Piccolo Spoleto hits high note during opening night

CHARLESTON,SC (WCSC)- The rain held off Friday for the Sunset Serenade  marking the start of Piccolo Spoleto, an annual  festival spotlighting local artists.

Young musicians showcased their talent on the steps of the U.S. Custom House.

"I'm very excited because it's a great place to be because a lot of people who know music is here and we'll get to be recognized," said James Phillips, a fifth grade drummer with the Lemira Percussion Ensemble from Sumter.

Then  the Charleston Symphony Orchestra  accompanied by dancers from the Charleston Ballet Theatre mesmerized  the crowd.

Locals were not the only ones soaking up the artistic scene in Charleston Friday. People from out of town  made their way to the Holy City for the big show.

"I had some friends that were in town and they were going to be involved in it. So I wanted to come up and visit and have a good time and have a little vacation," said Holly Everett, who traveled from Savannah,GA for the festival's opening night.

Piccolo Spoleto organizers said making the trip is worth the trouble.

"We have some unique programs that we've never had before in the 33 years of history. One of them is going to be at the Citadel , and it includes a very fine opera singer named Morris Robinson who is a former football star," Ellen Dressler Moryl, director of Piccolo Spoleto.

Friday night's performance  an elegant start to a 17 day salute to the arts here in Charleston.

Most events are free, but some require tickets.

For more information call 1-866-811-4111 or visit www.piccolospoleto.com.

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