Last night, the 40th season of the Spoleto Festival USA opened with Porgy and Bess, and in attendance were many Charleston notables — from former Mayor Joseph P. Riley to current Mayor John Tecklenburg, former U.S. Sec. of Education and Gov. Dick Riley to cookbook author Nathalie Dupree and journalist/author Jack Bass, Southern Charm’s Patricia Altschul and her beloved butler Michael — or at least that’s who it looked like as we exited the Galliard Center at 11:30 p.m. as the opera came to its conclusion. 

Last night, the 40th season of the Spoleto Festival USA opened with Porgy and Bess, and in attendance were many Charleston notables — from former Mayor Joseph P. Riley to current Mayor John Tecklenburg, former U.S. Sec. of Education and Gov. Dick Riley to cookbook author Nathalie Dupree and journalist/author Jack Bass, Southern Charm’s Patricia Altschul and her beloved butler Michael — or at least that’s who it looked like as we exited the Galliard Center at 11:30 p.m. as the opera came to its conclusion. 

Last night, the 40th season of the Spoleto Festival USA opened with Porgy and Bess, and in attendance were many Charleston notables — from former Mayor Joseph P. Riley to current Mayor John Tecklenburg, former U.S. Sec. of Education and Gov. Dick Riley to cookbook author Nathalie Dupree and journalist/author Jack Bass, Southern Charm’s Patricia Altschul and her beloved butler Michael — or at least that’s who it looked like as we exited the Galliard Center at 11:30 p.m. as the opera came to its conclusion. 


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