In the annals of Western civilization, surely two artists rise to the top of the heap: William Shakespeare and Johann Sebastian Bach. Others might be just as great (Picasso, Rembrandt, Tolstoy, Beethoven, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix), but no one is greater.

In lots of other cities, Shakespeare and Bach have organizations expressly dedicated to them and whole festivals devoted to presenting their works. Not so much in Charleston. Despite this city’s long history and connections to the Old Country, these two giants of the literary and musical canons receive, at best, intermittent attention.

Well, half of that problem is about to be solved.

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