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Charleston Jazz Academy Combo: Spoleto Opening Ceremony
May 26, 2023 @ 12:00 PM - 12:40 PM EDT
NOTE VENUE CHANGE: Festival Hall
At high noon opening day, the Charleston community will gather at Festival Hall to welcome the 47th season of Spoleto Festival USA. This beloved tradition opens with the National Anthem, performed in 2023 by Nicole Heaston, who appears in the title role of Vanessa. Following remarks from the Chair of the Board Alicia Gregory, Spoleto General Director & CEO Mena Mark Hanna, and Mayor John Tecklenburg, the ceremony invites the City to join in as Spoleto fills Charleston’s venues for 17 days of world-class performing arts, all showered in confetti.
The ceremony concludes with special performances from the Charleston Jazz Academy Advanced Student Combo performing Abdullah Ibrahim‘s Jabula, and Ingoma Nshya, the Women Drummers of Rwanda, featured in The Book of Life.
Free – Open To The Public