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Do you need a little more joy in your Thursday?

Keep reading. We have something below that’s going to help.

You might already know about Market Street Music’s free Thursday Noontime Concerts series, or you might not. Chances are that even if you’re aware of it, you often forget it’s happening. (That’s us.) But that’s a shame, because these concerts have been one of Market’s best kept secrets, hidden in plain sight for nearly 30 years.

David Schelat, president of Market Street Music:

“Market Street Music has been in existence since 2008, but it took over programming formerly done by First & Central Church – so I've been doing it for the past 30 years. I think it is kind of a secret. It's remarkably difficult to get the word out about events. There are lots of secrets in Wilmington – lots of arts secrets, unfortunately, because there's a lot going on here.”

Market Street Music presents a series of concerts at 12:30pm on Thursdays throughout the spring, just about every week from now through May 19, inside the church that’s a stone’s throw from Rodney Square at 1101 Market.

“You can hear chorale music one week, and then there's jazz, folk music, opera. We have a banjo player coming this spring who is going to play some Bach, so there are some surprising things too. Bach on the banjo? Why not?”

Each program lasts a half hour. It’s free and open to the public, though donations are gladly accepted. And it’s really, really lovely. The Center City Chorale opened the spring season with a selection of sacred music and will return later in the spring with show tunes. The Chorale is made up entirely of people who work in Wilmington (or who used to work here and come back to sing). Check out the pictures. You might know someone there from your office, and if not, you certainly remember their type – your music-geek friends that sang with University Singers. (“That's who they are,” David says. “That's exactly it.") You remember how good it felt in college to get away from your papers and finals and listen to them sing? Remember the raw power of dozens of voices singing together? That’s what you can hear on Thursdays. Or the banjo Bach guy. Either way, this is good for you.

But … we’re going to forget to go. Because we’re all busy.

So here’s what we’ve got: The spring schedule. Right here. Print it now. Post it next to your computer. Circle the ones that look good to you. Put them in your Outlook calendar. And get away for a little escape guaranteed to make your Thursday afternoon a little better.

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