I Care If You Listen Magazine has a new feature on Delos as a part of their #ClassicalMusicMonth series. As part of the series, our own Carol Rosenberger answers Five Questions about Delos! Read her introduction to Delos here and see the full feature on ICareIfYouListen.com!
During the 1971-72 concert season, a California psychologist by the name of Amelia Haygood spent a week in New York City, attending concerts. As she walked around Carnegie Hall, looking at posters announcing upcoming events, she noticed that all of the artists were from overseas. Not one American artist? It suddenly struck her also that her beloved record collection, which she and her husband had amassed before his death, consisted almost entirely of artists from overseas.
As a psychologist, she had been working with wounded vets and troubled ghetto families in Watts. Now she had found her next mission — providing a platform for American classical artists. She was warned that she would “lose her shirt,” but a number of her friends and colleagues in social work and psychology jumped in as volunteers. She named her label “Delos,” after the birthplace of Apollo, the ancient Greek Sun God, who, according to legend, brought music and healing to the world. In the decades that followed, Delos became known for its series of outstanding American artists and composers, much of whose work had until then been unavailable on recording.