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WDEL's Delaware Arts Showcase
with Carl Kanefsky, in association with Content Delaware


Dover Symphony Orchestra


For more than 40 years, the Dover Symphony Orchestra has served as a source of entertainment for people throughout the state, as well as an outlet for its members.

It all began in 1968 when amateur musicians looked for a place to play. Today, Music Director Donald Buxton says, the orchestra has grown into a group of professionals and amateurs from around the region.

"It really provides an opportunity for musicians who are looking for an outlet to ply their art."

And Buxton says the group shares its talents in a variety of places.

"The Smyrna Opera House which has been a delight for us as part of a Dover Days Pops Concert. We have performed on the ferry, the Lewes Ferry for a Symphony at Sea Concert, but our primary venues are the Calvary Church in Dover, and the Schwartz Center in Dover."

Buxton stresses that while the Dover Symphony is a volunteer orchestra, members still get rewarded.

"It's all about the music. It's inspiring our performers, it's inspiring our audiences, it's building the audiences of today, and it's building the audiences of tomorrow."

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