Tickets for the performing arts festival, which is presenting its 31st season from May 25 through June 10, went on sale January 2.

This year’s Spoleto will feature 125 performances, including the first American production of “Book of Longing,” a 12-part music cycle by composer Philip Glass based on Leonard Cohen’s poetry collection of the same name.

The festival jazz program features, among others, American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamalbe.

The festival lineup announced this week comes after a fourth straight season of record ticket sales for the festival created in Charleston in 1977.

Last season, Spoleto sold $2.9 million worth of tickets, about $442,000 more than the previous year.

In recent months, the festival announced plans to spend $6 million renovating the Memminger Auditorium, which was badly damaged in Hurricane Hugo back in 1989.

The festival cleaned the inside six years ago and the auditorium has been used for festival events, including the Mozart opera “Don Giovanni” the past two Spoleto seasons.

The Spoleto USA was founded by composer Gian Carlo Menotti as the American counterpart to the festival he staged annually in Spoleto, Italy. Menotti left the American festival 13 years ago in a dispute over finances and over his successor.

Tickets for this year’s Spoleto range from $10 to $130 and can be obtained by calling 843-579-3100 or visiting