Ask a Charlestonian to describe Spoleto Festival USA and you may be regaled with the memory of a midnight concert performed by honey-throated songbird Ella Fitzgerald at the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard. Or perhaps you’ll hear the story of a heart-stopping high-wire act that sent one of Circus Flora’s Flying Wallendas dancing across the void between Charleston City Hall and the adjacent post office—without a safety net!
Charleston’s artistic verve hits a fevered pitch every year for seventeen days spanning from May to June when the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival USA ushers in a round-the-clock slate of opera, dance, theater, poetry, visual arts, and concerts—more than 150 performances in total.
One of the most highly anticipated shows of the 2016 Festival (May 27 – June 12) is a manifest celebration of Charleston culture. A new production of the landmark folk opera Porgy and Bess, based on native son DuBose Heyward’s novel Porgy, will illuminate the new $142 Gaillard Performance Hall with costumes and sets designed by acclaimed artist Jonathan Green. Click here to learn more: spoletousa.org.
AND THE LIVIN’ IS EASY
The one-of-a-kind Planters Inn Spoleto Guest Room is a secret worth sharing. Drawing inspiration from Charleston’s cultural heritage, this spectacular hotel room is appointed with an incredible blown glass chandelier from Italy, custom drapery from the exquisite French fabric house Manuel Canovas, beautifully framed hand-poured plaster intaglios, and collectible modern art.
Soaring ceiling heights and custom crown molding create an airy sanctuary. The room is appointed with a handcrafted four-poster bed with elegant hemstitched bedding from Italy, a demi-lune console made from mahogany with satinwood inlays, a late 18th century bowfront chest, Gullah sweetgrass baskets, a custom-made chenille sofa, velvet-clad chairs, a crystal and limestone bracelet cocktail table, a handsome bamboo Hickory Chair writing table and an Austell floor lamp from designer Suzanne Kasler. The Spoleto Guest Room is only available via phone reservations. Please call (843) 722-2345 to inquire about availability.