After a long year in quarantine, music festivals are coming back to Delaware. This June, locals can enjoy the Serafin Summer Music Festival featuring 22 acclaimed performing artists from across the nation.
Serafin Summer Music had its inaugural season in 2019 and planned a full season for 2020 until the pandemic forced it to cancel. Now, with COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out and social distancing protocols in place, Serafin Summer Music is ready for its 2021 season.
From June 4-19, the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington will offer seven concerts—live and live-streamed—performed in its prized acoustic concert hall. Every performance is different, with shows featuring strings, winds, piano and vocals with performers from all over the country and some with international backgrounds.
“We have artists who actually were born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware like Augustine Mercante, a countertenor singer, and he’s a Delaware native,” says Kate Ransom, violinist and artistic director for Serafin Summer Music and the Serafin Ensemble. “But then we have artists like the Steinway pianist, Victor Asuncion. He’ll be coming from Chicago, but his native country is the Philippines.”
“We have a wide array of people coming from around the United States. Some are living and working in Oregon, Ohio, Florida, New York, and, of course, Delaware,” she adds. “One of our players is in the Boston Symphony, and we have some of our finest chamber musicians from the local area who are on the University of Delaware faculty, like John David Smith, our horn player, and Eileen Grycky, a flute player. We have a voice coming from the Chicago area as well. And we have the English horn player Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia from the Philadelphia Orchestra.”
Three violin and piano sibling pairs will also perform during a whimsical performance featuring the piano quintets of Dvorak and Schumann in Sibling Rivalry!
Tickets for the live show and the live-streamed concerts are on sale now. A single ticket is $20 ($10 for students), a ticket three-pack is $55 ($25 for students), and a full series ticket is $120 ($55 for students). All tickets provide access to the exclusive Serafin Backstage, which allows fans to meet the artists on June 3, 10 and 17.
“We have a wonderful list of sponsors, including Jacobs Music Company, which will be providing a beautiful Steinway concert grand piano for the festival,” says Ransom. “We have several restaurant sponsors including Harry’s Savory Grill, Tonic Bar and Grill, Mikimotos, Stay America, the Brandywine Valley Hotel and more.”
With a year–long hiatus from live performances, these artists are ready to show their talents through this three-week chamber music festival as well as during the preview performances by Serafin Ensemble this May.
“One is Sunday, May 2 at 4 p.m., and it’s at the Arts at Trinity series in downtown Wilmington,” says Ransom. “The other one is Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m., and that’s at the Music School of Delaware. It’s part of their music masters’ series.”