PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Jul
11
Thu
Performance: Los Pleneros de la 21
Jul 11 @ 8:00 pm

Special Guest: El Grupo Ámbar de Delaware

Put on your dancing shoes for the infectious sounds of Puerto Rican bomba and plena! After the performance, enjoy a dance party featuring DJ Willie until 11 pm.

Los Pleneros de la 21, the premier East Harlem-based performing ensemble and non-profit community organization, was founded in 1983 by Juan J. ‘Juango’ Gutiérrez (National Endowment on the Arts’ Heritage Fellow, 1996) and the legendary Master Plenero Marcial Reyes Arvelo. Having toured extensively both nationally and internationally for over three decades, ‘LP21’ is considered by many as New York’s preeminent Bomba and Plena ambassadors to the world, bringing Puerto Rican culture to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Latin America, Australia, Berlin, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kremlin (former Soviet Union) and countless other international cities and prominent venues.

The LP21 ensemble, an exceptional mix of Puerto Rican Folk Masters and professional musicians, are all united in their common cause to expose the importance of traditional Puerto Rican music, has pioneered the road for bomba and plena performance and is responsible for expanding platforms for continued performance, learning and the presentation of Bomba and Plena—paving the way for many other musicians who now share their stage.

LP21’s latest album, Los Pleneros de la 21 Live at Pregones: 35 years of Bomba & Plena (Truth Revolution Records, Nov 2018), is an ode to the group’s long arduous yet satisfying journey – milestone indeed, of a lifetime of work, blood, sweat, tears and laughter of countless dedicated bomberos, pleneros, educators and cultural advocates, raising their spear in the name of Puerto Rican Bomba & Plena, and the makers of this tradition. The album marks a new era for LP21, with a younger generation of musicians taking leadership in re-envisioning LP21’s style and persona

LP21’s landmark community-based cultural and educational programs, such as Bomba and Plena Community Workshops for adult and kids, Bomba and Plena In the house for NYC school children, and Cultural Legacy Programs, have created a common space for the recognition, education and practice of Puerto Rican culture and identity. While in Wilmington they will be working with students from the Latin American Community Center.

Sponsored by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community. Learn more.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Jul
25
Thu
Performance: Fanm d’Ayiti by Nathalie Joachim with the Spektral Quartet
Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm

Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics developed by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim. Commissioned by St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, Fanm d’Ayiti is a celebration of some of Haiti’s most iconic yet under recognized female artists, as well as an exploration of Joachim’s Haitian heritage. The project features original songs incorporating the recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls choir of her family’s home farming village of Dantan; new arrangements of songs by some of the greatest known female voices in Haitian history; and recorded interviews with these artists about their lives fighting for social justice and uplifting the people of Haiti. Developed in a two year Liquid Music Virtual Residency, Fanm d’Ayiti premiered in March 2018 with members of SPCO in St. Paul, MN, and will be presented in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season with Spektral Quartet.

Flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim (Eighth Blackbird, Flutronix), “an edgy multi-genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute” (The Washington Post)

SPEKTRAL QUARTET actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. With the New York Times writing that “they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably…an ability to cast a magic spell”, Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.

Aug
16
Fri
Performance: The Light Fantastical by Makeda Thomas
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm

Exhilarating modern dance performance that explores Caribbean culture

The Museum is thrilled to host world-renowned Trinidadian dancer and choreographer, Makeda Thomas, on August 16. During this 40-minute performance in Fusco Grand Hall, Thomas and two dancers from her company will perform a captivating modern dance titled The Light Fantastical, a contemporary exploration of Caribbean culture through dance. This improvisational piece is imbued with metaphor for art and technology that comes out of Afrofuturist culture—or more appropriately, “Caribbean Futurisms.” It considers how Caribbean cultural forms navigate time and space, and innovate new histories, sciences, and aesthetics. As part of the performance, the Museum’s Fusco Grand Hall will be transformed into a space that will pull viewers into The Light!

The Light Fantastical will be preceded by a special 20-minute performance by professional dancers from Wilmington’s own Pieces of a Dream Dance Company. A long time artistic partner with the Museum, Pieces of a Dream is dedicated to exploring contemporary societal issues through the medium of dance.

About Makeda Thomas

“The postmodern African Diasporan dancer-scholar whose work goes beyond stereotype and the market appetite for clichés regarding the black dancing body.” Trinidadian artist Makeda Thomas’ choreography, films and site-specific work has been presented internationally, including at HARLEM Stage/Aaron Davis Hall, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Live Arts, Teatro Africa, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Queens Hall, and Teatro de la Ciudad. Thomas has received awards and commissions from Creative Capital, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and 651 ARTS Black Dance: Tradition & Transformation, among others. She lives and works in Port of Spain and Brooklyn.

Schedule

7:00 pm – Museum doors open
8:00 pm – Curator tour by Margaret Winslow of works that Ms. Thomas is drawn to.
8:30 pm – Performance by Pieces of a Dream Dance Theatre of excerpts from Uprising: Rememberance|Resistance|Revival
8:50 pm – The Light Fantastical by Makeda Thomas
9:30 pm – Q & A with the artist

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.

Sep
15
Sun
Performance: Wilmington Classical Guitar Society Member Showcase
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Performance: Wilmington Classical Guitar Society Member Showcase

Experience the beauty of classical guitar at a showcase featuring the Guitar Society’s professional and amateur members.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community. Learn more.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Oct
10
Thu
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet – Present from the Past
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet - Present from the Past @ Delaware Art Museum

Reflecting on the work of Mitch Lyons, who expanded traditional clay techniques into a new form, Pyxis will pair Brahms’ magnificent Piano Quartet No. 3 with Pulitzer-winner Caroline Shaw’s piano quartet Thousandth Orange. Shaw says, “The thousandth orange you eat is just as extraordinary as the first,” and this evening is filled with music exploring how what seems new can draw boldly on what went before.

At 7:30 p.m., a Museum curator will present a 15-minute pre-concert talk. You are also welcome to arrive early for dinner and light fare in the Museum’s Thronson Café. The concert begin at 8:00 and will feature complimentary desserts and coffee at intermission.

Season tickets are $90 for Museum Members, $105 for Non-Members, and $75 for students with a valid ID.
Individual tickets are $30 for Museum Members, $35 for Non-Members, and $25 for students.

About Pyxis Piano Quartet

Pyxis Piano Quartet performs chamber 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, the vibrant performances of Pyxis Piano Quartet have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region. The Philadelphia Inquirer has described Pyxis as “excellent,” and Christine Facciolo (deartsinfo.com) stated in a recent review “balance, ensemble, superb intonation and sensitive interpretation characterized this performance.”

Learn more.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Learn more.

Oct
24
Thu
Performance: Raye Jones Avery & Adagio with Dennis Fortune, Musical Director
Oct 24 @ 8:00 pm
Performance: Raye Jones Avery & Adagio with Dennis Fortune, Musical Director

“Between” is the sophomore release from Raye Jones Avery. A native of Philadelphia, Raye grew up in Wilmington, Delaware where she has been a staple in US arts world. As Executive Director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center, Raye has been one of the driving forces in the continued flourishing of creative arts in the Mid Atlantic region. Now, Raye is stepping out to make a more personal statement on her 2nd CD, produced by Dennis Fortune. Fortune also produced Raye’s debut recording project “Sistah Girl’s Lament”. E. Shawn Qaissaunee produced and arranged selections on “Between” as well. Between” was independently produced and recorded at Reeds Refuge Studio 505 in Wilmington.

Raye’s multi-genre influenced style brings new life to standards such as “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and “Where Were You” by Stevie Wonder, John Legend’s “Ordinary People” and the Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home”. “Between” also includes an original spoken word tribute to Clifford Brown. “Raye will perform musical director and pianist Dennis Fortune.

“Between” is an eclectic collection of selections that convey the miraculous ability to feel joy even in the presence of life’s tribulations. Raye describes her work as a “personal artistic statement about living. It’s about transcendence without losing my song”.

Personnel:

Raye Jones Avery, vocals
Dennis Fortune, musical director, piano
Cliff Kellum, bass
Harry Butch Reed, drums
Lynn Riley, woodwinds
Darnell Miller, guitar/vocals

To complement the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture, we are filling a wall of our entryway with portraits of our community members. 100 frames will slowly fill with photographs of locals, to add dimension to the portraits in the special exhibition itself. There are multiple scheduled events this fall/winter where visitors will have the opportunity to be photographed for this project. One of them is before Raye Jones Avery’s performance on October 24.

We’d love to include your face in the wall of local portraits. A local professional photographer, Joe McSetridge, will be at the Museum on Thursday evening, October 24 (6-8 p.m.) to shoot photographs. Participants will receive a digital copy, and also receive a print copy once the photographs come off the walls in 2020. It would be our honor to include your face in this project. If you are interested in participating, please sign up using the link in the ticket confirmation email.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community. Learn more.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Nov
10
Sun
Performance: Kevin Cope
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm
Performance: Kevin Cope

Solo classical guitarist Kevin Cope, recipient of the Division of the Arts 2019 Emerging Professional Award, performs his original works.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SERIES

The Delaware Art Museum’s performance series features bold, adventurous works from a variety of art forms. With a focus on social justice and cutting edge creative performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who are pushing creative boundaries and responding to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community. Learn more.

All ticket purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges will be issued.

Nov
21
Thu
Connected: Duo Extreme
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Rhythms of the Caribbean

Enjoy the sounds of the Caribbean with a concert of new music and Calypso. Originating in Trinidad, Calypso combines clarinet, percussion, and steel pan to create distinctive tropical music. Arrive early and try the percussion instrument petting zoo.

Family Friendly

5:30 pm – Instrument Petting Zoo
6:00 pm – Performance with Q&A to follow

About the Connected Series

Connected is a new program series featuring events produced by the community, for the community. All events are free and open to the public. Learn more.