Jeanette Guinn

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Jeanette Guinn is a professor in the Arts Management Program in College of Charleston’s School of the Arts and is pleased to have former students working in the US, Europe and Australia. After interning at the South Carolina Arts Commission during graduate school, Jeanette spent 25 great years working as an arts manager.

She is producer, writer and host of Arts Daily, and reports on events and artists in the Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto, held each year in Charleston.  She has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts and many state arts agencies.

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A projected "apparition" of the Carolina Parakeet, part of the installations "Carrion Cheer."
Halsey Institute

Artist Christian Orendt talks with Jeanette Guinn about The Carrion Cheer: A Faunistic Tragedy an installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art on Calhoun Street as part of Piccolo Spoleto.

Marisol Montalvo and Walter Dundervill in the US premiere of Tree of Codes, with music and libretto by Liza Lim.
William Struhs

John Kennedy talks with Jeanette Guinn about the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, and about the U.S. Pemiere of the opera, Tree of Codes.

Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which audience members might encounter more than one existence. Two-headed birds and layers of light conjure a magical world under Director Ong Keng Sen (Facing Goya; 2014) in this dramatic work inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name. 

David Lee Nelson
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A comedy. About cancer. From award-winning solo performer David Lee Nelson (Elephant in My Closet) brings Stages to Piccolo Spoleto - a new play about finding hope in the most unlikely of places. Nelson talks with Jeanette Guinn about life with cancer, the play, and his plans for the future. The play runs through Saturday evening at Chapel Theatre on Calhoun St. in Charleston, SC.

A scene from The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.
Spoleto Festival USA

In this season finale of Spoleto Backstage, Jeanette Guinn talks with the stars of The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, Marc Antolin and Daisy Maywood. 

Victoria Hansen speaks with Geoff Nuttall, artistic director for the Spoleto Chamber Music Series, about working with local schools to introduce classical music to students.

Daisy Maywood and Marc Antolin in The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.
Steve Tanner

Partners in life and on canvas, Marc and Bella Chagall—the flying lovers of Vitebsk—are immortalized as the picture of romance. But whilst on canvas they flew, in life they walked through some of the most devastating times in history.

Amanda Woodbury and Valdis Jansons in the US premiere of Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei.
William Struhs

Lidiya Yankovskaya is the music director of Chicago's Opera Lyric Theater. At Spoleto Festival USA she is  conducting the U.S. premiere and Spoleto production of Donizetti's Pia de Tolomei. She talks with Jeanette Guinn about the opera, its production, and about learning her craft, as well as the joy she finds in opera.

John Kennedy, conductor in residence at Spoleto Festival USA.
Spoleto Festival USA

In this episode of Spoleto Backstage, Jeanette Guinn sits down with Spoleto's busiest conductor John Kennedy who will be involved with three of this years performances: Music in Time, Tree of Codes, and You are Mine Own. We also get to hear from the conductor of Pia de Tolomei, Lidiya Yankovskaya.

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On this episode of Spoleto Backstage, we chat with David Lee Nelson, writer and star of "Stages." 

Reporter Victoria Hansen takes you behind the scenes of Spoleto’s educational program.

And finally, we speak with "Borders" playwright Henry Naylor and star Avital Lvova. 

Ranky Tanky/Reese Moore via Facebook

On this episode of Spoleto Backstage, trumpeter Charleton Singleton talks about the success of Gullah-inspired jazz ensemble Ranky Tanky.

Sonatas and Soundscapes host Bradley Fuller meets up with Marco Ceco, the conductor of the Colla and Sons Marionette’s production of "Il Matromonio Segreto."

Mayor John Tecklenburg performing at Spoleto USA, 2017.
Spoleto Festival USA

To kick off Spoleto Festival USA, we interviewed key figures and artists about their performances before they go live. Let us take you backstage to get the inside scoop from Spoleto’s general director, Nigel Redden; the mayor of Charleston, John Tecklenburg; and the director/host of the Chamber Music series, Geoff Nuttall.

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Spoleto Backstage is a new short-run podcast taking you behind the curtain to meet the artists and people who make things happen at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston.

In this teaser episode, host Jeanette Guinn introduces you to the show and previews what you can expect during the festival.

A still from Mighty Like a Moose, staring Charley Chase.
Spoleto Fesitval USA

Pianist Stephen Prutsman is well known to chamber music audiences at Spoleto Festival USA. This year, in addition to playing at the Bank of American Chamber Music Series, he will also be conducting his original scores—with select members of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra—for three silent film shorts from the 1910s and ‘20s.

Rachel Troublefield
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17 Hours is a new American musical written by and featuring Nashville recording artist, South Carolina native, and College of Charleston Alumna Rachel Troublefield (2010).

Druid's Aaron Monaghan, Garrett Lombard, and Marty Rea in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot; Druid Artistic Director Garry Hynes brings this production to the Dock Street Theatre through June 11, 2017.
Matthew Thompson

Director Garry Hynes and her Irish theater company Druid bring to Spoleto a fresh take on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, the quintessential 20th-century play about life’s great questions. Shane Stephens is the Irish Consul General in Atlanta. He tells Jeanette Guinn that he's in Charleston to be a "cheerleader" for Druid's Spoleto Festival USA production. Stephens sees Beckett as "deeply European," but, "inherently an Irish writer--but not what you'd expect..." 

Marcus Amaker
Reese Moore

The 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Festival is presenting the world premiere of a jazz setting of the poetry of Marcus Amaker, the first poet laureate of Charleston. The In-Between, featuring classical soprano Jill Terhaar Lewis, saxophonist Robert Lewis, and pianist Gerald Gregory, explores repertoire that resides in and in between classical and jazz genres. Joined by Amaker, the musicians will perform new versions of Amaker's poems. The performance takes place June 5 at the City Gallery.

Manny Houston
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Jeanette Guinn talks with Charleston musician Manny Houston about Take Me to Church​, a Piccolo Spoleto event taking place Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 p.m., at the City Gallery.  The program is billed as "an all ages, cabaret styled, exploration in gospel music and traditional Broadway show tunes."

Na Fidléirí.
Taylor Music Group

The Taylor Music Group will present two concerts as part of the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Festival's Celtic Art Series.  Mary Taylor leads Na Fidléirí ("the fiddlers") in Something Old, Something New! at the Ciruclar Congregational Church, June 5 and June 9. Robert Taylor conducts the Taylor Festival Choir in a program titled Hope and Healing at St. Phillip's Church, June 9 and 10.

Dancer Bill T. Jones, one of the performers in David Michalek's moving-image installation Slow Dancing, which will be shown May 27 through June 8 nightly from 9:00pm to 11:00pm in Marion Square, Downtown Charleston.
Spoleto Fesitval USA

Nigel Redden, General Director of the Spoleto Festival USA, talks with Jeanette Guinn about the extraordinary range of offerings for 2017. 

2017 Piccolo Spoleto poster
Courtesy of City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

  Piccolo Spoleto prioritizes accessibility for both artists and performers, presenting professionalwork of the highest standard, while ensuring that nearly half of Piccolo’s events are admission free,

and the balance are offered at affordable ticket prices.Scott Watson, Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, talks with Jeanette Guinn about the offerings of the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Melissa Stern
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  Hailing from New York City, Melissa Stern has brought her traveling exhibition, The Talking Cure to Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston SC. The show is a multi-media project featuring clay sculpture and a drawing blend with creative writing, the spoken word and mobile technology. Viewers are encouraged to look, listen and read while considering their own interpretations of the work.

The Talking Cure is on exhibit at Redux Contemporary Art Center ,136 St Philip St, Charleston, through August 6, 20016.

Participants in "Black Lives Matter" march in Charleston, SC, June 20, 2015.
Jeanette Guinn

  In the days after the Emmanuel AME Church murders of 2015, Joy Vandervort Cobb, gave a memorable interview about the community’s response to the tragedy. She returns on the one-year anniversary to tell us what has changed, and what has not.

Cobb is an actress, professor, and activist who will be performing in Citizen: An American Lyric at the PURE Theatre.

Hearts Mend Hearts

Jun 13, 2016
A mandala drawn by a participant in the Hearts Mend Hearts art therapy workshops that took place at the Charleston County Library.
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  Dianne Tennyson-Vincent, along with Laura De La Maza, began the art therapy organization called Hearts Mend Hearts.  Both women have a background in therapy, art and teaching.  The organization began after the killings last June at Mother Emmanuel AME Church  of nine parishioners. 

Portraits from King St-500 Block
Jack Alterman

A Charleston native and skilled photographer, Jack Alterman is best known for his diverse portraits of Charlestonians. His newest exhibition, King Street – Faces of the 500 Block is currently being presented as part of Piccolo Spoleto in the previously closed-down Morris Sokol furniture store. The show is comprised of Alterman's portraits of the people who used to live in the 500 block area of Upper King St.

Greg Colleton is an artist and the Director of Operations at Redux Contemporary Art Center.  This year, he was chosen as the juror for the annual Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition.  The exhibition takes place at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, through June 12,  and showcases paintings, photography and sculpture by South Carolina artists.

  Cathryn Zommer is the Executive Director of arts partnership organization, Enough Pie. As part of Piccolo Spoleto, Enough Pie is holding their fourth annual event in a series entitled “Awakening.”  Awakening IV: Indigo is all about blue.

Citizen: An American Lyric was performed previously at the Fontaine Theatre.
Ed Krieger

  Shirley Jo Finney is an actress and an acclaimed award-winning director. She will be directing Citizen: An American Lyric, at the PURE Theatre on King St. during this year’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The show is based on Claudia Rankine's 2014 award-winning book of poetry of the same title.

Chatham Baroque plays in the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series.
Courtesy of the artist

  College of Charleston professor Steve Rosenberg has coordinated the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series for 30 years.   He and  Andrew Fouts, baroque fiddle player for Chatham Baroque, talk about this year's program. And Steve looks back over 30 years of early music.

Chatham Baroque at the Piccolo Spoleto Early Music Series

Known for his kinetic sculptures and light installations, Redl’s work easily catches the eyes.
Rainer Hosch

Erwin Redl investigates the process of “reverse engineering” by (re-)translating the abstract aesthetical language of virtual reality and 3D computer modeling into architectural environments by means of large-scale light installations. In his current show at the Halsey Institute of Charleston, his work displays strict methodologies which employ binary logic as well as tropes of minimalism to exuberant extremes.

Flowers, notes, and other items placed as memorials to the slain outside Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston in June, 2015.
Linda O'Bryon/SC Public Radio

  Drisana McDaniel is a Charlestonian who teaches anti-bias workshops for the Transformative Teaching Collective. Her family was personally touched by the recent murders at Emanuel A.M.E. Church. She talks with Jeanette Guinn about her own reaction to the tragedy, about how individuals are coping, and about how the people of Charleston are drawing together to comfort each other.


Participants in "Black Lives Matter" march in Charleston, SC, June 20, 2015.
Jeanette Guinn

    Joy Vandervort-Cobb is an Associate Professor of Theater at the College of Charleston. She spoke candidly with Jeanette Guinn about her participation in Saturday's "March for Black Lives," which took place in the wake of the recent murder of 9 members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church. Vandervort-Cobb sees the march as part of the process by which the city can begin to heal and move toward racial equality.


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