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  • Smyrna Opera House to host 10th anniversary events

  • The Smyrna Opera House will feature the 10th Anniversary Art Show & Reception, “Wild Delmarva”, featuring the photography of Smyrna native Kevin Fleming on Thursday, April 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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  • The Smyrna Opera House will feature the 10th Anniversary Art Show & Reception, "Wild Delmarva", featuring the photography of Smyrna native Kevin Fleming on Thursday, April 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Once a photographer for National Geographic, and recently named "America's Best Observer" by Reader's Digest, Kevin will be on hand at the reception. This show focuses on life in his beloved Delmarva, and Kevin's photographs as well as his most recent book, "Wild Delmarva," will be available for purchase. The Art Show & Reception are free and open to the public.
    The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Re-Opening of the Smyrna Opera House will feature the award-winning vocalist and star of Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde, Linda Eder, on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Prepare to be mesmerized by the beautiful voice of Linda Eder as she sings American standards and Broadway favorites. The Smyrna Opera House is pleased that Linda has added us to her national tour for 2013. Linda's voice will showcase perfectly in our magnificent and historic venue!
    The Smyrna Opera House is proud to announce that the 10-Year Anniversary Events are partially sponsored by Becker Morgan, Mid-Del Charitable Foundation, and WSFS. Also, these programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and by donations from a broad base of public agencies, corporations and individual supporters.
    Tickets
    The Kevin Fleming Art Show & Reception is scheduled at the Smyrna Opera House on Thursday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. All artwork will be available for sale.
    The Linda Eder concert is scheduled at the Smyrna Opera House on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. The schedule of events for the evening is as follows:
    - 5:30 p.m. – Champagne Reception
    - 6:30 p.m. (approximately) – Commemoration Ceremony
    - 7:30 p.m. – Linda Eder Concert
    Ticket prices are as follows:
    • Gold Tickets are $100.00 and include champagne reception, commemoration ceremony, concert and "meet and greet" with Ms. Eder after the performance.
    • Silver Tickets are $55.00 and include all the above except the "meet and greet".
    Tickets may be purchased by calling (302) 653-4236, by visiting smyrnaoperahouse.org or in person at the Smyrna Opera House, Corner of South and Main Streets, Smyrna, DE. Box-office hours are Tues. - Fri. 10 AM - 4:00 PM.
    Page 2 of 3 - About Kevin Fleming
    You may not recognize his name but you have probably seen his photographs.
    Fleming has covered the world as a photographer for National Geographic and has recently been recognized "America's Best Observer" by Readers Digest. His assignments have taken him into war and famine in Somalia, to the Mediterranean for a re-creation of the voyage of Ulysses and put him on a dogsled crossing the Canadian arctic.
    Kevin has worked in 26 countries photographing subjects as diverse as the sub-atomic world of high-energy physics and New Zealand sheep ranchers. While reporting on the Sinai Peninsula in 1981, Kevin came under the assassins' gunfire that killed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. He escaped with some of the few images of that tragic moment.
    A Delaware native, Kevin began his career as a newspaper photographer after attending Wesley College (where he has been inducted into their Hall of Fame and in 2007 was named the "Distinguished Alumni of the Year"). He then spent a decade as a National Geographic photographer and most recently has concentrated on creating books. His photography has won many national and international awards.
    On September 11, 2001, when the second airplane crash into the World Trade Center, Kevin instantly realized that America, and the world were changed forever. That day, he changed too, a sense of urgency compelled him to get back on the road and finish his book on the people and places in America.
    For The Heart of America, Kevin spent years crisscrossing our nation from Florida's Everglades to the summit of Alaska's Mt. McKinley. Traveling in helicopters, hot air balloons, kayaks, and on horseback to capture the heart and soul of America. He brings us a warm, funny, openhearted exploration of America and Americans with his compelling photographs and stories from the back roads, people and places seldom seen. You can see some of his America photographs at www.AmericaBook.com.
    In 2008 Kevin photographed and published Wild Delaware, which features wildlife and wild places across his home state. Wild Delaware was published in November 2008 and is now sold out. You can his photographs at www.WildDelaware.com.
    His latest book Wild Delmarva was published in November 2010, and was the #1 bestselling book on the peninsula. You can see his photographs and order Wild Delmarva here: www.WildDelmarva.com.
    About Linda Eder
    Showcasing one of the greatest contemporary voices of our time, Linda Eder's diverse repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. As the tragic character "Lucy" in the Broadway musical Jekyll & Hyde, from composer Frank Wildhorn, Eder blew the roof off of New York's Plymouth Theatre each night as she belted out signature songs "Someone Like You" and "A New Life". Her Broadway debut, for which she was rewarded with a Drama Desk nomination, sent her already rapidly rising star blazing across the sky, securing her spot as one of America's most beloved singers and dynamic live performers. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote, "What do we mean when we use the word perfection? The question arises every time I watch the pop singer Linda Eder…"
    Page 3 of 3 - Most recently, Linda crowned her two-decade recording career with a new album, Now, which reunited Eder with Broadway and pop composer Frank Wildhorn. The new release marked the musical return of this legendary team after six years. Eder's transcendent voice is the perfect complement to Wildhorn's lush, imaginative music. Now's 12 dynamic new tracks elevate the spirit while capturing many moods.
    Born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in Brainerd, Minnesota, Eder began her career singing in her home state and eventually landed a gig at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City. But it was her appearances on the 1987 season of Star Search, where she won for an unprecedented 12 weeks that attracted the attention of audiences and record companies alike.
    Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album and soon established a vital niche as America's most popular and acclaimed new interpreter of pop standards and theatrical songs with 14 solo albums and 12 musical recordings. Those albums highlight Eder's abundant vocal gifts as well as her skill for delivering dramatic, emotionally resonant interpretations of familiar songs while making them her own. She followed up with The Other Side of Me, a country pop blend of contemporary music – including a song written by Linda.
    In Fall 2010, Linda released Soundtrack. Produced by Peter Collins, Soundtrack finds Eder going to the movies and adding new dimensions to an eclectic mix of themes from the silver screen. The 12 tracks span the last 50 years in cinema, from Henry Mancini's "Charade," the title tune of the 1963 movie starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, to "Falling Slowly," the Best Original Song Academy Award winner from the movie Once.
    In June 2010, Linda and Clay Aiken covered Roy Orbison's "Crying" as a duet on Clay's new album Tried & True. She was recently featured on two PBS television specials including Clay Aiken's Tried & True and Hallelujah Broadway.
    The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder's career. She has performed for sold-out crowds and venues across the country and throughout Europe. Her concerts have been televised on Bravo and PBS. Trail Mix, her primetime Animal Planet special, was a natural extension of her love of animals for this Minnesota native who remains a "farm girl" at heart.
    Eder has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Town Hall, The Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap and the Ravinia Festival. Always touring in good company, her collaborations include the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Tony-winner Michael Feinstein and Keith Lockhart, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

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