Spoleto Festival to Open With Philip Glass Work for Mystery Instrument

Classic Arts News   Spoleto Festival to Open With Philip Glass Work for Mystery Instrument
 
The thirtieth Spoleto Festival USA will open on May 26 with a fanfare written by Philip Glass for a new mystery instrument.

Nigel Redden, the festival's general director, wouldn't reveal specifics about the instrument, except to describe it as "quite big; a good deal bigger than a double bass, and easy to play." The piece is a few minutes long; the instrument was made by a poet in Los Angeles.

This year's festival, which runs May 26-June 11 in Charleston, South Carolina, will include a new production of Gounod's Rom_o et Juliette, choreographer Bill T. Jones' full-length work Blind Date, and a performance of Mozart's Mass in C minor featuring soprano Jennifer Larmore.

The festival was founded in 1977 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti as a counterpart to his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.


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