Spoleto Stories 2011

Every week, SummerStages takes you to the best classical music festivals in our region. Feautring live recordings from Brevard Music Center, Spoleto Festival USA, the Eastern Music Festival and the Viriginia Arts Festival.

In her one-woman opera Émilie, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho looks into the mind of a fascinating woman from history: Emilie du Chatelet, who was an 18th Century mathematician, physicist and thinker.

Conductor James Gaffigan makes his Spoleto debut in a performance with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra on June 1st, in a program including Strauss, Debussy, and Prokofiev.

To celebrate the birth date of composer Gian Carlo Menotti, founder of the Spoleto Festival USA, John Pascoe directs one of his most popular operas The Medium for this year's festival.

Playwright, actor, performer, singer-songwriter Taylor Mac introduces his edgy performance "Comparison is Violence" to Rachel Stewart.

Violinist Geoff Nuttall is in his second year as artistic director of the Spoleto Chamber Music Series. With his rookie year under his belt, he talks about breaking with tradition and publishing concert programs ahead of time. Additionally, rookie performers at the Bank of America Chamber Music Series Carolyn Blackwell (viola) and James Smith (oboe) share their experiences at the festival with Frank Dominguez.

Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser bring new life to a classic work in their production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Ruben Drole who plays Papegeno shares his experiences.


For three weeks at the beginning of the summer, Charleston is the place to come for jazz, at least according to Jack McCray.

Resident conductor John Kennedy speaks about how his "Music in Time" concerts maintain the "freshness" of the Spoleto Festival.

Trained in classical Cambodian Khmer dance, choreographer Emmanuele Phuon has turned tradition upside down with her Khmeropédies.

Nigel Redden, general director of the Spoleto USA Festival, speaks about what to expect from the 2011 Spoleto Festival USA experience.

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