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50- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 Southern Delaware Choral Society to unveil original composition April 14 By lO'isten Seal A once in a lifetime musical event is planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at Sussex Cen- tral High School. The Southern Delaware Choral Society has commissioned and will perform a unique musical piece written especially for the Choral Society by internationally renowned composer, Dr. Lee Mitchell. The music and the words for the piece, entitled "Delaware: (A Secular Oratorio) for Soprano, Mixed Chorus and Diverse Instru- ments" were both written by Mitchell. "The Choral Society commis- sioning something like this has never happened before and proba- bly will never happen again be- cause of the expense involved," explained Southern Delaware Choral Society executive director Elizabeth Hochholzer. "But Lee [Mitchell] really gave us a bargain and since it is Our tenth anniversary, we thought it was certainly worth doing and it is worth it to the state." The Southern Delaware Choral Society currently consists of about 60 members from all across Sus- sex County. Mitchell lives in Millsboro for half of the year and in Switzerland for the other half. He is a Delaware native and completed his graduate work at the University of Bern in Switzer- land. He also taught at the bi-lin- gual Academy of Music in Biel, Switzerland and has given many concerts throughout Europe. Mitchell began playing 1he pi- ano at age three and began com- posing at age five. The nearly 100 different works Mitchell has com- pleted in his lifetime include chamber music, choral pieces, trios, piano pieces and solo organ pieces. Holchholzer was aware that such an accomplished composer was residing in Delaware and commissioned him to write the piece on Delaware which is un- derwritten by-grants from the Delaware State Arts Council, the Sussex County Council and pri- vate contributors. Mitchell explained that an ora- torio is a dramatic work that can be either sacred, or secular, adding that "it is what opera would be if we didn't stage it." His oratorio on Delaware is comprised of three movements written about each of Delaware's three counties Mentioned the lyrics are the Hagley Musem-n, the Brandywine' River, W00lale Bridge, The Green in Dovbr and the wild geese at Bombay. Hook, dawn at Cape Henlopen, Trapp Pond. and an au- tumn walk inRehoboth Beach. "I spent about eight months Millsboro resident Dr. Lee Mitchell's oratorio entitled "Delaware: (.4 Secular Orator/o) for Soprano, Mixed Chorus and Diverse Instruments" will be performed by the Southern Delaware Choral Society on Sunday April 14 at Sussex Cen- tral High School. writing the piece. I composed all of the music at the piano and after a large section was completed, I would enter it into the computer," explained Mitchell. The oratorio features the cho- rus, soprano soloist Barbara Stashkevetch of Baltimore and seven different instruments - one of which is the nine-foot Steinway piano Mitchell himself will be playing. The musicians who are playing the other instruments (flute, clar- inet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and violin) are all members on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. ciety Musical Director Richard Eckerd said, "It is such a lovely composition - it is just gorgeous. The standards that Lee has im- posed on us have r6ally raised our technical level." As he was writing, Mitchell did not know which would be the fi- nal movement of the oratorio. He settled on the autumn walk in Re- hoboth section of the Sussex County movement. The final lyrics read, "Once again, before winter's callous ad- vance, generations mingle in wind, sun and rain along board- walk and shore in a seasonal farewell to Rehoboth Beach." "It is the most diverse ensemble for which I've ever written," Mitchell said. "The strong part of the orchestration is the piano - the other instruments are more deco- .rative." Southern Delaware Choral So- Tickets for the Sunday, April 14 performance are still, available for $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For further information, contact the Sussex County Arts Council at 856-5421. Dandelion Festival set for April t4 All About Herbs is having a Dandelion Festival on Sunday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food, games, contests, door prizes, classes on the "Dandy Herb" in the Secret Garden, T-shirts,. face paint- ing, and "The Dandelion Celebration" cookbook by Peter Gail. If you wear yellow, you will be eligible for a special prize. Anyone wanting ...any--morenftmmaion.alxTut.Ihe,.festival may calLSuzaanc./agcltcs at 644-0833. -- Open ThursdcI for Dinner thin Mondcry Night -- 320 Rehoboth Avenue 226-BREW t Now Open Thursday - Sunday Chez La Mer Restaurant offers a well-rounded menu featuring continental cuisine and an award-winning wine list in a charming restored beach house. EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE .NOON TO 8:30 P.M. In addition to our special Easter menu, several brunch selections w/// be offered from noon until 3:30 p.m. 210 Second Street, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Reservations: 302-227-6494 (Non-smoking available) The management and staff of the Buttery wish to acknowledge the brilliance and hard work of executive chef Rosemary Pavinski for her successful creation of the Winemaker's Dinner Series. Restaurant/ Bar/ C harcuterie _.... Lunch Served Tuesday thru Saturday 11-2 Dinner Tuesday thru Thursday & Sunday 5-9 Friday & Saturday 5-10 Three Course Prix Fixe Dinner Specials $12.95" Served every night til 6:30 Easter Sunday Brunch 10-2 Dinner 4-9 Closed Mondays til Summer Reservations Are Suggested