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When Grammy nominees gather to find who gets the music recording industry’s top prizes Monday, Nashville will be well represented — and not just in the genres Music City is known for.

From Nashville Symphony's 2015 album of music by Joan Tower, which was partially funded through Kickstarter, the track “Stroke” is up for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Live In Studio C: Pianist Arunesh Nadgir

Feb 10, 2016

Middle Tennessee State University Assistant Professor of Piano Arunesh was here for a set of solo piano. 


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The Nashville Symphony today announced the lineup for a season of concerts that marks both ten years in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the 70th anniversary of the orchestra's founding.

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In his life, the Englishman Joseph Merrick was destitute and deformed, treated as a sideshow freak and an object of pity. But at the next concert of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra, audiences will be invited to imagine what the world must have looked like from the point of view of the so-called “Elephant Man.”

Composer and Austin Peay State University professor Jeffrey Wood says he’s been intrigued by the story of Joseph Merrick ever since college. That’s when he stumbled across a book about the man whose entire body was affected by ailments that still aren’t fully explained.

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The Nashville chamber music collective called ALIAS released its third album this year; the group's winter concert will be a look back at the recordings made so far, featuring selections from each. That show is at 8pm on Wednesday, February 10 in Blair School of Music's Turner Recital Hall.

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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. 

courtesy Paul Moravec/illustration from 1623 Shakespeare folio

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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