Experiencing the Music School of Delaware's Music Masters: Faculty & Friends, Part II concert is akin to opening up a magical music box.
Having offered such enchantment the last few years, the Music School's Milford branch will return with this annual program next Wednesday.
Music Masters is an intimate concert series of classical tunes with performances by Music School faculty from the school's other branches (the school has branches in Wilmington, Dover, Milford and Felton). The series is held twice or three times a year, usually with the first part of the program in Wilmington and the second in Milford.
In addition to showering the audience with romantic melodies, the concert also offers the faculty a rare opportunity to play more complex pieces at the Music School, since most, if not all, of the faculty are usually teaching students how to play simpler compositions as most of their protégés aren't experienced enough to learn advanced tunes, said Milford branch Director Layne Thompson-Payne.
"These are pieces that are not typically presented within a concert atmosphere," said Thompson-Payne, 50, of Middletown. "When the faculty starts thinking about what they're going to play, they try to think outside the box and try something that's not your standard repertoire and it gives the community, friends and family a chance to hear something they've never done before."
A glance at the playlist
The May 8 concert will spotlight pieces by nine confirmed performers including Christopher Braddock (guitar and mandolin) and Liliya Maslov (piano), who both teach at the school's Milford branch, Thompson-Payne said.
A few selections will feature Maslov and her husband, Oleg (piano), who will tackle a song cycle of Sergei Rachmaninoff compositions including "Barcarolle," "Theme Russe" and "Romance." In addition, Jerry Polman (baritone), accompanied by Maslov, will perform Francis Poulenc's "Chansons Villageoises." Braddock and Melinda Bowman (flute), known collectively as the Bowman-Braddock Duo, will flip the script with a repertoire titled "English Country Dance Medley," comprised of undisclosed traditional English tunes.
IF YOU GO
WHAT Music Masters: Faculty & Friends, Part II
WHEN 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 8
WHERE Music School of Delaware's Milford branch, 10 S. Walnut St., Milford,
COST $10 adults; $5 seniors and students
INFO Visit musicschoolofdelaware.org or call 422-2043