1 of few women conductors directs at Spoleto

June 9, 2012 • Entertainment

Visitors look at paintings during the annual Piccolo Spoleto Art Show in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, June 8, 2012. Piccolo Spoleto is the Charleston city festival that is a companion to the internationally known Spoleto Festival USA that closes on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith).

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It’s unusual to see a woman conducting an orchestra or opera, but the conductor who was set to lead the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra on Friday offers a challenge to tradition.

Anne Manson, music director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Canada, not only conducts, but makes a living doing so. She was set to take the stage as the 36th season of the internationally renowned arts festival neared its close.

Manson said she loves conducting the Spoleto orchestra, which is made up of talented young Login to read more

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