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The World Kitchen Series bridges cultures through food and music.

Cultural engagement

UD Master Players to host inaugural World Kitchen Series event

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8:47 a.m., Feb. 12, 2016--Fine dining, art, music, and cross cultural engagement come together in the inaugural World Kitchen Series presented by the University of Delaware’s Master Players Concert Series.

The first dinner of the series is scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Marriott’s Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware campus hotel.

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The series is exclusively for UD undergraduate, graduate, international, Honors Program and English Language Institute students, and the inaugural event is filled.

Space for future events is limited and advance reservations are required. Students can sign up for the free event here to be listed on the waiting list for the Tuesday, March 8, event celebrating Turkish culture, music and cuisine. Students are asked to indicate their major and status at UD, as well as artistic interest or talent.

During the Feb. 16 event celebrating the Chinese New Year, students will learn to make Chinese dumplings, enjoy a free dinner of many types of dumplings made by professional chef Mark Chopko of the hotel, and listen to a thought provoking presentation by the world-renowned crossover duo 6ixwire

Future World Kitchen Series events will feature cuisines and performing artists from countries such as Turkey, South Africa, Japan, Saudi Arabia, India, Scotland, and more.

The series explores flavors, sights, and sounds from across the globe. A wholly immersive and interactive experience, the series invites students to enjoy international cuisines that complement an authentic performance by a leading performing artist or ensemble from that region or country. 

The World Kitchen Series is designed to help students initiate dialogue, network and create community through the arts.

About the program

As a part of the newly established Art Bridging Cultures series, the World Kitchen Series is presented by the Master Players Concert Series under the direction of Xiang Gao, Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music and the producer and composer of Campus Chatter: The New Musical, an edgy and educational work promoting cultural understanding and exchange on campus that opened successfully in 2015. 

The World Kitchen Series is co-presented by the UD Artist in Residence Program under the direction of Colin Miller of the College of Arts and Sciences and major funding comes from the English Language Institute (ELI) under the direction of Scott Stevens, who believes in building cultures and creating opportunities for UD students of all walks of life to connect with each other through free cultural events and meaningful conversations. The event is co-produced by Tim Kim of ELI and student producer William Locke.

The series is also co-sponsored by many of Master Players’ collaborators, including the UD Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management under the direction of Sheryl Kline and the Newark Courtyard-University of Delaware hotel under the direction of William Sullivan. 

The World Kitchen Series is conceptualized and co-directed by San Francisco-based consulting director Alex Wang, who is a visual and conceptual artist. 

The Art Bridging Cultures series project will lead up to a world-premiere concert of original world music titled iMusic IX: 6ixwire Around the World on Saturday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m. in Mitchell Hall. The concert will feature 6ixwire and its elite collaborators from all around the world. Tickets can be purchased by calling 302-831-2204 or visiting the Master Players website.

Program support

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the English Language Institute, an organization at the University of Delaware committed to offering the highest-quality intensive English programs. Other sponsors include the University’s Artist in Residence Program; the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management; Vita Nova; and the Newark Courtyard-University of Delaware. For a complete list of sponsors, visit the Master Players website.

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