It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of DTOS Founder Robert E. “Bob” Dilworth on January 19 after a valiant struggle with a recent illness.  Correspondence for the Dilworth family can be sent to: DTOS, ATTN: MaryAnn, P.O. Box 5094, Wilmington DE 19808. The family has suggested memorial donations be made to DTOS if so inclined.  

Please click the YouTube button to see a tribute to Bob presented at Dave Wickerham’s concert (Dave playing accompaniment at the Kimball). Special thanks to Carl Black and our technical team Jonathan, Brad and Eric for making this possible.

Robert E. Dilworth MemorialJuly 16 at 4 p.m.

Dickinson auditorium, 1801 Milltown Road, Wilmington DE 

Please join us as we pay tribute to the remarkable founder of the amazing Dickinson Theatre Organ Society. There will be a a brief service with Carl Black and John Baratta on the consoles and a pre-recorded special tribute by Peter Richard Conte on the Kimball. Following a break for refreshments, a Celebration Concert will be presented by Nathan Avakian and Dave Wickerham. There is no admission charge. In lieu of  flowers, donations will accepted. Doors open at 3:30. 

 

2020-2021 51st Concert Season

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we presented concerts online without an audience. You can view these concerts by clicking our YouTube button at the top of this page. 

2021 – 2022 Concert Season

For our 52nd Season, we are returning to in-person concerts with appropriate COVID protocols in place. The auditorium is large enough (1,100 seats) to accommodate adequate distancing for everyone, you can sit where you like, (non-reserved seating). We encourage all attendees to wear masks even if you are fully vaccinated. Hand sanitiser will be  available in addition to a limited number of masks for those who forgot to bring one. 

Our next concert season will be announced soon, check back with us, we look forward to seeing you!

Lobby doors open one hour prior

Easy access free parking

FOR TICKETS:

In advance – on line with credit card, click here (additional fee for this service).

At the door on concert night – cash, check or credit card accepted. Mail order tickets are no longer offered.

All seats unreserved – $15 for adults, $10 for under age 21. Please call 302-998-2803 if you have questions. 

Please see the Season Brochure below for more details and artist information.

 To help us make all this possible, we sincerely appreciate your financial support by clicking the Donate button at the top of this page or by mail (please see details on Donate page) to P.O. Box 5094, Wilmington DE 19808. DTOS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

 

For more information about DTOS and the Memorial Service and Tribute Concert for Bob Dilworth on July 16, please click here to view our latest newsletter

 

 

For more information about the concerts, our 52nd Concert Season 2021 – 2022 Brochure is available by clicking here

  

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society enjoys a well-known reputation for presenting premier performances on an internationally acclaimed instrument. 2019 was our 50th Anniversary Year of bringing the finest theatre organists from the world over to concertize for the general public. You are cordially welcomed and we thank you for your support! 

Over the decades of our existence, DTOS has enhanced our Mighty Kimball Pipe Organ from the typical 1920’s movie theatre instrument into a complete “unit orchestra” capable of presenting the full palette of musical expression from Popular to Classical. It is presently the fifth largest theatre pipe organ in the world. Click here to learn more.

Please click on the video below to see our special promo. Enjoy! 


Magic Is The Sound

Console News

Did you know that the Dickinson Kimball has two consoles? We have the three manual console that came with the nineteen rank organ built in 1928 for Philadelphia’s Boyd Theatre and a refurbished vintage Kimball console you see presently that has been updated with state-of-the art electronic controls to play the full 66 rank configuration of the present day organ. While the Boyd console was re-built many years ago with at the time “state-of the-art” controls, it has had a recent complete refurbishment so we can present two-console two-organist concerts again. Click here to read about this project from our  dedicated volunteer organ crew. If you’re wondering why two consoles, while it was rare, in the 1920’s there were organs installed in theatres with such, not only for the “wow” factor of seeing two people play at the same time, but also for the musically extravagant performances that can result. Radio City Music Hall in New York City has such still in operation today with the largest Wurlitzer built for a theatre.

52nd Concert Season 2021-2022

October 9, 2021 7 PM – Zack Frame

November 20, 2021 7 PM – Walt Strony

January 22, 2022 3 PM – Dave Wickerham

March 19, 2022 3 PM – Peter Richard Conte

April 30, 2022 7 PM – Jelani Eddington (replacing Phil Kelsall)

June 11, 2022 7 PM Dave Peckham & The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

Inquiries: please call 302-998-2803.