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Grand Opera House
818 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801
302-652-5577
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      Colin Hay
    • Friday, October 20, 2017
    • As the singer, guitarist and main songwriter of Australia's Men at Work, Colin Hay was responsible for penning several of the quirkiest pop hits of the early '80s. Hay has also recorded multiple solo efforts, in addition to contributing tracks to television shows like 'Judging Amy,' 'Dawson's Creek' and 'Scrubs.' Traveling the world, Colin Hay continues to win audiences with moving lyrics and hilarious insights into an absolutely unique career and life.
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      First State Ballet Theater: Giselle
    • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    • Experience one of the world's most beloved ballets - Giselle, a transcendent love story that follows an innocent village girl transformed into a tender spirit after dying of a broken heart. With its hauntingly beautiful ensemble of white tutus, its classical technique and its heartbreaking romance, Giselle will sweep audiences away. A must-see ballet that's perfect for the whole family.
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      Pink Martini
    • Sunday, October 22, 2017
    • Pink Martini was formed in 1994 by aspiring Portland politician Thomas Lauderdale, who got the idea to provide more entertaining, uplifting music at political functions for causes such as civil rights, education, public broadcasting and more. A year later, Lauderdale called on former Harvard classmate China Forbes to join the band, and together they began writing songs together for the "little orchestra." Since then, the group has been known for drawing its inspiration from a myriad of sources, including romantic Hollywood musicals of the '40s and '50s, and a multilingual repertoire of diverse genres like jazz, Latin, lounge and classical, all shaken and stirred with cinematic influences, driving rhythms and exotic vocals. A typical Pink Martini concert spans the globe, from Cuban rumba and Parisian cafe tunes to Carnival disco.
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      Gary Gulman
    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • Gulman has been a part of both 'Last Comic Standing 2' and 'Last Comic Standing 3,' and has also been featured on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' and 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.'
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      Straight No Chaser
    • Sunday, October 29, 2017
    • Straight No Chaser has emerged as one of the world's premier a cappella groups. Gaining national attention as a YouTube phenomenon for their hilarious and brilliantly performed version of 'The 12 Days of Christmas' (11 million hits and counting), this group of friends, who founded the group as undergraduates at Indiana University, all of a sudden found themselves reunited...with unforgettable new material.
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      WAR
    • Thursday, November 9, 2017
    • WAR was the first and most successful musical crossover phenomenon that forever fused rock, jazz, Latin and R&B, while transcending racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up. WAR is the venerable group behind such classic hits as 'Why Can't We Be Friends,' 'Low Rider' and 'Cisco Kid.'
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      Connected: Re-Entry - A Performance Tribute to Veterans
    • Friday, November 10, 2017
    • Presented by A.T. Moffett and the Delaware Division of the Arts at the baby grand. Re-Entry - A Performance Tribute to Veterans is a Delaware Division of the Arts supported project directed and choreographed by 2017 fellowship recipient A.T. Moffett. This dynamic performance piece begins with WWII and moves forward in time to present day military operations. Re-Entry blends dance choreography, original music, historic artifacts, and literary research with storytelling based on interviews with veterans and their families. Prior to the performance at the baby grand, there will be an informal preview and a workshop with veterans and the public held at the Delaware Art Museum. The workshop will address the themes of the production. If you are a veteran, know a veteran, or are a civilian interested in participating, please contact A.T. Moffett at atmoffett@gmail.com. The performance is presented in partnership with The Grand Opera House. There is no fee for the preview, workshop, or performance. Advanced registration recommended for the workshop and to the performance at the baby grand. To register, visit delart.org. Museum Preview: Thursday, September 7 at the Museum, 6:00 p.m. Workshop: Saturday, October 21 at the Museum, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Performance: Friday, November 10 at the baby grand, 7:00 p.m. (Please note that the main performance will take place at the baby grand, 818 N Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.)
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      Lyle Lovett
    • Saturday, November 11, 2017
    • A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Whether touring as a duo or with his "Acoustic Group" or "His Large Band," Lovett's live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend's deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences.
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      Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
    • Sunday, November 12, 2017
    • Scott Bradlee is a composer, arranger and American pianist who got his start in jazz before turning to pop music. His Postmodern Jukebox project began on YouTube in 2011 infuses notable popular songs with jazz, swing and ragtime elements, or, as a Boston Globe writer put it "takes the pop hits of the text-and-Snapchat age and recasts them as meticulously arranged period pieces, from ragtime to doo-wop."
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      The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China
    • Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    • The National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China is acclaimed nationwide for their unique acts, magnificent athleticism, exotic and colorful performances. The Company has won more than 20 circus awards, and their impact and contribution to circus' worldwide is profound, including influencing the pioneers of Cirque du Soleil.
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      Tom Papa
    • Friday, November 17, 2017
    • Tom Papa is one of the rising comedians on the scene today. He had the distinction of serving as star, writer, producer and co-creator of his own NBC sitcom, 'Come to Papa,' written loosely around Papa's own life and stand-up routines.
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      Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson
    • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    • From the early moments with his brothers in the Jackson 5 to his stratospheric rise as a solo artist to become one of the greatest entertainers of all time, this is the only show that brings back the spirit and the essence of seeing Michael Jackson live again on stage. This acclaimed production includes a world-class dance company, Grammy® Award-winning vocalists, master musicians and percussionists.
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      Amythyst Kiah
    • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    • A professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based in Johnson City, Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah has a commanding stage presence matched by raw and powerful vocals
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      DakhaBrakha
    • Saturday, November 25, 2017
    • DakhaBrakha is a four-piece group from Ukraine. Mesmerizing vocals are accompanied by transnational instrumentation - from cello and accordion to didgeridoo, piano and percussion implements - in a melding of traditional Ukrainian folk music, African grooves, Eastern colors, and a contemporary sensibility the band calls "ethno-chaos."
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      Melissa Etheridge
    • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    • Rocker Melissa Etheridge is known for her gritty, soulful voice and songs that blend pop, rock and a dash of blues.
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      The 41st Annual Grand Gala
    • Saturday, December 2, 2017
    • Founder and original drummer Bobby Colomby has assembled a world class roster of contemporary musicians to bring the trademark sound of Blood, Sweat & Tears to the stage of Copeland Hall. With pop phenomenon Bo Bice on vocals, and a multitude of solid gold hits, this is a Grand Gala performance that is not to be missed. The Gala will also pay tribute to Skip Pennella for his eleven years of service as Chairman of the Board of Directors, leading The Grand through a time of great change and progress, and a renewed dedication to community service. The evening concludes with the Ultimate After Party at the Hotel du Pont, sponsored by Capital One.
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      From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
    • Thursday, December 7, 2017
    • This enchanting musical follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie up the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and right into the middle of an adventure sure to captivate audiences of all ages! Based on the Newbery Medal-winning classic by E.L. Konigsburg.
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      Suitcase Junket
    • Saturday, December 9, 2017
    • The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz's nationally touring, slide-guitar playing, throat-singing one-man-band.
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      Irish Christmas in America
    • Wednesday, December 13, 2017
    • The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show, now in its 13th season, features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in history, humour and boundless energy. Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2017 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley, (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the immense vocal talents of Sligo's Niamh Farrell. This family-friendly performance features evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2017.
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      Sinbad
    • Friday, December 15, 2017
    • One of the most popular comedians working over the last several decades, Sinbad is known for "keepin' it real" while also keeping it clean. One of the rare comics who does not abuse foul language, he grew up the son of a preacher and that background continues to influence him today. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, Sinbad is also well-known to audiences from his stints on TV (including "A Different World" and "The Sinbad Show") and in films (including "Jingle All the Way," "Houseguest" and more).
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      Damien Escobar
    • Saturday, December 16, 2017
    • After coming in third place on NBC's "America's Got Talent," winning two Emmys, traveling the world and much more as part of the group Nuttin But Stringz, Damien Escobar had to begin his journey from scratch after an unceremonious split from his longtime partner and brother, and Escobar became a solo artist.
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