The Explorer Experience 2015-2016
Classroom and Concert Experience

Reservation Form

Teacher's Guide and Listening Examples

NEW! DDOA TranspARTation Grants to help with your transportation costs.

Peter and the Wolf
recommended for grades PK-4, all ages welcome
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New locations in Kent and Sussex Counties!

9:30 am at Milford Senior High School
1019 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963

12:30 pm at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
226 S. State St., Dover, DE 19901

peterframeA flittering bird, a doomed duck, a mischievous cat, and our fearless hero, Peter, spring to life as never before in their quest to outwit the ferocious wolf. Live music by the DSO meets the incredible creative genius of theatre ensemble, Really Inventive Stuff, in this magical story that introduces each of the instruments in the orchestra. Always a favorite of children and parents, students and teachers, purchase your tickets before Peter and the Wolf sells out.





Also featuring selections from works to highlight the unique sounds of the instrument families:

Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (String quintet)
Ravel - Tombeau de Couperin (Wind quintet)
Poulenc - Trio for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone (Brass trio)

burstPre-Concert School Visit
Your ticket includes a pre-Concert classroom visit by 1-2 musicians is included in your ticket price. Beginning a relationship with the students, these visiting musicians will introduce you to some of what you’ll hear at the concert and share their love for their instrument(s.) Contact Marjie Ripsom at to schedule a musician to visit your class before the
Explorer Concert.

Open Dress Rehearsals
for High School and College Students

Open Rehearsal Reservation Form

Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Grand Opera House
Wednesday, November 12, 2015 at Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall
Thursday, February 24, 2016 at the Geipel Center at Sanford School
Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the Geipel Center at Sanford School
Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Grand Opera House

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra Open Dress Rehearsals:

  • Are free of charge, but sign up early as space is limited!
  • Are open to high school and college students accompanied by a teacher or chaperone
  • Include a short pre-rehearsal conversation with Maestro David Amado on what he hopes to accomplish with the orchestra, history/background of the works to be performed, and information on any guest artist.

Pre- and Post-Concert Talks
for Students of All Ages!

Before every Classical Concert, Maestro Amado presents a short talk on the works you will hear during the performance. Pre-concert talks begin 1 hour before the performance and last approximately 30 minutes. Come early, grab your seat before the crowd, and become an educated listener! Post-concert talks will be held occasionally and can include featured DSO musicians in addition to Maestro Amado.

Maestro Amado Visits

During the Season, Maestro Amado lectures at a number of venues.
For the 2015 – 2016 Season, Maestro Amado can be found at:

Kendal Retirement Village Monday Night Talk Series on February 29, 2016
"The Current State of Classical Orchestras in the United States."