Spoleto: Oral history with Michael Grofsorean

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Spoleto: Oral history with Michael Grofsorean
Grofsorean, Michael
Longtime jazz director for Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Michael Grofsorean talks about his history at the festival since 1980. He relates anecdotes about past performers, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Sarah Vaughan and Ray Charles and describes the process that goes into selecting the artists for each festival. He discusses festival founder Gian Carlo Menotti's distaste for jazz, the rocky years of festival finances, the NAACP boycott of South Carolina that nearly derailed the 2000 jazz program and describes why the city of Charleston is the perfect venue for the festival. Audio with transcript.
College of Charleston Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
Oral Histories
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Grofsorean, Michael, Jazz, Spoleto Festival U.S.A.
Topical Subject:
Festivals--South Carolina--Charleston, Festivals--Planning, Festivals--Management
Geographic Subject:
Charleston--Social life and customs
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
application/pdf, audio/mpeg
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Digital resource copyright 2009, The College of Charleston. All rights reserved. For more information contact The College of Charleston Library, Charleston, SC 29424.