Now available on subscription, concert highlights include Beethoven’s Fifth, Verdi’s Requiem, Harry Potter film concerts, Brian Wilson, Lea Salonga & more
The Nashville Symphony has announced the lineup for its 2017/18 season, which kicks off in September and boasts more than 100 concerts featuring Music City’s 83-member orchestra. Building on the Symphony’s 70-year history and its record-breaking ticket sales in recent years, the new season includes beloved classical masterpieces, visionary new works and high-profile guest artists representing a variety of genres.
Among the highlights for 2017/18, the orchestra will perform landmark pieces from the classical repertoire, including Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird, along with fresh selections by American composers Christopher Rouse, Jonathan Leshnoff, Tobias Picker and Nashville’s own C.F. Kip Winger. An impressive collection of guest artists will also join the orchestra for performances next season, including pop legends Brian Wilson and Kenny Loggins; violinists Joshua Bell and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; pianist André Watts; Broadway sensation Lea Salonga; and many more.
“The city of Nashville has grown dramatically in recent years, and the Nashville Symphony has grown right along with it, thanks in large part to our amazing community, which boasts some of the most active, engaged and supportive arts patrons anywhere in the world,” said Alan D. Valentine, Nashville Symphony president & CEO. “We are committed to keeping our art form relevant for contemporary audiences with exciting new sounds and the highest-quality performances, and in that spirit, our new season delivers what we believe will be a phenomenal experience for music lovers of all tastes.”
Already one of the most prolific recording orchestras in the country, the Symphony will continue its fruitful partnership with the Franklin-based Naxos label — which has resulted in 8 GRAMMY® Awards and 20 nominations to date — with five new recording projects for future worldwide release.
“Music City is a town where new music is being written and recorded every day,” said music director Giancarlo Guerrero, “and our audiences welcome the opportunity to be a part of a truly unique experience where they are literally hearing history being recorded at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This community will get to be a part of that excitement throughout the 2017/18 season, and I can tell you from personal experience that the energy we receive from our audience has a direct impact on our musicians while they’re performing — it’s one of the reasons the Recording Academy continues to recognize the Nashville Symphony with GRAMMY® Awards and nominations.”
The Nashville Symphony’s 2017/18 season is now available on subscription for all of the following concerts. Single tickets will go on sale in July.
Led by Guerrero, the 2017/18 Aegis Sciences Classical Series consists of 14 concert weekends featuring everything from Baroque to brand-new, along with four commissions and a world premiere. Highlights include:
Consisting of eight concert weekends, this popular series features legendary artists performing alongside the Nashville Symphony, with lush arrangements specially created for a live orchestral experience. Highlights include:
This four-concert series continues to bring some of the world’s greatest jazz artists to the intimate setting of the Schermerhorn.
Based on their enormous popularity since being introduced last year, five Sunday classical matinees have been scheduled for 2017/18:
Evenings and Sunday afternoons are not the only times when music will fill the Schermerhorn, as both of the Symphony’s morning concert series will continue in 2017/18.
The Friday-morning Blakeford Coffee & Classics Series includes free coffee and pastries and features four performances of classical music in a relaxed setting, including Bronfman Plays Beethoven, on October 27, 2017, with piano legend Yefim Bronfman, and Guerrero Conducts Ravel, on April 27, 2018, showcasing two works by the French composer and Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto.
Perfect for young listeners, The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Children’s Series offers a great way for families to share the wonder of orchestral music with their children. Each of the four Saturday-morning concerts features a different theme, including Family Holiday Spectacular, on December 23, 2017, and Schoolhouse Rock!, on April 21, 2018. Pre-concert activities in the lobbies include an instrument petting zoo.
In addition to series concerts, the Nashville Symphony will offer a variety of special events and non-orchestra presentations, highlighted by the continuation of its hugely popular Harry Potter™ series. Any of the following can be added on to 2017/18 subscription packages, with more concerts to be announced throughout the year:
For a full listing of the Nashville Symphony’s 2017/18 lineup, please visit NashvilleSymphony.org/tickets.
Subscription packages are now available for all 2017/18 concerts and may be purchased at NashvilleSymphony.org/subscribe, by phone at 615.687.6400, or in person at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office. Subscribers enjoy a long list of benefits, including priority seating, bonus tickets, free unlimited ticket exchanges, discounted parking, and much more.
Single tickets for all 2017/18 concerts will go on sale in July 2017.
A digital press kit, including photos, video and the full 2017/18 Nashville Symphony season lineup, is available online at NashvilleSymphony.org/1718season. The season lineup is also attached.
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