• Baylor alum wins 4th and 5th career Grammy Awards

    Giancarlo Guerrero

    Congratulations are in order for Baylor graduate Giancarlo Guerrero, BM ’91; the conductor of the Nashville Symphony since 2009, Guerrero won two Grammy Awards Sunday night — the fourth and fifth of his career!

    The Nashville Symphony’s performance of “Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway” actually won three Grammys on Sunday: best classical instrumental solo, best classical compendium, and best contemporary classical composition. The first two are credited to Guerrero and cellist Zuill Bailey, while the third honor is credited solely to the piece’s composer, Michael Daugherty.

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    Guerrero won his first two Grammys in 2011 (almost exactly 20 years after graduating from Baylor’s School of Music), earning top honors for best engineered classical album and best orchestral performance. He followed that up last year with the Grammy for best classical compendium.

    Sic ’em, Giancarlo!

    [Bonus note: Guerrero wasn’t the only member of the Baylor family to win a Grammy last night. Baylor dad Kirk Franklin also won two Grammys on Sunday — the ninth and 10th of his career — for best gospel performance and best gospel album; his daughter, Kennedy, is a Baylor sophomore.]

    [photo by Tony Matula]