Spoleto Festival sees increase in ticket sales, revenue

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One of the biggest events of the year in Charleston is over and officials say the festival surpassed ist sales goals for the year.

Festival officials announced Tuesday that the 17-day internationally known arts festival sold about $2.73 million worth of tickets - about $61,000 more than its sales projections.

And, in a tough economy, revenues were up 22 percent over the 2009 season.

The festival concluded Sunday with a concert of fiddle and banjo music from the Carolinas' piedmont region performed by the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Spoleto featured more than 140 performances and included a revival of "Flora," the first opera performed in the Colonies.

The festival was established in Charleston in 1977 by composer Gian Carlo Menotti.

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