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Letters from UD First Family and MP Director

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Letter from the First Family of the University of Delaware
University of Delaware president Dennis Assanis and his wife, Eleni

Dennis N. Assanis and Eleni Assanis, President and First Lady

Welcome to the 2017-18 season of the University of Delaware's Master Players Concert Series. We thoroughly enjoyed the excellent performances last season, and we look forward to another year of unforgettable concerts.

Like you, we love live music. There's something magical about listening to music in the exact moment when it's being made. It's a unifying experience, connecting the artists and the audience in a fleeting act of creativity. Indeed, the impermanence of live music makes it all the more beautiful. Recorded music simply cannot match that, and it's why we've always loved and supported the arts.

Our community is so fortunate to have amazing arts programs like Master Players at UD. Now in its 14th season, Master Players brings some of the most talented and popular musical ensembles in the world to our campus for your enjoyment. Founding Artistic Director Xiang Gao and his colleagues have again attracted an impressive set of accomplished performers, all related to this season's theme of unity.

What's more, the Master Players program works diligently to bring musical education to children and adults throughout the region. With generous help from the community, Master Players is launching a new program to provide free instruments and instruction to students, so that more people can benefit from the transformative effects of the arts.

Such efforts are integral to the educational mission of the University of Delaware, and we are proud to support the Master Players program again this year. We invite you to do so, as well.

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Dennis and Eleni Assanis

President and First Lady

Letter from the Master Players Founding Artistic Director

​Xiang Gao, Master Players Director

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our 2017-18 season! The University of Delaware is a treasure on the United States' east coast and Master Players plays a vital role as its cultural ambassador. We hope the theme of our 14th season, Unity in Variety, will strike a chord with you. During this confusing and divided time in our country's history, this season we look to celebrate the beauty of life and invite you to join us in appreciating our diverse planet's universal language: music.

Our offerings this season embody our ongoing commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion. For example, our new Little Masters Project reflects our commitment to bringing education and live music to broader communities. Through the generosity of our community, starting this fall we will provide free instruments and music education to under-served students of the greater Wilmington region with the hope to change their lives with music and bring them to our stage to be inspired. Master Players' summer concerts coupled with the impressive culinary offerings on Main Street bring together worlds of flavors and sounds, making Newark and UD's main campus a desirable place to visit. The Master Players Festival and School (MPF) is preparing for its fourth year as the largest classical music festival in the region, featuring many of today's most celebrated musicians and pedagogues who will perform with talented young musicians from all over the world. The 2018 MPF concert schedule will be announced in May 2018 on our website under "Festival."

Master Players also aims to make music accessible. We present ALL of our concerts at 3 p.m. on weekends to encourage all types of audiences to attend and we continually sell out because of the family-friendly nature of our performances. In addition to our gold standard of professional concert presentation, our creative programming attracts highly visible guest artists while our affordable ticket prices, simple online ticketing, easy and weather-proof parking facilities, a beautiful campus and free transportation service for people with physical limitations welcome one and all.

I recommend you and your friends purchase a discounted season subscription soon, as every concert of this popular series will have limited seating. Tickets also make great gifts for loved ones and friends. For timely email reminders with concert and artist information, click "Stay Informed" on our website, . On behalf of the entire Master Players family, I thank our Advisory Council Members who in the past four years have provided annual financial support and invaluable advice to our beloved series. I also thank all the generous individual donors and collaborating units at UD for their continued support. It is because of each of you that we may serve the tri-state community as a flagship presenter of music.

 We are proud to continue to bring more of the world's top musicians and ensembles to Delaware and provide education to the next generation of leaders who will cherish and promote Unity in Variety.

In music,

Xiang Gao

Founding Artistic Director


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