TSD Q&A: David Amado, director of Delaware Symphony Orchestra, to work with youth

DYSO Music Director Simeone Tartaglione conducts in 2014. Photo courtesy of The Musical School of Delaware.

DYSO Music Director Simeone Tartaglione conducts in 2014. Photo courtesy of The Musical School of Delaware.

The kids in the Music School of Delaware’s Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra are in for a treat: David Amado, music director and conductor of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, will work with them later this month.


Amado will guest-conduct an ensemble rehearsal Feb. 21 with the youths’ selections from West Side Story and Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, which will be part of their spring concert in March.

Amado said he’s looking forward to working with the future of Delaware’s orchestral music scene, and he talked to Town Square Delaware about music, his career and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.

TSD: What would be your advice for a young person – or really, someone of any age – interested in playing music?

David Amado.  Photo by Jim Graham

David Amado.
Photo by Jim Graham

DA: Do it! For kids especially— make the time. Music plays an invaluable role in both cognitive and emotional development. Stick with it – even when it is hard –you’ll be glad you did! I meet so many adults who express regret that they quit piano or violin or clarinet or whatever, when they were kids. They wish they still could play! I have yet to meet an adult who bemoans quitting football or swim team….

TSD: How did you know choosing a career in music was the right path for you, and more than just a hobby?

DA: I grew up in a musical family—so I heard professionals around me all the time. I loved it from my earliest memories, and knew, even as a small child, that I would be a musician.

TSD: What’s the biggest challenge you face as director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra?

DA: Communicating the value of music, and the arts, to our wonderful community continues to be my priority. A community like ours—filled with so many great assets, so many cultural treasures and so many accomplished people, deserves great art. The DSO, together with other great organizations, strives to provide the highest quality art for our region. But making great art is expensive. We have to assure our community, and our donors, current and prospective, that arts funding is an investment whose returns are measured by a wonderful quality of life.

TSD: What is most rewarding about your work with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra?

DA: Music. And people. And knowing how deeply our music touches so many.

TSD: What’s your favorite piece of music to listen to, and what instruments do you play?

DA: At home, I don’t listen to anything. I am a huge fan of silence. As for instruments—I am a pianist.  It was my first love, and I still adore the repertoire.

TSD: What’s one thing you’d like the greater Delaware community to know about the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra?

DA: Classical music is wonderful, deeply felt art that speaks to every open soul.  Sometimes the language can seem arcane, but once you immerse yourself for even a short time, the music makes sense.  Once you hear what it has to say, you’ll be hooked!

See David Amado conduct the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “Love and Death” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. For more information, call 302-652-5577.

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