Delaware Symphony’s Chamber Series opens on October 23

DSO Woodwind Quintet will perform in Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom


The 2018-2019 Delaware Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series will begin on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington.

The concert, titled “An Evening with DSO Winds,” features a quintet of DSO woodwind players: Kim Reighley, flute; Lloyd Shorter, oboe; Charles Salinger, clarinet; Jon Gaarder, bassoon; and Karen Schubert, horn. The program features the Suite for Winds No. 1, Op. 57, by Charles Lefebvre; Claude-Paul Taffanel’s Wind Quintet in G minor, Aires Tropicales by Paquito D’Rivera; and Aria and Quodlibet for Woodwind Quintet by Arne Running.

“Woodwind Quintet performances are a rarity here in Wilmington,” DSO Executive Director Alan Jordan said, “Our audience will enjoy an extremely varied and delightful concert that showcases five of our most talented DSO musicians.

Following some more traditional 19th Century works by Charles Lefebvre and Claude-Paul Taffanel in the first half, we will move to the 20th Century, where Paquito D’Rivera’s Aires Tropicales, will bring a deliciously Caribbean flavor to the evening. The concert will conclude with a work by Philadelphia composer Arne Running.”

Tickets are $62 ($16 for students 21 and under, with ID) and may be ordered online at, or by calling the Delaware Symphony Orchestra office at 302- 656-7442.

Season subscriptions for all four concerts are available for $220. Admission includes complimentary Champagne as well as the hotel’s beloved macaroons and a variety of desserts from their award-winning pastry kitchen during intermission.

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra is one of the premier regional orchestras in the United States and the only fully professional orchestra in the state. The DSO has been an integral part of the First State’s cultural life since 1906. Recognized for artistic excellence, the Symphony presents classical and contemporary repertoire in full orchestra and chamber music concerts, educational programs, and special events that attract audiences from throughout the Delaware Valley region. Its second commercial CD, The Book of Signs, featuring double guitar concertos by Leo Brouwer and Paulo Bellinati with the Brasil Guitar Duo was released in April, 2018, on the Naxos label, and was recently nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. For additional information call the DSO office at (302) 656-7442, or visit