Nashville’s Grand New Performance Space Is Where??

British model and musician Karen Elson is on the Oz board of directors. Here she is addressing the 600 or so attendees at Wednesday's event. Image: WPLN/Nina Cardona

British model and musician Karen Elson is on the Oz board of directors. Here she is addressing the 600 or so attendees at Wednesday’s event. Image: WPLN/Nina Cardona

Somewhere between the Riverbend Maximum Security Prison and the John C. Tune airport lies Nashville’s newest and perhaps most cutting edge performance and visual arts space. It’s called Oz. It doesn’t open until February, but its Wednesday media event was high profile enough to attract attention from the New York Times’ Arts section.

Phillip Glass and Tim Fain. The two will perform together at Oz in June. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Phillip Glass and Tim Fain. The two will perform together at Oz in June. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The venue takes its name from its founders, Cano Ozgener and his son Tim. The father/son team recently sold a cigar company they ran together and have converted its former Cockrill Bend warehouse into the cavernous venue/gallery/event space.

Oz’s inaugural performance season will range from experimental dance and theater to postmodern music. Choreographer Wayne McGregor brings his Random Dance just before its performance at the Kennedy Center. Composer Philip Glass will perform with violin virtuoso Tim Fain. And each month, a local visual or performing artist will be invited to fill the space in some way.

Artistic Director Lauren Snelling — who’s worked for worked for both New York’s Park Avenue Armory and the Melbourne International Arts Festival — says she hopes to have programs running year round.

This is the Oz "Grand Salon". The facility also features gallery space, a lounge, and indoor and outdoor event areas. Image: oznashville.com

This is the Oz “Grand Salon”. The facility also features gallery space, a lounge, and indoor and outdoor event areas. Image: oznashville.com

Here’s a Google Map of Oz’s location:


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Nina Cardona contributed to this post.


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