Delaware Symphony CD nominated for Latin Grammy Award’s Best Classical Album

Awards ceremony to be held Nov. 15 in Las Vegas
September 28, 2018

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s CD, The Book of Signs, was nominated as one of five Best Classical Album entries for the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. The album, the DSO’s premiere recording on the Naxos label, features Music Director David Amado and the DSO with the Brasil Guitar Duo performing Cuban composer Leo Brouwer’s “The Book of Signs” and “Concerto Caboclo” by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati.

“What an honor it is to have had our recording selected, from among so many, for Best Classical Album,” said Amado. “What is remarkable to me about this is that it celebrates not only the high quality of music-making on the disc, but also the importance of new music. I am very proud of the DSO, the Brasil Guitar Duo, and the whole team involved in its creation.  We’ve made something really special, and it is an honor to have that recognized in such a visible, global way.”

The other nominees for Best Classical Album are: “Buenos Aires Noir,” with Allison Brewster Franzetti and Carlos Franzetti; “Enrique Granados: Goyescas,” with José Menor; “José Serebrier Conducts Granados”, with José Serebrier, conductor; and “Mágica y Misteriosa,” with Claudia Montero

The Latin Grammy Awards will be held Thursday, Nov. 15, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be broadcast live on Univision beginning at 8 p.m., Eastern time.

Music director since 2003, Amado leads the DSO with musical excellence, connecting with audiences through fine musicianship and energetic performances. Dedicated to musical enrichment, Amado continues his tradition of popular pre-concert talks, and undertakes numerous educational and outreach activities in Delaware. In addition to his Delaware post, in April, 2016, Amado was named music director of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida. His national and international conducting appearances have brought increasing recognition to the DSO, and at home in Delaware he received the 2014 Governor’s Award for the Arts.

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra is one of the premier regional orchestras in the United States and the only fully professional orchestra in the state. The DSO has been an integral part of the First State’s cultural life since 1906. Recognized for artistic excellence, the symphony presents classical and contemporary repertoire in full orchestra and chamber music concerts, educational programs, and special events that attract audiences from throughout the Delaware Valley region. Its second commercial CD, The Book of Signs, featuring double guitar concertos by Leo Brouwer and Paulo Bellinati with the Brasil Guitar Duo was released in April on the Naxos label. For additional information call the DSO office at 302-656-7442, or visit

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