If you’re looking for beautiful music and more in the greater Wilmington area, look no further than the Fall Jazz Series at The Delaware Art Museum. This series presents two jazz piano powerhouses, Terry Klinefelter on Thursday October 13th at 8:00 p.m. and Suzzette Ortiz on Thursday November 17th at 8:00 p.m. These performances will be intimate solo concerts on the Museum’s Steinway Grand Piano. Performances will consist of the artists’ favorite works and stories from their lives. Each performance will include an artist chat led by Raye Jones Avery. The performances will take place in the stunning Fusco Grand Hall. Guests will also have access to a cash bar. 

The fall Jazz Series serves to connect people with art and to each other through experiences across disciplines. The unique and intimate program will allow audience members to get an up-close experience of masterful pianists and a look into their lives through the artist chat and stories woven throughout the performance. Raye Jones Avery, an accomplished jazz vocalist herself, will facilitate an engaging and interactive discussion around artistry and life as a musician.  

Dr. Terry Klinefelter is a versatile artist, at home in jazz clubs as well as the classical concert stage. She has performed at the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Chadds Ford Winery Jazz Festival, Jazz at the Springs, COTA Festival, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Exuberance and many others. Known for her lyrical style and beautiful sound, she has made several appearances on the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Music Series and also performed abroad in Mexico and Italy. She has collaborated with dance companies, serving as pianist with the Pennsylvania Ballet in the early nineties, and also more recently with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (Mozart’s “Twinkle” Variations, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, and annual performances of The Nutcracker).   

Suzzette Ortiz, a passionate pianist, composer, choral conductor and educator, has been serving her communities with the gift of music from her humble beginnings in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, to her many recent successes as a Pennsauken, New Jersey native. A true advocate of education Ms. Ortiz earned her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at El Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, as well as a master’s degree in education and composition at Temple University of Philadelphia, PA. Since the completion of her collegiate studies, Suzzette has continually sought out workshops and learning opportunities in her constant quest to grow as a musician and educator. 

This jazz series will knock your socks off and then some, grab a drink and relax to two powerhouse performers this October and November at the Delaware Art Museum. 

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