Delaware Symphony Orchestra at Longwood Gardens: Music for violin and fireflies

Gail Obenreder, Broad Street Review. July 10, 2018

Over a thousand concertgoers gathered Sunday evening to hear the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) play Longwood Gardens. In a change from their not-every-summer policy, the renowned Kennett Square horticultural mecca presented this fine regional orchestra in its second successful summer outing. 


Delaware Symphony performs Mahler’s ‘underdog’ work that inspired its future director

Christine Facciolo, for WHYY, May 18, 2018

David Amado recalls his first encounter with Gustav Mahler’s “Seventh Symphony.” A recording of the work was contained in a set of promotional LPs sent to his mother, a professional musician. The cache included works by Messiaen, Rachmaninoff and Strauss but it was Mahler’s Seventh that caught the ear of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s future music director, making a lasting impression.

“It was the first Mahler symphony that entered my consciousness,” said Amado who was about 10 years old at the time. “I wouldn’t say I listened to it over and over, but I did listen to it. It’s always been a fascinating piece to me and one that I’ve gravitated to because it seems to be a little bit of an ‘underdog’ symphony and I like the underdogs.”


Brasil Guitar Duo / David Amado / Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Leo Brouwer: The Book of Signs; Paulo Bellinati: Concerto Caboclo

James Manheim, AllMusic Review. April, 2018

The repertory for guitar duos grew during the boom in guitar music in the 1990s and early 2000s, but the double-guitar concerto The Book of Signs by Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, written in 2003, is not a common item. This release by the Brasil Guitar Duo is worth your time and money for that reason alone.

Love, joy, and collaboration in ACO's 2018 season opener

MayAnn Ketcham, TC Palm. January 29, 2018

Ancient Greek philosopher/scientist Aristotle first coined the phrase, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s Maestro David Amado recently established the validity of that statement.

The Atlantic Classical Orchestra’s Masterworks Series Program I, called "Ode to Love - Ode to Joy" resulted in rousing standing ovations to sold-out audiences across the Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches, including the Eissey Campus in Palm Beach, the Community Church in Vero Beach and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stuart.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra being directed by David Amado in recent years.

Graceful Prokofiev, exquisitely sculpted Beethoven

Gail Obenreder, Delaware Online. September 16, 2017 

It’s not only at sporting events that you’ll sing the national anthem. On Friday, 1,000 people at Wilmington’s Grand lustily sang along in a tradition that marked the opening of the Delaware Symphony's 2017-18 season with a concert entitled “Protest and Rebellion.”

Now in his 15th season as music director, David Amado opened with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, which the composer subtitled “Classical.” And it’s just that, referencing Haydn and Mozart (also on the program). Written in 1917, this 14-minute work explores classical form in a spritely, slightly distorted way that Amado called “spiked with 20th century wit.”

2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts: David Amado, leader

Delaware Division of the Arts, 2014

Music Director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) since 2002, David Amado is a gifted artist with degrees in piano performance, instrumental conducting, and orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School and Indiana University. He has guest conducted throughout the world, including with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa, among others.


Assad; Rodrigo - Interchange: Two concertos for guitar quartet in affectionate and joyous accounts

William Yeoman, Gramaphone.co.uk. June, 2010

At last, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s first concerto disc. And as if that’s not enough to make the mental soundboards of classical guitar aficionados everywhere vibrate with excitement, it contains the world-premiere recording of Sergio Assad’s colourful, eclectic and enormously accomplished five-movement work for four guitars and orchestra, Interchange, written for the LAGQ.