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Kara McLeland / Nashville Public Radio

While the Nashville Symphony is just wrapping up the second year of its Accelerando program, they are already looking forward to its long-term results. Meant to foster the talent of young musicians from underrepresented ethnicities, the initiative works to prepare students for careers in the classical field with private lessons from Nashville Symphony players, among other perks.

Walter Bitner, the Symphony's Director of Education and Community Engagement, hopes that in the decades to come, Accelerando will help orchestras "begin to look more like their communities." Representing Accelerando for Live in Studio C was 16-year-old violist Emily Martinez-Perez and 17-year-old flutist Aalia Hanif, and audiences can hear a concert from all of the Accelerando students at the Schermerhorn on June 11

Jay Shah / WPLN

Fans won't be able to walk past the stage to take photos at this year's CMA Music Festival. Heightened security measures will keep fans at a distance from the performers.

Other security measures limit the size of the bags allowed onto the grounds and require that bags be see-through, and concertgoers might also see more checkpoints than in previous years.

Keturah Davis / Courtesy of Joshua Bishop

In 1964, a Japanese country singer named Tomi Fujiyama performed on the Grand Ole Opry, right after Johnny Cash. She had no idea that someday there would be a movie about her life and her quest to get back on the Opry stage — or how long it would take to get there.

This weekend, Fujiyama is back in Nashville to celebrate the official release of that film.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The median price for a single family home just keeps climbing in the Nashville area — coming in a hair shy of $300,000 last month.

Meanwhile, the overall closings, the numbers of homes sold in the region, has ticked down some — by 4.5 percent compared to this time last year. But make no mistake, this is still boom times for home sales in the region. 

courtesy Helen German

Being in love often requires making sacrifices, but for Helen German, the sacrifice was a big one: Finding romance meant losing the approval of her family. Today, Helen relates the details of her life story, from surviving the air raids of World War II to sustaining a 65 year marriage, while managing to hold on to her beliefs. Helen shares her story to poet Bryan Byrdlong, who turns her lifetime of perseverance into poetry.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Being single these days almost always comes with a certain rite of passage: the moment when you download the dating apps.

Programs like Tinder or Bumble have made meeting people much easier (at least in theory), but as Nashville writer Alex Pollack explains, it also makes dating more invasive. He talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series Movers & Thinkers about why the apps feel impersonal, yet impossible to break away from.


courtesy Patrick Whelan

Bonnaroo is not the ideal setting for someone in recovery from addiction. Every year, there are dozens of drug arrests, sometimes big ones, and alcohol-related illnesses or even hospitalizations. But hundreds of sober concert-goers now gather each year to enjoy the music substance-free.

National African-American Music Museum in Nashville
Courtesy of Oliver McMillan

The National Museum of African American Music is finally beginning to take shape.

After nearly two decades, construction is under way on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. Meanwhile, organizers are gathering hundreds of artifacts and designing exhibits for the museum's expected launch next year. 

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The board that oversees Nashville General Hospital is in turmoil. A fourth board member has resigned in a matter of months.

Michele Williams stepped down this week, expressing disapproval with the rushed contract extension for the CEO last week.

Nashville City Hall
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Some Nashvillians are asking — with gusto — for the Metro Council to increase Davidson County’s property tax as a way to fund pay increases for city employees.

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