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DSO Nominated for Latin Grammy

“Interchange” marks first commerical CD release

By Megan Gilbride |

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra celebrates its nomination for a Latin Grammy in the Best Classical Contemporary Composition category.

The Latin Grammys, like its American counterpart, recognize artistic excellence in music recorded in either Spanish or Portugese.

The DSO, led by Director David Amado, teamed up with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on the Telarc Record label to record Interchange: Concertos by Rodrigo and Assad. The CD features a world-premiere recording of Sergio Assad’s piece, Interchange for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra, written specifically for the LAGQ.

Interchange, recorded in May 2009 at the historic Grand Opera House, is the DSO’s first commercially released CD, an exciting milestone for the century-old orchestra. The project, which normally takes two years to complete, was finished in six months as a result of the enthusiastic participation of everyone involved.

“This is amazing,” says Amado. “Every corner has been satisfying in wonderful ways. We didn’t know what it was going to sound like. It was a brand-new piece. Recording was a super-intense experience, and then we got all these great reviews and now this!”

Assad, who has more than 50 works for guitar to his credit, spoke of his piece saying, “Interchange represents my intentions of using traditional musical styles of the world blended as a whole organic unit, while at the same time suggesting a casual meeting of different people on an LA freeway. The titles [of the movements] all have a sort of ‘double meaning’ with the musical styles and references to roads and driving.”

The DSO will open its season at the Grand Opera House with concerts on October 1 and 2. More information can be found at www.delawaresymphony.org.