Nashville Symphony Announces Lineup for Free Chamber Music Series

Newly expanded for this year, the series will feature small ensembles of Symphony musicians in an intimate setting

Nashville, Tenn. (September 23, 2019) – The Nashville Symphony has released the 2019/20 lineup for its free Chamber Music Series, which features small ensembles of Symphony musicians performing in an intimate setting designed to encourage audience interaction. The series has expanded to seven performances, with the addition of two Friday-morning concerts and a Sunday matinee in addition to four weeknight concerts.  

Offered completely free of charge, the Chamber Music Series offers a relaxed and interactive concert experience. Programming is developed by members of the Nashville Symphony, creating a unique evening of music and conversation during which audience members get to know the musicians and learn the history and artistry behind the featured music.

“These concerts are a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to connect with us as individual musicians, and I always enjoy the interactions with audience members that the intimate setting makes possible,” said Nashville Symphony violist Judith Ablon. “It’s a very special series that allows us to plan our own programs, make music with our favorite colleagues and, most importantly, have interesting discussions with those who attend.”

Also new for this year, The Contributor has signed on as the official media partner of the 2019/20 Chamber Music Series. 

“Partnering with the Symphony on their Chamber Music Series is especially meaningful to us, and we are grateful to be associated with such a timeless organization,” said Cathy Jennings, executive director of The Contributor. “Similar to this series itself, The Contributor facilitates an interaction that allows people to get to know their street vendor and, through reading the newspaper, learn firsthand about the lives of our neighbors experiencing homelessness and how they can help.”

Tickets for all Chamber Music Series events will be available starting at 10 a.m. on the Monday two weeks prior to the performance. Tickets can be reserved at or via phone at 615.687.6400. Seating is limited to two seats per household, and reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

The full lineup is as follows. Click on concert name for more information: 

Variations for Strings

2 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2019

Tickets available starting at 10 a.m. Monday, October 7

Performers: Judith Ablon, viola; Louise Morrison and Jimin Lin, violin; Christopher Stenstrom, cello

Violist Judith Ablon and friends explore the art of Theme and Variations, with a passacaglia thrown in for good measure!


The Elliston Trio Plays Beethoven and Tower

6 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2019

10:30 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2019

Tickets available starting at 10 a.m. Monday, October 21

Performers: Erin Hall, violin; Keith Nicholas, cello; Matthew Phelps, piano

Nashville’s acclaimed piano trio returns to the Chamber Music Series, with a powerful program contrasting Beethoven’s classic “Ghost” trio with work from Joan Tower, one of America’s leading composers.


Celebrate Beethoven

6 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2020

10:30 a.m. Friday, January 31, 2020

Tickets available starting at 10 a.m. Monday, January 13


Louise Morrison and Jung-Min Shin, violin; Tony Parce, viola; Kevin Bate, cello; Megan Gale, piano

Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the legendary composer’s Violin and Piano Sonata No. 8 and String Quartet No. 3.


Bass Showcase

6 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tickets available starting at 10 a.m. Monday, February 3

Performers: Matt Abramo and Kevin Jablonski, bass; Jeffrey Williams, bass-baritone; Megan Gale, piano

Nashville Symphony bassist Matt Abramo presents a program showcasing the many sides of the lowest string instrument, featuring works by Mozart, Rossini and more.


All Debussy Program

6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Tickets available starting at 10 a.m. Monday, March 23


Anna Lisa Hoepfinger and Johna Bradley Smith, violin; Dan Reinker, viola; Christopher Stenstrom, cello;  Megan Gale, piano

Enjoy a celebration of the sensuous and dreamlike music of Claude Debussy, featuring his Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Major and Quartet in G minor.