Music Happenings to Note in Delaware in October 2012

The Music Masters series concert of Delaware Music School is titled “Beloved Composers—Cherubini & Schubert.” Listen to beautiful chamber works performed by the talented faculty of the Delaware Music School and guest musicians. Hear Cherubini String Quartet No. 6 and Schubert Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 99, D. 898. The concert features Nelson Armitano, viola; Lotus Cheng, piano; Alessandra Cuffaro, violin; Jessica Hoffman, violin; Luigi Mazzocchi, violin, and Jennifer Stomberg, cello. It happens Oct. 24 at the Music School of Delaware Wilmington Branch. 762-1132,



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Known as “El Caballero de la Salsa” (The Gentleman of Salsa), Grammy Award-winning Gilberto Santa Rosa visits The Grand Opera House in Wilmington on Oct. 25 to heat up the stage with the tropical hits that have made him an international superstar. See why The New York Times calls him “one of the great Caribbean singers.” 652-5577, the

Country to the Core

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The Grand Ol’ Opry comes to Smyrna Opera House on Oct. 27 for Harvest Moon 2012, a great night of country music. Enjoy songs from the 1950s to through today by a variety of local artists, including Smyrna’s own Lefty McBride, Michael Hodgeman, Brian Hill and Jessica Reynolds, winner of “Smyrna’s Got Voice 2012.” If you enjoy the music of Hank Williams Sr., George Jones, Conway Twitty, Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift and others, this night is for you. 653-4236,

A Creepy Cool Classic

From the introduction to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”: “We are about to unfold the story of Frankenstein, a man of science who sought to create a man after his own image without reckoning upon God. It is one of the strangest tales ever told. It deals with the two great mysteries of creation: life and death.” Right in time for Halloween, join the UD Chamber Orchestra on Oct. 28 for some spooky fun when it presents Michael Shapiro’s film score to Universal Pictures’ 1931 “Frankenstein,” starring Boris Karloff. Shapiro, conductor of the Chappaqua Orchestra, composed the score, which blends live music with the story on screen, giving audiences an entirely new way to enjoy the film. Professor Charles E. Robinson, a world-renowned expert on “Frankenstein” from UD’s Department of English, will begin the evening with a talk about the story. See why he has appeared in programs for A&E, the History Channel and the BBC. 831-2577,

Before the Tide Goes Out…

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The Delaware Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season is off to a great start with “The Outgoing Tide,” a drama by Barrymore Award-winning playwright Bruce Graham starring Michael Learned of “The Waltons.” (She played Olivia Walton.) “The Outgoing Tide” offers surprising humor as it explores the ebb and flow of a family dynamic. In a summer cottage on Chesapeake Bay, Gunner has hatched an unorthodox plan to secure his family’s future but meets with resistance from his wife and grown son. See why through Oct. 28. Few new plays have won as many awards. 594-1100,

Can You Spell “Fun?”

Going back to school has never been funnier than it is in the Tony-winning “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” This hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicles the experience of six adolescents in the spelling championship of a lifetime. Get in on the action. “Spelling Bee” will have you holding your ribs. See it through Oct. 28 at The New Candlelight Theatre.

Simply Beautiful

Now at the Delaware Art Museum, “So Beautifully Illustrated” shows the work of Katharine Richardson Wireman, who studied with Howard Pyle before embarking on a 50-year career as an illustrator. Her illustrations, which often featured domestic scenes, ranged from advertisements and fashion features to children’s books to covers of magazines such as The Country Gentleman. “So Beautifully Illustrated” continues the series of exhibitions focused on the Golden Age of Illustration and the students of Howard Pyle. See it through Jan. 6. 571-9590,

The Moment is Now

“The Aesthetic Moment: The Art of Still Life” at Delaware Art Museum features 11 regional painters with different styles, but a common love for the genre. The still life arrangements are uniquely perceived and rendered by the artists, then perceived uniquely again by the viewer. The guest curator is Paul DuSold of Philadelphia, who has shown his work widely across the United States over the last 30 years, concentrating on still life. His unerring eye reveals a range of still life subjects, themes and styles that will astound you. See it though Jan. 6. 571-9590,

Quoth the Raven…

“Picturing Poe: Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories and Poems” at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford shows how the master of the macabre inspired other artists, making him one of the world’s most illustrated authors. See drawings, paintings and first-edition books illustrated by 30 artists, including Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, Robert Motherwell and F.O.C. Darley, who Poe selected by hand. See it through Nov. 15.

Don’t forget that the museum has added new dates for tours of Andrew Wyeth’s recently opened studio. Schedule a Tuesday—and soon— to see how a true American master thought and worked. Tours take place every Tuesday through Nov. 13. Make your reservation for a remaining date soon. (610) 388-2700,

Young at Art

Don’t miss “Young Country,” a traveling show of art that speaks of place. Organized by DCCA, it hit UArts in Philadelphia and Salisbury University in Maryland before its exhibition in Delaware. “Young Country” examines how artists living in fringe art centers are re-defining ideas of fine art, class, and “country” in America. The exhibition features artists who use rural images and subjects such as horseracing, honkytonks, and homesteading to address how the visual culture of a region shapes perception and identity. The show features work by artists from Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Houston, Seattle, New York, Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, and other areas. The show grows as it travels. Also showing at DCCA through Dec. 9 is “Natural Forces,” large-scale sculpture and installations of burnt wood, spiraling metallic pieces, and cardboard constructions by Alison Stigora that explores the relationship between the destructive and creative forces of nature. 656-6466,

It’s All About Us

In 1962, the interstate highway system was just getting traction, the Delaware Memorial Bridge had only one span, and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry had not yet set sail. Fifty years later, the state is a much different place, and through it all, Delaware Today has been there to document the changes. See how in “Delaware Yesterday, Delaware Today: 1962-2012” at the Delaware History Center in Wilmington. The exhibit shows how the magazine has evolved from a small black-and-white publication with regular features like the quaint Flo Knows Fashion into the glossy, full-color publication you read today for the latest on great restaurants, the arts, emerging lifestyle trends, home design, interesting personalities and more. Objects from the collection of the Delaware Historical Society round out the story. “Delaware Yesterday, Delaware Today: 1962-2012” is informative, entertaining and nostalgic, and we humbly submit that you’ll find it as interesting as we here at DT do. 655-716,

It’s All About Fun

New from The Grand: Operation Fun Pass, a statewide program that gives local arts, entertainment and cultural attractions a way to donate coupons, discounts, free passes, and gift certificates to active-duty military and their families. More than 25 cultural organizations, museums, and theaters are already participating. At The Grand, that means buy-one-get-one-free tickets for select performances. To raise awareness of Operation Fun Pass, The Grand is asking the public to submit photos and a brief biography of family members and friends who are serving or have served in the military. The information will then be posted on The Grand’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger) as a salute to the brave local men and women protecting our country. The photos will also be displayed in a slideshow on The Grand’s YouTube page and may be used during The Grand’s pre-show slideshows and The Grand’s annual fundraiser, The Grand Gala. The Grand will accept submissions for “A Grand Troops Salute” until Nov. 20. Just e-mail your submissions to communications manager Sara Sultanik at ssultanik All the best.

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