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This week, we get a preview of two upcoming student recitals at Lipscomb University. Christian Johnson grew up in Dickson; Jeriel Jorguenson is from Belize but now  lives in Nashville. Both have studied with Jerome Reed since they were students in high school. Now, the pair are finishing their last year of college.

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Today marks the vernal equinox, and for the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of spring. With the turn of the season comes warmer weather (at least, in theory), the first buds on the trees and blooms on the ground, afternoon thunderstorms and choruses of chirping birds.

If you're smitten with this season, you aren't alone: tons of composers throughout history have been inspired by spring to write some unforgettable music. 

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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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Richard Todd is a member of two music faculties here in Nashville; his main job is teaching guitar at Tennessee State University, but he's also an adjunct at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. The selections he brought to his Studio C performance are just some of what he prepared to perform in a recital at Blair.

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Guitarist and composer Jonathan Sargent has a new album of his own music on the Naxos label, called Little Cathedrals. The melodies are inspired by the music of Spain and Latin America and the great cathedrals of Europe. It's a mix of guitar solos of and pieces for chamber ensembles; for Live in Studio C, all accompaniment was provided by Jeff Taylor on accordion.

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In 1940, prominent American psychologist and educator Carl Seashore published an article in Music Educators Journal titled “Why No Great Women Composers?” It was a marked improvement over 19th century academic writings that detailed the general inferiority of the female gender.

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Nashville playwright Nate Eppler's comedy about a tabloid queen who used to be a champion figure skater is on the shortlist for American Theatre Critics Association's New Play Award.

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Franklin-based theater company Studio Tenn announced next season's shows today. The lineup features the return of an original work and new productions of stories audiences may find familiar.

September 7-17, 2017: The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided

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Cellist Eli Lara and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang, both former faculty members at Austin Peay who've since moved away, came back to Middle Tennessee this week with pianist Ilya Polataev. Trio Selene made its Tennessee debut with a concert in Clarksville, with a program that includes music they recorded for an album that will be released soon.

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Two of the most buzzed about films of 2016, Moonlight and La La Land, have garnered a collective 22 Academy Award nominations between them, including nods for Best Original Score.

On the surface, the music couldn’t be more different: The soundtrack for Moonlight is an amalgam of classical piano, strings, and hip-hop chopped and screwed techniques; while La La Land offers a modern yet starry-eyed homage to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals.

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