Growing Southern Delaware Orchestra  

Performs August 5 Concert at Epworth 

Classics from Beethoven to the Great American Songbook 

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – After three successful concerts played to full houses, the Southern Delaware Orchestra is excited to perform at yet another popular local venue: Epworth United Methodist Church. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the church on Holland Glade Road. Tickets are $20 each and $10 for students. Tickets will be available at the door and in advance online at SODELO’s website, 

Left to right: Kim Leisey works through a section of her music during a rehearsal break while Ruth Myers and Mary W. Smith pose for the camera.

The performance will be led by music director James Allen Anderson. Selections range from classical favorites to the Great American Songbook. Listeners will be treated to Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, a piece that was originally from a play created by his friend, Goethe. The work chronicles a sixteenth century story about a Dutch count who defied a Spanish attack. Works from American composers include the popular “Summertime” by George Gershwin and “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Duke Ellington. 

Those looking for more information about the upcoming concert or who are interested in supporting the orchestra through participation, volunteering, or donating can visit or like Southern Delaware Orchestra on Facebook. 

About SODELO: SODELO is a string orchestra established in the spring of 2022 and is comprised of over 40 musicians. Its mission is to provide a welcoming environment for performers in southern Delaware to learn, play, and perform classical music for the community and to enhance the richness of the arts and cultural offerings of the region. Musicians include professionals, teachers, high school students, and retirees.  

The orchestra was started when Board President Steve Greifer posted on social media in February 2022 looking for local musicians with whom he could play chamber music. The response was much greater than imagined. Eva DelGallo, a retired school orchestra conductor and Lewes resident, and James Allen Anderson, head of orchestral studies at the University of Delaware, jumped in to help get interested musicians organized. The orchestra held its first rehearsal on May 3, 2022 and gave its first concert the following July at Bethel United Methodist Church to a full house and a standing ovation. 

SODELO is supported in part by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on SODELO also wishes to thank the Freeman Foundation for its generous support. 

Learn more about how the orchestra is bringing more fine arts opportunities to Sussex County, how to join as a musician, and how to support the orchestra’s work through fundraising and volunteering at or like and follow Southern Delaware Orchestra on Facebook. 

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