Join Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and your Nashville Symphony for an unforgettable season as the orchestra returns in full force for the Classical Series! Immerse yourself in timeless, thrilling classics, from Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 to The Planets and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Marvel at the artistry of amazing guest artists from across the globe, and discover exciting new works by contemporary composers on the leading edge of classical music. 

 

22/23 Classical Series

Classical Series

Chopin & Rachmaninoff

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

1/6

Friday8:00 PM

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1/7

Saturday8:00 PM

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1/8

Sunday2:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Jan Lisiecki, piano 

Program

Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 

Rachmaninoff
Symphonic Dances
 

Ring in the new year with treasured classics by Chopin and Rachmaninoff. Jan Lisiecki is one of the most astounding, in-demand young pianists in the world today, and his interpretation of Chopin’s brilliant and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1 will be nothing short of spectacular. Rachmaninoff is beloved for achingly beautiful melodies that melt the heart, and you’ll hear plenty in his ravishing final masterpiece, Symphonic Dances. 

Lawrence S. Levine Memorial Concert 

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Classical Series

Latin Fiesta!

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

2/3

Friday8:00 PM

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2/4

Saturday8:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Program

Ravel
Alborada del gracioso

Arturo Márquez
Fandango

Chen Yi
Introduction, Andante and Allegro

Ravel
Rapsodie espagnole
 

Revel in the joyous exuberance and irresistible dance rhythms of Arturo Márquez’s showstopping new violin concerto, Fandango. It was written especially for dynamic virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers, and she joins Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony for these performances. The bold, majestic music of Chen Yi draws from both the Chinese folk and Peking Opera traditions. The program concludes with Ravel’s dazzling Rapsodie espagnole, which evokes a sensuous Spanish night, lively dances and a colorful fiesta.  

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Guerrero Conducts An American in Paris

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

2/23

Thursday7:00 PM

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2/24

Friday8:00 PM

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2/25

Saturday8:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Paul Jacobs, organ

Program

Brian Raphael Nabors
Pulse

Wayne Oquin
Resilience - Live Recording

Rouse
Organ Concerto - Live Recording

Gershwin
An American in Paris
 

Giancarlo Guerrero and the orchestra present an all-American celebration of homegrown creativity. Thrill to Brian Nabors’ kinetic, genre-bending Pulse, then marvel at the awe-inspiring power of the Schermerhorn’s Martin Foundation Concert Organ when GRAMMY®-winning organist Paul Jacobs performs Wayne Oquin’s irrepressible Resilience and Rouse’s fiery concerto. To end the concert, Gershwin’s sassy, jazz-infused An American in Paris transports you to the bustling streets, magnificent sights and glittering allure of the City of Romance.  

The performance of Pulse by Brian Raphael Nabors is supported by The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Find out more.

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Dvorák & Brahms

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

3/10

Friday8:00 PM

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3/11

Saturday8:00 PM

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3/12

Sunday2:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Johannes Moser, cello

Program

Lutosławski
Symphonic Variations

Dvořák
Cello Concerto

Brahms 
Symphony No. 4 

When it comes to gorgeous melodies, it simply doesn’t get any better than Brahms and Dvořák, and this concert is your chance to relish in the beauty of their radiant melodic gifts. Remarkable virtuoso Johannes Moser performs Dvořák’s soul-stirring, deeply personal Cello Concerto, arguably the greatest cello concerto ever written. Brief fragments of effortless, introspective grace blossom into profound, powerfully emotional statements in Brahms’ glorious Symphony No. 4.

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Saint-Saëns “Organ” Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

3/31

Friday8:00 PM

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4/1

Saturday8:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Ken-David Masur, conductor Vadim Gluzman, violin

Program

Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No. 2

Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 3, "Organ"
 

"I gave everything to it I was able to give,” declared Camille Saint-Saëns of his Third Symphony. “What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again.” Experience the unique power of this towering masterpiece, which sets loose the awe-inspiring sonic splendor of the pipe organ as it builds to its resounding and electrifying conclusion. Esteemed violinist Vladim Gluzman makes his first Nashville Symphony appearance in two decades to perform Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, a work he calls “gorgeous and angular, dark and shining with light – music of contrasts, full of great beauty and excitement.” 

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The Jonah People: A legacy of Struggle and Triumph with the Nashville Symphony

Classical Series

The Jonah People: A Legacy of Struggle and Triumph

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

4/13

Thursday7:00 PM

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4/14

Friday8:00 PM

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4/15

Saturday8:00 PM

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4/16

Sunday2:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Vocalist, actors and guest musicians to be announced

Program

Hannibal Lokumbe
The Jonah People: A Legacy of Struggle and Triumph - World Premiere | Nashville Symphony Commission

Few artists have conveyed the African American experience in America as movingly and as powerfully as Hannibal Lokumbe. Skillfully bringing together jazz, blues, gospel, opera, orchestral and choral music, this legendary trumpeter and composer will premiere his most expansive and ambitious project yet, The Jonah People: A Legacy of Struggle and Triumph. Featuring a cast of six vocalists, nine actors, a full chorus, a jazz quartet and an African drumming ensemble, this monumental production will bring the community together in a celebration of music, artistry and African American voices. 

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Copland's Rodeo & Majestic Elgar

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

5/5

Friday8:00 PM

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5/6

Saturday8:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Leonard Slatkin, conductor

Program

Copland
Rodeo

Leonard Slatkin
Kinah

Elgar
Symphony No. 1

Embark on an adventure through the Wild West with Copland’s sunny and high-spirited Rodeo, which ends with the beloved “Hoe-Down.” Conductor Leonard Slatkin leads his own composition, Kinah, a stirring elegy to his parents. And take in Elgar’s exhilarating, emotionally charged Symphony No. 1, an enthralling musical journey surging with tender sentiment, sweeping majesty and ardent passion. 

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Virtuoso Fireworks

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

5/18

Thursday7:00 PM

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5/19

Friday8:00 PM

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5/20

Saturday8:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Bomsori Kim, violin

Program

R. Strauss
Death and Transfiguration 

Wieniawski
Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust 

Waxman
Carmen Fantasy

R. Strauss
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

International phenomenon Bomsori Kim, “one of the most dynamic and exciting violinists of today” (NDR Radio), dazzles with two showpieces inspired by opera: Gounod’s brilliant Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust and Waxman’s flashy Carmen Fantasiea jaw-dropping torrent of virtuoso fireworks packed with iconic music you’re sure to recognize. Soaring and exuberant masterworks of Strauss provide a thrilling highlight for the virtuoso prowess of the Nashville Symphony. 

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Guerrero Conducts Mozart's Requiem

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

6/1

Thursday7:00 PM

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6/2

Friday8:00 PM

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6/3

Saturday8:00 PM

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6/4

Sunday2:00 PM

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Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Nashville Symphony Chorus | Tucker Biddlecombe, chorus director | Iwona Sobotka, soprano | Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano | Nicholas Phan, tenor Kelly Markgraf, bass

Program

Janaček
Sinfonietta

Mozart
Requiem
  

Mozart’s genius burns with blazing intensity in the legendary Requiem that was to become his own funeral music. This music is instantly recognizable, thanks to its use in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus, but to experience it live is to feel its power. Calling for an immense brass section 25 members strong, Janáček’s radiant Sinfonietta rings out with exultant fanfares and celebratory flourish.  

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