In the Arts
With a world-class symphony, cutting-edge live theater, classic and contemporary art, and more, Wilmington’s lively arts scene lends undeniable vitality to the community.
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The Delaware Symphony Orchestra has been delighting aficionados of classical music for more than 100 years. Under the direction of conductor David Amado, the symphony has recently broadened its musical offerings for audiences of all ages and means. With the addition of Lollipops Saturday concerts for kids, the Champagne Chamber Series at the Hotel du Pont and shows such as “Bugs Bunny on Broadway,” where the symphony played the backing music to classic Looney Tunes cartoons, DSO has taken the joy of orchestral music to expanding and appreciative audiences.
First State Ballet Theatre presents professional and pre-professional dancers in major ballets and mixed repertory productions, while The School of First State Ballet Theatre educates future dancers of the world. In May the ballet will take “New Works” to the stage of The Grand, and OperaDelaware will present Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”
Executive director Raye Avery explains how her Christina Cultural Arts Center worked with The Grand on several programs that combined education and performance. One recent effort brought the famous Philadanco contemporary dance company to town.
“We were able to provide them with a very substantive experience here in Wilmington,” says Avery. “The beautiful venue of The Grand and the programming support they received from the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, combined with the significant dance audiences we’ve cultivated over the past 15 years, was a powerful partnership for Philadanco.”
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