Music School Kicks off Concert Season

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mThe Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch will kick off its exciting concert season highlighting the talents of new faculty members and the music of Mexico and Central America, all in one week. The faculty will perform in the Music Masters series on Tuesday, November 10. Then, 72 hours later, the Cultural Crossroads concert, The Arts and Music of Mexico and Central America, will take place Friday, November 13. Both concerts begin at 7 pm and will take place at Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 N Church Avenue in Milford.

Founded in 1924, The Music School of Delaware reaches thousands of people each year from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The Music School breeds excellence through standard-setting instructional programs including the Early Childhood program, Suzuki Academy, private study and ensembles for all ages.

The school’s faculty of over 90 expert artists and educators are among the best-trained musicians in the country. The Music School is the only nationally accredited program of its kind in Delaware and the only statewide-accredited community music school in the nation. Open to all, the school administers a financial assistance program to help ensure music education for everyone, regardless of financial means. The Music School’s 100 public performances each year offer opportunities for the entire community to enjoy outstanding music in a variety of styles and genres. The Music School offers programs at branch locations in Wilmington and Milford and at over 20 satellite and outreach locations in Kent, Sussex and New Castle counties.

Milford Branch Director Katie Inie-Richards said the lineup this year is exciting, beginning with the faculty concert and continuing in the same week with Cultural Crossroads.”I am looking forward to highlighting our brilliant new Milford Branch faculty members at this kickoff event,” she said.

New faculty members Dr. Donna Beech, piano, Jennifer Campbell, piano, Patrick Hoffman trumpet, Gus Mercante, countertenor, and Devin Mercer, tenor will perform a diverse program featuring composers from Chopin to Debussy, Guillame Lekeu to Andrew York. Tickets for this concert are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the Milford Branch or by calling 302.422.2043.

Friday, November 13, The Art and Music of Mexico and Central America will feature performances by students and professional artists. Prior to the concert, a Mexican mask-making workshop will be led by Mark Ruiz. Tickets to this concert are $5.

“I’m personally very excited about this program,” said Chris Braddock, Cultural Crossroads coordinator. “It’s the first time we’ve done a Cultural Crossroads program in Milford. The centerpiece of the concert will be our faculty string quartet, Nagoya, in a performance of modern works by Mexican composers, Álvarez and Márquez, and a set of Panamanian dances by the American composer, William Grant Still.”

Other program highlights include trumpeter Malcolm McDuffee in his first faculty performance, and guitarist Douglas Seth in his first performance since returning to the faculty this fall. The adult guitar and mandolin ensemble from the school’s Wilmington branch will perform.

“They’ll play a pair of beautiful lullabies from El Salvador and Honduras,” Braddock said, “as well as a traditional Costa Rican song that will make everyone want to get up and dance.”

The Music School of Delaware Milford Branch is located at 10 S. Walnut Street in downtown Milford. For more information or to purchase tickets, individuals can call 302-422-2043 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, on classes and other events, families can visit www.musicschoolofdelaware.org.