Bangor Symphony engagement a homecoming for Amado

Posted on: November 6, 2009

In Friday’s (11/6) Bangor Daily News (Maine), Emily Burnham writes, “It’s telling when a conversation with Bangor Symphony Orchestra music director finalist David Amado starts with his love of coffee. Amado, who roasts his own beans and waxes eloquent on the fine art of espresso, is a man with a lot of energy. … Amado has brought his energy and good humor to orchestras around the country—from his current position as conductor for the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, to his previous job as staff conductor and Youth Symphony director for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The Pennsylvania native has a generations-long connection to Maine, thanks to his family’s longtime involvement with the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill. When he takes the podium at this Sunday’s BSO concert at the Collins Center for the Arts, he will have come full circle with his connection to the state. ‘My family has gone to Kneisel for years. Both my grandmother and great-uncle taught there, and my mother and aunt were students,’ said Amado, a native of Pennsylvania. ‘One of the reasons I love coming to Maine is that I associate it so strongly with music. Music has always been the context under which we came here. So it’s really a pleasure to come back here and do that with the Bangor Symphony.’ ”

Posted November 6, 2009