Celebrated virtuoso Andrew Sords was born 32 years ago in Newark. Though raised in Ohio, it is Delaware that he associates with his core heritage and sense of belonging. "My grandmother's family came to Delaware from Ireland and England in the 1620s, making them some of the first settlers. They remained in Delaware until the present day," said Sords. The sought-after violinist will be performing a full program of works by Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak, Elgar, Paganini, and John Williams with renowned pianist Elizabeth DeMio at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at the historic Milton Theatre. Tickets are $15-$20. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.MiltonTheatre.com, or call 302-684-3038.
Sords began piano lessons at age 5, and shortly thereafter asked for a violin. Early competition successes led to collaborations with nearly 300 top orchestras worldwide. Having been in the spotlight since his early 20s, Sords has received numerous awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society's Career Grant, the National Shirley Valentin Award, and the NFMC Young Artist Award.
Sords said, "My parents met at the University of Delaware, and I was born in Newark. Childhood summers were spent at Rehoboth Beach and at my grandmother's house in Milford. After a decade of touring, this is my first show in my native state, and I'm thrilled to perform with my family in attendance."
As for Sords’ return to Delaware, it is perhaps fitting that the Milton Theatre has such a strong and vibrant history. From the early silent movie days to the modern wide-screen color, the Milton proved to be a central part of town life. It survived three major fires, but endured extensive water damage from the Great Storm of 1962, causing the theater to close its doors, with Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii" being the last feature film shown. After delighting audiences globally in some of the world's great concert halls, Sords and DeMio are eagerly looking forward to performing classical music's finest in a renewed theater with immense history and panache.
For more information on Andrew Sords, go to andrewsords.com.