Now available in season ticket packages, concerts include Bernstein Centennial Opening Night, Carmina Burana, performances by Midori, Kristin Chenoweth, Martina McBride & more
Nashville, TN. (January 29, 2018) — The Nashville Symphony has unveiled the lineup for its 2018/19 season, which begins on September 8 and will feature more than 90 classical, pops, jazz and family concerts, along with special events featuring top-name guest artists, film favorites with live orchestral accompaniment, choral showcases and more.
With the Symphony enjoying record fundraising, attendance and ticket sales in recent years — as well as a rising domestic and international profile thanks to a string of GRAMMY® wins and critically acclaimed recordings — the new season boasts diverse programming across a variety of genres, while maintaining the organization’s commitment to American music.
Among the highlights for 2018/19, the orchestra will perform works by Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and more, as well as a blend of established and new works by American composers including Leonard Bernstein, John Adams, John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse. In addition, the Symphony is partnering with the Nashville Ballet on a special multimedia presentation of Carmina Burana, with a newly produced film accompanying a grand-scale performance incorporating orchestra, adult chorus, children’s chorus and ballet dancers, with updated choreography by Nashville Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling.
A star-studded collection of guest artists and soloists will also perform alongside the orchestra, including pianists Emanuel Ax and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinists Midori and Gil Shaham, conductor Robert Spano, country superstar Martina McBride, Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth, Nashville favorites The Mavericks, jazz legend Branford Marsalis, The Late Show pianist Jon Batiste and many more. Sunday classical matinees and a revamped Saturday-morning family series help round out the concert calendar.
“The Nashville Symphony strives to serve the entire Middle Tennessee community, and our new season promises to deliver world-class performances across a wide array of genres,” said Alan D. Valentine, Nashville Symphony president & CEO. “From our season-opening performance of works by Kenneth Schermerhorn’s mentor, Leonard Bernstein, to our collaboration with partners like Nashville Ballet, with whom we will present a multimedia, multi-sensory production of Carmina Burana like no one has ever seen, the 2018/19 season is chock full of unique, varied and exciting programs. We can’t wait to share all of the great music we have in store next season, and we are deeply grateful for the tremendous support our vibrant community continues to provide the Symphony, enabling all that we do.”
Customers purchasing season ticket packages can access all Nashville Symphony 2018/19 concerts listed below. Tickets to individual concerts go on sale July 20, 2018.
Aegis Sciences Classical Series
Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the 2018/19 Aegis Sciences Classical Series consists of 15 concert weekends featuring a wide range of classical repertoire, including one new Nashville Symphony co-commission.
Building on its fruitful partnership with the Franklin-based Naxos label – which has led to 13 GRAMMY® Awards and 24 nominations to date – the Symphony will continue to expand its reputation as one of the most prolific recording orchestras in the United States with four new recording projects.
“Time and again, this orchestra rises to every creative challenge presented to them. These are musicians who bring exciting new energy to beloved classic repertoire while also being able to perform cutting-edge new works by today’s leading composers,” said Guerrero. “Next season’s Classical Series – with epic works such as Messaien’s Turangalîla and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, along with contemporary masterpieces like John Adams’ Harmonielehre and John Corigliano’s First Symphony – is truly a testament to our musicians’ collective talent and to the unique place this orchestra holds in Nashville’s creative environment.”
Highlights of the 2018/19 Aegis Sciences Classical Series include:
FirstBank Pops Series
Consisting of eight concert weekends, this popular series brings legendary artists to the Schermerhorn to perform with the Nashville Symphony, with gorgeous arrangements specifically designed for a unique live orchestral experience. Highlights include:
The Schermerhorn continues to be one of Middle Tennessee’s top venues for jazz, and this four-concert series features world-class artists in an intimate setting:
The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Family Series (formerly Pied Piper Series)
New for 2018/19, all Saturday-morning Family Series concerts are sensory friendly, offering a relaxed atmosphere for patrons of all ages and accommodating those with autism and other disabilities that cause sensory sensitivities. Family-friendly activities, including the Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo, begin one hour before all performances.
Sunday Matinee Series
These Sunday-afternoon concerts with the Nashville Symphony are perfect for classical music lovers of all ages:
Blakeford Coffee & Classics Series
The Symphony’s Friday-morning series offers classical favorites in a relaxed setting and free coffee and pastries before the concert.
Special Events featuring the Nashville Symphony
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For a full listing of the Nashville Symphony’s 2018/19 lineup, please visit: NashvilleSymphony.org/SeasonTickets.
Season ticket packages are now available for all 2018/19 concerts and may be purchased at NashvilleSymphony.org/SeasonTickets, 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.
A digital press kit for the Nashville Symphony’s 2018/19 season, with the full concert lineup and photos, is available on Dropbox here.