Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Karen Walwyn, piano | Lorelei Ensemble, vocal ensemble


Joan Tower

Piano Concerto in One Movement

Julia Wolfe
Her Story – Live Recording | World Premiere | Nashville Symphony Co-Commission

Dive into the Nashville Symphony with a dynamic program celebrating great women composers, past and present. Commissioned to commemorate the history of women's fight for equality in America and the ongoing struggle for equal rights, Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe’s Her Story promises to be a spectacular world premiere, featuring the stunning voices of the Lorelei ensemble. Florence Price’s Piano Concerto is a true treasure, fusing virtuoso drama and passion with melodies inspired by traditional spirituals and the “Juba dance,” an exuberant precursor to ragtime. And longtime Nashville Symphony friend and collaborator Joan Tower adds her own powerful artistic voice to this concert saluting 100 years of women challenging the status quo. 


Her Story was Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the National Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony, and with the generous support of Linda and Stuart Nelson and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

National Endowment for the Arts


Program Notes


Join us in Balcony Lobby one hour before the concert for Classical Conversations! Enjoy a discussion of the evening's program with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and featured composers Joan Tower and Julia Wolfe.


Thursday's performance is part of our YP Nights at the Nashville Symphony, a memorable social experience. Tickets are only $10 and include the performance and a free drink. Find out more. 


She Speaks - and the World Listens Exhibit

Nashville Symphony will also host a curated sculpture exhibit in honor of Trailblazing Women in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Lobby. She Speaks - and the World Listens is the latest project from Nashville-based sculptor Carolyn Boutwell, designed to honor the stories of contemporary women who – through their strength and success – pay homage to those who fought for and earned their right to speak on a national stage. The exhibit features five life-size portrait busts made of classical fired stoneware. Be sure to check it out before or after the concert!