Featuring nearly 100 performances, including several world premieres, commissions and recording projects, the Nashville Symphony has unveiled its 2022/23 season at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Starting on Sept. 10, 2022, with Mahler’s transcendent “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2, the full lineup of concerts is listed below, posted at NashvilleSymphony.org, and available for sale in subscription packages. Additional concerts will be announced soon.
“Like everyone else, the Nashville Symphony has experienced two years like no other,” says President & CEO Alan D. Valentine. “We are profoundly grateful for the support of our subscribers and donors, whose loyalty and generosity have made it possible for us to reach this watershed moment, as we look forward to one of the most exciting seasons in our 75-year history. We have spent the past year learning how to reengage audiences in the midst of the pandemic, and we are especially proud of and grateful to our musicians, whose commitment to their artistry and to our community has remained steadfast amid numerous challenges.”
World-renowned for its commitment to promoting contemporary American music, the Nashville Symphony will spotlight several of this country’s leading composers, beginning with the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe’s Her Story, which the orchestra co-commissioned to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment. After a two-year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this landmark work will open the Amazon Classical Series on Sept. 15-17, 2022, as part of a program celebrating women’s contributions to classical music over the last century.
“With this ‘Resurrection’ season, our resolve to continue championing new music – alongside works of the classical canon – is stronger than ever,” says Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero. “This season, we present composers who may have once been neglected because of background, race or gender, as with our first full classical program of the year dedicated entirely to the works of American women: Florence Price, Joan Tower and Julia Wolfe. This is the perfect statement of what the Nashville Symphony is all about.”
“Two years ago, we were forced to cancel the performances and recording of Gabriela Lena Frank’s Conquest Requiem just a week before the performances. Gabriela and I are both from countries whose histories have been shaped by colonial conquest, so this subject material is important to us both, and resonates even more today. I am so thrilled that we will finally be bringing this groundbreaking work for orchestra and chorus (in three different languages) to audiences in Nashville and beyond next season.”
The Nashville Symphony’s biggest project of the season arrives on April 13-16, 2023, when the orchestra premieres its commission of trumpeter and composer Hannibal Lokumbe’s The Jonah People. Inspired by the artist’s own family history, and bringing together singers, actors, drummers, a jazz quartet and spectacular stage sets, this large-scale work represents the culmination of Lokumbe’s career and an expansive exploration of the Black experience in America. The Jonah People will also serve as the catalyst for a season-long series of community engagement activities, built on partnerships with organizations and institutions across the city.
In addition to its focus on new music, the Nashville Symphony will maintain its commitment to celebrating the full range of orchestral repertoire, with Guerrero leading the ensemble in beloved works including Holst’s The Planets (Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2022), Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6 (Nov. 17-19, 2022), Mozart’s Requiem (June 1-4, 2023), and much more.
“Over the last two years we have so missed listening to truly great music and reveling in the grand, virtuosic sounds of our fabulous Nashville Symphony,” Guerrero says. “This season is a celebration of great music, both old and new, that reminds us how lucky we are to have a great orchestra, fantastic hall and an enthusiastic audience that is ready for it all.”
Pops, Jazz & Movie Series Bring Top Artists & Films to Town
In addition to its flagship Classical Series, the Nashville Symphony’s programming also encompasses a diverse array of Pops, Jazz, Movie and Family Series concerts. Led by Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez, the FirstBank Pops Series will bring to town stage and screen star Vanessa Williams (Oct. 20-22, 2022), celebrated cirque ensemble Troupe Vertigo (March 23-25, 2023), Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Beach Boys (May 25-27, 2023), and much more.
The Nashville Symphony’s hugely popular Movie Series returns for five full-length classic and hit films, with the orchestra performing the scores live. Highlights include Ghostbusters (Oct. 14-16, 2022), the beloved Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille (March 17-19, 2023), and the hugely popular, groundbreaking Marvel Studios film Black Panther (June 15-18, 2023).
“Orchestras bring music to life in a way that no other musical group is capable of – with such a wide-ranging sonic palette and a force of over 80 musicians collaborating and creating a unified acoustic sound together,” Lopez-Yañez says. “That’s what makes me so excited about our Pops and Movie Series in the 2022/23 season: the whole year showcases the ways in which our orchestra can transform and enhance music of all genres, whether they’re bringing new meaning and depth to your favorite hit songs, or creating a whole new dimension to the action unfolding onscreen in a movie.”
Featuring concerts both with and without the orchestra, the Jazz Series remains one of the Nashville Symphony’s most distinctive offerings, welcoming some of the world’s leading jazz artists. The forthcoming season will include an orchestral tribute to Nina Simone featuring Ledisi on Nov. 6, 2022, drawing from the vocalist’s acclaimed 2021 release Ledisi Sings Nina. Drummer, composer and bandleader Makaya McCraven – an artist on the leading edge of today’s jazz scene – will bring his distinctive multimedia presentation In These Times for its first-ever Nashville engagement on Feb. 5, 2023.
The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Family Series returns with four fun-filled Saturday-morning programs designed to introduce young listeners to the orchestra. In addition to a Halloween-themed concert on Oct. 22, 2022, the Nashville Symphony will bring two innovative new programs to the Schermerhorn: Mason Bates’ Philharmonia Fantastique, a multimedia tour through the instruments of the orchestra, on Jan. 21, 2023; and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, a collaborative project featuring words by children’s author Mo Willems and music by Ben Folds, on March 25, 2023. (Neither Willems nor Folds will appear at this concert.)
Symphony Expands Its Commitment to Community
Education and Community Engagement have been at the heart of the Nashville Symphony’s mission since its founding, built on a history of classroom visits, Young People’s Concerts for students across the region, and outdoor concerts that bring the orchestra to the community. For the 2022/23 season, the Symphony will deepen this commitment with several new initiatives designed to forge closer, more meaningful connections between the orchestra and the people of Middle Tennessee.
Beginning in September 2022, the Symphony’s commission of Hannibal Lokumbe’s The Jonah People will serve as the basis for a monthly series of community engagement activities, with the composer serving as Carole Haas Gravagno Cultural Enrichment Chair. During the months leading up to the April 2023 premiere of his work, Lokumbe will participate in educational events, guided discussions, musical performances and more, spending time in prisons, HBCUs, houses of worship, Metro Nashville Public Schools, nursing homes and other locations throughout the city.
Also taking place in September 2022, the Nashville Symphony will also launch its first-ever weeklong Community Residency. Still in the planning stages, this program will take the orchestra to a Nashville neighborhood for collaborative performances, chamber music concerts, classroom visits and more, culminating in a full-orchestra concert at the end of the week.
In addition to these new initiatives designed to advance its community engagement programming, the Nashville Symphony will continue to provide its long-running education programs in local schools and at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Entering its second year, the Nashville Symphony’s String Residency will return to at least three MNPS schools: Warner Elementary, Rosebank Elementary and Hull-Jackson Elementary. This 24-week mentorship program is offered in collaboration with Belmont University, with university students working alongside Nashville Symphony musicians to provide seamless, hands-on learning experiences to young music students in each of these schools.
“As a community-supported organization, serving our community is at the very heart of the Nashville Symphony’s mission,” says Kimberly McLemore, Vice President of Education & Community Engagement. “Our programming for the 2022/23 season is intentionally designed to advance that mission by making sure that students at every level have access to music education and by collaborating with partners across our to community to provide meaningful arts access to everyone.”
Season Ticket Information
Classical, Pops, Movie, Jazz and Family Series subscriptions are on sale now, with packages ranging from 4 to 14 concerts. Season ticket holders save up to 25% off regular prices and receive a variety of benefits, including discounted parking, free ticket exchanges for most concerts (up 72 hours before the performance), flexible payment plans, presale access to newly added concerts, and more. To subscribe, visit NashvilleSymphony.org/SeasonTickets or call 615.687.6400 Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.
Nashville Symphony 2022/23 Season Listing
All concerts are listed below by series. To view a full listing of concerts in chronological order, visit Nashville Symphony.org/tickets.
Amazon Classical Series
Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and your Nashville Symphony return in full force for the Amazon Classical Series, which will showcase the full range of the orchestra, from timeless classics by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Holst and more, to exciting new works by contemporary composers on the leading edge of music today.
Trailblazing Women, Sept. 15-17, 2022
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Karen Walwyn, piano | Lorelei, vocal ensemble
Program: Joan Tower – 1920/2019 | Price – Piano Concerto in One Movement | Julia Wolfe – Her Story (World Premiere | Nashville Symphony Co-Commission | Live Recording)
Originally commissioned to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe’s Her Story promises to be a spectacular world premiere. In the spirit of the suffrage movement, this program will celebrate and amplify women’s voices – including 19th century composer Florence Price, GRAMMY®-winning composer Joan Tower, and the stunning vocals of the Lorelei ensemble.
Holst’s The Planets, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, 2022
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Augustin Hadelich, violin | Women of the Nashville Symphony Chorus
Program: Kaija Saariaho – Asteroid 4179: Toutatis | Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto | Holst – The Planets
Its staggering virtuoso demands were deemed “unplayable” when first composed, but Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto has gone on to become one of the most beloved concertos in the repertoire. Blast off to outer space with Finnish composer Saariaho’s Asteroid 4179: Toutatis and Holst’s celestial showpiece The Planets – one of classical music’s most exciting and beloved works.
Mozart & Tchaikovsky, Oct. 28 & 29, 2022
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Vinay Parameswaran, conductor | Érik Gratton, flute | Licia Jaskunas, harp
Program: Mozart – Concerto for Flute and Harp | Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”
The sparkling, crystalline beauty of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp is a perfect showcase for Nashville Symphony musicians Érik Gratton and Licia Jaskunas. Tchaikovsky held nothing back in his soul-bearing Sixth Symphony – the nickname “Pathétique” refers to passion, pathos and whole-hearted feeling.
Beethoven & Sibelius, Nov. 4 & 5, 2022
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Ruth Reinhardt, conductor | Stewart Goodyear, piano
Program: Lera Auerbach – Icarus | Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 4 | Sibelius – Symphony No. 2
Combining power and grandeur with tender, poetic expression, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 stands as one of his most profound achievements. Hear it performed by Stewart Goodyear, “one of the best pianists of his generation,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, Nov. 17-19, 2022
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Jessica Rivera, soprano | Andrew Garland, baritone | Nashville Symphony Chorus
Program: Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 | Gabriela Lena Frank – Conquest Requiem (Live Recording)
Step inside a magical world filled with sparkling brooks, singing birds and merry folk dances when Giancarlo Guerrero leads Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, the composer’s charming ode to nature. Orchestra, chorus and all-star vocal soloists will fill the stage for Gabriela Lena Frank’s extraordinary Conquest Requiem, a poignant reflection on Spain’s conquest of the Aztec Empire.
Chopin & Rachmaninoff, Jan. 6-8, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Jan Lisiecki, piano
Program: Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 | Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances
Jan Lisiecki is one of the most astounding, in-demand young pianists in the world today, and his interpretation of Chopin’s brilliant and virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1 will be nothing short of spectacular. Rachmaninoff is beloved for achingly beautiful melodies that melt the heart, of which there are plenty in his ravishing final masterpiece, Symphonic Dances.
Latin Fiesta!, Feb. 3 & 4, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Anne Akiko Meyers, violin
Program: Ravel – Alborada del gracioso | Arturo Márquez – Fandango | Chen Yi – Introduction, Andante, and Allegro | Ravel – Rapsodie espagnole
Revel in the joyous exuberance and irresistible rhythms of Arturo Márquez’s showstopping new violin concerto, Fandango. It was written especially for dynamic virtuoso Anne Akiko Meyers, and she joins Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony for these performances. The program concludes with Ravel’s dazzling Rapsodie espagnole, which evokes a sensuous Spanish night, lively dances and a colorful fiesta.
Guerrero Conducts An American in Paris, Feb. 23-25, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Paul Jacobs, organ
Program: Brian Raphael Nabors – Pulse | Wayne Oquin – Resilience (Live Recording) | Rouse – Organ Concerto (Live Recording) | Gershwin – An American in Paris
Giancarlo Guerrero and the orchestra present an all-American celebration of homegrown creativity, featuring the awe-inspiring power of the Schermerhorn’s Martin Foundation Concert Organ as GRAMMY®-winning organist Paul Jacobs performs Wayne Oquin’s irrepressible Resilience and Rouse’s fiery Organ Concerto. Gershwin’s An American in Paris will transport listeners to the bustling streets, magnificent sights and glittering allure of the City of Romance.
Dvořák & Brahms, March 10-12, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Johannes Moser, cello
Program: Lutosławski – Symphonic Variations | Dvořák – Cello Concerto | Brahms – Symphony No. 4
Virtuoso Johannes Moser performs Dvořák’s soul-stirring, deeply personal Cello Concerto, arguably the greatest cello concerto ever written. Brief fragments of effortless, introspective grace blossom into profound, powerfully emotional statements in Brahms’ glorious Symphony No. 4.
Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony, March 31 & April 1, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Ken-David Masur, conductor | Vadim Gluzman, violin
Program: Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No. 2 | Saint-Saëns – Symphony No. 3, “Organ”
Experience the unique power of Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony, which sets loose the sonic splendor of the Martin Foundation Concert Organ as the work builds to its resounding and electrifying conclusion. Esteemed violinist Vadim Gluzman makes his first Nashville Symphony appearance in two decades to perform Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto, a work he calls “gorgeous…music of contrasts, full of great beauty and excitement.”
The Jonah People, April 13-16, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Vocalists, actors and guest musicians to be announced
Program: Hannibal Lokumbe – The Jonah People (World Premiere | Nashville Symphony Commission)
Few artists have conveyed the Black experience in America as movingly and as powerfully as Hannibal Lokumbe. Skillfully bringing together jazz, blues, gospel, opera, orchestral and choral music, this legendary trumpeter and composer will premiere his most expansive and ambitious project yet, The Jonah People. Featuring a cast of six vocalists, nine actors, a full chorus, a jazz quartet and an African drumming ensemble, this monumental production will bring the community together in a celebration of music, artistry and Black voices.
Copland’s Rodeo & Majestic Elgar, May 5 & 6, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Program: Copland – Rodeo | Leonard Slatkin – Kinah | Elgar – Symphony No. 1
Embark on an adventure through the Wild West with Copland’s Rodeo, which ends with the high-spirited “Hoe-Down.” Conductor Leonard Slatkin leads his own composition, Kinah, a stirring elegy to his parents. Elgar’s emotionally charged Symphony No. 1 surges with tender sentiment, sweeping majesty and ardent passion.
Virtuoso Fireworks, May 18-20, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Bomsori Kim, violin
Program: Strauss – Death and Transfiguration | Wieniawski – Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust | Waxman – Carmen Fantasie | Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
International phenomenon Bomsori Kim dazzles with two showpieces inspired by opera: Gounod’s brilliant Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust and Waxman’s flashy Carmen Fantasie – a jaw-dropping torrent of virtuoso fireworks packed with iconic music that listeners are sure to recognize.
Guerrero Conducts Mozart’s Requiem, June 1-4, 2023
Performers: Nashville Symphony | Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Nashville Symphony Chorus | Tucker Biddlecombe, chorus director
Program: Janáček – Sinfonietta | Mozart – Requiem
Mozart’s genius burns with blazing intensity in the legendary Requiem that was to become his own funeral music. This music is instantly recognizable, thanks to its use in the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus. Calling for an immense brass section 25 members strong, Janáček’s radiant Sinfonietta rings out with exultant fanfares and celebratory flourish.
FirstBank Pops Series
Led by Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez, the Nashville Symphony’s Pops Series pairs the spectacular sound of the orchestra with a diverse array of popular artists, sounds and styles, from hitmakers like Vanessa Williams and The Beach Boys to the classic songcraft of Frank Sinatra.
Vanessa Williams with the Nashville Symphony, Oct. 20-22, 2022
The iconic singer and star of film, television and theater makes her Schermerhorn Symphony Center debut! Enjoy ballads, Broadway and unforgettable hits like “Save the Best for Last,” “Sweetest Days,” “Colors of the Wind,” “Love Is” and “Dreamin’.”
Sinatra and Beyond with Tony DeSare, Nov. 10-12, 2022
Called “two parts Frank Sinatra and one part Billy Joel,” singer/pianist/songwriter Tony DeSare delivers a fresh take on Ol’ Blue Eyes hits like “Come Fly with Me,” “New York, New York,” “My Way” and so many more.
Music City Christmas, Dec. 15-18, 2022
A Music City holiday tradition! Celebrate the most magical time of year at this one-of-a-kind symphonic spectacular, featuring dancers, Broadway singers and some very special guests – including Jolly Old Saint Nick himself.
Artist to Be Announced, Jan. 12-14, 2023
Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown, Feb. 9-11, 2023
You’ll be dancing in the aisles to smash hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Superstition” — and, of course, “Dancing in the Street.”
Troupe Vertigo, March 23-25, 2023
Fusing together cirque acrobatics, classical dance and contemporary theater, Troupe Vertigo will take you on a spellbinding journey as your Nashville Symphony provides a spectacular musical backdrop.
Three Mexican Tenors, April 27-29, 2023
These charismatic singers make a very special Nashville visit to perform an array of operatic favorites, including “O Sole Mio,” “Nessun Dorma,” “Funiculi Funicula” and many more.
The Beach Boys with the Nashville Symphony, May 25-27, 2023
Dance, reminisce and sing along to classic hits like “I Get Around,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” “California Girls,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” “Kokomo” and so many more, when Mike Love and Bruce Johnston bring one of popular music’s most beloved groups back to the Schermerhorn.
There’s nothing quite like the experience of watching a favorite film with the score performed live by a full orchestra. This popular series is great for music and movie lovers of all ages, offering a mix of classics and recent blockbusters.
Ghostbusters in Concert, Oct. 14-16, 2022
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
Experience director Ivan Reitman’s beloved 1984 film as your Nashville Symphony performs Elmer Bernstein’s score – and, of course, Ray Parker Jr.’s horn-powered theme song.
Home Alone in Concert, Dec. 2-4, 2022
Nathan Aspinall, conductor
This hilarious and heartwarming holiday tradition is perfect for the whole family, with John Williams’ delightful score providing the perfect musical backdrop for Kevin McCallister’s Christmas misadventures.
Ratatouille in Concert, March 17-19, 2023
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
Composer Michael Giacchino’s score enlivens this beloved tale of a determined young rat with a cultivated palate who gets an unlikely chance to do what he dreams of most – cook in a French restaurant in Paris.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1™ in Concert, May 12-14, 2023
Conductor to be announced
With the full film set to a live performance of the score, the final battle for Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has never been so emotional.
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Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in Concert, June 15-18, 2023
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what Super Hero films could be. Now audiences can relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger, as the Nashville Symphony performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar®-winning score.
For lovers of improvised music, there are few venues better to experience the thrill of jazz than Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Nashville Symphony’s Jazz Series brings some of today’s leading artists to Nashville for exclusive engagements ranging from full-orchestra concerts to intimate small-ensemble performances where each artist onstage is given a chance to shine.
Ledisi: Nina and Me with the Nashville Symphony, Nov. 6, 2022
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
In this stunning orchestral tribute to the iconic singer, songwriter and activist Nina Simone, GRAMMY®-winning powerhouse vocalist Ledisi will revisit classic selections like “My Baby Cares Just for Me,” “Feeling Good” and more.
Makaya McCraven: In These Times, Feb. 5, 2023
A true visionary helping to shape the future of jazz, cutting-edge drummer, producer and sonic collagist Makaya McCraven represents a rising generation of globally-minded, genre-bending music makers. For this very special Schermerhorn appearance, he’ll bring a 13-piece band to present In These Times, a large-scale performance of poly-metered repertoire featuring archival film footage and spoken narration.
The Aaron Diehl Trio, April 2, 2023
Bringing together the jazz and classical traditions, pianist-composer Aaron Diehl has cultivated an authentic, expansive and original sense of style that will resonate brilliantly in the crystalline acoustical setting of the Schermerhorn.
The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Family Series
This fun-filled series is the perfect way to introduce young listeners to the orchestra, with themed concerts that invite kids and adults alike to become active participants in the concert experience. Come early for hands-on pre-concert activities in the lobbies!
Dr. FREAKuency’s Major Monster Bash, Oct. 22, 2022
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
A fun-filled, spooktacular Halloween concert featuring Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, and much more.
Philharmonia Fantastique: The Making of the Orchestra, Jan. 21, 2023
Nathan Aspinall, conductor
Take a multi-media journey through the instruments of the orchestra, as musicians, conductor and an animated film explore the fundamental connections between music, sound, performance, creativity and technology.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, March 25, 2023
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
Children’s author Mo Willems and pop singer Ben Folds collaborated on this orchestral presentation of Willems’ fresh, fractured and fun-filled take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Mo Willems and Ben Folds will not appear at this concert.
Music and Magic, April 29, 2023
Nathan Aspinall, conductor
Make magic with the Nashville Symphony and a live magician as they conjure bewitching melodies from Harry Potter, The Magic Flute and more.
Special Events & Presentations
Nashville Symphony subscribers get early access to these amazing concerts featuring legendary artists, touring ensembles and orchestral favorites.
Opening Night: Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, Sept. 10, 2022
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor | Nashville Symphony Chorus | Tucker Biddlecombe, chorus director
To begin the Nashville Symphony’s season, Giancarlo Guerrero leads Mahler’s epic and electrifying “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2. Channeling the power of a massive orchestra, full chorus and vocal soloists, and culminating in a soaring, transcendent finale, Mahler’s Second is an experience unlike anything else.
Go Now! The Music of the Moody Blues, Oct. 7, 2022
Michael Krajewski, conductor
Go Now! The Music of The Moody Blues is the brainchild of drummer Gordy Marshall, who toured with the band for 25 years as a session musician. Together with Mick Wilson (formerly of 10cc), he has brought together some of the very best singers and instrumentalists to create the ultimate tribute. Hit songs such as “Nights in White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Go Now” and “Isn’t Life Strange” will be beautifully re-created live with your Nashville Symphony.
Ronnie Milsap with the Nashville Symphony, Nov. 8, 2022
Charles Calello, conductor
Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap fused elements of rock, pop, and R&B to become one of Nashville’s most dynamic entertainers and an inspiration for a whole new generation of country artists. Be there as this six-time GRAMMY® winner and the owner of an astounding 40 No. 1 hits performs some of his biggest smashes with your Nashville Symphony.
Chris Botti with the Nashville Symphony, Nov. 29 & 30, 2022
With his uniquely expressive sound, jazz trumpeter and composer Chris Botti returns for two nights of lush, melodic, genre-defying selections with your Nashville Symphony. Over the past three decades, this multiple GRAMMY ®-winner has recorded and performed with the best in music, earning a reputation as one of the most dedicated artists working today.
Hallelujah! A Gospel ‘Messiah’, Dec. 8, 9 & 11, 2022
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
This sensational adaptation of Handel’s Messiah reimagines this holiday favorite in a whole new way, as a gospel choir and soloists take Handel’s inspiring score to the next level, with the music fueled by a jazz rhythm section, Hammond B3 organ, saxophones, full brass and strings.
Rach Two & Philharmonia Fantastique, Jan. 21, 2023
Nathan Aspinall, conductor
Nashville Symphony Assistant Conductor Nathan Aspinall leads the orchestra in one of the most beloved piano showcases in the repertoire: Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. It’s music so full of emotion that pop star Eric Carmen couldn’t resist borrowing one of the melodies for his mega-hit “All By Myself.” This evening of vivid orchestral colors opens with PhilharmoniaFantastique, a 23-minute multi-media piece accompanied by an animated film.
Kodo, Feb. 27, 2023
Kodo’s mission is to explore the endless possibilities of the traditional Japanese taiko drum, in the process forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. Since 1981, Kodo has given more than 6,500 performances in 52 countries on five continents, fulling the troupe’s desire to transcend language and cultural boundaries.
Presented without the Nashville Symphony
Celtic Journey with the Nashville Symphony, March 14, 2023
Ernest Richardson, conductor
In time for St. Patrick’s Day, this musical extravaganza celebrates all things Irish, with beloved tunes, lively dancing and authentic instruments as legendary raconteur Tomáseen Foley brings Ireland’s rich history vividly to life through story and song, including Celtic favorites like “Thousands Are Sailing,” “Whiskey in the Jar,” “Marie’s Wedding” and, of course, “Danny Boy.”
Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer & Rakesh Chaurasia, April 19, 2023
Begin with the most creative exponent of the banjo in our time, Béla Fleck. Add the greatest living player of the tabla, Zakir Hussain. Establish the trio with the acclaimed bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer. Combine with a special guest, the great Indian flautist Rakesh Chaurasia. The results will be some of the most singular music anyone will hear at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Presented without the Nashville Symphony