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Local philanthropists gathered at Memminger Auditorium to raise funds for Spoleto Festival USA and their resident orchestra, comprised of talented young musicians hand-selected from all over the world. Guests enjoyed cocktails and seated tapas, complimented by a performance by The Charleston Latin-Jazz Collective and a spirited live auction.
Popular auction items included an evening of music and martinis with Spoleto Festival USA's Director of Chamber Music, Geoff Nuttall, two first class round-trip US Airlines tickets to any destination in the world, and dinner for eight aboard a luxurious private yacht. In addition, many guests volunteered to sponsor one or more musicians, and enough money was raised to bring each member of the orchestra to the 2014 Festival. Later, special guest Eric Anderson, a clarinetist in this year's orchestra, played a few excerpts and let everyone know just how unique of an opportunity this is for young musicians like himself.
Spoleto Festival USA gives talented young musicians from around the world the chance to perform for a loyal audience here in Charleston. Participants are carefully chosen by resident conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities, John Kennedy, and for many, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Over the years, this festival has proven to be one of the finest opportunities for young musicians to gain extensive performance experience. Alumni of the Festival Orchestra can be found in almost every professional orchestra in the United States and many abroad.