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October 1, 2019

Latin Grammy Nomination for Professor

College of the Canyons music professor Yalil Guerra has received a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Classical Album category for his album “Cuba: The Legacy.”

Even though the Cuban-born composer has been nominated for a Grammy eight times, the news still came as a surprise.

“I cried when I heard about the nomination on the morning of the announcement,” said Guerra. “This album represents a milestone in my career since it is the first symphonic album I have in my catalog.”

“Cuba: The Legacy” includes Guerra’s Symphony No.1 ''La Palma Real” along with "Intrata," a piece composed by his mentor, Aurelio de la Vega. The album was recorded during a memorable session last year in Havana, Cuba by the National Symphony of Cuba.

“The experience was incredible and magical,” said Guerra.

Guerra, who has taught at the college for three years, says he feels an enormous responsibility to share his passion for music with students.

“Every single word, any piece of knowledge, or advice that I teach comes from my love of music,” said Guerra. “I always encourage my students to develop a bigger curiosity towards good music, focusing on the best things we have inherited from our past, the jewel of human civilization: the arts. I am extremely honored to work at College of the Canyons and to serve the Santa Clarita community.”

This is the third Grammy nomination for Guerra as a producer by the Recording Academy. He took home the prestigious award in 2012 for his piano work in “Seduccion.”

“This nomination sends a message to the world about hope and how hard work and persistence can be rewarded by your peers and supporters in general,” said Guerra. “It also tells a story of passion and love for what I do, and this love is the energy and light that keeps my musical career alive and moving forward.”

The 2020 Latin Grammy Awards will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the MGM Las Vegas hotel.