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Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez steps down as Nashville Symphony’s pops conductor

By meerna Jul11,2024
Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez steps down as Nashville Symphony’s pops conductor

photo by Donna Vissman

Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez has announced that he will step down as principal pops conductor of the Nashville Symphony at the conclusion of the 2024-25 season. He will continue in his role as principal pops conductor of the Detroit and Pacific Symphony Orchestras, as well as principal conductor of Dallas Symphony Presents. Lopez-Yañez will also return to Nashville periodically to conduct future Nashville Symphony concerts.

“I am incredibly grateful and appreciative of the Nashville Symphony for its many years of artistic collaboration and hundreds of performances together,” said Lopez-Yañez. “It has been an honor to make Nashville my home, and a source of great pride in bringing exceptional music and entertainment—representative of Nashville’s diverse and ever-evolving community—to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and throughout Middle Tennessee. I thank the musicians, audiences, and administration for allowing me to lead our musical journey during my tenure. I look forward to returning to the Nashville Symphony many more times in the future with new programs and artists.”

“It has been an honor to have Enrico in the Nashville Symphony family for the past seven years. He came as a young assistant conductor and it has been inspiring to watch him grow as an artist,” said Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero. “His boundless musical talent and creativity have had a profound impact on the world of music. I am honored to call him my friend and colleague.”

Lopez-Yañez joined the Nashville Symphony in 2017 as an assistant conductor and was named principal pops conductor in 2019. During his seven-year tenure with the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez has conducted hundreds of concerts featuring a diverse range of artists, including Nas, Trisha Yearwood, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Itzhak Perlman, The Beach Boys, Hanson, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Kelsea Ballerini, Toby Keith, Ben Rector and Cody Fry, among many others. He has also created entirely new symphonic shows that have premiered in Nashville, including Music City Christmas, Keith Urban’s Tribute to Don Williams, Disco Fever, Troupe Vertigo in Space and next season’s La Vida Loca.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Enrico over the past seven years and to witness his career unfold and his meteoric rise as a gifted Pops conductor and consummate artist. I am excited to see where his promising career will take him,” said Nashville Symphony President and CEO Alan D. Valentine. “His innovative programming and focus on diverse voices have immeasurably enriched our organization and the Nashville community, and we look forward to his future visits as a guest conductor.”

Lopez-Yañez has also played a key role in engaging Nashville’s Latino community through performances at Plaza Mariachi and developing shows like Latin Fire and The Three Mexican Tenors. In 2023, he received the Mexicanos Distinguidos Award, which honors Mexicans living abroad for outstanding professional achievement in their field.

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