The Music School of Delaware’s Delaware Women’s Chorus (DWC) and the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra (DYSO) have embarked upon tours of Europe this summer.
From June 22-30, 27 women from The Delaware Women’s Chorus departed on a tour of Austria and the Czech Republic. Their trip included performances at the Salzburg Dom; Mozarthaus in St. Gilgan; Karlskirche in Vienna and St. Nicholas Church in Prague. Side trips were planned to Salzburg and Mondsee to tour where The Sound of Music was filmed; Vienna tours of the Ringstrasse, State Opera and Burgkapell, home of the Vienna Boys Choir; and Prague’s famous Central Cemetery visiting the gravesites of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Strauss and the Mozart Memorial.
Delaware Women’s Chorus music director Joanne Ward noted of their tour: “The title of our program, ‘Songs of Peace, Hope and Love’, really says it all. Our ensemble has long been committed to understanding and social justice through music. At a time when the world is in turmoil, we are hopeful that at each performance our music reminded audiences of the connections we all share.”
The DYSO joins the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras (MCYO) in Italy for the American Celebration of Music, July 6-14. Led by music director Simeone Tartaglione, the DYSO will play in some of Italy’s most historically and culturally significant performance spaces. The American Celebration of Music is an annual festival sponsored by government officials, music associations and tourist boards around the world.
“The DYSO has grown tremendously over the past three years,” says Tartaglione of the decision to tour. “We felt it was time to provide our players an unforgettable experience – to perform in renowned venues in Rome, Firenze and Cremona.”
Music School President and CEO, Kate Ransom, endorses the invaluable benefits of these tours. “Traveling abroad and performing in other countries is a time-honored experience for all musicians,” she notes. “Trips such as these will challenge both ensembles to hone their skills and reach new heights; they create wonderful bonding; and they provide an informal cultural ‘ambassadorship’ representing The Music School of Delaware and our state.”
Founded in 1924, The Music School of Delaware reaches thousands of people from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland through its instructional programs and over 100 annual public performances. 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. The Music School offers standard-setting instructional programs for all ages and has a faculty of nearly 90 expert artists and educators with branch locations in Wilmington and Milford and over 20 satellite and outreach sites statewide. For more information, call the Wilmington Branch at 302.762.1132 or visit musicschoolofdelaware.org.