PROGRAMS & EVENTS

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.

Dec
15
Sun
Performance: Cartoon Christmas Trio with special guest the Wilmington Children’s Chorus
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays with the return of the Cartoon Christmas Trio to Delaware Art Museum! Assembled in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson, the trio’s sole focus is compositions from classic Christmas cartoons—particularly the music of Vince Guaraldi, composer of the “Peanuts” soundtracks. The Cartoon Christmas Trio has made live appearances on NBC, ABC, and NPR, and comes back to the Museum to wow audiences with yuletide nostalgia.

ABOUT THE 2018 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.

Dec
21
Sat
Performance: Cartoon Christmas Trio with special guest the Tatnall Lower School Children’s Choir
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays with the return of the Cartoon Christmas Trio to Delaware Art Museum! Assembled in 1995 by bassist Rob Swanson, the trio’s sole focus is compositions from classic Christmas cartoons—particularly the music of Vince Guaraldi, composer of the “Peanuts” soundtracks. The Cartoon Christmas Trio has made live appearances on NBC, ABC, and NPR, and comes back to the Museum to wow audiences with yuletide nostalgia.

ABOUT THE 2018 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.

Jan
23
Thu
Performance – The Black Iris Project: A Mother’s Rite
Jan 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Founded in 2016 by choreographer Jeremy McQueen, The Black Iris Project is a ballet collaborative and education vehicle that creates new, relevant classical and contemporary ballet works that celebrate diversity and Black history. “A Mother’s Rite” is a new ballet about how a mother copes with the loss of her child to a racially-motivated murder.

A powerful 38 minute solo ballet set to Igor Stravinsky’s iconic composition Rite of Spring  that explores one mother’s journey through the stage of grief after being thrust into the spotlight by way of her son’s murder by police.

This engagement of Black Iris Project is made possible through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts. 

Feb
13
Thu
Performance: Joel Ross Good Vibes
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm

“…Ross’ precocious creativity, facility, and confidence were downright shocking. His style is so unique and developed that it changed my image of the vibraphone itself. Though his musicality [shone] through brightly, I was most impressed by the revolutionary way in which he approached the physicality of the instrument, reworking classic limitations as creative allowances.”

Chicago native Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists – Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris – as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, and Marquis Hill. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist – he’s also had the opportunity to perform at the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals -and- at internationally-celebrated venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, and Club Vibrato in Los Angeles.

Playing the drum kit as early as three years of age, Ross learned other percussion instruments & approaches beginning in grade five, in his tenth year. When starting his work on Vibes, he engaged both classical and jazz works, and did so throughout high school. In his last year there, Ross also began playing the piano in a more serious way.

Ross recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. Winning first place at the 2016 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival ‘Jazz Forward’ Competition, he was also a winner of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, in Amsterdam. A fitting addition to the Marquis Hill Blacktet – before their 2016 European tour – Ross has just recorded his own debut album “Good Vibes,” to be released in August. He will be performing, also, with his newly minted Joel Ross’ Good Vibes ensemble.

 

Joel Ross Good Vibes at Smalls Jazz Club, New York 2017 from Beaver on the Beats on Vimeo.

Mar
12
Thu
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet – Continental Bridges
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet - Continental Bridges @ Delaware Art Museum

With the Museum’s beautiful Chihuly Bridge overhead, Pyxis turns to music that spans time and geography and links composers to their homeland. Joaquín Turina’s Piano Trio is filled with the fire of Spain, and Zoltán Kodály’s Intermezzo draws on his beloved Hungarian folk tunes. The evening’s major work is Dvořák’s justly famous and masterful Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major.

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.

Apr
3
Fri
Step Afrika! | Drumfolk
Apr 3 @ 8:00 pm

Back by Popular demand, Step Afrika! returns to Wilmington with its blend of the percussive tradition of stepping with African and contemporary dance. The Company’s newest creation, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739, explores this little-known event in American history that forever transformed African-American life and culture. When Africans lost the right to use their drums, their rhythms found their way into the body of the people, the Drumfolk. New percussive forms took root leading to the development of some of our country’s most distinct performance traditions like the ring shout, tap, and stepping.

 Delaware Division of the Arts  

Apr
30
Thu
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet – Epic Divas
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm
Performance: Pyxis Piano Quartet - Epic Divas @ Delaware Art Museum

Inspired by the storied careers of painter Margo Allman and sculptor Helen Mason—whose work will be on view in the Museum—Pyxis will present a vibrant program of works that includes Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s aptly titled 2012 piano quartet Epic Diva!

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.