Can DSO Maestro David Amado and his merry band bring home a Latin Grammy? Plus, this author means business, Habitat's art-warming project, and more.
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The Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s debut recording is up for a Latin Grammy this month. Can Maestro David Amado and his merry band bring home the gold?
Music director David Amado could take the stage this month at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to accept a Latin Grammy Award.
If he does, Amado will no doubt thank The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences for its support of “Interchange,” the CD that boasts an extraordinary collaboration between the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
If he doesn’t, it won’t matter. Why? There were 6,000 entries in the Latin competition this year. It was an honor to be nominated.
But it sure would be nice to see the DSO take home the gilded gramophone statuette. The symphony and quartet are up for the Best Classical Contemporary Composition award for its recording of “Interchange for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra” by Sergio Assad.
Assad has written for the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Nadja Solerno Sonnenberg. He’s already earned a Grammy, as has the quartet. DSO and the quartet face serious competition from composers such as Miguel Del Aguila, Lalo Schifrin, Orlando Jacinto Garcia and Tania Leon.
Recorded in May 2009 at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, “Interchange” marks the DSO’s debut recording.
“David and the DSO worked hard to secure the funding for the recording, and found rare ethnic percussion instruments to get just the right folkloric sounds called for in the score,” says LAGQ member Bill Kanengiser.
A win would confirm what DSO executive director Lucinda Williams says she has always known. “To bring home the (Latin) Grammy would really mean to me—outside validation from the most respected source in the music world, the Grammys—that the DSO is truly world-class.”
Watch the Latin Grammy Awards on Univision on November 11 at 8 p.m. —Maria Hess
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