Tuned In – Sept. 2015

Not-to-be-missed music news

Jonathan_MoserNew Music Director
Wilmington Community Orchestra welcomes Jonathan Moser

After a year-long search that drew more than 30 applicants, the Music School of Delaware has found a new conductor for its Wilmington Community Orchestra: Jonathan Moser, who will begin his tenure this fall.

Moser was one of four finalists for the position. Each had developed a repertoire for and led a performance of the orchestra during the 2014-15 concert season.

Music School Dean Cheri Astolfi led the search, which was conducted by experienced faculty leaders who observed every finalist. Says Astolfi: “Jonathan brought a great understanding of the orchestral process and a warm, jovial approach to the orchestra. He was very well received by the membership.”

The Music School of Delaware’s concert season includes four performances by the Wilmington Community Orchestra in 2015-2016, beginning with Moser’s debut on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The other concerts will be held on January 17, March 20 and May 20, 2016, including one featuring the winners of the annual Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians. Concerts are held at several locations in the state, including the Wilmington branch on Washington Street. Tickets for all performances will be available online this fall at musicschoolofdelaware.org or by calling 762-1132.
Moser has been a music lover since childhood, when he would sit under the piano listening as his parents played Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. Later, he pursued the violin, and received a bachelor’s, master’s and a doctorate in performance.

The Music School of Delaware, founded in 1924, is the only statewide, accredited, community music school in the nation, serving residents of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. A community resource open to the public, the organization employs 90 expert educators offering instructional programs for musicians of all ages and skill levels.

For more information, visit musicschoolofdelaware.org.

InTheLight-Floyd-11x17-rev02-proof Tuned InSpotlight on Arden
In the Light cover band takes on Pink Floyd; Cumbia All Stars hail from Peru

Arden Concert Gild is home to diverse concerts in September.

First, after previously tackling material by Led Zeppelin, Queen and The Who, Delaware’s premier tribute band, In the Light, returns to Gild Hall on Friday, Sept. 18, to focus on two classic albums by Pink Floyd. Commemorating the band’s 40th anniversary, the first half of the show will consist of Floyd’s 1975 release Wish You Were Here, which includes favorites “Have a Cigar” and the album’s title track. The second half will be the 1977 album Animals, which includes “Sheep” as well as the 17-minute epic “Dogs.” The show will conclude with an encore set of Floyd favorites.

In the Light band members are area artists Joe Trainor (vocals, keys), Scott Lawing (lead guitar), Andy Faver (rhythm guitar), Steve Kuzminski (keyboards, guitar), Christian Salcedo (bass guitar) and Matt Urban (drums). The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, Cumbia All Stars stop in Arden—all the way from Peru. Band members come from the legendary founding groups of the musical style Cumbia. After 40 years, these artists meet again to play together the music they helped create. With bold guitars and jerky beats, Cumbia All Stars dust off the best songs of the genre and innovate, composing new melodies while remaining loyal to tradition.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m.

jam on the brandywineJam On the Brandywine
Annual music fest marks 10 years

Saturday, Sept. 12, is the 10th anniversary of Jam On the Brandywine, which takes place early each fall in the Brandywine Valley in West Chester.

This year’s lineup: Echoes (a Pink Floyd tribute), The Bullets, Kategory 5, Montana Wildaxe, Brad Newsom Band, Mystery Fyre and Endeavor to Preserve.
Gates open at noon for the 1-10 p.m. festival, which will be held at the Brandywine Valley Association’s headquarters, 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Rd., West Chester. Tickets start at $15 per person in advance, $25 at the gate. Kids under age 12 get in free, and tickets are $15 with student ID. Parking is $5 for cars with fewer than three passengers. This is a bring-your-own-beer event, and organizers encourage festival-goers to bring their own water bottles, etc., rather than bringing in disposables.

As always, the event will raise funds for the Brandywine Valley Association, which works to protect Brandywine Creek.

For more information, visit Brandywinewatershed.org.