Nashville Symphony Broadcasts

All summer on Classical 91 One, you’ll hear the Nashville Symphony’s entire 2012/2013 SunTrust Classical Series, recorded live at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Tune in each Sunday at 8pm. Below is program information for each week’s broadcast:

June 2nd: A Woman’s Life

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
Angela Brown, soprano

Roberto Sierra – Carnaval
Richard Danielpour – A Woman’s Life
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor
In A Woman’s Life, Richard Danielpour adapts the poetry of Maya Angelou to trace the universal experiences of womanhood, from childhood to old age. Described as “a perfect cycle” by the composer, this piece is a breathtaking vehicle for soprano Angela Brown, whose powerful, shimmering voice will capture the spirit of Angelou’s words. Dazzling pianist Olga Kern takes the stage for Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, one of the most challenging and thrilling pieces of music ever written, and we open the evening with Robert Sierra’s exuberant, Latin-flavored Carnaval.
This concert will be recorded for future release.

June 9th: Beethoven’s Fifth

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Jun Iwasaki, violin
Carrie Bailey, violin
Daniel Reinker, violin
Anthony LaMarchina, cello
Haydn – Symphony No. 31 in D major, “Hornsignal”
Stephen Paulus – Three Places of Enlightenment – String Quartet Concerto
Stephen Paulus – The Veil of Tears, from To Be Certain of the Dawn
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor

Beethoven’s Fifth begins with the four most famous notes of music ever written and takes listeners on an epic journey from darkness to light. Expect to be equally transformed by the music of Stephen Paulus, whose work bursts with energy, rugged beauty and a uniquely American spirit. His Three Places of Enlightenment will showcase four of the Nashville Symphony’s principal string players, while Haydn’s Hornsignal Symphony will feature the mellifluous sounds of our horn section.
This concert will be recorded for future release.

June 16th: Symphony Fantastique

Nashville Symphony
Jun Markl, guest conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

Messiaen – Un Sourire (A Smile)
Korngold – Violin Concerto in D major
Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique

Few pieces unleash the power of the imagination more vividly than Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, a work written under the spell of all-consuming romantic infatuation. This is music that conjures astonishing visions, and it sounds like nothing that came before it. Korngold’s Violin Concerto is full of gorgeous melodies, expansive harmonies and explosive writing for the soloist, equally inspired by his work as a composer for Hollywood films and by the music of his childhood mentor, Gustav Mahler. An original thinker of an entirely different sort, Messaien wrote Un Sourire as a tribute to Mozart’s undying genius.

June 23rd: Fairy Tales & Fate

featuring Ravel’s Mother Goose
Nashville Symphony
Hans Graf, guest conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

Ravel – Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose)
Saint-Saëns – Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor
Schumann – Symphony No. 2 in C major

Experience the wonder of childhood through Ravel’s magical Mother Goose, which brings centuries-old fairy tales to life with flights of fantasy and music of uncommon delicacy. Schumann’s Second Symphony, which the composer wrote even as he struggled with depression, anxiety and poor health, is the sound of one human soul rallying against the forces of fate, with a triumphant spirit that recalls Beethoven’s Fifth. One of the world’s most esteemed maestros, Hans Graf will lead the orchestra as we welcome back pianist Ingrid Fliter, who is sure to captivate on Saint-Saëns’ Second Piano Concerto.

June 30th: All That Classical Jazz

featuring Gershwin’s Piano Concerto
Nashville Symphony
Bramwell Tovey, guest conductor
Terrence Wilson, piano

Bramwell Tovey – Urban Runway
Gershwin – Piano Concerto in F
Walton – Symphony No. 1 in B-flat minor

No one quite blended classical music and jazz the way George Gershwin did, and his Piano Concerto is an unmatched blend of symphonic form and syncopated swing. This piece shows off his uncanny knack for timing and his distinctively American sense of style, and the sensational pianist Terrence Wilson will bring it all brilliantly to life. Guest conductor Bramwell Tovey opens the evening with a performance of his own Urban Runway, a witty take on New York and L.A. fashionistas. In a striking contrast, William Walton’s First Symphony is a masterpiece of English orchestral music, overflowing with ambition and sheer human urgency.

July 7th: Mozart & Strauss

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin

Richard Strauss – Don Juan
Szymanowski – Violin Concerto No. 1
Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major
Richard Strauss – Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Two tone poems by Richard Strauss bookend this concert, beginning with the wild rush of violins that opens the passionate Don Juan. Brimming with feverish emotion, this tale of the legendary lover is followed by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s rarely performed Violin Concerto, an equally sensual piece that will feature the spirited musicianship of soloist Jennifer Koh. A late masterpiece, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 practically erupts with the composer’s virtuosity, and the evening closes on a playful note with Strauss’ musical tale of The Merry Prankster.

July 14th: Harmonic Convergence

featuring Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto
Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Men of the Nashville Symphony Chorus
Johannes Moser, cello

Ives – The Unanswered Question
Schoenberg – A Survivor from Warsaw
Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No. 1
John Adams – Harmonielehre

John Adams’ riveting Harmonielehre combines the spare design of minimalism with the expressive, all-encompassing sound of late Romanticism to create music that, in the composer’s words, “touches you in the center of your soul.” The work’s title refers to a book by the modernist master Schoenberg, who is represented here by his powerful A Survivor from Warsaw, a moving tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. Ives’ “cosmic drama” The Unanswered Question sets the tone for this evening with music that is at once universal and deeply personal, with moments of haunting beauty and restless energy. The same can be said of Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, a piece originally written for the great Mstislav Rostropovich and performed here by irrepressible Johannes Moser.

July 21st: Tchaikovsky & Copland

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Copland – El Salón México
Mason Bates – Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5

Electrifying! Equally at home in the concert hall and the nightclub, Mason Bates has made a splash with his cutting-edge music, which incorporates the rhythms and textures of electronic music with vibrant orchestral writing. The Nashville Symphony will be one of the first ensembles in the country to perform his brand-new Violin Concerto, a vehicle for the stunning talents of Anne Akiko Meyers. Creating a conversation across centuries, we’ll follow that with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, a cathartic work that — much like Beethoven’s Fifth — finds the composer triumphing over adversity. Copland’s colorful El Salón México opens the evening with lively Latin rhythms.

July 28th: The Red Violin

Nashville Symphony
Leonard Slatkin, guest conductor
Elina Vähälä, violin

Chabrier – España
Corigliano – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra “Red Violin”
Elgar – Enigma Variations

In his Red Violin Concerto, composer John Corigliano adapted his music for the hit film into a concert piece that captures all the passion and drama of his original score. With moments of unabashed romanticism and sparkling energy, along with plenty of virtuoso fireworks, the concerto is a signature piece for Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä. Elgar’s Enigma Variations paints evocative portraits of the composer’s closest circle of friends, but with a tantalizing mystery at the heart of the music. And Chabrier’s España is a Frenchman’s take on the vivacious sounds of his neighboring Spain, with music that builds to a feverish pitch of excitement.

August 4th: Lord of ‘The Ring’

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano

Ravel – Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major
Wagner – “The Ring” Without Words

‘The Ring’ Without Words distills Wagner’s sprawling masterpiece into a spectacular symphonic journey through the composer’s mythical world of heroes and gods, dwarves and giants. Fusing the opera’s main musical ideas — including the classic “Ride of the Valkyries” theme — into one cohesive whole, this larger-than-life piece takes listeners from the depths of the Rhine to the great hall of Valhalla and into the underground caves of the Nibelung. Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand was originally commissioned for an Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in World War I, and the music overflows with drama and moments of dazzling, explosive beauty.

August 11th: Mozart’s Piano Masterpiece

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Licia Jaskunas, harp

Kodály – Háry János: Suite
Ginastera – Harp Concerto
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major “Jeunehomme”
Carlos Chavez – Symphony No. 2 “Sinfonía india”
Lawrence S. Levine Memorial Concert

Take a musical trip around the world as the Nashville Symphony performs with folk instruments rarely seen on the concert hall stage. Kodály’s Háry János Suite features the cimbalom, a Hungarian instrument similar to the hammered dulcimer, along with folk melodies collected by the composer from across his native country. Mexican composer Carlos Chavez’s Sinfonía india is a musical travelogue through the incredible diversity of sights and sounds of Mexico’s indigenous cultures, with each movement conjuring a unique world of sound. Featuring an array of Latin percussion, Argentine composer Ginastera’s Harp Concerto will showcase the Nashville Symphony’s harpist Licia Jaskunas, and rising young Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov will display his incredible talents on Mozart’s Ninth Piano Concerto.

August 18th: Debussy & Brahms

Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Women of the Nashville Symphony Chorus
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Debussy – Nocturnes
James MacMillan – Piano Concerto No. 3 “The Mysteries of Light”
Brahms – Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Debussy’s captivating Nocturnes is the musical equivalent of an impressionist painting, with orchestral colors conveying the sensation of twilight as clouds pass overhead. The women of the Nashville Symphony Chorus will lend their voices to conjure visions of mermaids swimming in the sea. Featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Scottish composer James MacMillan’s The Mysteries of Light revives the ancient practice of using Catholic liturgy as inspiration, with the resulting music serving as a springboard for meditation and reflection. The evening closes in a blaze of brilliance with Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, which sums up his genius with music of pathos and profound intensity.

August 25th: Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’

featuring Nashville Symphony Chorus
Nashville Symphony
Nicholas McGegan, guest conductor
Nashville Symphony Chorus
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Mary Phillips, mezzo soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass baritone

Mendelssohn – Elijah

Conductor Nicholas McGegan returns to conduct the orchestra and chorus in Mendelssohn’s epic retelling of the Old Testament story of the prophet Elijah. Along with Handel’s Messiah, this piece is considered one of the greatest oratorios ever written, with music of sheer power and emotion. Biographer John Erskine put it best: Mendelssohn’s music “is as heroic as the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and the conception of the prophet Elijah…might have sprung from Michelangelo’s imagination.”

September 1st: TITANS

featuring Edgar Meyer & Joshua Bell
Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Edgar Meyer, bass
Joshua Bell, violin

Mahler – Symphony No. 1: Blumine
Edgar Meyer – Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass *Nashville Symphony co-commission
Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D major “Titan”

Get ready to be blown away! We close our season with a BIG finish as we welcome two of the classical music world’s brightest stars — bassist Edgar Meyer and violinist Joshua Bell — to perform a brand-new double concerto co-commissioned by the Nashville Symphony. Mahler’s Titan Symphony launched the composer’s incredible symphonic career, in which he would go on to wrestle with the profoundest questions of human existence and — unbeknownst to him — change the course of Western music. To open the evening, we’ll present the work’s rarely performed “Blumine” movement, which the composer removed from the score.

Meyer’s Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass is co-commissioned by Aspen Music Festival, Nashville Symphony and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.