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Contact: Diana Milburn, General Manager
302.656.7442 ext. 101
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DELAWARE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES
Series Subscriptions and Single Tickets On Sale Now
Wilmington, Del., November 19, 2012 – The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced today that it will resume offering full-orchestra performances in a series of three programs that will be held in January, March, and April 2013 at The Grand Opera House in downtown Wilmington and the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School in Greenville. The series will open with Dvořák’s New World Symphony; it will close with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony; and other works to be performed include Rachmaninoff’s first piano concerto, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 93.
“We have crafted a season that is broad and beautiful – one that celebrates great symphonic repertoire and the talent of our own DSO musicians – orchestra players and soloists,” said David Amado, DSO’s music director and conductor. “From Humperdinck’s Prelude to Hänsel and Gretel to Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane, Dvorak’s New World to Beethoven’s Seventh, our season is filled with stellar music and musicians to match.”
“It’s a whole new world at the DSO, and our decision to open the Classical Series with the New World Symphony reflects that. We have a new season and a new plan, and we have made a number of changes that will help us better serve our patrons and help return the DSO to solid financial footing,” said Diana Milburn, DSO’s general manager. “As we continue to rebuild from the financial difficulties that emerged earlier this year, we are thrilled to be able to fill the stage and the air with the musical magic that Maestro David Amado and our musicians are so exceptional at creating.”
Among its most notable changes, the DSO will:
• Present concerts on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. There will be no Saturday evening concerts. Subscriptions are available for the series of three Friday evening performances or the series of three Sunday afternoon performances.
• Add the Laird Performing Arts Center to the venues at which it performs. The January concerts will be held at The Grand Opera House in downtown Wilmington. The March and April concerts will be held at the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School in Greenville.
• Start Friday night concerts earlier, at 7:30 p.m. instead of 8:00 p.m.
“Many of our patrons have said they would prefer to attend concerts during daylight instead of evening hours and, if they do attend an evening concert, they would like it to start and end earlier. In addition, many have asked us to perform in a variety of venues, not just at The Grand,” Milburn said. “Given our abbreviated season this year, the time was right to test the viability of these options.”
The addition of performances at the Laird Performing Arts Center led to perhaps the biggest change of all: a move from reserved seating to general admission seating. “We are not able to offer reserved seating because we are presenting the series at two different venues that have different seating plans and capacities,” Milburn said. “The Grand can accommodate more than 1,100 people, but there are only 456 seats available at the Laird Performing Arts Center.” Accommodations for people with special needs will be available at both venues.
All of the Classical Series concerts will be led by Maestro Amado. Series details are as follows:
January 2013: New World, featuring Lura Johnson, piano:
Friday, January 25, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Opera House
Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at The Grand Opera House
Humperdinck, Prelude to Hänsel and Gretel
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor
Dvořák, Symphony No. 9, Op. 95, E Minor, “From the New World”
March 2013: Beethoven’s World, featuring Kimberly Reighley, flute:
Friday, March 22, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School
Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School
Wagner, Siegfried Idyll
Ibert, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Beethoven, Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92
April 2013: Tchaikovsky’s World, featuring Sarah Fuller, harp:
Friday, April 12, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School
Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School
Haydn, Symphony No. 93 in D Major
Debussy, Danses sacrée et profane
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, op. 64
Tickets for all concerts in the series are on sale now. Subscriptions to all three programs are $165.00 each, plus a $5.00 handling fee per order. Single tickets are $60.00 each, plus a $4.00 handling fee per ticket. Subscriptions can be ordered from The Grand Opera House Box Office at (302) 652-5577 or in person at 818 North Market Street in downtown Wilmington. Single tickets may be purchased through The Grand’s Box Office or the DSO’s Website at www.delawaresymphony.org. (Subscriptions are not available for online purchase.)
Previous DSO subscribers were given the opportunity to purchase subscriptions in advance of the public announcement. “We began selling subscriptions on November 5, and we have already sold more than 25% of available subscriptions,” Milburn said. “Because there are fewer seats available for the March and April concerts at the Laird Performing Arts Center, those concerts could sell out. People who want to attend all three concerts in the series should not wait to purchase their tickets.”
In addition to the Classical Series concerts announced today, the DSO will perform chamber concerts in February, March, and April 2013. Tickets for the Chamber Concert Series, which began last month and is sponsored by DuPont, are sold out.
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About David Amado, Music Director and Conductor
Now in his tenth season as music director and conductor of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia native David Amado has been praised by audiences, fellow musicians, and the news media for his deep insight, visceral energy, and imaginative programming. Under his leadership, the DSO has become recognized throughout the United States as a premier regional orchestra.
Maestro Amado began his career with the Oregon Symphony, and then spent six years as the staff conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, Maestro Amado took leadership of the DSO, elevating its artistic standards and expanding its musical reach. In the last 10 years, in addition to his work with the DSO, Maestro Amado has, or will be, conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Charleston (SC) Symphony, Naples (FL) Philharmonic, and the Eugene (Oregon) Symphony.
A pianist and graduate of the Juilliard School and Indiana University, Maestro Amado is descended from a long line of fine musicians, including his grandmother, violist Lillian Fuchs, and great-uncle, violinist Joseph Fuchs. A prominent leader in the Delaware arts community, Maestro Amado lives in Wilmington with his wife, violinist Meredith Amado, and their three children.
About the Delaware Symphony Orchestra
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO), one of the premier regional orchestras in the United States, has been an integral part of Delaware’s cultural life since 1906. Recognized for its artistic excellence, the DSO attracts audiences from throughout Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Maryland. In addition to performing in traditional concert settings, the DSO has a history of hosting special events and offering an array of programs throughout Delaware, including lectures and other educational programs.
The DSO is supported, in part, by the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware. The Delaware Division of the Arts provides technical and financial assistance to artists and arts programs and serves as a clearinghouse for information on the arts.
For more information, visit www.delawaresymphony.org or call the DSO office at (302) 656-7442.
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