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Kategory 5 Are Champs
Newark group wins WMGK Battle of the Bands
This summer, Newark band Kategory 5 took home the win at Philadelphia classic rock station 102.9 WMGK’s Battle of the Bands. The classic rock group, which also covers the best of blues, R&B and pop music from the ‘70s onward, went up against fellow finalists Sweet Revenge, Taggart, Green Machine and Tongue n Groove. Now the official house band, Kategory 5 will play at all big station events throughout the year, including Brew Blast, Big Bad Bonfire and Big Gig. For more information, visit kategory5band.com.
Burning up the Dance Floor for Autism
Organization’s 18th annual fundraiser is Nov. 4
Dress code is “funky” at Autism Delaware’s fall auction gala on Friday, Nov. 4, at World Cafe Live at The Queen. With the theme “Disco Inferno: Burning Up the Dance Floor for Autism,” the 6-11 p.m. event is the organization’s 18th annual fundraiser for programs and services statewide dedicated to supporting individuals with autism. Says Autism Delaware Event Manager Deanna Principe: “Everyone’s invited to make the scene in their platforms and bell bottoms, to boogie all night, and to help us raise critically-needed funds.” DJ Josh Grant will spin vinyl for Autism Delaware’s version of Lip Sync Battle as well as for dancing, of course. An auction will feature vacation packages, wines and spirits, event tickets and more. The $95 ticket price covers cocktails, small plates and admission to live and silent auctions. For more information, visit autismdelaware.org.
NY Blues Hall of Famer Coming to Saint Georges
Country Store appearance is Oct. 12
New York Blues Hall of Fame member Regina Bonelli, special guest and renowned bluesman Michael Hill, plus a band of world-class musicians will perform original music from Bonelli’s 2015 release Open Up The Door at Saint Georges Country Store (1 Delaware St., Saint Georges) on Wednesday, Oct 12. The release has received rotation on BB King’s Bluesville Station, on SiriusXM Radio and more. The 7:30-10:30 p.m. event is $20 for Diamond State Blues Society members and $25 for non-members. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swan Lake in Wilmington
First State Ballet Theatre presents the classic Oct. 22-23
First State Ballet Theatre will present Swan Lake at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23. Staged by Artistic Director Pasha Kambalov, the beloved story of the swan queen Odette and Prince Siegfried will be performed by the company’s 25 professional dancers to Tchaikovsky’s dramatic score. Performances are 7 p.m. Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $50. For more information, call 1-800-37GRAND (1-800-374-7263) or visit ticketsatthegrand.org.
David Amado Signs Through 2023
That will mark 20 years for Delaware Symphony director
Music Director David Amado, of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, recently signed on to extend his role through 2023, which will mark his 20th year with the orchestra. With experience at the Juilliard School and Indiana University, as well as an apprenticeship and tenure at symphonies around the country, Amado has brought a wealth of knowledge and passion to the DSO and the Delaware arts scene for more than a decade. For more information, visit delawaresymphony.org.
October Brings Two Newark Symphony Concerts
The Independence School hosts Oct. 9, Oct. 30 events
The Newark Symphony Orchestra, celebrating 50 years this year, has scheduled two concerts this month. Both will be held at The Independence School, 1300 Paper Mill Rd., Newark. Led by music director Simeone Tartaglione, the symphony will present a free performance targeted at young audience members on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. The theme, “To the Planets and Beyond,” includes two of Gustav Holst’s suites “The Planets,” (“Mars” and “Jupiter”), and selections from Star Wars. The concert will be narrated by actor and musician Greg Jukes. The concert on Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 3 p.m., is also planet-themed. It will feature the Music School of Delaware Women’s Chorus and the University Singers, with visual effects by Giovanni Ciranni, and more. General admission tickets for this performance are $25. Senior tickets are $20, $15 for students, and free for those in eighth grade or younger. For more information, visit newarksymphony.org.