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Spoleto Calls Back Former General Manager To Sort Finances

July 29, 1995

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) _ Spoleto Festival USA is calling on a former general manager to help sort out the event’s finances.

Nigel Redden is rejoining the organization as an interim consultant after recent cost overruns led management to lay off four employees and end the contract of a fifth, said event Chairman Homer Burrous said Friday.

Redden was forced out at Spoleto following the 1991 festival, when a controversial visual art program angered founder Gian Carlo Menotti.

Menotti, the Pulitzer-Prize winning composer who brought Spoleto to Charleston in 1977 as a companion to his festival in Spoleto, Italy, left in a dispute with the festival board in 1993.

Since then, the annual June festival has struggled. It still owes about $440,000 on a low-interest loan extended by the state and the city of Charleston.

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