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Celebration of Life for Matt Haley

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REHOBOTH BEACH, DEL. (Aug. 26, 2014)—A service celebrating the life of Delaware restaurateur and James Beard Foundation honoree Matt Haley is scheduled for 2.p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, 31750 Lake View Drive in Selbyville, Del. Haley, a noted philanthropist and the owner of eight coastal Delaware restaurants, died on August 19 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Ladakh, India. The rain date is Monday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m.

The event is open to the public, and the Freeman Stage can accommodate more than 2,000. “Matt touched so many lives that we felt it was only right to give as many people as possible the opportunity to pay tribute to him,” said Scott Kammerer, president and COO of the Matt Haley Companies.

Organizers are still firming up details, but featured speakers are expected to include those who worked closely with Haley both personally and professionally. His Global Delaware Fund, founded in 2011, is active locally and abroad, and many guests will represent the nonprofits that the fund and Haley supported.

Haley’s humanitarian efforts this year garnered him the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, the National Restaurant Association Education’s Foundation Cornerstone Humanitarian Award and the International Association of Culinary Professionals National Humanitarian Award – a culinary triple crown.

“The service is a celebration”, Kammerer said. “Matt would want people to remember him with laughter, kindness and joy.” There will be food and music. The food truck Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, one of Haley latest projects.

Matt Haley had been on the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Board of Directors since 2012.

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Joe Baione Sextet

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Baione

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.

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Parallell Exit

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Parallel Exit

Mission: To create performance and educational programs that honor and forward the history of the variety arts and embrace a twenty-first century sensibility.

Parallel Exit is a rarity. It is the preeminent physical theatre company in New York City, carrying the torch for an art form that could be rendered obsolete without the innovation of the organization’s leaders.

Productions have earned the company critical acclaim and two Drama Desk Award nominations for Unique Theatrical Experience. New pieces have been presented in large venues (The New Victory Theater, The Guggenheim Museum), schools (through The Lincoln Center Institute and LEAP), and through partnerships with other organizations (Making Books Sing).

More than 12,500 audience members are said to have been whisked away with a sense of whimsy by Parallel Exit productions. In addition, over 10,000 New York City public school students have been inspired and benefited by Parallel Exit education programs, which employ the performing arts as a means through which to instill both creative and life skills.

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Season Finale Fireworks Celebration: Opera on a Summer Night

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Join us for an exciting evening of music as we present The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra with guest soloists from OperaDelaware.  Audiences will delight in this  collaborative performance.  These talented, local organizations will perform classical pieces to enjoy, to be energized by, and to be inspired by.  Be sure to come early to get a great view of the fantastic fireworks finale, another Freeman Stage tradition!

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Opera on a Summer Night
featuring
THE MID-ATLANTIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
in collaboration with Opera Delaware

Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano
William Davenport, Tenor
Grant Youngblood, Baritone
Brendan Cooke, General Director, Opera Delaware
Julien Benichou, Conductor & Music Director
of Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

Program

Richard Wagner, Prelude from Die Meistersinger
Richard Wagner, O du, mein holder Abendstern from Tannhäuser
Grant Youngblood, Baritone
Sigmund Romberg, Serenade from The Student Prince
William Davenport, Tenor
Giuseppe Verdi, Sempre libera from La Traviata
Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano
Pietro Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
Giacomo Puccini, Che gelida manina from La Bohème
Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano
William Davenport, Tenor

Intermission

Giuseppe Verdi, Overture to La forza del destino
Georges Bizet, Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre from Carmen
Grant Youngblood, Baritone
Gaetano Donizetti, Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête! from La Fille du Régiment
William Davenport, Tenor
Jules Massenet, Méditation from Thaïs
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, Some Enchanted Evening from South Pacific
Grant Youngblood, Baritone
Charles Gounod, Jewel Song from Faust
Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano
Charles Gounod, Finale from Faust
Jennifer Holbrook, Soprano
William Davenport, Tenor
Grant Youngblood, Baritone


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Sciencetellers

Sciencetellers

PNC FoundationSciencetellers combines storytelling, comedy, and exciting science experiments into a dynamic and highly interactive learning experience. For ten years we’ve been delighting children and their families with our energetic and unique style of immersion storytelling.”If you’re in the room, you’re part of the story!”

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Arts & Jazz Festival

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DBH logoA day not to be missed at The Freeman Stage at Bayside!  Stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva’s finest artists, whom are sponsored by Delaware by Hand.  Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore – Joe Baione, Cynthia Holiday, and KJ Denhert!

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Bruce in the USA

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Gates to open at 5:30 p.m. for this show only

CMFABruce in the USA is much more than just another tribute band.  This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show.  The Bruce in the USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians. This powerhouse band has taken this genre of performance art to a new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy. Seas the DaySpecial guests from Operation SEAs the Day will be in the audience on the evening of this performance.  Operation SEAs the Day is a beach week event for our veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country, and their families. The 2014 beach week will be held September 2-7 in Bethany Beach, DE.  For more information about this special week, visit www.operationseastheday.org

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Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson

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Invincible

COME EARLY FOR A DANCE WORKSHOP AT 7:30, FOLLOWED BY A DANCE CONTEST BEFOR THE SHOW! Join us as we celebrate the King of Pop’s birthday and present a thrilling theatrical experience with an emotional connection to Michael Jackson’s essence! Featuring the early moments with his brothers to his stratospheric rise to become one of the greatest entertainers of all time! This multi-media spectacular includes Michael Jackson’s greatest hits: “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,”,”Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” and more! This exhilarating performance includes a world-class dance company, Grammy Award-Winning vocalists and musicians, master percussionists and video jockeys. You will not want to miss this incredible show!

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To better accommodate your needs, The Freeman Stage requests that all inquiries for accessible seating ticket accommodations for assigned seating events be directed to our representatives. Please contact a Freeman Stage representative for further help with your ticket purchase. Please call 302-436-3015 anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for assistance. Ticket availability is limited. 

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KJ Denhert

Arts & Jazz Festival performer

KJ Denhert

KJ’s performances will move you to laugh, to dance and even to cry. Her special blend of urban folk & jazz has earned her four Independent Music Award nominations and in ’09, she was named as one of Jazz.com’s top female vocalists. She’s appeared at scores of festivals and has residencies at the ’55 Bar’, Smoke in NYC, at the Baz Bar in St. Barth’s, and the prestigious Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy.

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Cynthia Holiday

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Cynthia Holiday

Cynthia Holiday is a real crowd pleaser and her renditions of straight-ahead jazz, blues and pop standards are full of swing, improvisation and soul.  Early on Cynthia was a dancer, studying for years with the Garden State Ballet Company and teaching dance during college years. But singing was her true love and she began studying classical voice and then switched to the jazz vocal program.

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