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Giancarlo Guerrero is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor now in his tenth season as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony. Guerrero is also Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal. Guerrero is widely praised for his instinctive musicianship and for bringing to the podium “not only vitality and insight but also an appealing physical dynamism” (The Plain Dealer).
A passionate proponent of new music, Guerrero has championed the works of America's most respected composers through commissions, recordings, and world premieres. Guerrero’s advocacy has helped make Nashville a destination for contemporary orchestral music. He has presented nine world premieres with the Nashville Symphony, including the 2016 performance and recent GRAMMY®-winning recording of Jennifer Higdon’s All Things Majestic and the 2018 premiere and recording of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos,” written for the Nashville Symphony’s Violins of Hope initiative, which featured a collection of restored instruments that survived the Holocaust. As part of his commitment to fostering contemporary music, Guerrero developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop initiative, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
Fall of 2018 brings the Naxos release of John Harbison’s monumental Requiem with the Nashville Symphony and Chorus. The release marks both Guerrero’s first choral recording and the first time the work will be heard on record since its premiere by the Boston Symphony in 2003. In the spring of 2019, Naxos will release Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony’s recording of Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4. Recent seasons have also seen the release of new albums with Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony dedicated to the music of Terry Riley, Michael Daugherty and Richard Danielpour, as well as a collection of wind concertos by Frank Ticheli, Brad Warnaar, and Behzad Ranjbaran. With the Harbison and Leshnoff releases, Guerrero’s rich discography with the Nashville Symphony will number 17.
Outside of Nashville, Wrocław and Lisbon, Guerrero enjoys relationships with orchestras around the world. His 2018/19 engagements will include the Dallas Symphony, Chicago Symphony, NDR in Hannover, OSESP São Paulo and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Maestro Guerrero has appeared with prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Montréal, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony Orchestra. He has developed a strong international guest-conducting profile and has worked in recent seasons with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Deutsches Radio Philharmonie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Queensland Symphony and Sydney Symphony in Australia.
Guerrero made his debut with Houston Grand Opera in 2015 conducting Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Early in his career, he worked regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and has conducted new productions of Carmen, La bohème, and Rigoletto. In 2008 he gave the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's one-act opera Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival.
Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami (2011-2016), Music Director of the Eugene Symphony (2002-2009), and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra (1999-2004).
Guerrero was born in Nicaragua and immigrated during his childhood to Costa Rica, where he joined the local youth symphony. He quickly proved to be a promising young percussionist and came to the United States to study percussion and conducting at Baylor University in Texas and at Northwestern. Given his beginnings in civic youth orchestras, Guerrero is particularly engaged with conducting training orchestras and works regularly with the Curtis School of Music, Colburn School in Los Angeles, and Yale Philharmonia, as well as with the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando program, which provides music education to promising young students from underrepresented ethnic communities. In recent years, he has developed a relationship with the National Youth Orchestra (NYO2) in New York, created and operated by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall.
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
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Soprano Mary Wilson is acknowledged as one of today's most
exciting young artists. Cultivating a wide-ranging career
singing chamber music, oratorio and operatic repertoire, her
"bright soprano seems to know no terrors, wrapping itself
seductively around every phrase." (Dallas Morning News) Receiving
consistent critical acclaim from coast to coast, "she proves why
many in the opera world are heralding her as an emerging star. She
is simply amazing, with a voice that induces goose bumps and a
stage presence that is mesmerizing. She literally stole the
spotlight…" (Arizona Daily Star)
In high demand on the concert stage, she has most-recently
appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra,
Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati
Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master
Chorale, Detroit Symphony, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio
Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Buffalo
Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic,
VocalEssence, and at the Hollywood Bowl. She has worked with
conductors including Nicholas McGegan, Bernard Labadie, Martin
Pearlman, Martin Haselböck, JoAnn Falletta, Michael Stern, Anton
Armstrong, Philip Brunelle and Leonard Slatkin. An exciting
interpreter of Baroque repertoire, especially Handel, she has
appeared with Philharmonia Baroque, Musica Angelica, American Bach
Soloists, Boston Baroque, Grand Rapids Bach Festival, Bach Society
of St. Louis, Baltimore Handel Choir, Florida Bach Festival,
Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Casals Festival, and the Carmel Bach
Festival. With the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, she sang the world
premiere of the song cycle "Songs Old and New" written especially
for her by Ned Rorem. She was named an Emerging Artist by Symphony
Magazine in 2004 in the publication's first ever presentation of
promising classical soloists on the rise
On the opera stage, she is especially noted for her portrayals
of Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Susannah in Le Nozze di Figaro,
and Gilda in Rigoletto. She has created leading roles in North
American and World premiere performances of Dove's Flight, Glass'
Galileo Galilei, and Petitgirard's Joseph Merrick dit L'Elephant
Man. She has appeared most recently with Opera Theatre of St.
Louis, Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Dayton Opera, Arizona
Opera, Tulsa Opera, Mississippi Opera, Southwest Opera, Brooklyn
Academy of Music and the Goodman Theatre.
An accomplished pianist, Ms. Wilson holds performance degrees
from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and Washington
University in St. Louis, Missouri. . She currently resides in
Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and son.
Mary Wilson, soprano
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Laila Robins will next be seen as a regular on the ABC series
Deception which will premiere on March 11th.
She was recently seen in season 2 of the TNT series
Murder In the First and on Showtime's Homeland as
Martha Boyd, the smart no-nonsense US ambassador to Pakistan. She
has appeared in many films including Eye In the Sky,
Side Effects, Blumenthal, Concussion,
Multiple Sarcasms, The Good Shepherd, An
Innocent Man, Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael, True
Crime and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Laila's television credits include Quantico, the HBO
pilot The Money opposite Brendan Gleeson, Person of
Interest, Blue Bloods, Damages, Too Big
to Fail, Bored To Death, God in America,
In Treatment, The Sopranos, Law And
Order, and the series lead in Gabriel's Fire opposite
James Earl Jones.
She appeared on Broadway in Heartbreak House, the
Tony-nominated play Frozen, The Herbal Bed and
The Real Thing. Off-Broadway credits include the quartet
of Richard Nelson plays performed in repertory at The Public to
rave reviews: Regular Singing, Sorry, Sweet & Sad, That
Hopey Changey Thing; The Lady From Dubuque, Antony
And Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sore Throats, Tiny Alice,
Mrs. Klein and The Merchant Of Venice. Recently, Laila was
seen starring in the Guthrie Theater production of The Lion In
The Winter, the George Street Playhouse's production of
The Second Mrs. Wilson where she received rave reviews and
The Chinese Room at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Laila Robins, speaker