Friday, September 19, 2008

Maestro Guerrero to discuss classical music in Latin America at Austin Peay Hispanic Heritage Month event September 23

From Austin Peay:
The Austin Peay State University Hispanic Cultural Center will host the newly appointed Nashville Symphony Conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero.

This event, free and open to the public, begins at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

Guerrero will speak on classical music in Latin America as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

During the 2007-08 season, Guerrero's guest conducting engagements included his return appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra both in Cleveland and on tour, including the orchestra's residency in Miami. He also leads the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's chamber opera, “Ainadamar” at the Adelaide Festival. Additional engagements include appearances with the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Kansas City, Milwaukee, San Antonio and San Diego, as well as his return to Nashville in May 2008 for performances of Verdi's “Requiem.”

Also in demand in both Central and South America, Guerrero conducts regularly in Venezuela, both with the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar and the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela.

In June 2004, Guerrero was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the American Symphony Orchestra League, which recognizes outstanding achievement among young conductors nationwide.

Guerrero holds degrees from Baylor and Northwestern universities. Prior to his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, he served as music director of the Tachira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

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