Nashville Symphony‘s 2019/2020 season kicks off in September but we’re already counting down, thanks to an incredible schedule!
Once again, the Nashville Symphony is offering an eclectic mix of music and fun including classical, pop, jazz and family concerts. Guest artists that are sure to wow you will be on tap as well as film favorites with live orchestral accompaniment, featured speakers and more.
Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero will lead the orchestra in their flagship Classical Series. That series includes everything from masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Berlioz and Beethoven to contemporary American works.
The 83-member Nashville Symphony is setting themselves up for another impressive season thanks to Grammy-winning recordings and eclectic concert programming. This is the best time to experience everything the symphony has to offer with season tickets.
See highlights from the Nashville Symphony 2019/2020 season schedule below and see the full lineup here. Season ticket packages include the concerts listed below. Individual concert tickets go on
Guerrero directs these 14 concert weekends. Some highlights of the 2019/2020 Classical Series lineup include:
Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, September 12-14, 2019: The season opens with one of Tchaikovsky’s most celebrated works and Samuel Barber’s Piano Concerto, featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson.
Beyond the Score: Shostakovich’s Fourth, September 27-28, 2019: Actors, visual projections and music clips are combined in this interactive, multimedia experience exploring the social and political impact of Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony, culminating in the performance of the full work.
Romantic Rhapsodies, January 30-February 1, 2020: Works by Brahms, Bartók and Enescu fill this program of lyrical selections, with Nashville Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki as soloist.
Beethoven’s Birthday Bash, February 20-23, 2020: The Nashville Symphony commemorates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with some of his most beloved works, including the Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.”
Mahler’s Tenth, April 9-11, 2020: Guerrero spotlights one of his favorite composers with Mahler’s final work, his unfinished Tenth Symphony, which was later completed by musicologist Deryck Cooke.
Guerrero Conducts Bruckner, May 29-30, 2020: The season culminates with Musical America’s Artist of the Year Daniil Trifonov joining the orchestra on Mosolov’s Piano Concerto, and the final symphony of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner.
FirstBank Pops Series
This is an eight-weekend series with legendary artists and themes, all accompanied by the Nashville Symphony. Some highlights include:
Trisha Yearwood, October 3-5, 2019: The country superstar makes her first appearance with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn to perform knockout renditions of hits like “How Do I Live,” “She’s in Love with the Boy” and “The Song Remembers When,” along with new material and selections from her new tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Don Williams: Music & Memories of The Gentle Giant, October 31-November 2, 2019: Take a musical journey through historical video performance of Don Williams, plus special guest singers live onstage, all accompanied by Don’s touring band and the Nashville Symphony. Featuring No. 1 hits including “I Believe In You,” “It Must Be Love,” “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good” and “Tulsa Time.”
Foreigner, January 16-18, 2020: Founding member Mick Jones and his bandmates make their American orchestral debut playing a string of hits including “Cold as Ice,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Juke Box Hero” and the global smash “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
Celebrating Nat King Cole at 100, April 16-18, 2020: This celebration of Nat King Cole’s legacy will feature a special guest vocalist performing hits like “Unforgettable,” “Route 66,” “Mona Lisa,” “When I Fall in Love,” “Embraceable You,” “L-O-V-E,” “Ramblin’ Rose” and more.
The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Family Series
This series was created for children 10 and under! It’s a relaxed, sensory-friendly atmosphere with resources for patrons with autism and other disabilities that cause sensory sensitives. Family-friendly activities, including the Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo, begin one hour before all performances:
Halloween at Hogwarts, October 5, 2019: All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Join the Nashville Symphony for your favorite music from the Harry Potter films plus more magical music. Wizards, witches and muggles are all invited to come in costume for this concert treat.
Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along, December 7, 2019: Get in the spirit of the season with a concert of holiday favorites. Frosty, Rudolph and Santa’s elves are preparing a festive morning for kids of all ages where everyone can join in the fun and sing along!
The Gold Rush: An American Musical Adventure, March 14, 2020: Race across America with Rico the Roughrider and stake a claim for gold in the Wild West! Outwit outlaws and befriend buffalo as you discover the sounds of American music by Copland, Sousa, Grofé, Elmer Bernstein and more.
Symphony in Space, April 18, 2020: Blast off with Cadet Enrico and the Nashville Symphony’s Sonic Spaceship on a mission to save the galaxy! Set a course for adventure with selections fromThe Planets, The Firebird, Star Wars and more out-of-this-world music.
Learn more about the Nashville Symphony’s sensory friendly programming here.
Movies at the Schermerhorn Series
Disney in Concert: Coco, October 10 -11, 2019: Experience this Academy Award-winning animated film with the Nashville Symphony performing Michael Giacchino’s beautiful score, as aspiring young musician Miguel encounters unexpected adventures in the Land of the Dead.
Home Alone in Concert, December 12-13, 2019: The Nashville Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra to perform John Williams’ delightful score in this hilarious holiday favorite starring Macaulay Culkin as the precocious Kevin McAllister.
Star Wars in Concert: Return of the Jedi, February 6-9, 2020: The Symphony’s Star Wars film series continues as Leia, Han Solo and the rest of the rebel alliance fight to topple the Empire, while Luke tries to bring Darth Vader back from the dark side, all with the orchestra performing the iconic music of John Williams.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert, May 21-24, 2020: As Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on both the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds™, Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing Harry for the battle fast approaching. Even as the showdown looms, romance blossoms for Harry, Ron, Hermione and their classmates. Love is in the air, but danger lies ahead, and Hogwarts may never be the same again.
Batman (1989) Live in Concert, July 2-3, 2020: For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Pictures presents the iconic 1989 film Batman,with the Nashville Symphony performing Danny Elfman’s GRAMMY®-winning score live. Starring Michael Keaton in the title role and Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Tim Burton’s dark and stylish film will come to life in a whole new way.
Blakeford Jazz Series
Ahmad Jamal, October 18, 2019: The NEA Jazz Master, a Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend and GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award winner makes his first Nashville appearance in recent memory. With a career spanning seven decades, this phenomenal pianist will explore the full breadth of his remarkable influence.
DeeDee Bridgewater & Bill Charlap, February 28, 2020: GRAMMY® and Tony Award-winning vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater puts her unique spin on standards and jazz classics. This fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition will be joined by Bill Charlap, one of today’s leading jazz pianists.
The Hot Sardines, April 24, 2020: New York City’s The Hot Sardines bring a contemporary flair to classic jazz. This vivacious ensemble offers a singular mix of standards and modern-day hits, all brought to life with brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies and the lilting vocals of chanteuse Elizabeth Bougerol.
Gregory Porter, June 5, 2020: Porter and his band return to the Schermerhorn following their sold-out engagement in 2015. With his captivating baritone voice, this soulful singer and musical storyteller expertly captures the emotions and intellect of every lyric he delivers, while his poignant songwriting transforms the personal into the universal.
National Geographic Live Speakers Series
These one-of-a-kind, family-friendly events bring National Geographic adventurers to the Schermerhorn to share their experiences exploring every corner of the globe and beyond, accompanied by dramatic imagery and video footage:
Bryan Smith – Capturing the Impossible, September 10, 2019: Join filmmaker Smith on the edge of what’s possible in extreme filmmaking. Descend the deepest canyon in the South Pacific, traverse the length of the Alaska Range by paraglider, and climb the ice of Niagara Falls. Smith’s passion for storytelling and his reputation for capturing the impossible will make for an unforgettable presentation.
David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes – Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice, January 14, 2020: Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with legendary photographer David Doubilet and his wife and underwater partner, photojournalist Jennifer Hayes. Together, they’ll go beyond the published stories to share the reality of “behind-the-camera” adventures.
Terry Virts – View From Above, April 7, 2020: Gain a deeper understanding of our planet’s beauty, climate and place in the universe from former International Space Station Commander Terry Virts, who took hours of video and hundreds of thousands of still images from the station’s 360-degree viewing module.
Special Events & Presentations
Michael W. Smith: Christmas with the Nashville Symphony, December 10, 2019: One of Christian music’s biggest stars returns to ring in the holiday season with your Nashville Symphony. Bring the family for this sure-to-sell-out evening of holiday favorites and original tunes.
Guerrero Conducts Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony & Chorus, December 19-22, 2019: Featuring the resounding Hallelujah Chorus, it’s Nashville’s grandest Messiah – full of passion, drama and stunning beauty. Celebrate the season with one of the most inspiring works of music ever written.
Guerrero Conducts NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra, January 21, 2020: Led by the Nashville Symphony’s own Giancarlo Guerrero, the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic is at the heart of Poland’s musical scene. This phenomenal orchestra has a growing international presence, thanks to its commitment to presenting Classical and Romantic masterworks, as well as 20th and 21st century repertoire and contemporary Polish composers.
Voctave: The Corner of Broadway and Main Street, January 24, 2020: Enjoy a night of your favorite Broadway and Disney tunes with these a cappella sensations. The 11 singers of Voctave bring together years of experience performing a wide array of genres, and their fresh sounds have yielded four hit albums, multiple chart-topping songs and an astonishing 100 million views on Facebook and YouTube.