Baylor Grad Nominated For Grammy Award

Dec. 3, 2010
News Photo 4989Giancarlo Guerrerro. Photo courtesy of David Bailey Photography.

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When nominees were announced Dec. 1 for the 53rd annual Grammy Awards, among the names heard was that of 1991 Baylor graduate Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Guerrero's recording of Michael Daugherty's Metropolis Symphony has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, the top honor in the recording industry.

Guerrero himself has been nominated for "Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)," and the CD has received nods for "Best Classical Album" and "Best Orchestral Performance."

A native of Costa Rica, Guerrero graduated from Baylor in 1991 with a bachelor of music degree. While at Baylor, he studied percussion under Larry Vanlandingham and conducting with Stephen Heyde. He also performed as a drum-line member in the Golden Wave Marching Band. Guerrero was honored as the 2006 recipient of the Baylor Alumni Association's Outstanding Young Alumni Award, given annually to recognize professional achievement and distinguished service to Baylor by alumni who are 40 years of age or younger. After serving for seven years as music director of Oregon's Eugene Symphony Orchestra, Guerrero began leading the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in the 2009-2010 season.

The Nashville Symphony's Grammy-nominated release is a Naxos disc, which includes two works by composer Michael Daugherty, well known for drawing inspiration from popular culture. Metropolis Symphony celebrates the comic-book character of Superman, while the CD's other work, Deus ex Machina, is an affectionate, three-movement tribute to the history of trains.

Winners of the 2011 Grammy Awards will be announced at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011.

Contact: Dick Veit, School of Music concert and promotions manager, (254) 710-3991

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