Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald is the owner of arts publicity company Arts in Media and manager of the blog Delaware Arts Info. She is a self-described "cheerleader" for the arts and animal rescue, a die-hard Penn Stater and a doting dog mom. She's a big fan of The Beatles, Bon Jovi, strong java and red blends, and in a parallel universe, she's pretty sure she's a writer for Rolling Stone. She and hubby Scott Fitzgerald share their Wilmington home with lovable mutt Eli.
It could be a great partnership. Can we make it happen?
I’m excited about the flurry of redevelopment and positive energy around our city recently: the successful return of the small business incubator Project Pop-Up, which has enlivened Ninth Street’s corridor; the opening of Harlan Flats residences on Justison Street; not one but two locations of an iconic coffee company (Now we’ve truly arrived!); the ribbon-cutting for the multi-location Market Street Village retail and residence project. Combine all this with the steady buzz that the arts and culture scene has generated, and you see that Wilmington is reaching a significant point in its revitalization.
Wilmington artists, arts and culture organizations have long been some of the city’s greatest champions—and key drivers in its vitality. Numerous individual artists and organizations large and small are committed to Wilmington as their “home base.” They celebrate being a part of the city and believe in its potential. They create and promote some of the very best parts of Wilmington through music, dance, spoken word and visual arts.
There is also exciting momentum for cultivating, expanding and promoting arts and culture in Wilmington—most notably in the large-scale project of The Creative District, but also with programs like Gable Music and World Cafe Live at the Queen’s Wilmo Wednesdays performance showcases and soon-to-reappear Block Party events from the IN Wilmington Campaign.
All of us—residents, non-residents (I like to call us “Wilmington enthusiasts”), business and property owners, elected and appointed officials—should embrace and support these efforts at every level. They bring more opportunities for people to live, work and play in Wilmington.
There is much potential in downtown Wilmington that has yet to be tapped. There are underutilized buildings, lots and spaces, and there are occupied spaces that could be improved, and attract more traffic, with just a little out-of-the-box thinking. There are artists and art organizations—especially those small in size—that often seek space to present their work. Some don’t have the funding to purchase a building outright or pay high rental fees; other organizations don’t require a “permanent” home. But all have a need for a space in which to create.
In the past, downtown has been host to imaginative and effectively executed events such as Fringe Wilmington, Downtown Visions’ Music Garden series and Art on the Town. While these projects are ongoing and successful, we should work collectively to connect even more downtown business and property owners with artists to develop regular programming or “pop-up” events within their spaces. Think house concerts or coffee house setups, pop-up art exhibits, even “flash mob” performances. Keep the collective energy flowing, provide more experiences to drive more people downtown, and give artists and smaller arts organizations affordable and distinctive options to put their work “out there.”
I’d love to see more of this happen…how about you? Are you an artist? Tell me what your needs are. Do you own property in the city? Let’s talk about what you might be able to offer to some of Wilmington’s most talented. Are you a public servant? Maybe you can help connect the dots between the two.
These efforts together can surely create something even greater for Wilmington. Until then, you can find me here: email@example.com or @ArtsinMedia. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your ideas.
The Wilmington area offers a cornucopia of arts events this spring. Here’s a comprehensive overview.
ARDEN CONCERT GILD
Spring in Arden kicks off Saturday, April 11, with the global Afropop sensation Fatoumata Diawara—an explosive mix of funk and African dance with glorious costumes. Arden
Concerts next welcomes budding Nashville star Lera Lynn and her trio on Friday, April 17, fresh off her universally praised 2014 album The Avenues and a rousing performance on the The Late Show with David Letterman. On Friday, May 8, Arden will have critically acclaimed Baltimore indie/shoegaze/synth pop titans Lower Dens. Their new album, Escape From Evil, is an absolute breakthrough—think Beach House meets Future Islands, with Jana Hunter’s soaring vocals.
The region’s premier Early Music ensemble welcomes spring with Harpsichord Heaven. The annual early music festival highlights works performed on one of the largest private collections of antique instruments in the world. The festival runs April 24-26 and features such renowned international musicians as Arthur Haas, Luc Beauséjour, Janine Johnson, Adam Pearl and Davitt Moroney. A complete festival pass, including admission to three days of performances, the opening reception, all lectures and lunches, is $120. Details and tickets are available here.
CHRISTINA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
Christina continues to produce first-rate live performances and creative programming for adults and youth. The Pivot, a monthly open mic night (second and fourth Fridays), draws some of the best local talent. On Saturday, April 18, Christina launches the First Annual Young People’s Festival of the Arts at the Laird Performing Arts Center of the Tatnall School. The Festival offers workshops on Songwriting, Modern Dance and Audition Techniques; live performances by faculty and guest artists; and the Delaware Premiere of Concrete Rose by choreographer Dara Stevens-Meredith, featuring Eleone Dance Theatre. Festival tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. At CCAC’s Clifford Brown Performance Space, musical trio WeBe3 presents a performance and vocal workshop for regional singers on Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, respectively. Concert tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Vocal workshop registration is $25 for students and $40 for adults; advance reservations are encouraged. 705 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.0101 • ccacde.org
Cityfest, Inc., part of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, provides a variety of arts offerings for City visitors and residents to enjoy. Wilmington’s popular Art on the Town (artloopwilm.com)—a free self-guided tour occurring on the first Friday of each month—connects patrons with the latest visual art exhibitions and artists. Theatre N at Nemours (theatren.org) features weekly independent and foreign films in addition to special events and presentations by local filmmakers. The Visual Fringe Festival (fringede.org), May 20-24, will feature visual art exhibits and outdoor installations of non-traditional topics, materials or styles by visiting and local artists.
CITY THEATER COMPANY
Delaware’s Off-Broadway closes out its 21st season with the Delaware premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot, running April 10-25. The two-time Tony Award-winning musical—based on the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album of the same name—is a multimedia rock opera following three friends as they search for meaning in a post 9/11 world. Songs include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and “American Idiot.” CTC’s Fearless Improv team continues to deliver belly laughs to comedy fans on the second Saturday of each month at Penn’s Place in Old New Castle. Tickets for American Idiot are $25-$40; Fearless Improv tickets are $5. All are available now here.
Performance address: The Black Box at OperaDelaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • 220.8285 • city-theater.org
DELAWARE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Symphony’s spring performances include the Chamber Concert at the DuPont Country Club (note the new venue) on Tuesday, April 14, at 8 p.m., and their Classics Concert at The Grand Opera House on Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Chamber Concert will feature works by Mozart and the piece Arcana by composer Kevin Puts, winner of the 2015 A.I. du Pont Composer’s Award. The Classics Concert celebrates works by Webern, Bach and Rachmaninoff. Tickets for both concerts are $66 and available at the Grand Box Office, 652.5577, or at ticketsatthegrand.org. Limited $10 tickets are offered for students under 21 with ID (by phone or in person).
DELAWARE THEATRE COMPANY
This one gets two paws way up from Dewey the Art Dog! Delaware Theatre Company produces the new Broadway-bound musical Because of Winn Dixie (April 8-May 3), based on the award-winning children’s novel by Kate DeCamillo. A tale about the gentle and intimate friendship between a young girl and her dog, the production is poised to become the first Broadway musical starring a live dog as the main character. The show’s music is written by Duncan Sheik (Tony Award winner for Spring Awakening) with book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Broadway’s Legally Blonde: The Musical) and animal direction by Bill Berloni (Broadway’s award-winning dog trainer). Every Saturday during the production run, DTC will host adoption events in conjunction with Delaware animal shelters. In May, DTC joins forces with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra to present Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together. Stay tuned for more details!
THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE/THE PLAYHOUSE ON RODNEY SQUARE
April at The Grand is busy. On Thursday, April 9, David Sedaris returns to offer insightful observations delivered with his characteristic sardonic wit. Alt-rock singer-songwriter Johnette Napolitano brings her far-reaching vocals on Friday, April 17. Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals get things “Groovin” with feel-good ‘60s rock on Thursday, April 23. On Friday, April 24, spice up your spring at Grand Baile Latin Dance Night. End the month with The Grand’s Stage of Discovery show, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley on Monday, April 27. The Grand also has announced several just-added shows: The Waterboys (Sunday, April 26); Ryan Adams (Tuesday, May 12); The Psychedelic Furs (Sunday, May 17), and Steven Wilson (Sunday, May 31).
Onstage at The Playhouse on Rodney Square, Camelot tells the legend of King Arthur as you’ve never seen it before, April 14-19. Then, laugh a little on Saturday, May 2, with Rich Little, the master mimic of more than 200 voices.
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
As Dewey the Art Dog and I say, there is no love like that of man’s best friend. The Art Museum proves it with Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs, on view through Sunday, May 24. The exhibit features photographs taken around the world by photojournalist Elliott Erwitt as he recorded the relationship between humans and their canine companions. Families are invited to the Dog Dogs Free Family Day on Sunday, April 19, from noon to 3:30 p.m., for dog-themed art activities and The Barker of Seville puppet show. Adult art lovers can stop by Art is Social: Dog Dogs on Friday, May 15, 7 to 10 p.m., for music by jazz band JD3, gallery games, dog-themed activities and treats, a cash bar and café. The event is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Admission to the museum is free on Thursday evenings and Sundays.
DELAWARE CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts will kick off April with a special Trailers, Tastes, and Trucks Art Loop on Friday, April 10 (note alternate Loop date), from 5-11 p.m., featuring WilmFilm Festival film trailers; wine, craft beer, and spirits tastings by Peco’s Liquor and Barry’s Events; a fantastic line-up of food trucks; and a DJ spinning movie soundtracks. At the Thursday, April 23, gala spring fundraising event make(r)evolution, the DCCA will highlight the work of artists exploring the medium of 3-D printing with on-site demos and a benefit sale of regional 3-D printed artworks. The DCCA’s Friday, May 1, Art Loop will feature the first Rolling Revolution Food Truck Rally and an album release party with Richard Raw performing from his new hip-hop album, Conversational Pieces. On May 3, contemporary and baroque ensemble Mélomanie will premiere composer Larry Nelson’s work “Moonbow.” Scheduled for Saturday, May 9, is the DCCA’s 2015 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium, Selfies and Social Robotics in the Digital Age, which will explore the historical, contemporary, and future contexts of the ways we both connect to and distance ourselves from face-to-face engagement in an age of social media. Exhibitions opening in April and May include Layering Constructs, with works by Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, and Antonio Puri; Relics by Drew Leshko; Whisper by David Slovic; and the Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition, New Eyes: Experimental Photography Today; as well as shows by DCCA studio artists Rachel Briggs, Hugh Atkins, Dan Jackson and Ken Mabrey.
200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 656-6466 • thedcca.org
DELAWARE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN
Join the DCAD community for the opening reception of its 18th Annual Student Exhibition, on Friday, April 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery. Enjoy the best student work from this past year, as selected by studio faculty. The work on display represents a variety of assignments and media from each of DCAD’s six majors: Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design and Photography. The exhibition will be on display until April 24.
600 N. Market St., Wilmington • 622.8000 • dcad.edu
WORLD CAFE LIVE AT THE QUEEN
Musical spring has sprung in Wilmington. First up is the incomparable Sheila E., live on Wednesday, April 29; power-pop band Jukebox the Ghost on Wednesday, May 6; WXPN, AEG Live and World Cafe Live present Todd Rundgren on Saturday, May 16; Grateful
Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra hits the stage on Wednesday, May 27; and WCLQ and NOLAFUNK present Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers on Thursday, May 28.
GABLE MUSIC VENTURES
Raise a glass for the City’s newest arts & culture happening—Wilmo Wednesdays—from Gable and World Cafe Live at the Queen. Every Wednesday at 7 p.m., Gable presents a curated variety show featuring live music, stand-up comedy, spoken word and slam poetry, storytelling and other forms of performance art. NOTE: This is not an open mic; interested performers should contact Jeremy Hebbel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional Gable projects include April 17 and May 15 Friday Singer Songwriter Showcases at the Queen; Betty & The Bullet at Cromwell’s Tavern on Saturday, April 18; and WilMusic Festival, a free event at Wilmington University featuring The Splashing Pearls, Nadjah Nicole, Minshara, Kevin McCove and more on Saturday, May 2.
Performance venues: World Cafe Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St.; Extreme Pizza, 201 N. Market St., Wilmington gablemusicventures.com
Two Weekends, Three Programs = A Magical Spring Festival in Wilmington. The OperaDelaware series launches with Lakmé on Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m. at the baby grand. Sharon Cheng stars as Lakmé, with the OperaDelaware chorus led by Maestro Anthony Barrese. For audiences who attend the performances of La Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook has transformed Bizet’s timeless classic, adding more passion, fresh blood and sexual fury than you’ve ever seen. Audrey Babcock’s portrayal of this seductive sorceress is irresistible. Shows are Saturday, May 9, and Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Laird Center for the Performing Arts. On May 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., opera blends with the culinary arts in Wine, Women & Food. The event will feature Bon Appétit, a 20-minute, one-woman opera based on Julia Child’s famous chocolate cake episode, capturing all the joie de vivre of the original French chef.
MARKET STREET MUSIC
Market Street Music’s noted Thursday Noontime Concerts continue weekly through May 14, with lineups of jazz, bossa nova, choral music and an OperaDelaware preview. The final Festival Concert on Saturday, May 16, celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Gabriel Kney organ with a rare performance by concert organ virtuoso Nathan Laube. Laube has earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers with his brilliant playing and creative programming, which spans five centuries.
Performance address: First & Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St., Wilmington • 654.5371 • marketstreetmusicde.org
Enjoy two art forms in one ticket! The provocative pairings of this ensemble are juxtaposed with contemporary works of the DCCA’s featured gallery artists. The concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, welcomes guest violinist Daniela Pierson and composer Larry Nelson. Nelson’s piece, Moonbow, will mark its Wilmington premiere with this performance, which also includes works of Vivaldi, Boismortier and Telemann.
Performance address: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts,
200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 764.6338 • melomanie.org
THE MUSIC SCHOOL OF DELAWARE
The Music School serves up musical experiences for the entire family this spring. On Saturday, April 18, at 5 p.m., the school celebrates its young alumni in a “Shining Stars” concert with artists Jennifer Campbell and Maria Scott, piano; Rachyl Duffy, viola; Witt Godden, singer/songwriter; Emma Scott, violin; and Alexander Weir, fiddle. Tickets are $5-10. The music continues on Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m. for the Spring Choral Concert, which showcases performances by the Delaware Children’s Chorus, the Delaware Women’s Chorus (who will be prepping for their tour of Ireland in June) and special guest ensemble Brotherly Love, the chamber group from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. This performance is free. On Friday, May 15, the Wilmington Community Orchestra performs its final concert of the season with Winners of the Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians. Tickets are $5-10.
If Letterman had a Top 10 List of “Best Artistic Genre Mash-Ups,” First State Ballet Theatre’s (FSBT) production of Coppélia could be number one. The ballet, which runs in Wilmington the weekend of April 18-19, mixes hilarious physical comedy with exhilarating choreography and dazzling costumes from one of Russia’s finest costumiers.
“Coppélia is near the top of virtually every list of the world’s favorite ballets,” says FSBT President and Executive Director Robert Grenfell. “It can be understood and appreciated by audiences of all ages.”
Originally choreographed by Arthur St. Léon in 1870, Coppélia is considered one of the greatest comic ballets of the 19th century and has remained one of the best-loved classical works in the ballet repertory.
Based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the story begins as village “Romeo” Franz becomes obsessed with the life-size creation of doll maker Dr. Coppélius. Thinking the doll is a real girl, Franz flirts with her, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Swanilda. Of course, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Swanilda—with the help of Coppélius—disguises herself as the doll in an elaborate and riotous joke on Franz.
Played out onstage, the story is the perfect narrative for a ballet, observes Leonid Goykhman, who dances the role of Franz. There is plenty of physical comedy, especially for Franz, who spends nearly an entire act being kicked, slapped and flung around by the collar. “Portraying comedy can be difficult, particularly because the physical humor must look natural and not ‘over-choreographed,’” he says. “They may look easy on stage, but the comedic scenes require just as much rehearsal as the dancing.”
Rie Aoki, who dances the role of Swanilda, agrees that comedy in ballet can be challenging. “Because it can’t be just about the humor,” she says. “It has to be a great ballet performance, too.” Aoki describes Swanilda as a young, fun, super-active girl with lots of attitude. “She dances with quick steps, tons of jumps. She’s a powerful girl; I’m enjoying her so much.”
“If you’ve never seen a ballet, I would highly recommend making Coppélia the first,” says Goykhman. “It will dispel many preconceived notions; [I hope] people will see ballet does not have to be serious or tragic, and they’ll enjoy the clever melding of dance, music and story.”
Adds Aoki: “I’d love for audiences to see it with a light heart, not too serious. Just laugh and enjoy all the silly characters.”
First State Ballet Theatre chose Coppélia because it is both the perfect comic masterpiece and an ideal springtime performance, according to Grenfell. “And it’s a ballet for the whole family — one that will delight everyone from 3 to 103.” The production follows three very dramatic pieces presented earlier in FSBT’s season — Giselle, The Young Lady and the Hooligan and Carmen.
Coppélia runs Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at The Grand Opera House. Tickets range from $28-$48; tickets are half-price for students age 18 and under. Seniors, groups and military personnel receive $5 off their ticket price. Tickets are available here.
First State Ballet Theatre, Delaware’s professional ballet company, presents full-length ballets, mixed-repertory productions and major new works from acclaimed international choreographers. The company performs in all three counties in Delaware. For more information, click here.
Arden’s tradition of eclectic lineups carries on this fall, with locally grown indie sounds, jazz guitar and ethnic “chaos” permeating the tranquil grove. The classic rockabilly of The Blasters fills the 160-year-old hall on Thursday, Sept. 11. Intense folk rock from Strand of Oaks switches up the scene on Thursday, Sept. 18. Friday, Sept. 26, debuts funky jazz from Charlie Hunter and Scott Amendola. Friday, Oct. 3, finds Carolina Chocolate Drops founder Dom Flemons celebrating a new LP with his trio. And Friday, Nov. 14, brings DakhaBrakha—Ukrainian musicians who give a modern, outrageously theatrical spin on folk music from Kiev.
Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden
475-3126 • ardenconcerts.com
CHRISTINA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
CCAC has some serious musical star power this season. On Friday, Oct. 17, An Evening with Gregory Porter hits the baby grand stage. The Grammy award–winning vocalist and actor gives an intimate, one-night-only benefit performance. Want VIP treatment? Special event and ticket packages are available by calling The Grand box office. Single concert tickets can be purchased at TicketsAtTheGrand.org. CCAC is quickly becoming the “it spot” for intimate live entertainment; look for more hot tickets in the coming months.
705 N. Market St., Wilmington
652-0101 • ccacde.org
CITY THEATER COMPANY
Delaware’s off-Broadway turns 21 and with a little help from its friends, the celebration will take place Friday, Oct. 3, at World Cafe Live at the Queen. For more information on COME TOGETHER, an evening of Beatles music, see “Tuned In.” CTC’s main stage season arrives in December with the Tony Award–winning The Dead, a holiday musical based on a short story by James Joyce. CTC’s Fearless Improv also returns to deliver laughs monthly at Arden’s Buzz Ware Village Center, beginning Friday, Sept. 19. Season tickets will be available online Sept. 30.
The Black Box at OperaDelaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • 220-8285 • city-theater.org
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
Look inside the mind of a renowned children’s book illustrator/author with From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick, running Saturday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 11. The exhibit features more than 100 works, including images of Harry Houdini, Walt Whitman, Marian Anderson, and the fictional Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in a busy Paris train station. The illustrations are accompanied by Selznick’s many books: The Houdini Box; Walt Whitman: Words for America; Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride; The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and Frindle— allowing visitors to connect the image to the story.
2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington
571-9590 • delart.org
DELAWARE CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
The DCCA presents a thought-provoking exhibition, American Idols (through Sunday, Oct. 26) by John Moran. History buffs, this one’s for you! Glass sculptures of 43 presidents, recast as reality TV stars. Simultaneously, DCCA: A 35-Year History (Saturday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Jan. 4) charts the evolution of the DCCA since its founding. I’m looking forward to the new DCCA Art Lounge + Sales Gallery. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, and second Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m., the lounge features art exhibitions, trunk shows, lively conversation and a cash bar in a casual, hip setting.
200 S. Madison St., Wilmington
656-6466 • thedcca.org
DELAWARE THEATRE COMPANY
DTC’s season brings a little something for everyone — love, loss and laughter with a dash of Broadway sparkle. Starring Michael Learned and Daniel Davis, Love Letters (Sept. 17-Oct. 5) proves what divides us is rarely as powerful as what connects us, and love usually comes when you least expect it. Rest, In Pieces (Nov. 5-23) is a “dramedy” about the typical family dealing with loss. The holiday season arrives in time for Steve Solomon’s smash, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, And I’m Home For The Holidays (Dec. 3-21). In the spring, look for Nora, a riveting retelling of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House (Feb. 4-22) and the new musical Because of Winn Dixie (April 8-May 3), a heartwarming story about the friendship between a girl and her dog, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo.
200 Water St., Wilmington
594-1100 • delawaretheatre.org
Delaware’s Broadway Experience starts with the smash musical comedy Sister Act, running Oct. 14-19. Next (Dec. 9-14) is Cirque Dreams Holidaze, with more than 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers showcasing heart-pounding, gravity-defying feats. Peter and the Starcatcher, the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan, romps through our Neverland of Wilmington from Feb. 17-22. The DuPont’s season finishes with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles (March 6-8), Camelot (April 14-19) and perennial favorite Guys and Dolls (May 12-17).
DuPont Building, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington
656-4401 • duponttheatre.com
FIRST STATE BALLET THEATRE
This could easily be FSBT’s busiest year, featuring a Delaware premiere, a Freeman Stage showcase, and performances of Giselle at Dover’s Schwartz Center and the Grand Opera House (Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19). FSBT’s signature Up Front series (Saturday, Nov. 15) showcases classical and contemporary works, and its annual tradition—The Nutcracker with the Delaware Symphony and the Wilmington Children’s Chorus (Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 20 and 21)—continues at DelTech’s Georgetown campus and the Grand. The Delaware premiere of The Young Lady and the Hooligan—a gritty, modern ballet—is seldom performed outside of Russia. FSBT’s season closes with Coppélia, an all-ages ballet, where an old man’s fantasy and young love collide with hilarious results.
818 N. Market St., Wilmington
658-7897 • firststateballet.com
GABLE MUSIC VENTURES
September is non-stop for our pals at Gable, with bookings all over town, including the Queen. On Saturday, Sept. 13, Angela Sheik releases her new CD, Home Before Dark. On Friday, Sept. 19, the 36th consecutive singer-songwriter showcase (formerly The 6) features Joe Trainor (also his birthday) and Gable’s Jeremy Hebbel with Christine Holmes. Also on the bill is Israeli R&B artist Hadar, Jerzy Jung, Frank Viele and Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt. On Friday, Sept. 26, local blues heavyweights Kitty Mayo & the Emperess Band, Venom Blues and What’s in the Box collaborate on a show celebrating the return of the Queen’s Wednesdays Blues Night. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
World Cafe Live at the Queen, 501 N. Market St.,
Extreme Pizza, 201 N. Market St., Wilmington
THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE
The Grand doesn’t disappoint as headliners and legends light up its season. This month, enjoy the Grammy®-nominated Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and Emmylou Harris with Special Guest Nathaniel Rateliff on Thursday, Sept. 25. Then, outlaws get ready! Join the legendary Red-Headed Stranger for a night of Willie Nelson & Family on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Watch for exciting shows, including .38 Special, Last Comic Standing and more along the way this season.
818 N. Market St., Wilmington
652-5577 or 800-37-GRAND • TheGrandWilmington.org
Mélomanie—known for “provocative pairings of early and contemporary works”— celebrates its 21st Anniversary Concert & CD Release Party on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the picturesque Olympia Room of World Cafe Live at the Queen. Favorite works, guest artists and tracks from the new CD, Excursions, will be featured, complemented by champagne and desserts. Tickets can be purchased at queentickets.worldcafelive.com. Mélomanie also continues its second season as “Ensemble in Residence” at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, launching the concert series on Sunday, Feb. 1.
The DCCA, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington
764-6338 • melomanie.org
MARKET STREET MUSIC
MSM’s 2014-15 offers another rich and diverse lineup. Noontime Concerts kick off Thursday, Oct. 9, with the jazzy Terra Soul Project and continue weekly with artists like Pyxis Piano Quartet, SPARX and the Cartoon Christmas Trio. This season also marks the 25th anniversary of First & Central’s Gabriel Kney organ. Look for themed activities throughout the year—the first of which is The Phantom of the Opera: Live Music and the Original Silent Film on Saturday, Oct. 25. Experience Lon Chaney’s 1925 classic as Wilmington’s own Paul Fleckenstein accompanies with a score of organ music, arias and popular songs. In a month of spooky fun, it’s an evening not to be missed.
First & Central Presbyterian Church, 11 & Market Streets
Rodney Square, Wilmington
654-5371 • MarketStreetMusicDE.org
THE MUSIC SCHOOL OF DELAWARE
With more than 100 programs annually, the School fulfills every musical taste. The monthly informal Classical Café (starting Saturday, Sept. 27), led by Dr. Holly Roadfelt, encourages dynamic discussion on an array of musical topics and is only
$10 to attend (plus, you get coffee and pastries). The free JAM IT! Bluegrass & Old Time Acoustic Sessions bring together music enthusiasts for a regular jam (starting Saturday, Sept. 27). Alumnus and violinist Ben Shute returns to the Music School stage on Wednesday, Oct. 22, for his own concert with pianist Anna Dmytrenko.
4101 Washington St., Wilmington
762-1132 • musicschoolofdelaware.org
Join OperaDelaware Friday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 26, to explore operatic excerpts from the least likely places — think Hollywood, Sesame Street and Madison Avenue. This Little Light of Mine is a one-woman homage to the groundbreaking, legendary careers of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. May brings
OperaDelaware’s Festival, featuring Peter Brook’s smash hit La Tragédie de Carmen, and the event Wine, Women & Food in Song, featuring Bon Appetit, Lee Hoiby’s hilariously loving tribute to Julia Child.
4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington
442-7807 • operade.org
UD’s professional theater delivers an exciting REPertoire, starting with the Pulitzer Prize–winning Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches (Sept. 25-Oct. 12) followed by Macbeth (Nov. 13-Dec. 7). The full season includes George Bernard Shaw’s The Millionairess (Jan. 22-Feb. 8), Juno and the Paycock (March 5-22), All in the Timing (April 15-May 10), and the wildly inventive and hilarious Hitchcock tribute, The 39 Steps (April 23-May 10).
Roselle Center for the Arts, 110
Orchard Rd., University of Delaware,
831-2204 • rep.udel.edu
WILMINGTON DRAMA LEAGUE
Wilmington Drama League’s 81st season is bursting at its musical seams with Jesus Christ Superstar (Sept. 12-20), Big The Musical (Dec. 12-28), Smokey Joe’s Café, The Civil War and Wonderland. Dramas include To Kill A Mockingbird (Oct. 24-Nov. 2), Nathan the Wise (Nov. 13-16), Leaves and Lips Together, Teeth Apart. Add One-Act Festivals, classes and “Pillow Plays” for young drama lovers, and you have a got-to spot for all-ages drama fun.
North Lea Blvd., Wilmington
764-1172 • wilmingtondramaleague.org
WORLD CAFE LIVE AT THE QUEEN
September is a royal treat at the Queen, as Delaware’s second annual Irish and Celtic Music Festival, featuring The Young Dubliners, Barleyjuice & Brother, rolls in on Friday, Sept. 5. Exceptional performances continue with drum legend Terry Bozzio on Thursday, Sept. 11, Rusted Root on Tuesday, Sept. 16, singer-songwriter Edwin McCain on Thursday, Sept. 21, and the King of Newgrass, Sam Bush, on Saturday, Sept. 23. For the complete fall schedule, visit the Queen website.
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