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10 Jan 2015
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One of the preeminent arts festivals in the country (and arguably the world) has just announced who will be performing this year and when.

This year's Spoleto schedule boasts an impressive and eclectic mix.  Highlights include the world premiere of an opera that was first staged over 350 years ago, as well as the first appearance at Spoleto by Shakespeare’s famed Globe theatre company of London, which will stage “Romeo and Juliet” at the historic Dock Street Theater. 

The dates of this year’s festival are May 22nd through June 7th.  Over 150 performances will take place in venues across the peninsula and beyond.  This is the 39th 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 January 20th, 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 box office will open March 16th and this year will be located in the Charleston Visitor Center.

The City of Charleston and Spoleto Festival powers-that-be had hoped the grand renovation of the Gaillard Auditorium (downtown on Calhoun Street) would be finished in time for the festival.  Gaillard has traditionally served as the site of the Spoleto ticket office as well as the performance venue for some of the biggest shows, operas, etc. 

Alas, delays (including finding an archaeological dig on the property) threw a wrench into those best-laid plans.  Apparently, it could have opened in time, but experts said it would have compromised the ideal acoustics the designers are aiming for in the building.  Thus the prudent decision was made to delay the opening until a little later this year.  They are really swinging for the fences with this renovation, which will cost upwards of $142 million and promises to leave Charleston with a truly world-class performance venue.

Here’s a link to additional information on the project:


Some more highlights from the 2015 Spoleto schedule include:

The Scottish Ballet

Trisha Brown Dance Company

Shen Wei Dance Arts

2b Theater Company from Canada

“Sleeping Beauty” performed by Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company from Italy

A choreographed performance of “The Little Match Girl Passion” by the Westminster Choir

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Westminster Choir, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Taylor Festival Choir)

The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater from Vietnam

The Casus Circus from Australia

World premiere of the opera “Paradise Interrupted” by Huang Ruo, which will be performed in an expansive garden created inside Memminger Auditorium  -  it’s co-commissioned by Spoleto Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival

World premiere of the baroque opera “Veremonda l’amazzone di Aragona” by 17th century Naples composer Francesco Cavalli

At the new venue Woolfe Street Playhouse – Dancer L’il Buck with cellist  Ashley Bathgate in the world premiere of “What Moves You;”  The Living Earth Show from San Francisco, and Taylor Mac

Jazz and pop concerts by Dianne Reeves, Madeleine Peyroux, Monica Salmaso, and Kate Davis, Italian duo Musica Nuda and Rita Macotulli/Luciano Biondini (piano-accordion), pianist Carlos Aguire from Argentina, and St. Paul & The Broken Bones from Alabama

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

In the Sottile Theater on George Street there will be two unusual cinematic offerings – Charlie Chaplin’s famous silent movie, ”City Lights,” which will be screened with accompaniment by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra following the original score.  Also up is “Decasia,” a 2002 film on the silent movie era, using original footage and an original soundtrack in addition to the orchestral accompaniment.


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:


Also, a trip to the Lowcountry and one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC isn’t complete without touring through some Charleston gardens.   The Charleston Horticultural Society and The Garden Conservancy will be collaborating with the Spoleto Festival to offer self-guided tours of private gardens on the peninsula during the dates of the festival.

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 luxury beach house rentals SC is world-class.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger