If you’re visiting Charleston during the three-week run of the Spoleto Performing Arts Festival, you’ll want to add at least one production to your must- do list.
CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
The chamber music concerts are a good introduction to the Spoleto experience and a favorite of those who return to the festival year after year. Performances are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. The skilled group of musicians have a good time playing together, and the energy is contagious. The concerts are at the Dock Street Theatre, the first building in the country to be built exclusively for theatrical performances.
Take in a production at the Gaillard Center, which is hosting performances for the second time since a $142 million reconstruction of the 1,800-seat hall. Choices include Spoleto’s capstone production, Tchaikovsky opera “Eugene Onegin”; Maria Pages Company’s production of “Yo, Carmen”; and Rhiannon Giddens, who brings her own perspective to songs from American roots.