‘ArtSeason’ Opens with Music, Theater, Visual Arts & More

Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

This fall should satisfy every artsy palate…and palette!

As much as I love the steamy Delaware summer, I’m more of an early autumn gal, eagerly awaiting the arrival of “ArtSeason” and the chance to chill with local arts pals. There’s something here for everyone in this sneak peek at what’s in store for us with the Arts.

Arden Concert Gild
Fall warms the North Wilmington village of Arden with another eclectic roster of artists on stage. Tickets are already available for drum master/“beat scientist” Makaya McCraven’s jazz and hip hop–infused performance on Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. Brooklyn-based Kat Edmonson—whose style runs the gamut from jazz-cabaret to folksy indie-pop—delivers her distinct sound on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Rounding out the fall lineup on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. is triple-threat (singer/songwriter/guitarist) Albert Cummings, who has garnered praise from the likes of Guitar Edge Magazine and who played with blues legends like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Johnny Winter. Ticket prices vary for all shows.
2126 The Highway, Arden • 898.9308 • Tickets: ardenconcerts.com
Facebook: @ArdenConcertGild • Twitter: @ArdenConcerts

The Arts at Trinity
This arts and culture program in the heart of Wilmington opens its ninth season on Sunday, Sept. 22, with a keyboard recital by Trinity Music Director Terrence Gaus-Woollen. Additional events include Serafin Ensemble & Friends on Sunday, Oct. 20, the Trinity Choir on Sunday, Nov. 3, and actor-director Stephanie Daniels in an evening of theater on Sunday, Dec. 1. The New Year brings a return of the Serafin Ensemble on Sunday, Jan. 19, and a concert by pianist Chad Bowles on Sunday, Feb. 16. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. William J. Stegeman and Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories, Inc., admission to the series is always free.
1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington • 652.8605 • theartsattrinity.org
Facebook: @TheArtsatTrinity

Photo Kevin Francis

Bootless Stageworks
Bootless strikes the peculiar fancy of Wilmingtonians again with Calendar Girls (running Nov. 1-16). It’s the story of a group of extraordinary women who persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar—with a slight difference. Their modesty, spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements, puzzles husbands, mortifies children and enrages a town, while sparking a global phenomenon. Bootless fans will find Calendar Girls quirky, poignant and hilarious. Adapted by Tim Firth from the Miramax film of the same name, it’s based on an uplifting and inspiring true story.
1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington • 887.9300 • Tickets: bootless.org
Facebook/Instagram: @BootlessStageworks • Twitter: @BootlessDE

Photo Robert Munsell

Brandywine Baroque
The ensemble kicks off its season Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6, with a selection of cantatas and sonatas from 18th century London, bolstered by the talents of soprano Laura Heimes and tenor Tony Boutté. Friday to Sunday, Dec. 6-8, welcomes a program of concertos with an antique Viola d’Amore in a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi plus a flute concerto by Telemann and a cantata by Handel. All concerts are held in the majestic ambiance of The Barn at Flintwoods, nestled in the hills of chateau country.
205 Center Meeting Rd., Wilmington • 652.4190 • Tickets: brandywinebaroque.org
Facebook: @BrandywineBaroque

City Theater Company
City Theater Company (CTC) continues its immersive, untraditional theater style, partnering with The Grand and OperaDelaware. They’ll be in The Black Box for a Regional Premiere of Passing Strange, Dec. 13-21. CTC’s comedy arm, Fearless Improv—Wilmington’s only comedy improv team—brings monthly shows to the intimate “Sarah B” at The Grand, beginning Saturday, Sept 14. Fearless also offers Intro to Improv workshops for the public throughout the season. In spring, CTC will produce a “traveling tour” edition of last season’s Pub Plays in local bars. And in May 2020, CTC produces the Third Annual Tax Free Comedy Festival in The Grand’s Studio One, showcasing regional improv, musical and stand-up comedians.
Performance venues: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., & The Black Box, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • city-theater.org • 220.8285 • Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org & city-theater.org
Facebook: @CityTheaterCompany
Twitter/Instagram: @CityTheaterCo

Christina Cultural Arts Center
Christina kicks off the season again partnering with the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew on Saturday, Sept. 28, for Soul of the City: Community Fun Fest, held on Shipley and Market streets between 7th and 8th streets from noon to 5 p.m. Christina is known for presenting intimate concerts by acclaimed jazz and R&B artists, and this season’s Live @Christina series opens Saturday, Nov. 9, with Ajoyo World Music Band. CCAC celebrates holiday majesty on Sunday, Dec. 15, with the magnificent contemporary dance/music/narration of “Carols in Color” at The Grand, performed by Philly-based Eleone Dance Theatre. Christina also hosts visual art exhibits on the first Friday of each month, as part of the Wilmington Art Loop.
705 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.0101 • Tickets: ccacde.org
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @CCACDE 

Photo Norwood Truitt

CoroAllegro
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last public performance and the release of Abbey Road, CoroAllegro takes you on a Madrigal Mystery Tour Saturday, Nov. 9, celebrating the greatest band of all time and the ensemble’s first annual gala. Experience The Beatles’ legendary hits in styles ranging from jazz to contemporary choral to traditional versions, accompanied by CoroAllegro’s own rock band. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the ensemble performs at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover as a part of Happy Holidays, Dover! This family-friendly concert features a mix of traditional favorites and lesser-known “hidden gems.”
Performance Venue: Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden • Tickets: coroallegro.com
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @CoroAllegroDE

Artwork by Mitch Lyons

Delaware Art Museum
The museum starts the fall honoring Mitch Lyons (Saturday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020), renowned member of our art community (and one of this writer’s fave local creators). Lyons developed an innovative medium, describing himself as a “clay person making prints.” Instead of firing the clay, Lyons created a lasting two-dimensional image of the clay’s surface called a clay monoprint. This retrospective exhibit, entitled “The Hand Translated,” surveys Lyons’ 50-year journey of artistic invention. Next is Angela Fraleigh’s “Sound the Deep Waters.” Inspired by the museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, the exhibit examines gender and identity through historic narrative art. It opens Saturday, Oct. 5, and runs until Sunday, April 12, 2020. Later in the month, “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” curated by Dr. Deborah Willis, opens Saturday, Oct. 19, and explores African and African-American beauty represented in historical and contemporary contexts of media and popular culture.
2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington • 571.9590 • Tickets: delart.org
Facebook: @DelawareArtMuseum • Twitter/Instagram: @DelArtMuseum

Photo Renate Flannelly

Delaware Children’s Theatre
Delaware Children’s Theatre (DCT) starts its season with The Wizard of Oz (Oct. 5-27), transporting you to the enchanting Emerald City. Patrons are even welcome to meet and take “selfies” with characters after the show. Disney’s Frozen Jr. glides onstage next (Nov. 16 to Dec. 15) in a magical performance that includes a princess parade, where children are invited to dress as their favorite characters and come onstage.
1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington • 655.1014 • Tickets: dechildrenstheatre.org
Facebook/Instagram: @DelawareChildrensTheatre

Delaware College of Art & Design
This fall, DCAD’s Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery will host three shows linked to its degree programs. From the Studio: 2019 DCAD Faculty & Staff Exhibition (Aug. 28 to Sept. 13) will present recent works by instructors and administrators. Still Moving (Oct. 4 to Nov. 7) will showcase the talent of artists, animators and teachers —including DCAD alumni—who represent a cross-section of the field of contemporary animation, one of DCAD’s majors. Lead Graffiti: Printed slowly & patiently via letterpress (Dec. 6 to Jan. 9, 2020) will be a 10-year retrospective of the Lead Graffiti letterpress and typography studio and museum in Newark, Delaware. Receptions for each exhibit will be held Friday, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 as part of Art Loop Wilmington.
600 N. Market St., Wilmington • 622.8000 • dcad.edu
Facebook: @DCADInfo Instagram/Twitter: @dcadedu

The Delaware Contemporary
The Contemporary—recently welcoming its new executive director, Leslie Shaffer —invites you to enjoy its inaugural family-friendly celebration of art, the West Street Art Festival, happening Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event highlights include Pacem in Terris’ Peace Week art exhibit; “Monet Le’Mon,” a chalk walk project, weaving from The Contemporary to the Delaware Children’s Museum (weather permitting); spoken word and musical entertainment; workshops on mask-making, photography, and sculpture; food trucks and more. SABA V, The Contemporary’s annual Small Art Buying Adventure, returns Saturday, Nov. 9, with more than 350 pieces of art available for purchase from local, national and international artists. The Friday, Dec. 6 Art Loop marks the return of the wildly popular Contemporary Craft Show and Taste of the Holidays.
200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 656.6466 • Tickets: decontemporary.org
Facebook/Instagram: @DEContemporary

Delaware Historical Society
Magic surrounds Old Town Hall this fall. Magician and historian Ran’D Shine, the “new millennium magician,” will mesmerize with his talents while retelling the story of the first American-born illusionist, Richard Potter, on Saturday, Oct. 19. The son of an enslaved woman, Potter found fame performing along the East Coast, making a stop at Wilmington’s Town Hall in 1817. Throughout the year, the amazing and extensive Paul Preston Davis Collection of Delawareana will be showcased in a five-exhibit series beginning with trade cards and business ephemera on Tuesday, Oct. 1; rare books and print materials on Thursday, Nov. 14; watches and commemorative objects on Tuesday, March 3 and photography on Thursday, April 30.
504 N. Market St., Wilmington. 655-7161 dehistory.org
Facebook: @dehistory Instagram: @delawarehistoricalsociety

Delaware Shakespeare
Del Shakes’ fall season is built upon “love” with its fundraiser Delaware in Love—a Friday, Sept. 20 cocktail party/theatrical event supporting its Romeo and Juliet Community Tour. Del-ebrities such as former Gov. Jack Markell and Carla Markell relay the legendary tale of star-crossed young lovers. Departing Verona, Del Shakes visits local spooky venues, including Wilmington’s Old Town Hall, the New Castle Court House Museum and the Historic Odessa Stone Stable for Shakespeare, Poe & Fiends. Running Oct. 10-13, this event pairs classic American Gothic literature, such as Poe’s Annabel Lee, with darker works from the Bard. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Romeo and Juliet will offer free performances in 18 community venues for underserved populations, including inmates, people experiencing homelessness, inpatient health care residents, as well as libraries and senior centers. The tour concludes with two full-length ticketed performances at the Siegel JCC on Nov. 16-17.
Performance venues: Varying in Delaware • 468.4890 • Tickets: delshakes.org
Facebook/Instagram: @DelShakes

Photo Marylene Mey

Delaware Symphony Orchestra
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) provides our small state with a big orchestra of 80 world-class musicians and Music Director David Amado, who celebrates his 17th season this year. Fall offerings include the Classics Series of full-orchestra repertoire and international soloists at The Grand Opera House, and the Chamber Series with chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra programs, in the Hotel DuPont’s Gold Ballroom. Classics Series includes Friday, Sept. 27, and Nov. 15 performances with violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Michael Brown, respectively. In addition, revolutionary artist Missy Mazzoli will receive the A.I. duPont Composer’s Award in September when her work, Sinfonia, will be performed. Chamber Series concerts on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and Dec. 10, include Piazzola’s Four Seasons as well as trios by Brahms, Kernis, and Clara Schumann.
Performance Venues: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., & the Hotel DuPont, 42 W. 11th St., Wilmington • 656.7442 • Tickets: delawaresymphony.org
Facebook: @DelawareSymphony • Twitter: @DelawareSymph

Delaware Theatre Company
The Delaware Theatre Company’s (DTC) 2019-20 season hits first with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Sherlock Holmes made over in a three-actor mix of slapstick, absurdity, and silliness in The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sept. 11-29), adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Next, two pop culture notables—L.A. Law’s Harry Hamlin and Hart to Hart’s Stefanie Powers —arrive in Wilmington for One November Yankee (Oct. 23 to Nov. 10), a new play by Joshua Ravetch that explores human connection brought on by tragedy. Finally, the beloved holiday treat A Christmas Carol returns to the stage (Dec. 4-29). Using props, puppets, physicality, and the power of imagination, five actors bring Dickens’ characters to life just in time for the yuletide season.
200 Water St., Wilmington • 594.1100 • Tickets: DelawareTheatre.org
Facebook/Instagram: @DelawareTheatreCompany • Twitter/Snapchat: @DelawareTheatre

First State Ballet Theatre
First State (FSBT) introduces a World Premiere this fall with the performance of Dracula (Oct. 18-20) in the baby grand. Based on the gothic novel by Bram Stoker, Dracula was created by award-winning choreographer and frequent FSBT collaborator Viktor Plotnikov. FSBT follows up with Up Front (Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16), one of its most popular events. Performed in Studio 1, Up Front gives audiences the experience of classical and contemporary dance in an intimate setting. Closing the first half of the season is the 127th anniversary of The Nutcracker. FSBT draws you into that magical journey through the land of sweets with its lavish production in Copeland Hall at The Grand Opera House, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 21-22.
Performance Venue: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 658.7897 • firststateballet.com • Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org
Facebook/Instagram: @FirstStateBallet • Twitter: @FSBTheatre

Light Up the Queen
This fall, Light Up The Queen partners with Out & About to honor a timeless event with a brand new spin—announcing the Halloween Loop Costume Ball on Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Queen. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Halloween Loop in a memorable way, the Ball will feature four legendary bands that helped shape Wilmington’s music scene: The Caulfields, Montana Wildaxe, The Numbers, and The Snap. A contest for the most creative costumes will also take place. The event is not simply a celebration of Wilmington’s biggest, longest-running nightlife tradition, it’s also a fundraiser for the Foundation’s mission of music education.
500 N. Market St., Wilmington • 500.5587 • lightupthequeen.org
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @Luqinwilm

Photo Joe Gawinski

Market Street Music
Market Street Music kicks off Wilmington’s most diverse, affordable music series on Thursday, Oct. 3, with free Noontime Concerts following every Thursday. In November, Noontime Concerts move to Old Town Hall on Market with performances by guitarist Kevin Cope (Nov. 7); cellist Ismar Gomes (Nov. 14); and jazz duo Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee (Nov. 21). Full-length weekend Festival Concerts open Sunday, Oct. 27, with organist/Music Director David Schelat. Future dates include Pyxis Piano Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 17, and Mastersingers of Wilmington on Saturday, Dec. 7. New this year is an exciting partnership with DE.CO as the official venue of post-Festival Concert artist receptions.
Performance Venue: First & Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St., Wilmington • 654.5371 • Tickets: marketstreetmusicde.org
Facebook/Instagram: @MarketStreetMusicDE

Photo Tim Bayard

Mélomanie
Wilmington’s baroque and contemporary music ensemble continues to create provocative pairings at their Wilmington Concert Series home, the Delaware Historical Society. The season begins Sunday, Sept. 22, with Up Close & Personal: The Harpsichord and Tracy Richardson. On Thursday, Oct. 10, a special celebration will be held at Wilmington Brew Works for its collaboration, United Sounds of America, with The Twin Poets. Mélomanie’s Sunday, Nov. 24, performance will spotlight the U.S. Premiere of Gelidi Riflessi (Icy Reflections) by composer Nina Siniakova. For the holiday season, they perform a Winter Concert by Candlelight as part of Art Loop Wilmington on Friday, Dec. 6. Their season will encompass additional new music by Ingrid Arauco, Chuck Holdeman, Mark Hagerty and Christina George, as well as baroque works from Bach, Richter, Telemann, Jacquet de la Guerre and others.
Performance venue: The Delaware Historical Society, 505 N. Market St., Wilmington • 287.7467
Tickets: melomanie.org • Facebook: @MelomanieDE

Mid Atlantic Ballet
Mid Atlantic Ballet begins its 22nd season—the second under Artistic Director Sandra Davis—holding auditions Saturday, Sept. 14 for The Nutcracker. Auditions are open to all area dancers, not only its students. Following this, the organization’s popular Wine & Cheese Fundraiser Gala, held in its studios at 506 Interchange Blvd. in Newark, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19. Patrons will enjoy performances by guest dancers, start their holiday shopping at the silent auction, delight in fine wines and light fare, and enjoy front-row seats for dance vignettes from Mid Atlantic students. The holiday season officially launches in grand fashion with The Nutcracker performances Saturday-Sunday, Dec.14-15, at the University of Delaware’s Mitchell Hall Theater.
Performance Venue: Mitchell Hall Theater, University Of Delaware, Newark • 266.6362
MidAtlanticBallet.org • Facebook/Instagram: @midatlanticballet • Twitter: @midatballet

Photo Andre Lamar

The Music School of Delaware
The Music School begins the fall season with its annual Wilmington Branch Opening Night performance on Wednesday, Oct. 2. A bevy of Music School faculty and guest artists will perform works of Haydn, Mozart and Dvorak, in a thank-you concert for Music School supporters and donors, including The Longwood Foundation. Other season highlights include its Cultural Crossroads series; Classical Caféan informal coffee-and-donuts chat about musical topicsand free monthly Open Mic Nights and Bluegrass Jams. The Music Masters series will feature Music School faculty, the Serafin Ensemble, and other artists throughout the year. In addition to these events, the Music School offers many more performances, master classes, and workshops free of charge.
4101 Washington St., Wilmington • 762.1132 • musicschoolofdelaware.org • Tickets: brownpapertickets.com
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @MusicSchoolofDE

OperaDelaware
Take a listen to the hit selections from OperaDelaware’s Opera Jukebox! On Friday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 13, join your favorite singers and principal pianist Aurelien Eulert as they perform opera’s greatest hits, complete with audience aria requests. Next, in The Black Box at OperaDelaware Studios is Beyond Carmen (Friday-Sunday, Nov.15-17), an homage to OD’s first and most frequently presented opera, Bizet’s Carmen. Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and guitarist Dan Nadel weave Old World legends into a 21st century musical tapestry spanning generations and genres—from classical to tango, medieval to modern.
4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • 442.7807 • Tickets: operade.org
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @OperaDelaware

Photo Joan Marcus

The Playhouse on Rodney Square & The Grand Opera House
The Grand brings you another sensational season of programming, with more than 60 shows confirmed …and counting. Don’t miss the newest season of Broadway in Wilmington presented by Bank of America featuring blockbusters like Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerThe Musical, The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays, Jersey Boys, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Color Purple, and Fiddler on the Roof. Enthusiast of Celtic music? You’re in luck with shows from Gaelic Storm, Irish Christmas in America, and the Red Hot Chili Pipers. Comedy fan? Roll in the aisles at the wit of Paula Poundstone, Demetri Martin, Tom Papa, and Piff the Magic Dragon. Live music lover? Revel in up-close-and-personal sets from Lucinda Williams, George Thorogood, and The Fab Faux. Family-friendly fare includes shows like Catapult (from America’s Got Talent), the Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, and the Star Force Academy.
The Grand: 818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.5577 • Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org
Facebook: @TheGrandWilmington •
Twitter/Instagram: @TheGrandWilm

The Playhouse: 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington • 888.0200 • Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org
Facebook: @ThePlayhouseDE

Rainbow Chorale of Delaware
The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware invites you to revel in its 20th anniversary season.The ensemble’s holiday program, Celebrate! A Rainbow Chorale Holiday, on Saturday, Dec. 14, blends Christmas classics, new twists on old favorites, and modern takes on the season with songs like “Twelve Days of Regifted Christmas,” “Pink Christmas,” “Text Me a Merry Christmas” and “Solstice Song.” A free preview of the concert will be performed at the Festival of Trees on Saturday, Nov. 23. But before the holiday festivity begins, join in the frighteningly fabulous fun of Halloween Bingo—a joint fundraiser with AIDS Delaware—on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Chambers Memorial Hall on Kirkwood Highway. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.
Performance Venue: Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington • 803.4440 • therainbowchorale.org
Facebook/Twitter: @RainbowChorale Instagram: @TheRainbowChoraleDE

Photo Paul Cerro

The REP (Resident Ensemble Players)
August: Osage County, the funny, furious family reunion from hell, opens the REP’s season (Sept. 26-Oct. 13). When patriarch Beverly Weston disappears, his three daughters rush home to care for their pill-popping, manipulative mom. Dishes and insults fly in Tracy Letts’ brilliantly written Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner. In November, the REP goes off the rails with the Regional Premiere of Agatha Christie’s edge-of-your-seat thriller, Murder on the Orient Express (Nov. 7-24). A stranded train, a luxurious dining car filled with elegant passengers, and one very dead fellow traveler launch detective Hercule Poirot into a most challenging case. When everyone’s a suspect, but each has a perfect alibi, whom can you trust?
Roselle Center for the Arts, 110 Orchard Rd., Newark • 831.2204 • Tickets: rep.udel.edu
Facebook: @rep.udel.edu • Twitter/Instagram: @Delaware_REP

The Queen Wilmington
This historic music venue brings a bevy of live and local music and equally lively nightlife to downtown Wilmington. The Queen spotlights national touring acts, stand-up comedy and local artists such as the Local Brews Local Grooves event on Saturday, Nov. 9—a beer and music festival where the stars are local breweries and bands.
500 N. Market St., Wilmington • 730.3331 • Tickets: thequeenwilmington.com
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @QueenWilmington

University of Delaware Department of Music
Curious about classical? Jazzed about jazz? Open to opera? Come as you are, clap when you want, and sit where you wish in the beautiful Roselle Center. This is the 25th year that fall steps off with Heidi Sarver leading the 300-strong Fighting Blue Hen Marching Band. Other Fall 2019 highlights include The Faculty Gala in September with four new music faculty members making their Delaware debuts. The internationally acclaimed Calidore String Quartet, UD’s Ensemble-in-Residence, begins Beethoven’s 250th birthday season with the first of six all-Beethoven concerts. Indigo, the young artists of UD Opera Theatre, presents a Fall Cabaret evening for Parents’ Weekend in October, and the musical Little Women in early November. UD Jazz Ensembles and Faculty Jazz, UD Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chorale and Schola Cantorum also present masterworks and new works, from Arne to Zimmerman.
Mitchell Hall, Roselle Center for the Performing Arts, Newark • 831.2578 • Tickets: music.udel.edu

Photo Marcus Branch

Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance
Wilmington Ballet joins forces with the da Vinci Society to perform and attempt the World Record for the Largest Tarantella Dance at the Vendemmia da Vinci Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13. In November, don’t miss the Ballet’s performance with ARIANNA Alliance at the 2019 Italian Cultural Festival. Then, awaken your holiday cheer with Wilmington Ballet’s 53rd performance season of The Nutcracker at The Playhouse on Rodney Square (Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8), encompassing more than 100 dancers ages 7 to 74.
1709 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington • 655.1004 • wilmingtonballet.org • Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org
Facebook/Instagram: @wilmingtonballet

Photo Lle Godoy

Wilmington Classical Guitar Society
Wilmington Classical Guitar Society (WCGS) opens its Fourth Annual Members Showcase on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Delaware Art Museum. It’s a free performance of both professional and amateur members, and a great way to discover all WCG has to offer. Then a duo of debuts follow- on Saturday, Oct. 19, Spanish guitar virtuoso Andrea González Caballero comes to the stage. After performing for international festivals and concert series around the world, Caballero makes her Delaware debut with music by Clerch, Rodrigo, Britten, and Albéniz. On Saturday, Nov. 16, 17-year-old Chinese classical guitar wiz Junhong Kuang also makes his Delaware debuting with works by Sor, Bach, Albéniz, Tedesco, Walton and Rodrigo.
Performance Venue: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington • wilmingtonguitar.org
Facebook/Instagram: @wilmingtonguitar

Wilmington Drama League
Wilmington Drama League (WDL) starts the season with director Brian Kavanagh’s Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, a multi Tony-winning, tuneful tale of Gothic intrigue (Sept. 6-15). Following that, WDL presents Spring Awakening (Oct. 11-20), the celebrated alt-rock musical of youthful tumult set in 19th century Germany, directed by Sarah Nowak. WDL’s youth wing will produce the Delaware Premiere of The Wolves (Nov. 7-10), directed by Cab Calloway student Lizzie Furman. The Pulitzer Prize finalist piece explores the struggles of a soccer team of teenage girls. To complete its fall season (Dec. 13-29), the Drama League presents Beauty and the Beast, the nine-time Tony-nominated Disney musical re-imagining of the classic, directed by S. Lee Lewis.
10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington • 764.1172 • Tickets: wilmingtondramaleague.org
Facebook: @WilmingtonDramaLeague • Instagram: @WilmingtonDramaLeague

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