CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The 37th season of the internationally known Spoleto Festival USA is under way.
The festival opened Friday with a brass fanfare, speeches and a shower of confetti in front of Charleston City Hall.
Festival Board Chairman Carlos Evans dedicated the festival to the memory of Ted Stern, who was the original board chairman when the festival began in Charleston in 1977. Stern, also a president of the College of Charleston, died earlier this year at age 100.
This year is the last season for Joseph Flummerfelt, who has overseen festival choral activities in Charleston since the festival was founded. He said while he is leaving his role, he will regularly return as an audience member in the future.
This year, there are 160 performances during the 17-day festival run.