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Silkroad Ensemble

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

4/1

Monday7:30 PM

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The GRAMMY® Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble brings its vibrant and inspiring musical message of hope to the stage. Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, these artists represent dozen of nationalities and artistic traditions. Drawing on the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our many-layered contemporary identities, these virtuosic and passionate musicians create a new musical language founded in difference and collaboration. A privilege to see and even more beautiful to hear, this ever-expanding collective brings audiences together with unique, never-to-be-repeated concert experiences. “One of the 21st century’s great ensembles.” Vancouver Sun

Presented without orchestra. This concert is not eligible for ticket exchanges.

 

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Guerrero Conducts Bernstein

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

4/5

Friday8:00 PM

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4/6

Saturday8:00 PM

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PROGRAM
Michael Torke – Adjustable Wrench
Weill – Violin Concerto
Bernstein – Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish”

PERFORMERS
Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero
, conductor | Nashville Symphony Chorus | Tucker Biddlecombe, chorus director | Blair Children’s Chorus | Mary Biddlecombe, artistic director | Jun Iwasaki, violin | Mary Wilson, soprano | Laila Robins, speaker

Dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy, Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3 incorporates the Jewish prayer of mourning, the Kaddish. More than five decades after its premiere, it remains a powerfully moving exploration of human spirituality and a transcendent plea for peace – all brought vividly to life by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, full orchestra, adult chorus, children’s chorus, soprano and narrator.

Like Bernstein, Kurt Weill may be best known as a composer for the theater, and his Violin Concerto likewise showcases his unique sensibilities as a composer for the concert stage. Nashville Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki will take center stage as soloist on a technically dazzling part that contrasts strikingly with Weill's imaginatively scored backdrop of wind instruments. Opening the concert is Adjustable Wrench, a lively piece by contemporary composer Michael Torke, whose own work — like Bernstein’s and Weill’s — incorporates the influences of jazz and popular music.

 

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This performance is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY

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Tchaikovsky's Fourth

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

4/11

Thursday7:00 PM

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4/12

Friday8:00 PM

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4/13

Saturday8:00 PM

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PROGRAM
Christopher Rouse – Supplica  Live Recording
Christopher Rouse – Concerto for Orchestra  Live Recording
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4

PERFORMERS
Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero
, conductor

Be there for a live recording of two contemporary classics by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse, who has written “some of the most memorable music around,” according to The New York Times. His Concerto for Orchestra will showcase the virtuosity of the entire Nashville Symphony, in a juggernaut performance that balances explosive rhythmic passages with lyrical string interludes.

It’s the perfect setup for Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, the composer’s urgent reckoning with the forces of fate, which features some of the Russian master’s most brilliant music. Of this piece, which was inspired directly by Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, the composer wrote: “There is not a single line in this Symphony that I have not felt in my whole being and that has not been a true echo of the soul.”

 

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Rach Three & Sibelius Five

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

5/2

Thursday7:00 PM

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5/3

Friday8:00 PM

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5/4

Saturday8:00 PM

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PROGRAM
Michael Gandolfi – Selections from The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
Sibelius – Symphony No. 5

Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3

PERFORMERS
Nashville Symphony | Robert Spano
, conductor | Simon Trpčeski, piano

As portrayed in the hit film Shine, Rach Three is a piece so virtuosic, so technically demanding, that it has earned a reputation as one of the most challenging pieces ever written. Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski is entirely up to the challenge. In his first-ever Nashville appearance, this celebrated artist will convey all of the musical and emotional energy in Rachmaninoff’s astounding score — originally written for the composer/pianist’s first American tour 90 years ago.

Bookending this masterwork are two resplendent musical evocations of manmade and natural beauty: Michael Gandolfi’s The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is inspired by landscape architect Charles Jencks’ remarkable sculpture garden in Scotland, while Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony evokes the composer’s own rapturous experience witnessing swans in flight, with peals of brass that convey the feeling of awestruck wonder.

 

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Thibaudet Plays Turangalîla

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

5/17

Friday8:00 PM

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5/18

Saturday8:00 PM

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PROGRAM
Messiaen – Turangalîla-symphonie

PERFORMERS
Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero
, conductor | Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano | Cynthia Millar, ondes Martenot

Enter a world of sound unlike any other in Messiaen's singular Turangalîla-symphonie. This "song of love" features the ondes Martenot, a vintage electronic instrument that adds shimmering, otherworldly textures to an expansive piece of music that continues to inspire and astound listeners 70 years after its premiere. Bird songs, sacred Hindu music, Indonesian gamelan, percussive piano, soaring orchestral melodies — these and more come together to form what Messiaen called "a hymn to joy, time, movement, rhythm, life and death.

This concert will open with a lecture and demonstration led by Giancarlo Guerrero and soloists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Cynthia Millar, with a special focus on the ondes Martenot. Click here to learn more about this strange and wonderful instrument.

Please note: There will be no pre-concert lecture in the Balcony Lobby for this performance.

 

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National Geographic Live

Ocean Soul with Underwater Photographer Brian Skerry

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

7/10

Wednesday7:00 PM

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This performance has been rescheduled to July 10, 2019 due to the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. 


Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Skerry dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters, and has even lived at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects.

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