Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero,
conductor | Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Adolphus Hailstork – An American Port of Call
Barber – Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5

Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero and your Nashville Symphony open a spectacular new season with Tchaikovsky's bold and brilliant Symphony No. 5. Emerging from the composer's struggles with self-doubt, this landmark work is a vivid study in contrasts, with moments of brooding and poignancy, before building to a triumphant finish. A master of both technique and feeling, pianist Garrick Ohlsson takes the spotlight on Barber's Piano Concerto, a tour-de-force that is both fiendishly challenging and abundantly musical. Adolphus Hailstork's An American Port of Call sets the stage for the evening with a loving musical tribute to Norfolk, Virginia, where the composer resides.

Free T-Shirt with Ticket
Stay after the concert to pick up your free Nashville Symphony T-shirt, with several styles to choose from (including "Junior Conductor" kids' sizes). Meet the Maestro, along with Nashville Symphony musicians, staff and volunteers. We can’t wait to see you! T-shirts are first come, first served; while supplies last.

Come early and learn more about the music at our Classical Conversations with 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 at the back of the concert hall, on the Orchestra Level.

Thursday, September 12 | Friday, September 13 | Saturday, September 14
Immediately following Tchaikovsky’s Fifth

Governing Members are invited to join us as we toast the opening of a new season and our wonderful musicians in a champagne toast following the concert each night of our opening Classical Series weekend.  Light refreshments provided, RSVP required. To learn more about Governing Members or join today for access to our post-concert reception and other engaging events, visit