EMMY® WINNING SUNRISE ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS NASHVILLE SYMPHONY’S ‘GERSHWIN’ TO PBS

Nashville, Tenn (Sept 1, 2008) The EMMY® Award-winning team of Sunrise Entertainment is teaming up with the Nashville Symphony again to welcome its newly named Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero to Nashville in grand style. The Gala Event concert, to be broadcast live on September 6, 2008 from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, will consist of an evening of Gershwin’s music. The program includes the Cuban Overture, Concerto for Piano in F major, An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue.

One Symphony Place: A World Premiere Live from Music City received a prestigious Midsouth EMMY® Award in the category of “Live Special Event” for the opening Grand Gala broadcast from Schermerhorn Symphony Center—the Nashville Symphony’s new concert hall—which took place on September 9, 2006. The team hopes to repeat this achievement with its Gershwin telecast.

As with One Symphony Place, which was telecast live on PBS stations statewide and distributed nationally later that year by Nashville Public Television (WNPT), Gershwin will be distributed in the same manner. Produced by Sunrise Entertainment and the Nashville Symphony in both High Definition and Digital television, Gershwin will be as pleasant to the eye as it is to the ear.

“It is an honor to work with the Symphony in welcoming Giancarlo Guerrero to Nashville in this way,” said Robert Swope, President of Sunrise Entertainment and Producer/Director of the program. “Winning an Emmy for the grand opening of the hall was remarkable, and we hope that Gershwin produces the same success for the Symphony that One Symphony Place has done.”

“The Nashville Symphony has an unparalleled commitment to excellence in all of its endeavors, including its electronic media projects,” says Alan D. Valentine, President and CEO of the Nashville Symphony. “The success of our EMMY®-winning high definition broadcast in 2006 speaks volumes about the focus of this institution, and we hope to make our presence felt far beyond the walls of Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the telecast of Gershwin.”

Originally from Costa Rica, Maestro Guerrero, now in his sixth season as Music Director of Oregon’s Eugene Symphony, becomes Music Director of the Nashville Symphony beginning with the 2009/10 season. This coming season, he will serve as the Symphony’s Music Director designate. A champion of new music, Guerrero initiated a guest-composer series in Eugene, where, under his leadership, the ensemble has hosted several of America’s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Jennifer Higdon, Aaron Jay Kernis and Michael Daugherty.

The Nashville Symphony’s recording of Joan Tower’s Made in America was recently honored by NARAS with three GRAMMY® Awards. Particularly renowned for its American Classics recordings on the Naxos label, the Nashville Symphony has a growing international reputation for innovative programming and recordings.

Sunrise Entertainment, celebrating 15 years as a High Definition production company in 2008, prides itself on being one of the first companies in the world to produce and distribute HD programming and continues to push the envelope in mixing state of the art technologies with superbly creative production. At the helm of Sunrise, Producer/Director Robert Swope has been honored with an EMMY® Award for Best Special Event/Live, two additional EMMY® nominations for Best Director and Best Audio, three GRAMMY® nominations, and three STELLAR Awards out of a total of twelve STELLAR nominations.

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