Claire Higgins
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July 26, 2012
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National Repertory Orchestra features guest conductor and violinist

The National Repertory Orchestra will present a special performance Wednesday evening featuring a guest conductor and performance of Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2.

The concert, which will be held at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge at 7:30 p.m., opens with "Fandangos" by Robert Sierra, followed by Concerto for Violin No. 3 by Camille Saint-Saens, and closes with Symphony No. 2, one of Brahms' lesser-known pieces.

Johannes Brahms was a classicist, oriented toward the past, and a stalwart opponent of the romanticism of Liszt and Wagner, according to a release from the orchestra. Symphony No. 2 was written shortly after his first and was very well received on its premiere. Today, this symphony is the least performed of his three symphonies, but is the most melodious.

The concerto by Saint-Saens will feature Eric Gratz on violin. Gratz is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of William Preucil. He has served as concertmaster for the Banff Festival Orchestra, the CIM Orchestra, the Ashland Symphony, The Mansfield Symphony, and the Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra. He will attend Rice University in the fall as a student of Cho-Liang Lin.

Giancarlo Guerrero will take to the stage Wednesday evening as the concert's guest conductor. Guerrero is now entering his second season as the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's music director. Guerrero continues to flourish with the orchestra, with which he has explored a wide variety of repertoire. He makes an annual visit to Caracas, Venezuela to conduct the Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar, with which he has long had a special relationship.

Equally at home in opera, Guerrero works regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and in recent seasons has conducted new productions of "Carmen," "La boheme" and "Rigoletto." In June 2004, Guerrero was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the American Symphony Orchestra League, which recognizes outstanding achievement among young conductors nationwide. He was most recently the music director of the Eugene Symphony.

For ticket information and purchase, call the Riverwalk Center box office at (970) 547-3100. Ticket purchase may also be made online by visiting the National Repertory Orchestra's website at

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