Although Spoleto tickets have been available online and by phone for a while, those itching to choose their program in person will get their first chance on Monday. On April 19, the box office opens at the Gaillard Auditorium on Calhoun Street, a sure sign that the festival’s getting close.

To help buyers pick the right tix, the festival organizers are offering some handy advice. Check out mid-week shows or go as a group of 15 or more for discounts, the official website suggests. Another sensible (if rather obvious) suggestion is to try an assortment of different events like an opera and a play or jazz and chamber music to get the full flavor of Spoleto.

There are also hints for out-of-towners. It’s hot, say the festival experts. Visitors should bring cool clothes for outside and warmer ones for the AC-chilled inside. Apart from that, anything goes wear-wise as long as they wear comfortable shoes for all the walking they’ll be doing. Sadly, no suggestions for fending off the mosquitoes, maestros, and nutty artistic types who swarm into town in June.


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