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Symphony readies for a season of music director tryouts

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Audiences attending the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s 2024-25 season will have a say in who is chosen as its new music director. The symphony’s 119th season will showcase the four finalists for the job: Mélisse Brunet, Filippo Ciabatti, Michelle DiRusso, and Taichi Fukumura,  Each will conduct a classical concert, and audience members will be surveyed afterward about how they thought the …

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DSO guest conductor chose a life of the baton in high school

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The guest conductor who will lead the Delaware Symphony Orchestra Friday plunged into music after a grammar school test showed he had an aptitude for it. A native of Durham, North Carolina, André Raphel said the schools then gave students a test to determine if they had a musical aptitude and an aptitude for playing a musical instrument. “It was …

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Delaware Symphony starts search for new music director

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra has  announced the search for its next music director, expected to begin work in the 2025-26 season. The process started with forming a 13-member search committee for the person who will succeed David Amado, who served as the symphony’s music director and conductor for 20 years before stepping aside and becoming music director laureate in the …

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DSO’s 23-24 season: guest conductors, John Williams salute

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s 2023-24 season will feature traditional classical programs interspersed with Hispanic and Latin-inspired works, a celebration of the music of John Williams and a chamber concert devoted to African music. Along the way, three guest conductors will handle baton duties when Music Director Laureate David Amado isn’t on the podium to open and close the season. “It’s …

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Amado gets new title at Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

David Amado is getting a new title in July from the with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra: music director laureate. He will continue to appear with the DSO, conducting selected concerts in the 2023-2024 season and beyond. The DSO will also welcome guest conductors next season, with a formal music director search beginning in 2024. “I am proud of our work …

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Delaware Symphony, musicians hail contract as ‘new chapter’

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

  Strike up the band: The Delaware Symphony and its musicians union have reached a contract agreement that both sides are hailing as a milestone in their relationship. The American Federation of Musicians Local 21 — whose members perform with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra — have unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement renewal. It will be in effect until …

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Symphony’s new season will include ‘Cold Mountain,’ ‘Harry Potter’

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

  The Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming season will celebrate the 20th anniversary of maestro David Amado, include a world premiere, feature a concert of movie music — and return to Sussex County performances. “The DSO and I have planned a gorgeous, wide-ranging season — from Beethoven to Harry Potter, and most things in between,” said Amado in a press release. …

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Symphony to keep mask, vaccine rules for March 11 concert

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Conductor David Amado, center, leads the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in its February performance. Photo by Martin Martinez.   Even though The Grand Opera House in Wilmington has dropped its face mask and vaccine rules, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will continue to require them for its March 11 concert there. J.C. Barker, executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, said while …

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Grand, opera, symphony join forces for New Year’s Eve gala concert

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

A New Year’s Eve gala concert at The Grand will include a champagne toast.   Three of Wilmington’s arts organizations are joining forces for a New Year’s Eve gala concert that will feature Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell. The Grand Opera House, Delaware Symphony and OperaDelaware will include a champagne toast and take place at 7:30 p.m., in time for …