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Delaware Symphony presents 'Spring Nights' April 1 and 3 in Greenville

03/29/2016 12:24PM ● By Richard Gaw
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will present the next concert of its 2015-2016 season on April 1 at 7:30 p.m., and April 3 at 2 p.m., at the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School in Greenville, Del.
Music director David Amado will conduct the DSO in the program titled “Spring Nights,” which will feature a rare performance of Ralph Vaughan William’s “Concerto in F minor for Tuba and Orchestra” with soloist Brian Brown.  The concert will open with the new work, “Dreamtime Ancestors,” by American composer Christopher Theofanidis, who will be presented with the DSO’s 2015-2016 A.I. du Pont Composer’s Award before the performance.
The second half of the evening will be devoted to Rimsky-Korsakoff’s orchestration of “Night on Bald Mountain” by Mussorgsky, and Stravinsky’s “Petroushka.”
“These concerts provide audiences several unique experiences,” said DSO executive director Alan Jordan. “How often do you hear a tuba concerto? Listeners will be amazed at what that instrument can really do, especially when performed by our wonderful principal tubist, Brian Brown.  And how often do you hear the region’s first performance of the work of an exciting young composer?”
Maestro Amado, who will also give pre-concert talks one hour before each performance, said, “'Dreamtime Ancestors' is a beautiful, three-movement work based on Australian aboriginal myths that celebrate our deep connections to each other and to our ancestors.”
Tickets for the concerts are $60 each, plus a $6 box office handling fee per ticket. All seats are general admission. Tickets may be purchased from The Grand Opera House Box Office at 302-652-5577, in person at 818 N. Market St. in downtown Wilmington, or online at Tickets for students (21 and younger with ID) are $10, plus a $2 box office handling fee. Remaining tickets will also be available at the Laird Center before the concerts. The Laird Center is on the campus of the Tatnall School (1501 Barley Mill Rd., Wilmington).