The following is from a press release:
The Nashville Symphony Ball Committee announced that it met its 2021 challenge to raise $1 million to support the artistic and educational mission of the Nashville Symphony.
Patrons attended a Patron Party on Dec. 7, hosted and underwritten by Scott and Sandi Borchetta, followed by a fundraising concert on Dec. 11, one day after the 75th anniversary of the Symphony. At the concert, the musicians of the orchestra were awarded the annual Harmony Award, presented by the 2013 winner, Brad Paisley.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have reached this fundraising goal of $1 million! I want to thank everyone who has supported the Symphony during this season and throughout its history,” said Lisa Manning, the 2021 Symphony Ball Chair.
Traditionally a white-tie gala, this year’s Symphony Ball was a full-length concert featuring world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman as the soloist on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The concert’s program also showcased the orchestra’s commitment to contemporary American repertoire, including three uniquely distinctive works: Carlos Simon’s The Block, Kenji Bunch’s Groovebox Fantasy, and Joan Tower’s Made in America, the last of which was featured on the Nashville Symphony’s GRAMMY®-winning 2007 recording.
“The funds raised each year by the Symphony Ball are essential to our serving Nashville and Middle Tennessee with a variety of musical and educational programs. We humbly thank each of this year’s supporters,” said Alan D. Valentine, President & CEO of the Nashville Symphony.