Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: "A Hymn, a Poem, a Symphony"

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Brian Reagin, violin

Pre-performance Lecture



Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, op. 26  [8’]


Ernest Chausson: Poème, op. 25  [16’]



Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56, “Scottish”  [40’]

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Giancarlo Guerrero is the Music Director of the Nashville Symphony, having taken up the post in 2009. A natural and instinctive musician, Guerrero is a charismatic presence on the podium. He is a strong advocate of contemporary music and has championed the works of several of America’s most respected composers. He has presented eight world premieres with the Nashville Symphony and has led the orchestra to several GRAMMY® wins in recent years, including in 2016 for his recording of works by Stephen Paulus.

In the 2016/17 season, Guerrero will lead performances with The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami, Charlotte Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Brussels Philharmonic, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Frankfurter Opern- and Museumsorchester, Orchestre National de France, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. For many years Guerrero has maintained a close association with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil and will spend three weeks with the orchestra this summer. In addition, he has been re-invited to lead a summer residency with Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute’s NYO2 project, culminating in a concert with the young musicians alongside the Philadelphia Orchestra at Verizon Hall.

Guerrero’s recent debuts include the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera conducting Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and, in Europe, with the NDR Hanover, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, and Tonkünstler Orchester.

Maestro Guerrero has appeared with many of the prominent North American orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Montreal, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., among others. He is also known to audiences of major summer festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles) and Blossom Music Festival (Cleveland). He has developed a strong guest-conducting profile in Europe and has worked with great success in recent seasons with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.

A passionate proponent of new music and contemporary composers, Guerrero has performed and recorded the works of esteemed American composers including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Roberto Sierra, and Richard Danielpour. With the Nashville Symphony, he has made recordings of music by Danielpour and Sierra for the Naxos label, and Béla Fleck’s Banjo Concerto for Deutsche Grammophone. Guerrero also recently developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop initiative, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, to further foster and promote new American orchestral music.

Early in his career, Guerrero 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 to great acclaim.

Giancarlo Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami (2013-2016), Music Director of the Eugene Symphony (2002-2009), and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra (1999-2004). 

Brian Reagin, violin

Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 1988, Brian Reagin was for eight years Assistant Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony under André Previn and Lorin Maazel. With the Pittsburgh Symphony he toured Japan, China, Hong Kong, Europe, Canada and Puerto Rico and performed numerous recital and chamber works in Europe, Africa and the West Indies. Prior to joining the Pittsburgh Symphony, he served as Concertmaster of the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra and taught at Carnegie Mellon University. Named Concertmaster of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in 1996 at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, he became only the fourth Concertmaster in the history of that summer orchestra since its inception in 1929, joining a distinguished list of musical leadership. With Chautauqua he has also performed concertos of Korngold, Bruch, Bartók, Prokofiev, Schumann and Stravinsky. He is a violinist with the All Star Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gerard Scwharz. Each January, he serves as the Concertmaster of the St. Barth Music Festival Orchestra, St. Barthelemy, French West Indies.

Brian Reagin made his solo début with the Cleveland Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Since that time he has appeared as soloist in performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Charleston Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Wheeling Symphony. He has made annual solo appearances with the North Carolina Symphony performing concertos by Vieuxtemps, Paganini, Sibelius, Bruch, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Barber, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Vivaldi. Two days after the terrorist attacks of 11th September he was called on by the North Carolina Symphony to substitute for Itzhak Perlman, stranded in Detroit, for a performance of the Mendelssohn Concerto at their Gala season opening concert. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned a Diploma in Violin Performance in 1976 and an Artist Diploma in 1977. For four years he participated in the Cleveland Chamber Music Seminar, coaching with the Guarneri Quartet and with Mischa Schneider of the Budapest Quartet. He spent seven summer seasons at the Meadowmount School of Music where he studied with Ivan Galamian, coached with Josef Gingold and served as both an assistant and faculty member. He has been a recipient of numerous prizes, including First Prize in the Ohio Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition, First Prize in the Cleveland Institute Concerto Competition, the Society of American Musicians Talman Award in Chicago, and the Jerome Gross Memorial Prize at the Cleveland Institute.