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Nashville Symphony Broadcasts

Sunday nights at 8:00 through the summer
  • Hosted by Nina Cardona

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All summer long, you'll hear performances from the Nashville Symphony's 2016-17 Classical series, Sunday nights at 8pm on Classical 91.1 FM.

June 4
Schermerhorn: Jubilee: A Tennessee Quilting Party for Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No. 2

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano
Nashville Symphony Chorus
Tucker Biddlecombe, Interim Chorus Director                         

June 11
Gabriella Smith: Tumblebird Contrails
Grieg: Piano Concerto in a minor
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano  
June 18
Dvořák: Othello Overture
Barber: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Simone Porter, violin                        
June 25
Barber: Essay # 2
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24
Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony

Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano
July 2
Jonathan Leshnoff: Starburst
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4
Aaron Jay Kernis: Color Wheel
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Boris Giltburg, piano                        
July 9
Josef Strauss: Music of the Spheres
Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1
Holst: The Planets

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Jun Iwasaki, violin       
Nashville Symphony Chorus Women

July 16
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2
Barber: Symphony No. 1
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Javier Perianes, piano                
July 23
Buxtehude (orch. Chavez): Chaconne in e minor
Terry Riley: At the Royal Majestic
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Todd Wilson, organ     
July 30
Debussy: Iberia
Edgar Meyer: New Piece for Orchestra
Bottesini: Concerto for Double Bass
Ravel: Bolero                 

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Edgar Meyer, contrabass
August 6
Gabrieli: Sonata Piano e Forte (Frackenpohl)
Bernstein: "Somewhere" from West Side Story
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Anne Akiko Myers, violin                
August 13
Warnaar: Horn Concerto
Ranjbaran: Flute Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2     
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor   
Erik Gratton, flute
Leslie Norton, horn                        
August 20
Michael Ippolito: Nocturne, for orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 35
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3  
Edo de Waart, conductor                        
August 27
Schumann: Symphony No. 1
John Harbison: Requiem

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Jessica Rivera, soprano                                
Michaela Martin, mezzo soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Kelly Markgraf, baritone
Nashville Symphony Chorus
September 3
Dvořák: Concerto in b minor
Copland: Symphony No. 3

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Zuill Bailey, cello

Photo Courtesy of The Nashville Symphony

The last time Zuill Bailey played with the Nashville Symphony, he gave a Grammy-winning performance. It’s an experience the virtuoso cellist describes as “capturing lightning in a bottle.”

One of the most staggering aspects of the experience of grief is the unrelenting march of time. Your life seems to come to a screeching halt, but the outside world will continue to spin, the sun will rise and your neighbors will take out their garbage on trash day. This “inexorability of the passage of time” is an experience that preoccupied John Harbison as he worked on a requiem, the centuries-old sacred music tradition associated with loss and mourning.

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The Nashville Symphony and Chorus will soon perform and record a requiem written by American composer John Harbison around the time of the 9/11 attacks. A portion of the chorus and their director, Tucker Biddlecombe, used their visit to Studio C to give examples of how Harbison's music works in the context of the long tradition of requiems, plus some insight as to how the music is constructed.

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What do 19th century Romantic-era composer Johannes Brahms and modern alt-rockers Radiohead have in common? A lot more that you might think, according to Steve Hackman.

The young conductor, composer and all-around musician has been making a name for himself in recent years with his orchestral “mash-ups,” which seek to synthesize well known and well loved orchestral and pop masterworks.

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In 1986, Edgar Meyer made his first solo appearance with the Nashville Symphony, performing Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2. Now, 30 years later, Meyer will play the piece with the orchestra again. This time, however, the accompanying program will include the world premiere of a new piece composed by Meyer himself.

This isn't the first time the Nashville Symphony has premiered a new work by Meyer, but it does signal a new approach to writing music for the award-winning composer and instrumentalist. 

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On May 29, 1913, the premiere of The Rite of Spring was infamously met with a cacophony of boos, hisses and jeers from the audience.

Javier Perianes

Spanish pianist Javier Perianes makes his Nashville debut this weekend, playing a somewhat unusual concerto with the Nashville Symphony. Camille Saint-Saens’s Second is now the most performed of the composer’s piano concertos, but early audiences weren’t sure what to make of it.

Mickey Dobo / Nashville Symphony

The Nashville Symphony's next season offers quite a bit of familiar music — like Beethoven's Fifth, Verdi's Requiem, Stravinksy's Firebird and Also Sprach Tharathustra. Those warhorses are balanced out by new music from contemporary composers, including one world premiere. 

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Spaceflight was just a theoretical possibility when Gustav Holst wrote his musical exploration of our solar system. 

Nashville Symphony

The Nashville Symphony will play music by a young composer from California’s Bay Area this weekend, in a performance that kicks off an intensive, season-long relationship with the artist.

24-year-old Gabriela Smith was one of five composers chosen to take part in a workshops at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center last year. The Nashville Symphony offered feedback, mentoring sessions and a chance for the composers to hear their work played by a full orchestra. Over the course of three days, the Smith wowed the symphony’s leaders with her talent and eagerness to learn.