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May 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Spoleto Festival USA features a new version of the opera "Amistad" during its 17-day season that opens today in Charleston, S.C. The opera tells of the 1839 revolt by Africans enslaved on the schooner Amistad. The festival opening coincides with a visit from the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a replica of the original that sails from port to port telling the story of the revolt. The opera by Anthony Davis premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago 11 years ago, the same year the Steven Spielberg film about the Amistad was released.
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May 23, 2009 | Associated Press
Even in bad times, the show must go on: The Spoleto Festival USA opened in Charleston, S.C., Friday with a brass fanfare and tributes to 80-year-old Charles Wadsworth, who retires this year after directing chamber music at Spoleto festivals for half a century. "We all know that these are tough times for America in general and the arts in particular," actress Jane Alexander, a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, told 1,000 people gathered outside City Hall to launch the festival, which runs until June 7. This year's Spoleto budget is $6.2 million -- down from $8.4 million last year in yet another sign of the nation's recession.
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April 6, 1986 | CHARLANNE F. HERRING, Herring, formerly of Thousand Oaks, Calif., lives in Winston-Salem, N.C.
On May 23 this history-steeped city will be transformed into a sun-drenched Mediterranean village, not unlike its sister city, Spoleto, Italy. In 1977 Italian opera composer Gian Carlo Menotti established a festival of the arts here, patterned and named after its prototype in Spoleto, Italy. The Spoleto, U.S.A. festival takes place annually the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June.
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May 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Spoleto Festival USA features a new version of the opera "Amistad" during its 17-day season that opens today in Charleston, S.C. The opera tells of the 1839 revolt by Africans enslaved on the schooner Amistad. The festival opening coincides with a visit from the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a replica of the original that sails from port to port telling the story of the revolt. The opera by Anthony Davis premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago 11 years ago, the same year the Steven Spielberg film about the Amistad was released.
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May 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
Leonard Bernstein canceled his appearance at Friday's opening gala at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. because the composer is recovering from pneumonia, festival organizers announced Tuesday. "We're all shocked. We only heard about it yesterday. He is a very sick man, and he absolutely can't come," said Gian Carlo Menotti, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who founded the American festival in 1977. Bernstein, 71, was to have conducted Beethoven's Symphony No.
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June 2, 1990 | GREGG WAGER
After nearly canceling their appearance, the financially troubled Joffrey Ballet will perform as planned at the 14th Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, S.C. Festival officials made the announcement at a press conference Friday morning in Charleston, where the Joffrey is scheduled to perform next weekend. The Joffrey board had reportedly voted last week to cancel the engagement, which surprised and angered the board and management at Spoleto.
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May 23, 2009 | Associated Press
Even in bad times, the show must go on: The Spoleto Festival USA opened in Charleston, S.C., Friday with a brass fanfare and tributes to 80-year-old Charles Wadsworth, who retires this year after directing chamber music at Spoleto festivals for half a century. "We all know that these are tough times for America in general and the arts in particular," actress Jane Alexander, a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, told 1,000 people gathered outside City Hall to launch the festival, which runs until June 7. This year's Spoleto budget is $6.2 million -- down from $8.4 million last year in yet another sign of the nation's recession.
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March 27, 1993 | From Associated Press
Louis Falco, a choreographer and modern dance artist who founded his own company and was celebrated worldwide for his energetic creations for films like "Fame," died Friday of AIDS. He was 50. Falco was with friends and family members at his Manhattan home, where he died at 1:20 a.m., according to Alan Sener, a personal assistant and a former principal dancer with Falco's company.
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February 2, 2007 | Myrna Oliver, Special to The Times
Gian Carlo Menotti, who organized music festivals in Spoleto, Italy, and the U.S. and helped bring opera to the masses with his repeatedly televised Christmas work "Amahl and the Night Visitors," died Thursday at a hospital in Monaco. He was 95. "He died pretty peacefully and without any pain," his adopted son, Francis Menotti, told the Associated Press. Menotti was sought after worldwide as a director of operas composed by others, and he wrote his own, including two that earned Pulitzer Prizes.
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October 26, 1993 | TIM PAGE, NEWSDAY
As he has on several occasions in the past, composer Gian Carlo Menotti, founder and artistic director of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., launched a personal attack on its administrators and board of directors and threatened to take what he called "my" festival elsewhere.
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February 2, 2007 | Myrna Oliver, Special to The Times
Gian Carlo Menotti, who organized music festivals in Spoleto, Italy, and the U.S. and helped bring opera to the masses with his repeatedly televised Christmas work "Amahl and the Night Visitors," died Thursday at a hospital in Monaco. He was 95. "He died pretty peacefully and without any pain," his adopted son, Francis Menotti, told the Associated Press. Menotti was sought after worldwide as a director of operas composed by others, and he wrote his own, including two that earned Pulitzer Prizes.
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February 23, 2000 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nigel Redden, general director of the Spoleto Festival USA, understands the dilemma faced by artists scheduled to perform at his event in May and June. The famed Charleston, S.C., music, dance and theater gathering is a natural target in the state's Confederate flag controversy, he concedes. Which is why he wasn't surprised when choreographer-dancer Bill T.
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June 13, 1999 | DANIEL CARIAGA
Often discounted, dismissed and disrespected in his own century, Gian Carlo Menotti's reputation as an opera composer ought to be turned around in the 21st; the time is ripe for a reassessment. These new recordings of Menotti's unquestioned masterpiece may begin the process. They are both sweeping, harrowing and astute realizations of a great work too often bypassed and ignored.
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May 11, 1997 | ELLIOTT MACKLE, Mackle, former dining critic of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, spends weekends on the South Carolina coast
Edgy about hitting a 7 p.m. reservation at the city's hottest new restaurant, we threaded our way down teeming North Market Street on a recent Saturday. Pedicab, auto and one-horse carriage traffic was heavy. The single-lane sidewalk was blocked by an emerging busload of bright-eyed couples clad in pastel hoop skirts, butternut gray Confederate-style uniforms and, in a few cases, high-top athletic shoes.
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October 26, 1993 | TIM PAGE, NEWSDAY
As he has on several occasions in the past, composer Gian Carlo Menotti, founder and artistic director of the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., launched a personal attack on its administrators and board of directors and threatened to take what he called "my" festival elsewhere.
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May 19, 1991 | TIM PAGE, Tim Page is music critic for New York Newsday. and
The personality of Gian Carlo Menotti does not translate well to the printed page. In the transcript of an interview, the composer, director and founder of the Spoleto Festivals in Italy and Charleston, S.C., may seem sullen and embittered. Yet such is not the impression he leaves during a personal encounter. Menotti, now in his 80th year but looking at least a decade younger, is charming and full of energy, and he laughs easily and often.
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February 23, 2000 | ELAINE DUTKA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nigel Redden, general director of the Spoleto Festival USA, understands the dilemma faced by artists scheduled to perform at his event in May and June. The famed Charleston, S.C., music, dance and theater gathering is a natural target in the state's Confederate flag controversy, he concedes. Which is why he wasn't surprised when choreographer-dancer Bill T.
TRAVEL
May 11, 1997 | ELLIOTT MACKLE, Mackle, former dining critic of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, spends weekends on the South Carolina coast
Edgy about hitting a 7 p.m. reservation at the city's hottest new restaurant, we threaded our way down teeming North Market Street on a recent Saturday. Pedicab, auto and one-horse carriage traffic was heavy. The single-lane sidewalk was blocked by an emerging busload of bright-eyed couples clad in pastel hoop skirts, butternut gray Confederate-style uniforms and, in a few cases, high-top athletic shoes.
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June 2, 1990 | GREGG WAGER
After nearly canceling their appearance, the financially troubled Joffrey Ballet will perform as planned at the 14th Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, S.C. Festival officials made the announcement at a press conference Friday morning in Charleston, where the Joffrey is scheduled to perform next weekend. The Joffrey board had reportedly voted last week to cancel the engagement, which surprised and angered the board and management at Spoleto.
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May 23, 1990 | From Associated Press
Leonard Bernstein canceled his appearance at Friday's opening gala at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. because the composer is recovering from pneumonia, festival organizers announced Tuesday. "We're all shocked. We only heard about it yesterday. He is a very sick man, and he absolutely can't come," said Gian Carlo Menotti, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who founded the American festival in 1977. Bernstein, 71, was to have conducted Beethoven's Symphony No.
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