Giancarlo Guerrero, a native of Costa Rica, is a five-time Grammy award winning Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, a post he has held since 2009 and recently committed to through the 2024-25 season. Guerrero previously held posts as the Principal Guest Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency from 2011 to 2016, Music Director of the Eugene Symphony between 2002 and 2009, and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1999 to 2004. The Narodowe Forum Muzyki is extremely pleased with the appointment of Giancarlo Guerrero to the position of Artistic Director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic taking effect for the 2018-2019 season! Maestro Guerrero will spend eight weeks per season with the orchestra in addition to touring and recording activities.
Vaughan Williams composed Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for two string orchestras and string quartet on the occasion of the Three Choirs Festival at the cathedral of Gloucester and he conducted the premiere on the evening of September 6, 1910. Williams had spent years collecting folk songs from all parts of England and had undertaken the revision of the hymnal of the Anglican Church, making it, "a thesaurus of all the finest hymn tunes in the world." During the course of his task he discovered a group of nine melodies composed for The English Psalter in 1567 by Thomas Tallis. In his Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Williams seamlessly combines Tallis’s tunes with themes of his own based on motivic fragments from the original melody. The piece is constructed using three ensembles of different sizes producing a sense of antiphonal dialogue, contrasting high strings with low, and solo passages from the quartet, in order to create a sense of monastic chant. Though it is one of the composer’s earliest works, it remains his most popular.
Alixandra Porembski, English Language Annotator