Nashville Symphony’s 2017 / 2018 season is right around the corner with the season officially opening on Sept. 14. These are five events from the upcoming season that you don’t want to miss.
1. Opening Weekend: Firebird, Winger and Watts
The 2017/18 classical series opening weekend exemplifies everything the Nashville Symphony is all about — blending a cornerstone of the classical repertoire with something new and fresh. The program features Stravinsky’s breakthrough piece, “The Firebird,” and world-renowned pianist André Watts performing Edward MacDowell’s 2nd Piano Concerto. That’s not all though, it’ll also include a performance of rock star Kip Winger’s original classical work “Conversations with Nijinsky,” which earned a Grammy nod last year and vaulted to the top of the Billboard classical chart.
Date Night Packages are also available starting at $110 (it includes tickets, wine or champagne and more!). Get your tickets here and mark your calender for Sept. 14 – 16.
2. Free Day of Music (Oct. 21)
This 12th annual event has become a cherished Music City fall tradition. Enjoy 20-plus free performances featuring everything from classical and jazz to rock, folk and country on four stages both inside and outside Schermerhorn Symphony Center. There’s a ton of fun for the whole family as well as discounts on Nashville Symphony tickets at the box office! Find out more here.
3. An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt (Nov. 5)
Four-time Grammy winner Lyle Lovett returns to the Schermerhorn for the first time since a sold-out performance in 2016. This time, he’s bringing with him prolific songwriter John Hiatt, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winner with 24 albums to his credit. With an endless combined catalog of songs and undeniable chemistry, this tandem performance will be even better in the intimate, acoustically perfect setting of the Schermerhorn’s Laura Turner Concert Hall. You’ll definitely want to get tickets to this event ASAP.
4. Holidays with Cirque de la Symphonie & the Nashville Symphony
This holiday special runs from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 and it’s a visual and musical experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen! It’s equally thrilling for both kids, families and adults. An array of acrobats, contortionists, aerial flyers and more take to the Schermerhorn stage in a dazzling display synchronized with holiday favorites and classics performed by the Nashville Symphony. These performances are in high demand so get your family tickets early!
5. Handel’s Messiah
This is a Nashville holiday tradition and can’t miss annual experience. You’ve never heard Handel’s masterpiece, and the Hallelujah Chorus in particular, quite like this: with the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Symphony Chorus (180+ singers) and a dream-team of four vocal soloists joining forces in the crystal clear acoustics of the Schermerhorn. A 3 PM matinee on Sunday, December 17 is perfect for people who can’t get out for any of the evening performances — or for anyone who wants to come back for a second visit that weekend. These performances run from Dec. 14 to Dec. 17 and tickets are on sale now.
If you haven’t made your way to a performance at the Nashville Symphony yet, these are perfect opportunities. The Schermerhorn is a magical place with incredible acoustics and, no matter what you see, you’ll be captivated. Check out their full concert calendar here.