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THE CLASSICS AT BRANTWYN: Brunch, Blues & Hot Cars

IT’S BACK! EVERYONE’S FAVORITE SPECIAL EVENT TO BENEFIT THE KENNETT SYMPHONY. This year we honor Kennett Symphony volunteer extraordinaire Paul Merluzzi in thanks and celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the popular event he has spearheaded for 15 years! Join us to raise funding for the Kennett Symphony and help us thank Paul Merluzzi!

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Please join us at an upcoming Kennett Symphony event or concert. Details on all future events and concerts are below.

Sunday, October 2, 2022: Doors open at 10:30am; Grand Parade begins at 11:00am; Rain or shine event


Brantwyn Estate, 600 Rockland Road, Wilmington DE

  • The Classics at Brantwyn is a garden party featuring magnificent cars, musical entertainment, gourmet brunch and open bar. A special event fundraiser to benefit the Kennett Symphony, The Classics presents beautiful and historic automobiles from the beginning of the 20th century to present.
  • Update as of 9-29-22, 4:30pm: The Classics is a rain or shine event. While rainy weather is predicted for this Sunday, doors will still open at 10:30am with plans for the parade of cars to occur at 11:00am. No matter the weather, music will be played, bars will be open at 11:00am, brunch will be served at 12:00noon, and we will celebrate Paul Merluzzi as planned!
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Schubert & Champagne

Saturday, November 5, 2022 – 11:00am
Mendenhall Inn, Mendenhall, PA

  • Entr’acte No. 3 from Rosamunde – Franz Schubert
  • Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” – Franz Schubert

  • Here is a concert that will change the way you think about concerts. With seating around the orchestra, you get a unique perspective. Food and drink is available throughout the performance engendering a relaxed atmosphere. The concert is one hour long on a Saturday morning. You will experience one of the greatest masterpieces of music ever written performed by one of the finest orchestras. Our Music Director, Michael Hall, will provide insightful commentary throughout. This year, we delve into Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony”.
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Masterworks 1

Sunday, November 6, 2022 – 3:00pm
Unionville High School, Kennett Square, PA

  • Four Poems – Christine Donkin
  • Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” – Franz Schubert
  • Serenade No. 2 – Johannes Brahms

West Coast composer Christine Donkin’s music has been described as “astonishingly beautiful”. Her Four Poems captures the essence of poetry that describes the changing of the seasons and the moods that they invoke. Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony is warm and dramatic and contains only 2 movements of a typical 4 movement symphony. It was discovered 37 years after his death, languishing in a desk drawer, before it was first performed. In Brahms’ Serenade No. 2, the violins of the orchestra are completely omitted, which is highly unusual, but gives the piece a darker hued quality. Brahms was 43 years old before he wrote his first Symphony and in order to prepare, he composed this smaller, shorter Serenade, a masterpiece in its own right.

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Family Concert

Sunday, March 12, 2023 – 2:00pm
Rustin High School, West Chester, PA

  • Ferdinand the Bull – Bizet arr. Meyer

  • The Hummingbird and the FIre – Mahler arr. Fox

Two timeless stories will be told accompanied by music from Georges Bizet and Gustav Mahler. Ferdinand the Bull is a favorite children’s story about a peace-loving bull who loves smelling the flowers more than bullfighting. A true classic with a message about being true to yourself accompanied by exotic music from Bizet’s opera Carmen. Our second story, called The Hummingbird and the Fire, combines the music of Gustav Mahler with an indigenous story about how a little hummingbird tries to put out a forest fire one drop of water at a time. It is a parable about respecting the land and what can be accomplished if everyone works together. Two wonderful stories with an important message told with the help of dramatic orchestral music.

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Masterworks 2

Sunday, May 7, 2023 – 3:00pm

Unionville High School, Kennett Square, PA

  • Neowise – Roger Zare; Winner of Kennett Symphony’s Composition Competition

  • Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    David Kim, Violin

    Symphony No. 2 – Jean Sibelius

After 132 submissions to our inaugural Composition Competition, the winning piece has been chosen! Inspired by science and nature, composer Roger Zare’s piece Neowise describes a comet that flew by the inner Solar System throughout July 2020. We then welcome David Kim, Concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra and good friend of the Kennett Symphony, to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. We finish the concert with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, a bold and remarkable work with a musical language unique to Sibelius. One of his most popular symphonies, it begins in pastoral sunshine, soon swept away by icy winds, all while developing toward a triumphant conclusion.

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Masterworks 3: Symphony Under The Stars

Sunday, June 25, 2023 – 7:30pm
Open Air Theatre, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

  • Capriccio Italien – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Flight of the Bumblebee – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Selections from Schindler’s List – John Williams

    Vocalise – Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Russian Easter Overture – Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov

    Dance of the Comedians – Dmitry Kabalevsky

  • Masquerade Waltz – Aram Khachaturian

Get ready to take in the sights of Longwood Gardens and the sounds of the Kennett Symphony. Waltzes and Galops abound as we present a collection of beloved light classical pieces including the sunny and delightful Capriccio Italien, the mercurial Flight of the Bumblebee, the heartfelt Vocalise as well as music from John William’s score to Schindler’s List.

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