Cleveland Orchestra appoints Guerrero as Miami’s principal guest conductor

By Lawrence Budmen

Giancarlo Guerrero. Photo: David Bailey.

The Cleveland Orchestra announced Wednesday  that Giancarlo Guerrero has been appointed to the newly established position of principal guest conductor of the Miami residency.

Music director of the Nashville Symphony, Guerrero is conducting the ensemble’s Miami performances this week as well as an education concert at Miami Edison High School on Friday. He will lead one or two of the three Miami subscription programs each season and plan the orchestra’s community engagement and educational activities. His three-year term will commence with the 2011-2012 season.

The Nicaraguan-born Guerrero first conducted the Cleveland Orchestra in 2006 as a last-minute substitute for Lorin Maazel. He led performances during the orchestra’s Miami residency at the Arsht Center in 2008.

The Cleveland Orchestra has been criticized for its conservative repertoire in Miami, programming almost exclusively populist symphonies and concertos.  In good news for those who would like to see more venturesome programs, Guerrero said he wants to plan concerts that combines styles and genres, mixing familiar repertoire with “new warhorses of the future.”

He also noted that his most important duties will be to expand the orchestra’s reach and impact in Miami, and he said that he will spend several weeks here each year reaching out to all segments of the community when he does not have conducting commitments.

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One Response to “Cleveland Orchestra appoints Guerrero as Miami’s principal guest conductor”

  1. Posted Mar 03, 2011 at 9:52 am by Althea Bussert

    When I visit Miami, why would I want to see an orchestra from Cleveland – no matter where the conductor is from? Better the conductor was born in Ohio!!

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