This undated photo provided by the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C. shows members of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago who will be performing at the 2014 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Spoleto Festival USA)
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The Spoleto Festival USA has opened its new season with a lineup that includes three operas, a production by Ireland's Gate Theatre and a concert by banjoists Bela Fleck and his wife, Abigail Washburn.Several hundred people gathered in the heat in front of City Hall to hear speeches and a brass fanfare like those that have opened every festival since the late composer Gian Carlo Menotti established Spoleto in Charleston in 1977 as a companion to his Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy.He called Charleston "this beautiful city of enlightenment" and told the crowd "it is one of my greatest pleasures that I am in this city".He added the power of the festival is not only that it presents classical works, but provides a place where new operas can be produced and performed.
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