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 performance, this series brings artists to Delaware who push creative boundaries and respond to present day events in innovative ways. Performances will take place on the Museum’s campus and out in the community. Click here to read the 2018 Performance Series press release.

Raye Jones Avery & Adagio with Dennis Fortune, Musical Director

Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:00 p.m.

Join us for a night with Raye Jones Avery, one of Wilmington’s true talents, as she performs her original songs as well as R&B, Blues, Jazz, and Broadway standards. Learn more.

Kevin Cope

Sunday, November 10, 2019
1:00 p.m.

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

Cartoon Christmas Trio with special guest the Wilmington Children’s Chorus

Sunday, December 15, 2019
7:00 p.m.

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. Learn more.

Cartoon Christmas Trio with special guest the Tatnall Lower School Children’s Choir

Saturday, December 21, 2019
7:00 p.m.

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. Learn more.

THE BLACK IRIS PROJECT: A MOTHER’S RITE

Thursday, January 23, 2020
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

A Mother’s Rite is a new contemporary ballet that tells a story that has become painfully common; how a Black mother copes with the loss of her child to a racially-motivated murder.” Performance will be followed a panel discussion. Learn more.

Joel Ross Good Vibes

Thursday, February 13, 2020
8:00 p.m.

“…Ross’ precocious creativity, facility, and confidence were downright shocking.”- Asher Wolf, All About Jazz. Learn more.

Pyxis Piano Quartet: Continental Bridges

Thursday, March 12, 2020
7:30 p.m.

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. Learn more.

STEP AFRIKA! | DRUMFOLK

Friday, April 3, 2020
8:00 p.m.
Location: The Grand Opera House

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 would forever transform African-American life and culture. Learn more.

Pyxis Piano Quartet: Epic Divas

Thursday, April 30, 2020
7:30 p.m.

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! Learn more.