Maestro David Amado and members of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will perform Franz Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, “The Trout,” in a thrilling performance at the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel du Pont on Jan. 10. Amado plays piano as members of the DSO string section do their thing. The setting for chamber music is peerless. Go. Listen. Enjoy complimentary Champagne, coffee and dessert during the intermission. These performances are priceless. 652.5577, delawaresymphony.org
Here’s a show at Delaware Art Museum you’ll want to see before it ends: “Anne Truitt: Luminosities.” The exhibition features sculpture and works on paper by Truitt. An important figure in American abstraction, she is most closely associated with Minimalism and the Washington, D.C.-based Color Field painters. See her efforts to make light “visible for its own sake” until Jan. 8. 571-9590, delart.org
A Brandywine Christmas at Brandywine River Museum also includes a new feature this year: a dollhouse once owned by Ann Wyeth McCoy, which was crafted and furnished by hand by members of the Wyeth family, including her brother Andrew Wyeth. As ever, you can watch the cars of an O-gauge model railroad running on more than 2,000 feet of track, as well as thousands of “critter” ornaments made from natural materials by volunteers of the Brandywine Conservancy. It ends Jan. 8. (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org
Yuletide at Winterthur-that tribute to old-fashioned Christmases from Colonial times through World War II-ends Jan. 8. This year annual tour of Henry Francis du Pont’s famous home and its world-class display of decorative arts includes a recreation of a traditional Twelfth Night ball in the Powell and Walnut rooms. You’ll also see a lavishly decorated Victorian-era tree, along with dozens of toys and a colorful “spider’s web” of ribbons that children followed to collect their gifts. There’s more, of course, and it’s a sight to see. 888-4600, winterthur.org
While at Winterthur…
Two other fantastic exhibitions end Jan. 8, just before Winterthur takes a winter break. “Paint, Pattern & People” explores the diverse furniture of southeastern Pennsylvania. You’ll see 200 beautiful objects that reflect the culture and creativity of early settlers. Furniture is joined by examples of fraktur, needlework, paintings and other items. “With Cunning Needle: Four Centuries of Embroidery” examines the designs, materials, techniques and makers of embroidery going back to the 17th century, as well as the people who created needlework through the years. The exhibition stems from the Plimoth Jacket project to re-create an embroidered women’s jacket from the 17th century using period tools and techniques. It will open your eyes to what embroidery has been and can be. 888-4600, winterthur.org
The hour-long video-presentation “Not So Distant Memory” features contemporary video works centering around the history of The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Made by artists from ex-Yugoslav republics and provinces (Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia), the works contain diverse voices and perspectives in attempt to let you experience art from a region often neglected by the West. It runs continuously in Moving Media Hall through Jan. 5.
If you want to see some of the best in student work, visit the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts for “MFA Biennial 2011: Masters of the Visual Universe” until Feb. 5. The 22 artists who are showing are current or recently graduated MFA students from neighboring areas such as Towson University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Taken together, their work explores the ideas of art education, aesthetics and display. Is educational mastery in art still a fact or a science fiction relic in the eyes of many young artists today? See. Think. Discuss. Various presentations are planned for the duration of the exhibition. thedcca.org