase either online or by phone.  The in-person box office will open Tuesday, May 1st and is located in the gorgeous new Gaillard Center at 95 Calhoun Street downtown. Here’s a link to the official Spoleto website, with the current season’s full schedule as well as all the info on ticket purchasing.

While you're at Spoleto, check out some private gardens near our luxury beach house rentals SC

Also, a trip to the Lowcountry and one of our luxury beach house rentals SC just isn’t complete without touring through some Charleston gardens.  The Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy are collaborating with the Spoleto Festival to offer self-guided tours of private gardens on the peninsula.  Read more here. So check out that Spoleto schedule and start planning your stay ASAP.  And remember, when you are searching for rental homes South Carolina, especially Isle of Palms vacation rentals, call EP.  Our portfolio of beach house rentals Charleston SC is world-class.   All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger