Classical Music

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This weekend, the Nashville Symphony is playing movie-related music from composers you may not associate with the cinema: Leonard Bernstein’s soundtrack to On the Waterfront, a suite of tunes from Prokofiev’s score to the Russian film Lietenant Kije, and a violin concerto in which Eric Korngold quotes melodies from his own film score.  

Those three are far from the only “classical” composers to try their hand at writing for the big screen. Here are a few notable crossovers:

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Each year, pupils at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music compete for slots on the annual Student Showcase. It's one of the highlights of the school's concert calendar, this year giving eleven undergraduate acts a chance to perform solo and chamber music on Blair's largest stage.  Kristin Whittlesey brought a handful of students to Studio C to give us a preview of Friday night's show.

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Music City Baroque and the Vox Grata women's choir join forces in an upcoming concert of music written for all-female ensembles in early 18th century Venice.

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The Blair School of Music continues its Signature Series this Friday with a concert by The Blakemore Trio, a faculty ensemble made up of violinist Carolyn Huebl, cellist Felix Wang and pianist Amy Dorfman. They're playing selections by Beethoven, Schumann, and Dorfman's teacher from her undergraduate days (who died a few months ago), the Chilean composer Alfonso Montecino. 

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Production delays on their new album certainly frustrated Nashville’s ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and Portara Ensemble, but ultimately the groups’ new album release got an apt release date: roughly 400 years after the death of the man who wrote their lyrics.

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It's almost time for one of Roger Wiesmeyer's musical traditions: celebrating Mozart's birthday with a celebratory concert. 

It’s one of the great masterworks of Western music, complete with an achingly great backstory: the genius composer who’d set aside all sacred music for years wrote a funeral mass while lying on his own deathbed after receiving a commission from a mysterious patron. According to the movie Amadeus, Mozart dictated the music, already fully formed and orchestrated in his mind, to rival composer Salieri.

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Shakespeare, love and local connections provide the through lines on a new recording featured this week on Classical 91.1. The midstate’s own ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, Portara Ensemble and the Nashville Ballet performed the World premiere of Paul Moravec’s Amorisms last year; now the instrumental and choral groups have given the composition its first recording, issued on the Delos label.

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I feel truly lucky that my job has allowed me to travel all over the world. I’ve had the opportunity to experience so many different places, from São Paulo to Copenhagen to Kuala Lumpur, but no matter where I go, I feel even luckier that I get to return home to Nashville, Tennessee.

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