Spoleto's 40th: "Porgy and Bess" and remembering Emanuel AME

From the iconic opera "Porgy and Bess" to remembering the victims of the Mother Emanuel AME Church tragedy, the new season of the Spoleto Festival USA resonates with the spirit of the city it has called home for four decades.

The 40ths season of the renowned festival has set a box office record and opens with the traditional brass fanfare and speeches on the steps of Charleston City Hall on Friday. It runs through June 12.

It features the first Spoleto production of "Porgy and Bess," the well-known George Gershwin opera set in Charleston.

It's also the first Spoleto production to be staged in the Gaillard Center, the city's $142 million...