The Mispillion Art League (MAL) held an exciting presentation on Thursday, July 21 as part of their Third Thursdays series at their downtown facility. MAL hosted a live performance by the flutist, guitarist pair The Bowman-Braddock Duo. Flutist Melinda Bowman and guitarist Christopher Braddock played an assortment of compositions including arrangements by Celso Machado, George Frideric Handel, Napoleon Coste, Robert Beaser and an original arrangement by The Bowman-Braddock Duo.
Melinda and Christopher have played together continuously since 1998 and perform music from a variety of backgrounds including pieces from five centuries of classical music, Celtic, ragtime, jazz and various types of Mediterranean folk music.
The Duo performed for an intimate crowd inside the art gallery and showcased their remarkable talent as accomplished musicians.
“It was really nice to interact with the audience and great to play in this beautiful space,” commented guitarist Christopher Braddock.
Mr. Braddock plays the guitar and other string instruments such as mandolin, dobro and rubab. He is a past recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship in music composition from the Delaware Division of the Arts and a 2010 DDOA Opportunity Grant. Mr Braddock received his Bachelor of Music Degree in classical guitar from the University of Delaware. He teaches at the Music School of Delaware where he is the guitar department head, coordinator of the school’s Cultural Crossroads concert series and director of the Jazz Combo, Matson Run Pickers and Guitar & Mandolin Orchestra.
Melinda was very excited to play in Milford in front of such a low-key crowd. “What I enjoyed about the closeness was that I was able to see the expression on people’s faces,” stated Ms. Bowman. “It took me a few minutes to get accustomed to it but I was excited to see their expressions change throughout the performance.”
Melinda Bowman earned two Bachelor of Music degrees in flute performance and in choral education from the University of Delaware, where she was a two-time recipient of the Presser Scholarship. She is principal flute in the Wilmington Community Orchestra, with which she has appeared as concerto soloist and has substituted with the Delaware Symphony. Melinda teaches flute and Early Childhood Music at The Music School of Delaware.
Mr. Braddock and Ms. Bowman have played in concerts and community events including the Riverfront Arts Center, Delaware Art Museum, Grand Opera House, Winterthur Point-to-Point, The Music School of Delaware and the Smyrna Opera House. They also provided music for the Governor’s Awards for the Arts dinner in Dover.
Ms. Bowman and Mr. Braddock both teach at the Music School of Delaware in Milford. The Music School offers instructional programs for all ages and levels in all orchestral and band instruments as well as piano, harpsichord, guitar, harp and voice. For more information on the Music School of Delaware in Milford, located at 10 South Walnut Street , call 302-422-2043 or contact Program Administrator Julie Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.