Spoleto Today 2015

Mon - Fri, 9 - 9:30 am, May 22 - Jun 12, 2015

Now in its 21st year, Spoleto Today  is an inside look at the events, people, and places of the Spoleto Festival USA  and  Piccolo Spoleto.  Your host is Jeanette Guinn of the College of Charleston, who also hosts Arts Daily on ETV Radio.

Jeanette Guinn
Jeanette Guinn

Spoleto Today is a production of  South Carolina ETV Radio, South Carolina Public Radio.

Funding for this program is provided in part by M. Edward Sellers and Suzan D. Boyd; and by membership support from listeners like you. Thank you

Thank You, Marcus Overton!

We at South Carolina ETV Radio would like to take a moment to thank Marcus Overton, who has retired from his position as host extraordinaire of Spoleto Today. In a 45-year career that has crossed disciplinary lines with impressive ease, Marcus became an Emmy Award-winning television producer, radio commentator, arts administrator, writer, and actor.  More...

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Sharon Graci
David Mandel

  A lyrical and human portrait of a mother still awash in her grief and trying to come to terms with the meteoric rise to fame and devastating and complex loss of her son. PURE co-founder, artistic director and PURE core ensemble member Sharon Graci stars in the Piccolo Spoleto’s reprisal of this Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Play.

Conor Hanick
Courtesy of the artist

  On this edition of South Carolina Focus, we’re talking with New York pianist Conor Hanick, a veteran of concert stages from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo. He’s in Charleston to perform two concerts in Spoleto USA's Music in Time series, May 31 and June 2. He tells us how he chooses which pieces to perform and what he likes about Charleston and its audiences.

  Dianne Reeves returns to Spoleto USA's Wells Fargo Jazz series Wednesday night. Reeves is among the world’s preeminent jazz vocalists, and a standard by which others inevitably measu re themselves.  While jazz is the basis of her repertoire, she interprets songs from all corners of music, a reflection of a trend from her youth when listening audiences routinely crossed genres with ease. Today, she remains focused on moving forward into new material. Her artistic devotion has earned five Grammy Awards. Her first studio album in five years, Beautiful Life, won for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2015 Grammys. 

Carlos Aguirre
Maria Birba

  One of the hidden gems of Argentine music makes his North American debut at Spoleto Festival USA this week. Carlos Aguirre’s compositions and arrangements draw upon the fluidity and drama of combined musical currents as he fuses South American folklore, jazz, and chamber music idioms. For his Wells Fargo Jazz concerts, he turns principally to the piano, but also to the guitar and his voice, to find lyricism and the beauty of melody. Appealing to audiences who admire innovation that honors tradition and authenticity, Aguirre is one of the most respected musicians in South America.

College of Charleston ethnomusicologist Michael O'Brien tells Jeanette Guinn about the musical culture that has shaped Aguirre's approach to jazz.

  Charlie Chaplin’s pinnacle film City Lights—a masterpiece from the end of the silent film era—comes alive in a screening accompanied by a live orchestra performing Chaplin’s own score. Performing in the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, which opened as a movie house just a few years before City Lights came out in 1931, Conductor William Eddins leads the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Chaplin’s charming and heartfelt music. He talks with Jeanette Guinn about the movie, the score, and conducting "City Lights."

Nigel Redden, General Director of Spoleto USA
Peter Frank Edwards

  Francesco Cavalli’s opera Veremonda, l’amazzone di Aragona is tangled with passionate love stories and comical mistaken identities. This season, a new performance edition commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA makes its debut, created and conducted by early music specialist Aaron Carpenè and performed by members of New York Baroque Incorporated. As Spoleto USA's General Director Nigel Redden tells Miles Hoffman, this is the first performance of Veremonda in 350 years.

Musica Nuda
Angelo Trani

Vocalist Petra Magoni, and bassist Ferruccio Spinetti form the unique duo Musica Nuda, or “Naked Music.” They will present two concerts at Spoleto on May 21 and 22 at the College of Charleston that will demonstrate an amazing repertoire that encompasses jazz, rock, classical and more. Ms. Magoni talks about how the duo was formed and why it feels no limits on what it can perform even with its minimal instrumentation.

    The Charleston Men’s Chorus presents its annual Memorial Day concert as part of Piccolo Spoleto, Monday at noon in St. Phillips Church. This 70-member, all-male chorus, currently is in its 21st year, will present a somber and celebratory tribute to our veterans and current members of our Armed Forces at its popular Memorial Day concert. This annual event will feature service anthems, patriotic songs, and other inspiring works. Charleston Men’s Chorus is a non-profit organization devoted to entertaining the tri-county area with its striking harmonies. The group is under the direction of Richard Bordas, accompanied by Pamela Nelson on piano.

Ellen Dressler-Moryl
Jonathan Boncek

  Ellen Dressler Moryl, Artistic Director of Piccolo Spoleto's Spotlight Concert Series talks with Jeanette Guinn about some of the highlights of the series. Ellen is the founding Director of Piccolo Spoleto and former Director of the Offic of Cultural Affairs for the City of Charleston.

  You may notice something different about this year's edition of Spoleto Today. The familiar voice of Marc Overton is missing. Marc has retired from the show. It's quite a change, after twenty years, and we miss him. So, we thought we'd remember all he has given the program, our state, and, of course, Spoleto, with a few words from folks who know him and and have worked with him over the years.

In the old-time American music tradition of "shapenote" singing, Sacred Harp is both the name of a songbook and a name for a singer's heart. Piccolo Spoleto brings traditional singers from around the South for an old-time all-day singing event from The Sacred Harp on Saturday afternoon from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm in the Gage Hall on Archdale St. in Charleston.

Thank You, Marcus Overton!

May 20, 2015
Marcus Overton

  We at South Carolina ETV Radio would like to take a moment to thank Marcus Overton, who has retired from his position as host extraordinaire of Spoleto Today. In a career that has crossed disciplinary lines with impressive ease, Marcus became an Emmy Award-winning television producer, radio commentator, arts administrator, writer, and actor.