Spoleto 2011 season announced, tickets on sale

Spoleto USA’s 2011 lineup was announced on the web earlier today. As usual, the famed Charleston festival presents a variety of art forms over its 18 day run.

Spoleto obviously brings some incredible richness to the southeast coast each year, but it’s worth noting that at least four of this year’s musical acts (Sarah Jarosz, Del McCoury, Dianne Reeves, and Bela Fleck) have also appeared in recent years at the Savannah Music Festival. (Granted, this year’s Spoleto reunites Fleck with the original Flecktones, while the 2011 SMF has Fleck performing in a one-time-only show with jazz pianist Marcus Roberts. Reeves also returns to the SMF this year.)

While Spoleto’s musical offerings seem a predictable if wonderful mix, it’s hard not to be impressed by the great variety of theater, opera, and dance. I’ve already snapped up tickets to Kneehigh Theatre’s dark take on “The Red Shoes,” which was reviewed glowingly in the NYT recently. That same day I’ll see “13 Most Beautiful” — a relatively short show of songs commissioned to accompany some of Andy Warhol’s screen tests.

4 comments for “Spoleto 2011 season announced, tickets on sale

  1. Francis Allen
    January 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    FWIW, a shout out from the Unchained Tour Camp. Edgar Oliver will be doing a one-man show during Spoleto. Not sure of the exact dates, but if you enjoyed his performance in SAV in October you might want to consider checking this out. Congrats Bill on your new platform. Overdue, I’d say.

  2. Francis Allen
    January 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm
  3. bill dawers
    January 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    A word about that link to tickets: Spoleto’s website still has some bugs in it. As it did almost 12 hours ago, all the links on that page refer back to the very same page. It’s maddening. When the site first went live, it was also impossible to buy tickets for any of the shows in Memminger Auditorium, but that was fixed fairly promptly.

    I’m sort of stunned that a class act like Spoleto would let a site go live before it has been thoroughly tested.

    And I’m really sorry that I missed E. Oliver and The Unchained Tour — that was one of the weekends that I had to travel at the last minute.

  4. bill dawers
    January 3, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Just for kicks, I tried going back to the Spoleto site; they still don’t have all the bugs worked out. Tickets can be purchased for multiple shows from the same shopping cart, but buyers have to choose seats for one show and then basically reload the site to choose seats for a second show and put those in the same shopping cart.

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