Reader blown away by SODELO performance

August 11, 2023

On Aug.  5, I had the opportunity to see the Southern Delaware Orchestra concert at Epworth United Methodist Church. As a new resident of Sussex County, I wanted to see what the cultural atmosphere of the area is all about. I’ve been a visitor to the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach areas all my life, and was a part-time resident here in the early 2000s. Things here have grown, as we all know.  

But of Saturday’s performance, I must say this: I was blown away! The 45 musicians – all amateurs, all ages and all musical abilities – performed a challenging program of classical and light popular music for 90 minutes to a packed house of extremely enthusiastic supporters.  

SODELO was formed just over a year ago, and it is clearly satisfying an itch for both musicians and music lovers in the region. Was it a perfect performance? It didn’t have to be. The love of performing by the musicians was overshadowed only by the overwhelming outpouring of cheers and applause at the end of the concert. I can’t wait to see them again in December!  

Congratulations to director James Allen Anderson and the entire orchestra for a job well done!  

Michael Resnick
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