Voices 21 Performs at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival
Voices 21 had the pleasure of performing at the 2014 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina on May 25. Piccolo Spoleto is the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA, a major performing arts festival founded in 1977 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Piccolo Spoleto’s mission is to make the Spoleto Festival experience available to everyone in the community, artists and audiences alike, and equally to visitors to Charleston. The festivals run concurrently for two weeks from late May to early June, and together, offer close to 700 performances representing every artistic discipline imaginable (opera, theatre, dance, acrobatics, chamber music, bluegrass, choral music of every variety), with performers coming from around the world to participate (Brazilian jazz, Australian acrobats, English choirs). It was an honor for Voices 21 to be selected as a participant in this extraordinary cultural event!
The Voices 21 concert was presented to a capacity and highly appreciative audience in the beautiful chapel of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community. We were initially concerned to learn that our performance venue was outside of the historic district of Charleston, but every local resident that we spoke to assured us that we would not be disappointed, and they were correct. The chapel offered us a beautiful setting and amazing acoustics within which to perform. It was a perfect match for Voices 21.
A highlight of the concert was the South Carolina premiere of West-Running Brook, a work by South Carolina composer Dr. Paul Criswell, dedicated to Voices XXI and Maestro Jesse Parker. Dr. Criswell was in the audience and received its enthusiastic applause when he was acknowledged after his work was performed.
The city of Charleston hosts an amazing annual event with these two festivals, Spoleto USA and Piccolo Spoleto! It was our first time performing there, but we look forward to returning soon.