Live concerts from Celtic to Classic will return from August 11 to 12

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Celtic to Classical will return to southern Delaware in mid-August for a fifth season, with a program designed to delight fans of all ages and musical genres.

Playing piano, violin and flute, Celtic to Classical co-founders Sheridan Seyfried and Ya-Jhu Yang will present a 60-minute program featuring classical works by Beethoven, Handel and Mozart, as well as Celtic violin, New Age music and Jethro Tull’s arrangement of a famous Renaissance madrigal.

Highlights include a thrilling performance on the four-handed piano, a lively flute-violin duet, and an original arrangement by Seyfried.

The duo will perform identical programs on Wednesday August 11 at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach and Thursday August 12 at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach. Both performances start at 7:30 p.m.

According to the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Delaware, unvaccinated and immunocompromised people are encouraged to wear masks. People with a cough, fever, or COVID-like symptoms are urged not to come.

Instead of a paid entry, Celtic to Classical accepts an offer of free will, with a suggested contribution of $ 15.

“We very much missed connecting with our audience at the beach last summer during the pandemic,” Seyfried said. “While we don’t have as big an ensemble as in previous years or will perform in so many venues, we are eager to present an eclectic program for a live audience. “

Sheridan Seyfried and Ya-Jhu Yang graduated in composition from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where their teachers included Richard Danielpour, Jennifer Higdon, and Nils Vigeland.

Their works have been performed around the world by musicians and ensembles such as David Shifrin, Ida Kavafian and the Santa Fe Symphony. In 2013, Sheridan Seyfried’s “Violin Concerto” was premiered by Pacific Symphony Principal Violin Dennis Kim, who performed with Celtic to Classical. Ya-Jhu Yang’s piano trio, “Letters to Formosa,” was performed at the Kennedy Center as the winner of the 2009 Washington International Competition.

Seyfried, whose parents Elise and Steve Seyfried founded the venerable Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theater in 1982, spent many summers at the beach while growing up. Celtic to Classical’s summer performances are inspired by the musical eclecticism of Andrea Clearfield’s Philadelphia Salon concerts and driven by a desire to find joy in different modes of musical expression.

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