Join us for our first annual fall fundraiser, the Harvest, Harmony and Hops Dinner. Show your support for the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and the Arts by attending this inaugural fundraising event. Enjoy a unique night at The Freeman Stage, where we will celebrate our 2015 season, listen to great music and enjoy a wonderful family style dining experience, with two of Delaware’s finest partners, SoDel Concept’s Plate Catering and Dogfish Head Brewery (wine also available). Limited to 125 guests. This event is outdoors and casual attire is requested.
In matters of love, should you rely on your heart or your head? This is the question Christina Perri posed as she began writing her second album, a collection of cathartic songs that seek to reconcile how we make decisions in love and life. The singer’s first album, Lovestrong., grappled with the aftermath of a breakup, signaling Perri as an honest, genuine artist ready to share her emotional journey with her fans. That disc, released in 2011, was bolstered by the success of Perri’s single “Jar of Hearts” and led the musician into nine tours over 27 months. Her final show supporting lovestrong. took place on October 9, 2012 at Los Angeles’s iconic Hollywood Bowl with Jason Mraz. Two weeks later, Perri penned the first song for Head or Heart, her second album. “The thing about me is that I don’t know how not to write,” Perri says. “Because I continue to fall in and out of love, I find myself often at those massive highs and lows. I wrote ideas for album two but I never called it album two. Those were songs that were getting me through tour. But when I came home I wrote a song called ‘Trust’ and I had an epiphany. I’ve tried trusting my heart, I’ve tried trusting my head and I feel as though I’ve chosen wrong each time. I knew the album had to be called head or heart and half the songs would be heart songs and half would be head songs. That was the moment when it began for me creatively and conceptually.”Christina Perri’s website
Colbie Caillat’s music lasts forever. To date, she has been honored with Two Grammy Awards and sold over six million albums and ten million singles worldwide. Her breakthrough hit “Bubbly” remains “one of the best-selling digital tracks in history” and her multi-platinum debut COCO hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon release, while her sophomore set Breakthrough landed at #1. From 2011’s All of You, “Brighter Than The Sun” went platinum and enjoyed over twenty film and television placements, while seeing acclaim from People and NY Post. Beyond music, she’s an avowed spokesperson and supporter for the The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, Farm Sanctuary, Surfrider Foundation, and Save The Music.Colbie Caillat’s website
Judy Carmichael is considered one of the greatest pianists in the swing tradition and one of the most sensitive vocalists. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride” acknowledging her command of the form. Of Judy’s singing, America’s premier jazz magazine, Jazz Times writes: “Carmichael exhibits a truly remarkable ability to channel Peggy Lee’s breathy invitingness and her befogged insouciance (and) echoes the intense perspicacity of the solo albums of Annie Ross. In other words, she winningly blends two of the all-time finest, most intuitive jazz singers.” Judy’s concerts feature swing renditions of the Great American Songbook, from Gershwin and Cole Porter to Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, as well as new and unrecorded original compositions by Judy Carmichael.
This engagement of the Judy Carmichael Trio is made possible in part through funding by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This exciting performance celebrates the music and careers of the iconic artists who had such a profound influence on the history of popular music. Take the ultimate stroll down memory lane and relive the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts of all time.Artist Website
Joe Baione has a passion for all things jazz. While he is making his mark on the jazz scene with his powerful performances on the vibes, he is also ensuring the future of jazz through his teaching and producing projects that make jazz more accessible in his community. Baione has won several awards including “Emerging Jazz Artist” in 2005 by Philadelphia Weekly and “Rising Star of Tomorrow” by Jazz at Lincoln Center.Artist Website
Renowned local artist John Donato will delight children during his energetic and educational painting class. John’s art is like walking into a smile factory. Your child will enjoy “hands-on” learning from John to create a masterpiece using one of John’s high-spirited characters and the blasts of color his art is known for.Artist Website
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The sun becomes the moon. A drunk becomes a lord. A servant becomes a master. And two headstrong lovers become perfect companions as Delaware Shakespeare Festival returns to The Freeman Stage at Bayside to perform Shakespeare’s raucous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. A mischievous nobleman has a play performed for a drunk who has been fooled into believing he is a nobleman himself. The play tells the unlikely love story of the strong-willed, tempestuous Katherina and the roughly-matched Petruchio. Their wooing sets into action a string of events that turns the world upside down and explores the swirling possibilities of change.Performing Theatre Website
Come celebrate Labor Day and America with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, in an evening of the great American Classics of Jazz, Swing and Orchestral Favorites, with some very special guests. Afterwards, celebrate our annual Labor Day weekend tradition with post-concert fireworks display!
A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.Artist Website
Mr. David’s “Drawings, Songs & Silliness” concert performances are comically creative concoctions that mix music and art with an extra helping of laughs for a totally engaging family entertainment experience. Clad in his signature propeller hat and armed with his star-studded guitar and handy-dandy jumbo markers, he amuses and delights children (and the kid-in-us-all) with an act that’s been called neo-vaudeville.Artist Website
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