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Spoleto Festival USAA world-renowned performing arts celebration in Charleston

Jun 3 - 8, 2014 (Call to Inquire)
Attend the 37th annual festival of music, dance, and theater in South Carolina
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ANNOUNCING our 2014 Performance Schedule!

Join us for an exciting variety of world-class music, opera, dance, and theater performances at Charleston’s 2014 Spoleto Festival USA! During this popular performing arts tour, enjoy prime seating for eight of Spoleto’s top events. This year’s performances include a spellbinding night of theater with Dublin’s renowned Gate Theater performing My Cousin Rachael; two great opera performances including Facing Goya by award-winning composer Michael Nyman and one of the 20th centuries most provocative works Kát’a Kabanová; the exhilarating acrobatic spectacle of Finnish aerialist Ilona Jäntti; Spoleto’s Festival Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7; the joyous sounds of Spoleto’s Chamber Music series; a performance by the provocative Laurie Anderson: a Spoleto debut by Dorrance Dance/New York and the exquisite voices of the Westminster Choir! Plus, you’ll attend exclusive VIP lectures and meetings with Spoleto Festival staff, including a special welcome from General Director Nigel Redden. Meanwhile, Charleston provides a delightful backdrop to this performing arts festival. You’ll enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city center, famous for its graceful, unique architecture, and take an excursion to Boone Hall, one of America’s oldest plantations. You’ll also dine at some of the city’s famed restaurants, including the Charleston Grille, and stay at the historic Mills House Hotel. Limited to 32 participants.

Check out our slide show for a photo journey of this tour!
View photos by clicking "Next Photo" at top of page! All photos are from last year's fabulous festival.

June 3 — Welcome- Spoleto Festival Orchestra

Individual arrivals at The Mills House Hotel in Charleston. Gather for a welcome reception with your Study Leader Stan Engebretson. Enjoy a festive welcome dinner then depart the hotel for your first performance of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra’s Beethoven’s Symphony no. 7. Led by Spoleto Festival Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, Symphony no. 7 is often regarded as one of Beethoven’s most enduring and exquisite works! (R,D)

June 4 — Chamber Series & Opera: Facing Goya
Enjoy a lecture by Stan Engebretson preparing you for the day’s events. Attend a stirring performance of Spoleto’s Chamber Music Series then enjoy a festive lunch at Magnolia Café. The remainder of your afternoon will be at leisure. After dinner independently gather in the hotel lobby and depart for your evening event, the opera Facing Goya. Michael Nyman’s ground-breaking work is the first ever opera based on the subject of genetics and cloning. Michael Nyman is best known as the award-winning composer of the film The Piano. (B,L)

June 5 — Charleston Carriage Ride & Theater: My Cousin Rachael
Take a narrated carriage ride through historic Charleston. Return to the hotel for a lecture by Stan Engebretson. Spend the afternoon at leisure. This evening depart for a performance of the spellbinding thriller My Cousin Rachael. (B)

June 6 — Boone Hall Tour; Westminster Choir & Opera: Kát’a Kabanová
Depart the hotel for Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. One of America's oldest working and living plantations, they have been continuously growing and producing crops for over three centuries. Enjoy a guided tour of the mansion and gardens. Afterwards, there will be a picnic lunch. Late in the day visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, a perfect setting for the soul stirring sounds of the Westminster Choir performing Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. This evening attend Kát’a Kabanová, regarded as one of the great operas of the 20th century featuring composor Leoš Janáček’s shimmering musical score. (B,L)

June 7 — Physical Theater: Ilona Jäntti & Dance: SOUNDscape
Enjoy a lecture by Stan Engebretson. This afternoon attend a performance by Finnish aerialist Ilona Jäntti, who challenges the boundaries of movement in a spellbinding program featuring animated projections, trapeze, and aerial ballet. Later in the afternoon attend Dorrance Dance/New York production of SOUNDspace, this innovative work challenges the traditional notions of tap dance in a new and exciting way. This evening attend your farewell dinner at Charleston Grill. (B,D)

June 8 — Depart for Home
Enjoy breakfast before individual departures from the hotel. (B)