Nashville Symphony Unveils Blockbuster 2015/16 Season

January 20, 2015

Subscription Packages for Classical, Pops, Jazz and More Now Available

Nashville, Tenn. (January 20, 2015) – The Nashville Symphony has released the full schedule for its 2015/16 season, which features one of the most ambitious slates of classical, pops, jazz, family and special events in the organization’s history and builds on a recent stretch of success that has seen record crowds at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Subscription packages are now available for all 2015/16 Nashville Symphony concerts and may be purchased online at, by phone at 615.687.6400 or in person at the Schermerhorn Symphony Box Office. Subscribers enjoy a long list of benefits, including flexible ticket exchanges, big savings, bonus tickets, priority seating, pre-sale access to newly added concerts, discounted parking and more. Single tickets for all 2015/16 concerts go on sale June 27, 2015.

“Next season really encapsulates what the Nashville Symphony is all about — new, ground-breaking American orchestral music, moving classical works by legendary composers, and one of our most exciting pops and jazz lineups ever,” said Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO. “With a GRAMMY® Award-winning orchestra at the top of its game performing an incredible lineup of concerts in one of the world’s finest music venues, we’re confident that the Schermerhorn will continue to be home to some of Middle Tennessee’s best art and entertainment.”

2015/16 Aegis Sciences Classical Series

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the 2015/16 Aegis Sciences Classical Series is comprised of 14 performances and features everything classical fans have come to love about Music City’s orchestra. The season kicks off with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and will also include such well-loved works as Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Mozart’s Requiem. As part of its mission to promote contemporary American music, the Nashville Symphony will also perform one co-commission, Jonathan Leshnoff’s Guitar Concerto (October 2-3, 2015), and six new works to be recorded for future release, including three pieces written by Knoxville native Jennifer Higdon.

Other American composers to be featured throughout the season include Leonard Bernstein, Richard Danielpour, Michael Daugherty and one Latin American composer, Silvestre Revueltas. Of special note is John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, a stunning tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that will be performed as part of the opening weekend performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the anniversary of the attacks.

The 2015/16 season will also spotlight a number of Symphony musicians as soloists, including James Button, Principal Oboe, on Higdon’s Oboe Concerto; James Zimmerman, Principal Clarinet, on Lowell Liebermann’s Clarinet Concerto; and a number of other orchestra members on the Bach Brandenburg Concertos. “In Nashville, we are fortunate to have some of the finest musicians anywhere in the world right here in our hometown orchestra,” Guerrero said. “I’m thrilled to showcase their amazing musicianship, and I intend to continue giving them opportunities to shine in future seasons.”

The 2015/16 season will close with Mahler’s Third Symphony, featuring the Women of the Nashville Symphony Chorus and Boys of the Blair Children’s Chorus. This epic work completes Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony’s cycle all nine of Mahler’s symphonies, which the orchestra began in 2007. “Mahler truly sought to contain the whole of human experience in his symphonies, and his Third one of the most monumental and breathtaking pieces he ever wrote,” Guerrero said.

The full Classical Series lineup is as follows:

Beethoven’s Ninth & John Adams’ Homage to 9/11: September 10-12, 2015
Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto & Guitar Legend Manuel Barrueco: October 2-3, 2015
Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos: October 22-24, 2015
Bruckner’s Romantic Symphony & Daugherty’s Organ Concerto: November 6-7, 2015
Saint- Saëns’ “Egyptian” Piano Concerto & Sibelius’ Second Symphony: November 20-21, 2015
Mozart’s Requiem & Symphony Soloists Perform New American Masterpieces: January 7-9, 2016
Bernstein’s On the Waterfront & Famous Movie Music by Prokofiev, Korngold and Revueltas: January 29-30, 2016
Pictures at an Exhibition & Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto: February 18-20, 2016
Strauss’ Don Quixote & Brahms Third Symphony: March 4-5, 2016
Guerrero Conducts Ravel’s La Valse & works by Mozart and Higdon: March 25-26, 2016
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Haydn’s First Symphony & Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 15: April 7-9, 2016
Beethoven’s Emperor with Ohlsson & Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11: April 29-30, 2016
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Shaham & Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony: May 5-7, 2016
Mahler’s Third Symphony with Chorus: May 26-28, 2016

FirstBank Pops Series

Bookended by Franki Valli & the Four Seasons and country legends Alabama, the 2015/16 FirstBank Pops Series runs the gamut of genres and styles, giving audiences the unique opportunity to hear the Nashville Symphony play alongside some incredible artists, performing everything from rock to country to Broadway show tunes:

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons with the Nashville Symphony: September 24-26, 2015
The Best of Broadway with the Nashville Symphony: October 15-17, 2015
Pink Martini with the Nashville Symphony: November 12-14, 2015
Cirque De La Symphonie with the Nashville Symphony: January 14-16, 2016
The Music of the Eagles with the Nashville Symphony: February 25-27, 2016
The Irish Tenors with the Nashville Symphony: March 17-19, 2016
Chris Botti with the Nashville Symphony: April 14-16, 2016
Alabama with the Nashville Symphony: May 12-14, 2016

Jazz Series

The Schermerhorn is one of Tennessee’s premier venues for jazz, and 2015/16 includes a number of top-flight jazz concerts:

Michael Feinstein: The Sinatra Project with the Nashville Symphony: October 30, 2015
David Benoit: Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown: December 6, 2015
Madeleine Peyroux: March 11, 2016
Additional Concert to Be Announced: April 1, 2016

Special Events, Coffee & Classics and Pied Piper

Special events featuring the Nashville Symphony include Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (September 27, 2015), which will be performed for the first time ever at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Legendary pianist Andre Watts will perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto (January 23, 2016), five years after his last scheduled appearance with the Symphony had to be relocated to a different venue because of the May 2010 flood.

Other special events include Don McLean with the Nashville Symphony (October 28, 2015) and four holiday performances of Handel’s Messiah (December 17-20, 2015), including a newly added Sunday matinee concert. More special events will be added to the Nashville Symphony concert calendar throughout the year.

The Symphony’s popular Friday-morning Coffee & Classics Series, which includes free coffee and pastries, returns with four concerts in 2015/16 – Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, Sibelius’ Second Symphony, Pictures at an Exhibition and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony.

Finally, the Nashville Symphony will continue giving parents and children the chance to experience the thrill of live classical music on select Saturday mornings through The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series. The 2015/16 Pied Piper Series includes a pair of holiday-themed shows (“Trick or Treat with the Nashville Symphony,” October 31, 2015, & “Holiday Sing-Along with the Nashville Symphony,” December 19, 2015) and multimedia collaborations with local partners, including the Nashville Zoo (“Get Wild with the Nashville Symphony,” February 27, 2016) and Adventure Science Center (“Blast Off with the Nashville Symphony,” April 16, 2016). All Pied Piper concerts are preceded by family-friendly activities including arts and crafts, photos and the Symphony’s popular Instrument Petting Zoo.


For a full listing of 2015/16 concerts, along with subscription benefits and prices, visit