“The Delaware Symphony Orchestra is ready to kick off another season of symphonic ‘greatest hits,’ hidden gems and some surprises. Bolstered by improving finances, the symphony has announced a somewhat larger season for 2014-15,” writes Christine Facciolo on Friday (9/12) at WHYY’s Newsworks.org (Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Delaware). “ ‘We’re still coming back, and I think the process of convalescence is a long one and one that needs to be done thoughtfully and in a measured and planned way,’ … DSO Music Director David Amado said…. The orchestra responded to its financial crisis [in 2012-13] by implementing new fiscal controls and traditional cost-cutting measures. Wages were cut for DSO administrative staff and musicians and fees for soloists were reduced. This year, the DSO has canceled the expensive New Year’s Eve performance.… Amado said the orchestra [will feature] more of its own musicians as soloists. This season audiences will hear principal bassist Daniel McDougall in Koussevitzky’s Bass Concerto and principal clarinetist Charles Salinger in Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto. ‘These are our superstars, not someone else’s,’ Amado said. ‘And it’s great to be able to shine the spotlight on them.’ ”

Posted September 16, 2014