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1:00 PM13:00

Opening Plenary

  • Laura Turner Concert Hall at Schermerhorn Symphony Center (map)
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Location: Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Laura Turner Hall

Guerrero will lead us, as he has led the Nashville Symphony, on an exploration of what it means to be an orchestra in the America of today. As a champion of new music, he has commissioned and performed dozens of works by American composers from an extraordinary array of stylistic influences. Guerrero will explore how musical convictions must inform an orchestra’s authentic connection to its community and reflect an active cultivation of diverse talent.

Additionally, students engaged in the Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando initiative will perform during the Opening Plenary, premiering a new work by composer Christopher Farrell. The Accelerando initiative is an intensive music education program designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse ethnic backgrounds to pursue music at the collegiate level and beyond. Accelerando seeks to create professional opportunities for musicians from ethnic communities underrepresented in today's orchestras by providing them with instruction, mentorship, performance experiences, and assistance with applying to music schools

Nashville Symphony’s Accelerando initiative will use Newzik for this performance.  Newzik is a comprehensive music-reading solution on iPads, developed and customized to fit the needs of orchestras.

The plenary will include remarks by Ann Meier Baker, director of music and opera, National Endowment for the Arts; David Briley, mayor of Nashville; and Jesse Rosen, president and CEO, League of American Orchestras.

Speakers: Giancarlo Guerrero, music director, Martha & Bronson Ingram Music Director Chair, Nashville Symphony


The Opening Session is sponsored by TRG Arts.

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