Symphony Opens Season With a Nod to Hispanic Composers and Performers

Central Ohio Symphony Opens 37th Season In Delaware

Central Ohio Symphony Preforming at Grey Chapel

The Central Ohio Symphony taking a bow

When the Central Ohio Symphony launches its 37th season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, it will fill the auditorium at Gray Chapel with the sound of Brahms and works by three Latino/Hispanic composers. 

The season debut concert will feature a world premiere of Recuerdos by Ohio composer Sonia Morales-Matos, along with Danzon #2 by Arturo Márquez and Huapango by José Pablo Mancayo.  The orchestra will also showcase two members of the internationally renown Dalí Quartet, violinist Simón Gollo and cellist Jesús Morales, performing the Double Concerto in A Minor by Johannes Brahms. This will be the third concert featuring the cellist Morales, brother of composer Sonia Morales-Matos and Music Director Jaimes Morales-Matos, who will begin his 13th season with the Symphony. 

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Symphony to Highlight Holidays with Annual Concerts 

image The Central Ohio Symphony will present its annual holiday concerts on Sunday, December 14, at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Gray Chapel on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware. The orchestra under the direction of Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos will perform two identical concerts of seasonal music.

“The holiday concerts are always an excellent opportunity for young and old alike to get into the holiday spirit,” said Symphony Executive Director Warren W. Hyer. This concert will feature the orchestra, a new guest artist, soprano Laura Portune from Columbus and a world premiere. Hyer said the audience “could expect an exciting seasonal concert of familiar Holiday music.”

The concert has a number of traditional and new works this year,  noted Hyer. “Ice Dance” by Westerville composer Ken McCaw was written for the Central Ohio Symphony 2014 and is a world premiere. “Ken’s composition and arranging credits include Disney, Opryland, The US Olympic Committee, NASCAR, Mills James and many others. “We have been talking for several years about a new piece of music and it worked out for this year. We are excited to perform it first,” said Hyer.

The highlight for any young person will the an orchestral medley of music from the hit Disney movie “Frozen.” Other works to be performed on the program are the holiday medley Christmas Favorites,  Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Silver Bells, Christmas Song (Chestnuts), a Celtic Christmas, Carol of the Bells, White Christmas and an audience sing-a-long with Miss Portune who will also sing selections form Handel and Mozart.

The concerts are sponsored by Buehler’s Fresh Foods and DCB, the Delaware County Bank.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Symphony Source office at 24 E. Winter Street in downtown Delaware, and at Buehler’s Fresh Foods. Prices are $25.00, adults; $20.00, seniors; $6.00, students of any age; and $4.00, children, six and under. Ticket may also be ordered online at or by calling the Symphony at 740-362-1799.

Rock the Boat Caribbean Cruise Event




Thursday, September 4, 2014  6 – 10 p.m.

Sumptuous food, island-themed games, auctions, steel drum music, dancing, PLUS a 7-night Caribbean Cruise for two. The Rock the Boat Cruise Event has it all!  Buy your tickets now and support programs and services provided by the Council for Older Adults.


To buy tickets or for more info:

The Fred Davis Memorial Ride – Saturday August 23, 2014

wpid-received_m_mid_1407249014300_5a9dea76c5f67b9833_0.jpegThe Fred Davis Memorial Ride Hosted by the Jug Bar and Grill 835 N. Houk Rd Delaware, Ohio Saturday August 23, 2014

All money made will be used for a grave site marker. Extra money will go to the Heart Association. Single Riders- $15 Double Riders- $20

  • 1st bike out at 12:00 pm
  • Last bike out at 1:00 pm
  • All bikes in at 5:00 pm

To follow at 7:00 live band Killing Time, DJ on patio
Free hot Dogs to all riders. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, plus an auction . Breakfast will be available from 8-2.

DelawareO is not responsible for cancellations, delays, or any other details with this event. Please contact sponsor with any questions or concerns.

Delaware Music Academy Rally in the Alley

“so where did this, Rally In the Alley, come from??”……In June of 2013, when I opened the Delaware Music Academy, I wanted to take our private music instruction wing to another level. For our students who were studying pop music, your standard recital just wasn’t immersive enough. We needed a format that better simulated our students goals. The instructors and I, over a period of six months, designed a contemporary music program that we now call ROCKSHOP. This would put students in realistic rehearsal and performance environments. Our first two concerts, held at the Backstretch bar, were a huge success, each one a bigger production than the last. So where do we go from there? What else could we add to make this even bigger? When I heard that Delaware’s biggest music festival, Jeff’s Jam, would be postponed until 2015, I had an idea. Turn ROCKSHOP in to a music festival, and have the student bands play alongside professional acts. The students not only get to play a “gig”, they get to stand alongside the “pros” and see how things are done from their perspective. 7 student bands, 3 professional bands, and great food and drinks. Thank you for supporting music in Delaware, and I can’t wait to see you all at Rally In The Alley!!!! Cheers, Adam Furay

27 W William St, Delaware, OH 43015

music, food, and drinks!
*** tickets are $10, and can be purchased online from this link: ***food and drinks courtesy of The Backstretch Bar

3:00 gates open
4:00 – DMA student bands
7:30 – Three ThreeTon Toad
9:00 – The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
10:30 – Bad Medicine, a tribute to Bon Jovi and Journey
***tickets are $10, and can be purchased online from this link: ***


Humane Society of Delaware County “Kick Off Picnic”

June 1 (Sunday) ~ “Kick Off Picnic” 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at HSDC’s shelter located at 4920 St. Rt. 37 East, Delaware, OH.         

Come join us at our shelter for an afternoon of food and fun for the whole family. We are putting together a great picnic and filling the day with fun events such as: food from Raising Cane’s (all sales from the $3 chicken tender snack pack ~2 pieces plus sauce~ will be donated to HSDC), desserts, face painting for the kids, adoption specials, and vendors.

More details to come, but mark your calendars so you can stop by and help us kick off the “ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge” in style! Special Entertainment Live band music from “North Washington Street” (Special thanks to the band members for donating their time and gift to our event: (shown to the right, respectively: Brandon Jordan, Avery McGrail, Austin Johnson, and Jimmy Nicholson) Raising Cane’s will also have a Prize Wheel (Come see what you’ll win!) .

If you’d like to donate a raffle item or set up a vendor table ($15), please contact HSDC’s Carol Girberd in advance to reserve your table space at (740) 369-7387 or

St Mary Delaware Festival


There is no better way to celebrate the first official weekend of summer than by attending a festival! Join us for two nights – June 20 and 21 from 5 p.m. to midnight each night.

Live music from The Divide, These Guys Live, Project 75 and Shotgun McCoy. Watch an Irish Dance exhibition by The Academy.

Try your luck at our casino, enjoy the great food and drink, bring the kids for the games and carnival rides. Pick up something unique at the Silent Auction. Maybe YOU are the big winner in the Raffle – top prize $5,000! Like us on Facebook St-Mary-Parish-Festival or follow us on twitter @StMaryFestival to get updates on scheduled events for each night.

The festival is a community event that benefits the church and our efforts to assist families in Delaware County.  As a parish we support Common Ground Freestore, Family Promise, and People in Need.  Our St Vincent de Paul conference and Knights of Columbus group assist families in crisis.

Editor’s note: My wife and I have not missed one of these since moving to Delaware…highly recommended!



Blues Barbeque Benefit for Andrews House

Live Blues Music & BBQ

Saturday, June 21, 2014    5:30 – 11:00pm


Emcee:  Steven Kline

Live Blues Music: 

The Nicely Brothers & Friends

The Crazy Gringos

Pett Crow


The Delaware County Fairgrounds, Merchant Building 236 Pennsylvania Avenue • Delaware, OH 43015

Food : City Barbeque Catering

Non-alcoholic drinks available. Feel free to bring your favorite adult beverage.


(available at or call 740.369.4520)

Dinner tickets must be purchased by June 13th

$35 dinner and music(dinner served 6:00-7:00pm)

$20 music only (bands start at 7:15pm)

41st Delaware Arts Festival

MAY 17 & 18, 2014

Saturday 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday 10 am to 5 pm
Free Admission & Free Parking


Full details: Delaware Arts Festival

Don’t Miss Out On This Musical Extravaganza

Attention all choir junkies! The Delaware Community Choir is well on its way to the opening of its spring 2014 performance “Love is in the Air”This heart melting performance will include Liebeslieder Walzer (Love Song Waltzes) by Johannes Brahms, along with a special feature from Erin Petrella & T.C. Kincer, who will be playing together with four hands on one piano! You don’t want to miss that! The concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 4 at St. Peter’s Church on 45 West Winter Street. There will be two showings, one at 3pm and one at 5. Tickets can be ordered using the forum at and are $10.00 each. Definitely worth the price! Below is a sneak-peek of what can be expected at this upcoming performance including an interview with Director Daniel Hursey and a video of one of the choir rehearsing some of the songs they will be performing. Save the date!

Allow me to introduce to you Director Daniel Hursey in an interview I conducted with him last Monday about the upcoming performance

Q: What is to be expected at this upcoming concert?

Hursey: Since we’ve had such a long, drawn out winter, I trust the music we will be singing at this program will be a delightful segue into spring. The songs are a variety of love songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Johannes Brahms, to name a few.

Q: What type or selection of music does the choir usually sing and why?

Hursey: We are quit an eclectic group which includes a wide range of choral literature which has been written over the ages. Each piece can be educational to the chorister and singing a variety of literature is a good way to educate them

Q:  Who is the choir’s audience? What do you think the audience enjoys most when the choir performs?

Hursey: Our audience is also eclectic. We attempt to reach out to all ages, but I fear it is a mostly maturer age we are reaching. I wish younger folks would give us a chance as I truly know many would love the music we are singing. I think our audience probably enjoys the lighter fair when it comes to repertoire. However, this concert feature a grand piano being played by four hands, an experience some audience members may not have heard. I believe they also enjoy when we include chamber orchestra as we have with Mozart and Haydn selections or quest soloists/organists.

Q: Does the choir participate in other events or activities together other than singing?

Hursey: We do like a good party. Usually after a concert we have a get together to watch the video of it. These are often potluck affairs. In the fall we host a patron/donor dinner which is held in my home. It is our way of thanking them for their support.

Q: What are some of the most critical choices/decisions you have to make as a director when it comes to preparing for a concert?

Hursey: I have three criteria which I follow. One is I must like the music we sing or it would be no fun to teach it. Secondly, I try to select literature which ost of the choristers will enjoy and something which will aid them in growing more musical. Thirdly, I want the audience to enjoy the selections and this is one reason our literature is so varied.

Q: Where are some of the places the choir has performed at?

Hursey: Our two main concerts, December and May, are sung at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. However, we have performed at both Willowbrook South and at Delaware Run. We have gone to Sarah Moore Home, the Council for Older Adults, Friendship Village, Columbus, Grady Hospital for their annual tree lighting event as well as caroling during December First Friday in downtown Delaware, the annual Handbell Concert in November, and recently the Ecumenical service on Good Friday at St. Mary’s.

Q: How did the Delaware Community Choir come about? Who started it and why?

Hursey: Since I have only been with the group for five years, this is a difficult answer. The chorus was formed in 1969. I believe, until recently, the rehearsals took place at Sanborn Hall on the OWU campus. We now rehearse, perform, and have our music library at St. Peters.

Q: Tell me about some of the members of the choir, how do they differ from each other? What types of backgrounds do they come from?

Hursey: We have business women and men, moms, lawyers, doctors, and teachers to name a few. Sometimes I wonder why it all works, but it most assuredly does and it comes out in their deep love and joy of singing.

Q: Why do you enjoy being director? What is your experience with music?

Hursey: I love singing and choral music and sharing the beauty of both. I have probably worked with choirs for nearly 50 years, but this group is definitely one of the best. They are just tops to me. My background is teaching at the elementary level for 30 years. During that time, I was a chorister in various organizations , plus, always had a church position as an organist. Probably my two biggest thrills were playing a half organ recital at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in New York City and taking my children’s choir to sing during the lunch hour at Trinity Church, Wall Street, again in New York.

Q: And lastly, what are your hopes for the choir in the future? Where do you see it going and how do you plan on getting there?

Hursey: My hoe is we can continue to grow as a choral organization and that we will begin attracting younger voices to our organization. Otherwise, it will eventually be a thing of the past. I have always enjoyed doing outreach in a community which includes singing for various organizations both gratis and for a fee. My dream is to take the entire group to either Connecticut or Switzerland. We have been invited to both locations. Money and time is always the drawback, but the Universe works in mysterious ways, and I know it will eventually occur.

If you’re not falling in love with this local choir already, you will after watching the video below. Sit back and enjoy! But don’t miss the performance!