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“Why, then the world ’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open,” says Pistol to Falstaff in Act II of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Those words never rang truer as Delaware Shakespeare does just that in bringing this play to life for their Summer Festival series at Rockwood Park. Originally, published in the early 1600s, The Merry Wives of Windsor is a vehicle for one of Shakespeare’s most infamous characters, Sir John Falstaff. The character of Falstaff, of course, had previously been featured in Henry IV, Part 1 and Part 2. It is said that Queen Elizabeth loved the character so much that she demanded Shakespeare write Falstaff into a comedy and show him in love. Thus, we have this play in which Falstaff, full of bravado and booze, sets out to woo two married women in order to gain access to their husband’s wealth. All the while, three other suitors make their play for a young lass whose heart belongs to only one. And so, as they say, comedy ensues. 

Seven Bells of Remembrance

On the Fourth of July, at the far end of Market, freedom will ring … and those doing the ringing will definitely need some earplugs. “It can be quite deafening,” says Delaware Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Alan Jordan.

Women Who Rock: Amy Watson Bish

While “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie” might seem like a natural soundtrack to Amy Watson Bish’s furious home-kitchen piemaking sessions (the frequently medal-winning pies don’t stick around for long), our guess is she’s more likely humming along to the Broadway musical, Waitress.

IN the Mix July 2019

Our pilot episode of our new monthly talk show IN the Mix is available now on Facebook and YouTube! 5 unsuspecting locals, artists and musicians are thrown INto the Mix. Rosanne DellAversano, Jeremy Hebbel, Joe Trainor, David Stradley and Joe Valenti join us for Ladybugs, Beatles, zombies and more of What's IN this month #inWilm...

Serafin String Quartet

Even a group as well-established as the Serafins must entertain questions and doubts when choosing a new identity. A string quartet which debuted in 2004 under the artistic direction of Kate Ransom, president and CEO of The Music School of Delaware, the group became the Serafin Ensemble earlier this year. The change opens new vistas of possibility in repertoire, instrumentation and collaboration. Already the roster has added piano, voice, double bass, flute and horn. But evolution isn’t always easy, especially in a chamber music world more comfortable with string quartets and a pop culture with a tendency to treat all “classical” music as antiquated...