Nina Cardona

Music Director / Host

Nina Cardona holds a degree in music history from Converse College. Just two days after graduation, she started playing classical music as a part-time host on Nashville Public Radio.  She was WPLN’s All Things Considered host for eleven years, during which time her reporting focused on arts and culture stories.

Nina is a classically trained singer and open water swimmer who dabbles in photography and a variety of needle crafts.


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Each member of the Nashville Saxophone Quartet is a teacher or soloist in his own right. Matt Davich, Don Aliquo, Denis Solee and Robert Shankle have played together in all kinds of situations: symphony orchestra woodwind sections, the pit orchestras for stage shows, you name it. They come together periodically as a quartet to focus on music written just for their instrument, including arrangements and compositions of their own. For this show, they brought us a trio of compositions that stand at the intersection between contemporary classical and jazz.

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Members of Nashville's ALIAS Chamber Ensemble play works by two Baroque era favorites.  The performers are Zeneba Bowers, violin; Matt Walker, cello; Kevin Bate, cello; Jessica Dunnavant, baroque flute and Francis Perry, theorbo. 

So often, our only exposure to the double bass comes at an orchestral performance, when the instrument is used to provide a steady foundation of low notes deep below the rest of the ensemble. In Studio C, Nashville Symphony bassist Kevin Jablonski showcased the virtuosic possibilities the huge string instrument possesses, accompanied by NSO and Belmont pianist Robert Marler.

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The Nashville Concerto Orchestra is a new ensemble made up of musicians of various experience levels, all pitching in to give local players a chance to perform concertos. Founder Roger Weismeyer modeled it on a group in San Francisco, and the premise is simple: Whether they're pros or amateurs, instrumentalists who play four concerts in a supporting role earn the opportunity to become a featured soloist. The group's first concert is at noon Saturday at Edgehill United Methodist Church. Members of the group brought a single concerto from that program to discuss and perform in Studio C.

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An unusual take on the idea of a group art show is reappearing at this week’s OZ Arts Fest. Modular Art Pods offer festival-goers a trip through tiny, interconnected spaces, each its own art installation.

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This summer, hundreds of young artists from around the state are in Murfreesboro at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Music Division Director Jerome Reed brought a handful of young musicians, each a rising junior or senior in high school, to give a taste of how talented the Governor's School students are.

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Each summer, talented high school students from throughout the state gather on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University for several weeks of intensive training in music, dance, theater and visual art. The faculty for the Governor's School for the Arts is drawn from around the region. In addition to running rehearsals, the teachers take the chance to pull together chamber music performances of their own. We get a sample of one of those faculty recitals featuring music for strings and voice.

Mildred Jarrett

When Mildred Jarrett started her studies at Watkins College of Art and Design (or, as it was then known, Watkins Institute), she was considered too young to be in figure studies classes with nude models. When she graduated with her Associates Degree in Fine Art in 2001, she was a half-century older than her classmates.

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As much as cellist Michael Samis enjoys the music written for his own instrument, he finds that transcriptions open up a larger musical world to him. Playing in Studio C, Samis and pianist Amy Dorfman performed a program entirely made up of duets derived from keyboard solos. 

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This weekend, the Nashville Symphony completes a passion project of Artistic Director Giancarlo Guerrero: performing all of Gustav Mahler’s nine symphonies.