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Nashville Symphony returns for its 75th anniversary to Music City

Devon Williams

NASHVILLE, TN — Good news to all Nashville Symphony lovers, as they will resume with regular performances just in time for its 75th anniversary.

If there’s one thing Nashvillians hold near and dear, it’s live music just as people know Nashville as Music City.

Due to the pandemic, in-person shows have been on pause for more than a year, and they are all excited to have musicians return back to the venues across Nashville. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be hosting back Nashville Symphony with regular performances for its 75th anniversary season.

The Nashville Symphony will feature a remarkable lineup of 100 classical, pops, jazz, and family concerts with a Grammy-winning orchestra.

The season kicks off on September 16-18 with Fanfare for Music City, a program opening with Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Joan Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman. The Fanfare for Music City is a tribute to heroes who fight at the forefront of battle and played critical roles during the pandemic.

Health and safety remain a priority concern for organizers of the event, the Nashville Symphony will start its season with social distancing both, onstage and concert hall, with plans to have the full capacity by January, while continuing to assess changing conditions.

The event will run for 14 weekends, curated and led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony will open with a chamber of orchestra performances in the fall, leading up to performances of Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 24 and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony,

“While I am so looking forward to having all of the musicians back onstage by the end of the season, the reduced orchestra size this fall will allow us to dive into repertoire that we have never performed before,” said Guerrero.

The Symphony will start with FirstBank Pops Series includes guest appearances by Leslie Odom, Jr., Stewart Copeland of The Police, and Ben Folds, who will be performing with the Nashville Symphony. The Jazz Series will have Wynton Marsalis’ Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, plus a first-ever Schermerhorn appearance by Pat Metheny. Then the series will continue following the debut of the Symphony’s Movie Series, including titles such as The Muppet Christmas Carol, Toy Story, Back to the Future, and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Lastly, they will conclude with a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth with the Nashville Symphony Chorus.

“As we reemerge together from the pandemic, the Nashville Symphony looks forward to helping our community heal and celebrating our orchestra’s rich history of resilience, artistic vibrancy, and community service. We are beyond excited as we prepare to welcome audiences back to the Schermerhorn safely, and we are looking to the future with great anticipation as we devote ourselves to becoming an even more community-focused organization,” mentioned President and CEO Alan Valentine.

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