Concerts on Kentmere

Welcome to Site and Sound, the 2016-17 Season of Concerts on Kentmere, now in its 8th year exploring relationships between chamber music and the Museum’s rich visual holdings.

At 7:30 pm before each concert, there will be a 15-minute pre-concert talk. The Museum is now open until 8:00 pm on Thursday evenings, and before the concerts, the . Performances begin at 8:00 pm, with complimentary desserts and coffee served at intermission.

Tickets are $30 for Museum Members and $50 for non-members.

Tickets for the 2017-2017 concert season will be available for purchase in September 2017.

Concert Dates

Thursday October 27, 2016
Music and art meet Truth & Vision
7:30 pm       Margaret Winslow, Curator talk
8:00 pm       Pyxis Concert – Modern and contemporary American music

Thursday February 16, 2017
[Snow date, Sunday, February 19th]
Elegant melodies among the Pre-Raphaelites
7:30 pm       Margaretta Frederick, Curator talk
8:00 pm       Pyxis Concert – Music from the turn of the 20th century

Thursday April 27, 2017
Illustrating the genius of W. Heath Robinson
7:30 pm       Margaretta Frederick, Curator talk
8:00 pm       Pyxis Concert – British and Continental late classical selections

Pyxis Piano Quartet

IMG_3194Now in their 8th season in residence at the Delaware Art Museum, Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music concerts that include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet.  Compelling, engaging, and informative, their performances have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region.

In addition to their concerts at the Museum – where they perform regularly to sold-out audiences – Pyxis has been heard along the East Coast in concerts from Virginia to Pennsylvania.  Highlights include performances at the Germantown Society of Pennsylvania and Holy Trinity Church (Philadelphia); Kent Chamber Music (Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland); Music at Monica’s (St. Monica’s Church in Berwyn, Pennsylvania); Gaul Concert Series (St. John’s/Hain’s Church in Wernersville, Pennsylvania); Celebrate the Arts Series (Doylestown, Pennsylvania); Market Street Music’s Festival Concert Series (Wilmington, Delaware); Delaware Symphony’s Chamber Concert Series at the Hotel duPont; and as featured artists at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and at Villanova University.

The musicians of Pyxis are also committed educators.  As private instructors they have a significant impact on their musical community, reaching over 80 students on a weekly basis.  The ensemble has performed educational concerts for children at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington Montessori School, St. Monica’s School and in southern Delaware under the auspices of Coastal Concerts, Inc.

The group takes its name from the Pyxis constellation, also known as the Mariners’ Compass, whose symbol is the compass rose.  The points of the compass rose represent the new artistic directions that the group strives to take together while recognizing the different backgrounds and experiences of its musicians.