From ballet to jazz to opera, we’ve got you covered this season
ARDEN CONCERT GILD
This fall, Arden’s concert series returns with the outstanding variety and quality, high-energy artists they’re known for, all within the confines of a 165-year-old barn with a hometown atmosphere. On Saturday, Oct. 15, comes the mesmerizing blues guitar and soul-testifying vocals of Joe Louis Walker. A different energy arrives on Sunday, Oct. 23, with the “raw and ragged pop-rock” of Islands, the latest band from Unicorns founder Nicholas Thornburn. On Saturday, Nov. 5, (finally) returning is Ben Sollee, an engaging world-class cellist, songwriter, storyteller and activist. A busy November continues with a gear shift to Buenos Aires Cumbia with La Yegros—marking Arden’s second year of a salsa/rock/dance-filled evening. And never in a rut, the Gild has its first spoken-word show with the renowned Andrew WK—a show that was trending on Facebook when it was announced and will certainly sell out. More to be announced, so stay tuned on Arden Concert Gild’s Facebook page and website.
2126 The Highway, Arden • 898.9308 • ardenconcerts.com
Facebook: @ArdenConcertGild • Twitter: @ArdenConcerts
CHRISTINA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
Christina kicks off its year-long 70th Anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct. 21, with a performance by renowned jazz musician Jermaine Bryson. The center’s arts season rounds out with “Movies for Grown Ups” at Theatre N sponsored by AARP in September. In October, there will be the unveiling of its new Shipley Street mosaic wall and “Life RE-imagined”—a partnership with AARP, including a workshop with art-making. Bebe Ross Coker brings the musical work “Sistas Can Sang” to CCAC in November, and December revels in the return of Eleone Dance Theatre and the breathtaking performance of Carols in Color—a retelling of the Gospel according to St. Matthew through electrifying music, exuberant modern dance and powerful narration.
705 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.0101 • ccacde.org
CITY THEATER COMPANY
Delaware’s Off-Broadway experience turns 23 and is partying throughout 2016-17 with new and classic offerings. Following (recent) CTC tradition, the kickoff begins at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Saturday, Oct. 22, with I Want My CTC: A Tribute to the ’80s—an old-school dance party with an all-star band and CTC powerhouses performing the biggest hits of the early ’80s, all led by Joe Trainor. CTC transforms The Black Box into a sizzling nightclub for La Cage aux Folles (December 2–17), in an over-the-top romp of the musical comedy by Harvey Fierstein and Jerry Herman. February sees a World Premiere by acclaimed playwright David Robson—After Birth of a Nation—a farcical send-up of history, sexism, racism and politics centered on a comically disastrous evening at the White House in 1915. Fearless Improv also will host a series of workshops and performances in February at The Black Box. The season wraps in April with the Regional Premiere of Lizzie, a tour-de-force tale of rage, sex, betrayal and murder described as “…American mythology set to a blistering rock score”—with four women fronting the live six-piece rock band.
Performances: The Black Box, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • 220.8285 • city-theater.org
Facebook: @CityTheaterCompany • Twitter/Instagram: @CityTheaterCo
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
Fall’s first offering celebrates Imaginative Realism—a genre often related to science fiction and fantasy. The IX Preview Weekend (Sept. 23–25) includes an exhibition of more than 16 artists recognized for contributions to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Marvel & DC Comics and others. The kick-off commences at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, with fantasy-inspired live sketching with Dr. Sketchy; live music, food trucks, cocktails and more. On Saturday, Sept. 24, visit the Copeland Sculpture Garden for a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Truth & Vision: 21st Century Realism (Oct. 22–Jan. 22) exhibit is inspired by Robert C. Jackson’s Behind the Easel: The Unique Voices of 20 Contemporary Representational Painters. Featuring 20 artists from the U.S. and Canada, the exhibit surveys realistic painting at the start of the 21st century. A wealth of diverse programming fills out the fall—New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake on Thursday, Sept. 15; the Korean Festival & Harvest Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17; Thursday Labyrinth Walks on Sept. 22 and Oct. 27; and numerous film screenings, gallery chats and Kids’ Corner creativity hours. A powerful live performance arrives Sunday, Nov. 20, with Connected: Spoken Word. Presented by community activist group 302 Guns Down, this is an afternoon of poetry inspired by art and featuring Delaware Poet Laureate Nnamdi Chukwuocha and other artists.
2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington • 571.9590 • delart.org
Facebook: @DelawareArtMuseum • Twitter/Instagram: @DelArtMuseum
DELAWARE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
In September, DelShakes celebrates First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, the national touring exhibit at the Old College Gallery at the University of Delaware. Producing Artistic Director David Stradley collaborates with Professor Steve Tague to examine acting techniques based on clues in the First Folio on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Stradley then presents his one-man collection of monologues and remembrances, How I Came To Love Shakespeare on Saturday, Sept. 24. In October, usher in fall with masters of the macabre and Delaware’s most literary Halloween tradition, Shakespeare/Poe. DelShakes actors read bone-chilling selections inside the gothic halls of Rockwood Mansion, the grandeur of the Read House & Gardens in Old New Castle and colonial-era Stone Stable in Historic Odessa. But choose quickly—there are only 30 souls per performance! The Company rounds out the fall with Pericles, a tale of loss and redemption, which will tour statewide with free performances at venues like the Sunday Breakfast Mission, Dover Air Force Base and Rose Hill Community Center. Ticketed performances of the production will be held at the Delaware History Museum on consecutive weekends, Nov. 12 and 13 and 19 and 20.
Performance venues: Vary • 415.3373 • delshakes.org • Facebook/Instagram: @DelShakes
DELAWARE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The DSO and Maestro David Amado launch the 111th Anniversary Season at The Grand on Friday, Sept. 23, with a powerful Classics Series program of Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 5. Andre Previn also will be on hand to receive the A.I. du Pont Composer’s Award prior to the performance of his Double Concerto, featuring violin and cello soloists, Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. The Classics Series continues Friday, Nov. 18, with guest violinist Jinjoo Cho and music that orbits around Hollywood: the Bo Derek career-launching Ravel’s Bolero; Eric Wolfgang Korngold’s virtuosic Violin Concerto; and Bernstein’s genre-bending West Side Story. DSO’s first Chamber Series travels to the Gold Ballroom on Tuesday, Oct. 18, with Schoenberg’s luminescent Verklärte Nacht and DSO concertmaster David Southorn as violin soloist in Vivaldi’s timeless The Four Seasons. Bring the entire family to Cab Callaway School for the Arts Auditorium for Family Concerts on Sunday, Nov. 20, and get ready for a fun, musical ride with violin soloist Jonjoo Cho and music from West Side Story and composer John Williams.
100 W. 10th St., Suite 1003, Wilmington • 656.7442 • delawaresymphony.org
Facebook: @DelawareSymphony • Twitter: @DelawareSymph
DELAWARE THEATRE COMPANY
DTC continues its vision as Delaware’s only theater developing new shows for Broadway with the American Premiere of Warren Adler’s The War of the Roses. Baring its evil grin Sept. 14–Oct. 2, this dark comedy follows Jonathan and Barbara Rose as their seemingly perfect marriage devolves into a search-and-destroy mission for each other’s most prized possessions. From Oct. 26–Nov. 13, Anthony Giardina’s impassioned political drama, The City of Conversation, pilots audiences through Washington, D.C.’s evolving atmosphere over 30 years and six presidencies. Returning this holiday season is Patrick Barlow’s new spin on the timeless classic, the tour-de-force adaptation of A Christmas Carol, running Dec. 7–30. Join DTC for yet another artistically ambitious season.
200 Water St., Wilmington • 594.1100 • DelawareTheatre.org
FIRST STATE BALLET THEATRE
First State Ballet Theatre opens at The Grand on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22 and 23, with Swan Lake—the timeless story of good versus evil with music by Tchaikovsky. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, FSBT presents Up Front. Performed in Studio 1 at the baby grand, Up Front brings audiences and dancers up close and personal, with classical repertoire and contemporary pieces choreographed for the company. The season continues with a Wilmington holiday tradition, The Nutcracker, on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17 and 18, at The Grand Opera House. Experience the magical journey through the land of sweets in this lavish production, which will include new costumes and choreography for the battle scene.
818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 658.7897 x3851 • firststateballet.com
Facebook/Instagram: @FirstStateBallet • Twitter: @FSBTheatre
GABLE MUSIC VENTURES
After the smashing success of the fifth Ladybug Music Festival, Gable continues to be the conduit for live music in and around Wilmington. Friday, Sept. 9, heralds the return of Save the Valley Music Festival to World Cafe Live at The Queen, with six acts, including Maryland-based blues singer/saxophonist Vanessa Collier; Splashing Pearls; and American indie/roots rock band Bronze Radio Return. The Ladybug Music Festival presents a collection of singers for its “County Bugs” showcase on Saturday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 22, celebrates artist Shane Palko’s Seventh Story album release—all at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Gable also continues to provide live music to Cool Spring Farmers Market through September. For tickets and more details, visit queentickets.worldcafelive.com.
Performance venue: World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington gablemusicventures.com • Facebook: @GableMusicVentures
Twitter: @GableMusic • Intsagram: @GableMusicVentures
THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE & THE PLAYHOUSE ON RODNEY SQUARE
The Grand and The Playhouse are off to an exciting start. The Grand offers options for the whole family, from children’s sensation The Wiggles to Grammy Award-winning blues artist Jonny Lang. A cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser returns for two shows, and music legends Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen collaborate in a special acoustic performance of their hits. The Playhouse’s Broadway in Wilmington series starts in October with a limited engagement of the Tony Award-winning classic, Rent. Following is the Playhouse Premiere of 2014 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, and a limited engagement of another Premiere, Broadway Christmas Wonderland. Closing out the first half of the series is the wildly popular Broadway hit Kinky Boots.
The Grand: 818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.5577 • TheGrandWilmington.org
The Playhouse: 1007 N. Market Street, Wilmington • 888.0200 • ThePlayhouseDE.org
Facebook: @TheGrandWilmington • Facebook: @ThePlayhouseDE
THE KENNETT FLASH
In downtown Kennett Square, The Flash is less than 15 minutes from Wilmington. A sampling of fall offerings includes singer/songwriter Tim Easton on Wednesday, Sept. 14; Blues guitarist and Yardbird Johnny A. on Friday, Sept. 23; Leigh Nash (lead singer of Sixpence None The Richer) on Sunday, Sept. 25; “Midnight at the Oasis” songstress Maria Muldaur on Saturday, Oct. 1; former Frank Zappa stunt guitarist Mike Keneally with his group Beer For Dolphins on Friday, Oct. 28; NPR’s Echoes welcomes guitarist Adrian Legg on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and folk favorite Steve Forbert on Friday, Dec. 2. This fall also sees tributes to Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, The Beatles, Steely Dan, The Who, Jethro Tull and more. Look for Open Mic Nights, up-and-coming national acts, former Billboard chart toppers and more at The Flash.
102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA • 484.732.8295 • kennettflash.org
Facebook: @TheFlashMusicCafe • Instagram/Twitter @TheKennettFlash
MARKET STREET MUSIC
Wilmington’s most affordable and diverse music series presents full-length Festival Concerts featuring Pyxis Piano Quartet on Saturday, Oct. 1, and Sunday, March 19; organist David Schelat on Sunday, Oct. 23; Mastersingers of Wilmington on Saturday, Dec. 3, and April 1; and La Bernardinia Early Music Ensemble on Sunday, May 7. Popular Thursday Noontime Concerts begin at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 with members of Mélomanie and continue with such varied artists as Lyra Russian Choir—the Russian Vocal Ensemble of St. Petersburg—in their only area appearance; local jazz favorites Alfie Moss & Dexter Koonce; local pianist Daniel Carunchio; the holiday tradition of the Cartoon Christmas Trio, and more.
Performance venue: First & Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St., Wilmington • 654.5371 • marketstreetmusicde.org
This ensemble’s “provocative pairings” return for a 23rd season, starting with an intimate performance on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Wilmington Friends School. Up Close & Personal: The Viola da Gamba, features Donna Fournier and Tracy Richardson in a program of Baroque and contemporary music. The regular Wilmington series returns Sundays at 2 p.m. to The Delaware Contemporary on Oct. 9, Feb. 5, April 2 and May 14. Featured in the series will be World Premiere works written for the ensemble by composers Daniel Dorff, Bonnie McAlvin and Michael Stambaugh. Mélomanie also launches a new concert series in Rehoboth Beach this fall.
Performance venue: The Delaware Contemporary, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington 764.6338 • melomanie.org
Following last season’s nationally lauded performances of Hamlet and Falstaff, the country’s 11th oldest professional opera company begins this year with two performances of Bravo Bel Canto!—a program devoted to music from the bel canto period—on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. Next, a Sunday Artist Spotlight Recital on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. Additional details on the full season schedule will be available soon on the company’s website.
4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • 442.7807 • operade.org
RESIDENT ENSEMBLE PLAYERS (THE REP)
The REP begins the season with God of Carnage (Sept. 15–Oct. 9), a savage comedy of ill-manners that follows two sets of parents as they meet to discuss a squabble between their sons. Harmony devolves into hostility when everyone’s inner child comes out swinging, and the evening descends into hilarious chaos. The modern classic, Waiting for Godot (Sept. 22–Oct. 9), opens shortly thereafter, with two loveable, hapless vagrants grappling with the mysteries of the universe as they wait for a guy who’s lousy at keeping appointments. In November, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning satire Clybourne Park (Nov. 10–Dec. 4) tells the tale of a 1959 white community that tries to halt the sale of a home to an African-American family. Fast-forward to 2009: the same house, in what is now a predominantly African-American neighborhood, where a white family wants to move in. It’s a feisty, funny and insightful look at race, real estate and role-reversal.
Performance venue: Roselle Center for the Arts, 110 Orchard Rd., Newark 4 • 831.2204 • rep.udel.edu
Facebook: @rep.udel.edu • Twitter/Instagram: @Delaware REP
WILMINGTON BALLET ACADEMY OF THE DANCE
Celebrate the holiday season as this studio celebrates its 50th year of The Nutcracker performances at The Playhouse on Rodney Square. This year, the performance will feature New York City Ballet principal dancers Abi Stafford as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Adrian Danchig-Waring as her Cavalier; live music from the Wilmington Ballet Orchestra & Chorus and dancing from the Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Shows are 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and 2 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Get a sneak peek of their Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers during the New Castle County Faerie Fest at Rockwood Park on Sunday, Sept. 18. Wilmington Ballet will also celebrate its 60th Anniversary with a Gala Benefit in April 2017.
Performance space: The Playhouse on Rodney Square, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington • 655-1004 • wilmingtonballet.org
Facebook/Instagram: @WilmingtonBallet • Twitter: @wilmballetAD
WILMINGTON DRAMA LEAGUE
WDL opens with High School Musical (Sept. 9–25), the tween favorite adapted from the hit Disney Channel movie. Up next is Shakespeare’s epic tragedy, Macbeth (Oct. 14-23), brought to life with an all-female cast. Arriving just in time to entertain you in political season is An Ideal Husband (Nov. 4–13), a comedy by Oscar Wilde that explores themes of political corruption, blackmail, class-structure and honor. WDL’s holiday production is the inspiring A Little Princess (Dec. 9–30). Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel woven with lively dance and Afro-infused music, it chronicles a young girl’s courage and resilience.
10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington • 764.1172 • wilmingtondramaleague.org
Facebook: @WilmingtonDramaLeague • Instagram: @WilmingtonDramaLeague
WILMINGTON RENAISSANCE CORPORATION/CREATIVE DISTRICT WILMINGTON
Wilmington Renaissance Corporation continues the momentum of progress and engaging community events in Wilmington’s Creative District. On Friday, Sept. 7, celebrate Park(ing) Day as the latest iNSPIRE LOT series event. The New Wilmington Art Association will debut the design of the 7th Street Art Bridge “Musical Bench,” and the Challenge Program will unveil its innovative parklet, while The Souldaires provide the music. Friday, Oct. 7, marks the final installment in this series, featuring the dedication of the 7th Street Arts Bridge Sculpture Garden by local artist Andre Hinton. The day is complemented by music from singer/songwriter/instrumentalist King Zimm, with food trucks and refreshments by CityFest.
The iNSPIRE LOT, 215-219 West 7th St., Wilmington • 425.5500
Facebook: @WilmingtonRenaissanceCorporation & @CreativeDistrictWilm
Twitter: @CreativeWilm • Instagram: @WilmRen & @CreativeDistrictWilm
WORLD CAFE LIVE AT THE QUEEN
A music-packed fall brings noted acts like Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell on Sunday, Oct. 9; alternative rockers Blue October on Thursday, Oct. 13; Sunday, Oct. 16, WXPN welcomes An Intimate Night with soulful singer-songwriter Allen Stone; Americana country band Reckless Kelly on Monday, Oct. 24; and Live Nation presents English folk artist Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls on Monday, Oct. 31. Family musical holiday fun ensues at 11am on Saturday, Oct. 29, with a special Halloween costume party with Jason Didner and The Jungle Gym.
500 N. Market St., Wilmington • 994.1400 • worldcafelive.com