These Are Days

Natalie Merchant live!

The Grand Opera House has been booking major talent. Pianist Chucho Valdes plays October 18, and the Indigo Girls hit Wilmington October 20.

But on October 19, singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant rocks (or should we say, caresses)  the stage for what promises to be an evening of seriously easy listening.

Merchant, who first hit the scene as the voice of 10,000 Maniacs, helped the band turn tunes like “These are Days” and “Trouble Me” into mega-hits. She began her solo career in 1994 with the self-produced album “Tigerlily,” which did pretty well. It sold about four million copies.

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For this show—part of her first tour in seven years—Merchant will perform music enhanced by symphonic arrangements, which should add extra lushness and dimension to already beautifully melodic music. Players from the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will accompany her at The Grand.

Merchant, who has been on the scene for 28 years, is expected to perform some of her old hits, as well as songs from her new album, “Leave Your Sleep,” a six-year project in which she researched, wrote and recorded adaptations from works of several classic and contemporary poets.

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