Nashville Symphony maestro says challenges 'make us stronger' - WKRN News 2

Nashville Symphony maestro says challenges 'make us stronger'


An upbeat Nashville Symphony Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero says the financial challenges of a stormy offseason "will make us stronger."

His comments Thursday, on the day before opening night of the Nashville Symphony's 2013-2014 season, come on the heels of an unusual one year deal with musicians.

The deal, ratified just last week, includes a 15% pay cut and more performances, nearly 40 layoffs of food and beverage personnel and a restructuring of the symphony's $80 million debt that came only after the threat of foreclosure.

"We had our major challenges over the summer, but look at where we are today," the maestro told News 2.  "Only three months later, about to begin a new season with everybody coming together; musicians, staff, myself as conductor and the audience stepping up to the podium saying, ‘We want great music in Nashville.'"

The opening weekend of the symphony's season is titled "Russian Spectacular" featuring the works of Mussorgsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.

Symphony notes say it will include Mussorgsky's musical thrill ride "Night on Bald Mountain," which is featured in the Disney classic "Fantasia."

Just like the performances that he conducts, interviews with the maestro are always an adventure worth listening to and watching.

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