May 22, 2009

Jane AlexanderActress Jane Alexander and virtuoso jazz singer Tierney Sutton will join Marc and Jennifer for our first broadcast of 2009.

Award-winning actress and former NEA chair Jane Alexander will speak at the Opening Ceremonies, noon on Friday at City Hall. She will also host of the Opening Weekend Gala honoring the retiring of the Spoleto Chamber Music Series, Charles Wadsworth.

The Tierney Sutton Band will appear at the Cistern at the College of Charleston, Friday and Saturday nights.

WDAV’s Jennifer Foster and ETV Radio’s Marc Overton discuss the opening of the 33rd Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC

Jennifer Foster previews the Spoleto revival of Gustav Charpantier’s turn-of-the-century opera Louise, with commentary from conductor Emmanuel Villaume, stage director Sam Helfrich, and Spoleto General Director Nigel Redden.

Marc Overton welcomes actress and former NEA chair Jane Alexander, who is on hand as an Opening Ceremony Speaker at the Spoleto Festival USA.

Charleston Post and Courier jazz critic Jack McCray profiles and Marc Overton interviews singer Tierney Sutton, who’s opening Spoleto’s jazz series.

This 2009 Spoleto Festival USA is a bittersweet moment for Spoleto Chamber Music director Charles Wadsworth, who is stepping down after this season. We’ll hear how Wadsworth and flutist Tara Helen O’Connor opened the 2008 Spoleto season: with his stage introduction and subsequent performance of Francis Poulenc’s Flute Sonata.

Jennifer Foster introduces pianist Andrew von Oeyen, another Spoleto favorite whose interpretations belie his young age. Von Oyen discusses what makes Frederic Chopin a “wild card” among pianists, and we’ll hear him play the Etude in E, Op. 10, No. 3

Overtones: In the first of a series, Marc Overton, who's worn practically every hat imaginable at the Spoleto Festival USA, shares Spoleto stories, legends, and tall tales with co-host Jennifer Foster. Today, why exactly hasn’t it ever rained on Spoleto’s Opening Day parade?

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