Concert Calendar

Guerrero Conducts the Violins of Hope Featuring Music from 'Schindler's List'

Aegis Sciences Classical Series

Guerrero Conducts the Violins of Hope

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Saturday8:00 PM

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John Williams – Three Pieces from Schindler’s List
Schumann – Piano Concerto
Jonathan Leshnoff – Symphony No. 4 “Heichalos”

Nashville Symphony Commission | World Premiere | Live Recording
Barber – Adagio for Strings

Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero
, conductor | Jonathan Biss, piano | Jun Iwasaki, violin

Be there as your Nashville Symphony presents this very special performance featuring the Violins of Hope, a collection of instruments played by Jews during the Holocaust.

  • Concertmaster Jun Iwasaki performs John Williams' achingly beautiful melodies from the score for Schindler’s List, which captures the joys and sorrows of Jewish life before and during the Holocaust.
  • The orchestra will perform and record the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4, a powerful new work written especially for this concert — and the first time that the Violins of Hope have been recorded for public release. 
  • Jonathan Biss returns to perform Schumann’s exuberant Piano Concerto.
  • The evening closes with Barber's profoundly moving Adagio for Strings.

Come early for Classical Conversations led by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, taking place one hour before the concert in the Balcony Lobby.

Following the concert, Maestro Guerrero will lead an informal Q&A with Violins of Hope luthiers Amnon and Avshi Weinstein.

Meet the Violins & the Violin Maker

5:30-6:45 pm Thursday, March 22, in the East Lobby
6:30-7:45 pm Friday, March 23, in the East Lobby

View the Violins of Hope up close and in person, and meet Avshi Weinstein, one of the luthiers responsible for restoring these remarkable instruments. You'll be able to ask questions and learn more about the stories behind the violins. Thursday & Friday only.

Happy Hour at the Horn – Friday only, March 23
Join us starting at 6:30 pm in the East Lobby

Drink Specials
$2 off select wine and beer offerings.

Share Your Story with Versify
Do you have a story about hope? Participate in a podcast recording of Versify, a show where a person tells a story, and in a matter of minutes, that story becomes a poem. Versify is a radio/podcast production of Nashville Public Radio, The Porch writers' collective and PRX, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Violins of Hope will be on display at the Main Public Library March 26-May 27. Click here to view a calendar of other Violins of Hope events in the community and find out how you can get involved.

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Keith Sweat

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Sunday7:30 PM

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A pioneer of the New Jack Swing era, Keith Sweat exploded onto the scene with Make It Last Forever 30 years ago and has gone on to a remarkable career as a recording artist, producer, actor and radio host. Be there as this phenomenal talent showcases his distinctive voice and soulful songwriting. Sweat’s hits include:

  • I Give All My Love to You
  • Make It Last Forever
  • Make You Sweat
  • Merry Go Round
  • Keep It Comin’
  • I Want Her
  • Twisted
  • Nobody


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Voices of Hope Choral Music Festival

Free Community Event

Voices of Hope

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Monday7:00 PM

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Violins of Hope Nashville event

Voices of Hope is the Second Annual Schermerhorn Invitational Choral Festival, presented this year in partnership with the Tennessee Holocaust Commission as part of Violins of Hope Nashville. This year’s festival will convene student choirs from local public schools, private schools and religious organizations under the direction of Dr. Tamara Freeman, an internationally acknowledged Holocaust ethnomusicologist. Dr. Freeman is working with each choir and director individually prior to the festival in preparation for a day of rehearsals that will culminate in a free performance open to the public.

Participating choirs include Akiva School, Choral Arts Link, MET Singers, Hillwood High School, I.T. Creswell Middle Prep, East Nashville High School, Antioch High School, Hillsboro High School and Nashville School for the Arts.

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Special Event

The Music of Michael Jackson with the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Tuesday7:30 PM

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Join conductor Brent Havens, vocalist James Delisco and the GRAMMY©-winning Nashville Symphony for an evening filled with incredible songs from Michael Jackson's 40-year career. Experience the King of Pop's music like never before, as the orchestra performs hit after hit:

  • ABC
  • Beat It
  • Thriller
  • I'll Be There
  • Rock With You
  • Got To Be There
  • The Way You Make Me Feel
  • & many more
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Tchaikovsky v. Drake: A Symphonic Mashup with the Nashville Symphony

Special Event

Tchaikovsky v. Drake: A Symphonic Mashup with the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Wednesday7:30 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Steve Hackman, conductorJecorey “1200” Arthur, rapperAnna Dellaria, vocalistMalia Katherine Civetz, vocalist | Mario José, vocalist

Stick around after the concert for a special Q&A and performance with conductor/arranger Steve Hackman, plus the soloists, in the Schermerhorn’s East Lobby.

Classical meets hip-hop in this symphonic mashup from visionary composer and conductor Steve Hackman. Three vocalists and a rapper join your Nashville Symphony to meld Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony with more than a dozen Drake hits, creating a musical journey that seamlessly bridges two artists separated by more than a century. Including:

  • Hold On, We’re Going Home
  • Started from the Bottom
  • Find Your Love
  • Hotline Bling
  • Jumpman

PLEASE NOTE: Neither Drake nor Tchaikovsky will appear in this performance. The performance will include lyrics with explicit language. 

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FirstBank Pops Series

Megan Hilty: Broadway & Beyond with the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Thursday7:00 PM

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Friday8:00 PM

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Saturday8:00 PM

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Megan Hilty
Nashville Symphony
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor

Be dazzled as Megan Hilty and your Nashville Symphony deliver blockbuster renditions of Broadway showstoppers and classics from the Great American Songbook. This phenomenal star of stage and screen first made a splash as Glinda in Wicked and has since been seen and heard on NBC’s Smash, Bravo’s Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce and numerous stage productions. Enjoy a night of classic tunes, including:

  • Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
  • They Just Keep Moving the Line
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Popular
  • & more

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This weekend's orchestra performances are dedicated to the memory of Billy Ray Hearn, underwritten by Vicki & Rick Horne. Megan Hilty's appearance made possible in part by Joel & Lisa Williams.

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Special Event

The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Wednesday7:00 PM

Free – Reserve Tickets

Nashville Symphony
Ankush Kumar Bahl, conductor
Mélisse Brunet, conductor
Nadège Foofat, conductor
Raúl Gómez-Rojas, conductor
Lee Mills, conductor
Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor

Selections from:
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Bernstein – Overture to Candide
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Debussy – Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
C.F. Kip Winger – Conversations with Nijinsky

Six highly skilled and dynamic conductors will lead the GRAMMY®-winning Nashville Symphony in a special one-night performance, offered free and open to the public. Presented by the League of American Orchestras, this prestigious showcase spotlights conductors poised for music directorships at America’s orchestras, bringing them to the attention of search committees and artist managers. While in Nashville, each of the participating conductors will receive guidance and mentoring from Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, himself a Conductor Preview alumnus.

About The Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview

The Preview is a major pipeline for talented conductors and helps catalyze opportunities for their careers. Since 1995, the League's Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview has showcased 85 conductors, with more than 50 orchestras engaging participants in conductor/music director appointments as a direct result. Past Preview participants include Mei-Ann Chen, music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta; Giancarlo Guerrero, music director of the Nashville Symphony; Laura Jackson, music director of the Reno Philharmonic; and Carlos Miguel Prieto, music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas.

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Guest Attraction

Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Friday7:30 PM

NOTE: Both performances are now sold out. Please click here to add your name to the waiting list for either performance. (You will be asked to select your preferred performance time.) 

This coming spring, Nick Cave will return to Nashville to direct Nick Cave: Feat. Nashville. The free large-scale performances — a matinee for families and students, and an evening program for the general public — will include three customized compositions (“Blanket Statement,” “Heard” and “Up Right”) that combine a variety of genres, from music and dance to spoken word, with Cave’s signature soundsuits as part of the visual extravaganza. An explosion of color, sound, and energy, Cave’s art often defies traditional definitions, and is unforgettable once it has been encountered.

Presented by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts


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Piano Spectacular

Matinee Series

Piano Spectacular with the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Sunday3:00 PM

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Mozart – Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos
Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Gershwin – Piano Concerto in F

Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero
, conductor | Jon Kimura Parker, piano | Orli Shaham, piano

Pianos will take over the stage at this unique concert featuring two of music's most accomplished pianists, Jon Kimura Parker and Orli Shaham, who will be featured together on Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. Shaham also shines as soloist on Rachmaninoff’s ravishing Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Parker will solo on Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, a classic American work in the composer’s trademark jazzy style.

Experience Steinway & Sons Spirio piano in the lobby. The Spirio is the world's finest high resolution player piano.

The Box Office will open three hours prior to the concert. Please call 615.687.6400 or email with questions.

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Chamber Music Series

Friends in Low Places

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Tuesday6:00 PM

Program: A selection of works showcasing the Nashville Symphony’s bass section
Performers: Joel Reist, Glen Wanner, Kevin Jablonski, Katherine Munagian, Elizabeth Stewart and Tim Pearson

Tickets will be available on March 26 at 10 am

Limit of 2 per household

Formerly known as OnStage, the Chamber Music Series has been revamped this year to accommodate larger audiences, with attendees now seated on the floor of the concert hall in a setting that retains the relaxed and interactive concert experience that has made the events so popular with music lovers. Programming for each performance is developed by members of the Nashville Symphony, creating an evening of music and conversation that allows audience members to get to know orchestra musicians and explore the history and artistry behind the music.

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Bach, Mozart & Elgar Featuring Pinchas Zukerman

Aegis Sciences Classical Series

Bach, Mozart & Elgar

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Thursday7:00 PM

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Friday8:00 PM

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Saturday8:00 PM

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J.S. Bach – Concerto for Two Violins
Elgar – Chanson de matin
Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 5
Elgar – Chanson de nuit
Elgar – Enigma Variations

Nashville Symphony | Pinchas Zukerman
, conductor/violin | Jun Iwasaki, violin

Legendary violinist Pinchas Zukerman makes his first Nashville appearance in two decades to conduct the Nashville Symphony, and he'll step forward as soloist to perform Mozart's imaginative Violin Concerto No. 5. Concertmaster Jun Iwasaki joins Zuckerman to perform Bach's Concerto for Two Violins, a work overflowing with enchanting musical interplay. Rounding out the evening are three incomparable works by Edward Elgar: his Chansons are intimately crafted portraits of night and day, and the vivid character sketches of Enigma Variations remain among the composer's most enduring work.

This concert is part of Violins of Hope Nashville, a community-wide initiative highlighting a collection of restored violins played by Jews during the Holocaust. Learn more about the more than 30 events taking place this spring.

At 5 pm on Thursday, April 12, the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee will host a private, invitation-only service and reception for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Click here to contact the Jewish Federation if you have questions about this event.

The 7 pm concert on April 12 will begin with a brief commemoration of Yom HaShoah.

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