Spoleto kicks off with an opening day ceremony

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It wasn't as hot as it's been in previous years, but considering how crappy the weather has been all week, it was just nice to have the sunshine out again.

Get more coverage in our Spoleto special section. "I think [Charleston] Mayor Riley must have a special number that he calls to ensure that it never rains on Spoleto opening day!" joked General Director of the Spoleto Festival, Nigel Redden.

The crowds were strong, and the seventy-six trombones played music loud -- even though there we actually only forty of them. And this year there was a nice moment in recognition to Charles Wadsworth -- director of chamber music for his input and influence on the festival over the years. He turned 80 last week, and is stepping down and retiring after this years festival.

Mayor Riley noted that Spoleto next year would be even better with the re-opening of the Dock Street theatre, and gave a hint that next in line to be refurbished (following the Memminger too, from last year) would be the Gaillard. I guess we'll just have to wait until 2010 to find out about that.

We dispatched Geoff down with his video camera to get us a quick 60 seconds wrap. Go click play!

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