Friday, September 14, 2007

Nashville toasts new Director: Viva Costa Rica!

Contribution by Cesar A. Muedas
As reported a few days ago in this website, the Nashville Symphony recently named Costa Rica native Giancarlo Guerrero as its next Music Director. The 38-year-old conductor was unanimously selected to be the Symphony's 8th Music Director by a 12-member search committee, half of whom were musicians from the orchestra.
Last night marked the first returning engagement of Maestro Guerrero this season in a program that included the world-renowned violinist Midori. Furthermore, the Symphony extended a gracious invitation to close to 30 Hispanic residents of middle Tennessee as special guests who also joined the conductor in a “meet-and-greet” gathering immediately following the performance. The adjacent photographs show part of the group (members of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce*) and a candid moment between the maestro and Ms. Renata Soto, who is a fellow Costa Rican and executive director of Conexion Americas.

*Hispanic Chamber clarification - There are two Hispanic chambers of commerce currently active and with offices located within Davidson County: the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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