Kelsea Ballerini will receive this year’s Nashville Symphony Harmony Award during the 35th Annual Symphony Ball. She’ll also perform during the event on Dec. 14 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The award is presented annually by the Symphony and selected by a committee. It recognizes “individuals who exemplify the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community.”
“Few artists can boast of such a meteoric rise to start their career like Kelsea Ballerini, who has already had an incredible impact on country music, thanks to her unique talent and a string of history-making hits,” Laura Kimbrell, a chairman of the 2019 Symphony Ball fundraiser, says. “A strong, confident woman who serves as a wonderful role model — not to mention a native Tennessean who Music City is proud to call one of its own. Kelsea is a worthy addition to the prestigious list of past Harmony Award winners and we can’t wait for her performance at the Symphony Ball in December.”
Kimbrell and Amy Jackson Smith, co-chairman, also announced that Symphony president and CEO Alan D. Valentine will receive an honorary Harmony Award at the event. This is to recognize his 20-plus years of service to the organization and the Middle Tennessee community.
“Alan’s passion, dedication and leadership over the past two decades has expanded the Nashville Symphony’s footprint in Middle Tennessee, while also helping to significantly elevate its profile across the country and around the world,” Jack Smith explains. “It is fitting that on a night when we’re honoring one of music’s rising stars, we’re also recognizing a veteran like Alan for his invaluable contributions to both the Nashville Symphony and our entire community.”
The Nashville Symphony Ball is a white-tie gala with proceeds benefitting the Nashville Symphony. The evening includes dinner, drinks and dancing. Find out more here.