Delaware County Symphony

Originally from the Brandywine Country Magazine. Story by Kim Graham.

Professional-Quality Performances Abound Throughout Our Countryside, Providing a Diverse Musical Soundtrack to Our Beautiful Landscape

The lights blink and then moments later dim into darkness. Somewhere in the blackness, under a solitary light clipped to a music stand, the cacophony of an orchestra coming to life bellows and bounces off the walls. The low groan of a trombone, the flitter of a flute, the rumble of a drum fight against each other until they are brought to a stop by the tap-tap-tap of the master’s baton. The audience breathes in the quiet moment of anticipation . . . And the magic begins.

How long has it been since you’ve enjoyed a night of live music? Since you’ve sat in awe of the grand sound of an accomplished symphony or you’ve tapped your feet to the beat of a lively choral group? If it’s been too long, your excuses are over because there are several wonderful options for a memorable musical evening right here in Brandywine Country. Take the Delaware County Symphony for instance.

For more than 30 years, the Delaware County Symphony has provided our area with outstanding opportunities to learn, experience and appreciate classical music. By providing audiences and performers with a varied repertoire, the 70-member community orchestra is a dynamic group that enriches our local arts environment through its performances. Each year, the orchestra performs four full symphony concerts and four chamber concerts. The symphony concerts typically feature soloists and include standard works as well as American and world premieres. The chamber concerts highlight music for smaller ensembles and showcase the more experienced members of the orchestra as well as guest soloists. All concerts are given at the Meagher Theatre on the Neumann University campus in Aston, Pa. Community members are welcome to join the orchestra, and you don’t necessarily need an instrument to become a part of the group. Interested musicians may schedule an audition with the symphony’s personnel manager, but volunteers are also needed in supporting roles such as ticket collection, lobby sales, poster distribution and fundraising activities.

More information on the symphony — including schedules, contact information and ticket sales — can be found on the Web site at or by calling 610-879-7059.


Dining Under the Stars

A couple clinks glasses of pinot noir, a waiter balances plates of pasta carbonara and penne puttanesca, while a boy runs down the street.  The sound of a saxophone lends a slow, syncopated quality to the summer night air.  Is this a scene along the storied Champs Elyseé or have you stumbled into the Piazza Navona for a bit of la dolce vita?

This is actually State Street in Media, PA for “Dining Under the Stars” every Wednesday this summer.  What better way to escape the weekly work grind than to relax outside with food and friends in Delaware County’s favorite borough?  European charm and les bons temps are available from 5-10pm when State Street is closed down to vehicles so that pedestrians and foodies can stroll and dine.

“Dining Under the Stars,” isn’t just about quiet refinement though.  There’s something for the whole family: street painters for the kids, Corvettes lining the street for the avid car buff, and extended hours of Media’s favorite shops for the fashionista.  Of course shopping and car gazing can be exhausting, which is why a cocktail and a Soda for the kids are highly recommended.  Sip and listen to the sounds of jazz ensembles or the Shining Stars group from Upper Darby Center for the Performing Arts Center.

The greatest thing about “Dining Under the Stars” is the sense of community and atmosphere. After all, Media calls itself “Everybody’s Hometown,” and after an evening of walking, shopping, and dining, you’ll certainly feel at home.  So this Wednesday surprise yourself and the family: pile the kids, along with the Misses and Mister into the car and take them to Media for a magical night of family fun.  As the sun sets on State Street we won’t blame you for quoting Keats, “Oh! how I love, on a fair summer’s eve.”

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