Spoleto Festival USA 2012 Opera and Classical Music Programs Feature 8 U.S. and 2 World Premieres

Works by composers Philip Glass (U.S.), Guo Wenjing ( China ), Jonny Greenwood ( UK ), Tansy Davies ( UK ), Toshi Ichiyanagi ( Japan ), Toshio Hosokawa ( Japan ), Somei Satoh ( Japan ), Hooshyar Khayam ( Iran ), and Stephen Scott ( U.S. )

American premiere of John Cage’s trilogy Twenty-Six, Twenty-Eight, and Twenty-Nine, the last of his works not yet performed in the U.S.

Casts announced for new productions of Philip Glass’s Kepler and Guo Wenjing’s Feng Yi Ting

Internationally recognized for its adventurous opera and classical music programming, Spoleto Festival USA’s 2012 season features numerous musical premieres from notable American, British, Chinese, Iranian, and Japanese composers. In addition to new opera productions of Philip Glass’s Kepler and Guo Wenjing’s Feng Yi Ting, the season will also include the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra performing the highly-anticipated U.S. premiere of 48 Responses to Polymorphia by English composer and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood in a concert that also features the American premiere of John Cage’s orchestral trilogy Twenty-Six, Twenty-Eight and Twenty-Nine, the last of Cage’s works yet to be performed in the U.S. The Festival’s contemporary music series, ‘Music in Time’, includes U.S. premieres by distinguished Japanese composers such as Toshi Ishiyanagi, Toshio Hosokawa, and Somei Satoh, as well as the world premiere of a work composed specifically for Spoleto Festival USA by Stephen Scott of the Bowed Piano Ensemble. Additionally, a world premiere for clarinet and piano by the young Iranian composer Hooshyar Khayam will be presented in the Bank of America Chamber Music Series. The 36th annual Spoleto Festival USA will be held May 25 through June 10 in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

Tickets can be purchased online at spoletousa.org or by phone at 843.579.3100.


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