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Free Naxos Download: Strauss-Verdi String Quartets/Ensō Quartet

The newest free download from Naxos, “The World’s Leading Classical Music Group,” is a track from the latest Ensō Quartet album. The highly acclaimed group was formed at Yale University in 1999; their Grammy®-nominated recording of Ginastera’s complete quartets was acclaimed by MusicWeb International for “string quartet playing of jawdropping prowess”. The booklet that accompanies this two-CD set can be […]

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Nashville’s Steinway Piano Gallery marks 85 years in business

Pop Schuttler didn’t pick the best year to start a business in the United States. In 1929, as the stock market crashed and the country begin its long descent into the Great Depression, Schuttler left his job at a piano dealership to start his own music business in Indiana. Thanks to hard work and perseverance, […]

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Nashville Symphony reaches agreement with its musicians

The musicians of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra have a new contract. On Monday, the NSO announced that it had reached a new, four-year agreement with its musicians that offers three-percent raises during each of the first two years. During the third and fourth years, the NSO will reopen salary negotiations. “We are thrilled that we […]

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Jewell Re: Arts – When to Take Your Final Bow? The Performer’s Paradox

I was five years old when I attended my first musical. It was a Lyric Theatre performance of West Side Story, and I was captivated. Every movement, every note, everything about the production stole my attention. Halfway through the first act, I made my decision. I leaned over to my mom and said: “I want to […]

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Pictorial: Reese Witherspoon and ‘The Good Lie’ at Belcourt Theatre

Hollywood came to Nashville Friday as Music City’s own Academy Award-winning actor Reese Witherspoon and others involved with the film The Good Lie (along with media from around the world, stars from the “Nashville” TV series and many others) descended on Belcourt Theatre. In the feature, Philippe Falardeau (writer and director of the Oscar®- nominated Foreign Language film Monsieur […]

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Music Review: NSO premieres Victor Wooten’s and Conni Ellisor’s ‘The Bass Whisperer’

Some sounds are seldom heard inside a classical concert hall. For instance, one rarely encounters a high-art concerto for electric-bass guitar and orchestra at a symphony concert. More uncommon still is the sound of a fan shrieking (with delight, I might add) at the sight of a bass player. Yet both novelties were witnessed at […]

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New Name: TN Rep Becomes Nashville Repertory Theatre

Tennessee Repertory Theatre is now Nashville Repertory Theatre. The name change was announced today at a party in the Emma Bistro Cafe celebrating the group’s three decades as Music City’s flagship Equity theater company and the 2014-15 season that begins in October with Sweeney Todd. And with the new name there’s a new web address for the troupe: […]

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‘Once’ Moves Seamlessly From Indie Screen to Musical Stage

When doing a stage musical based on a beloved film it makes sense to not fix what isn’t broken. The creative folks behind Once certainly understood that when they adapted the 2007 film; adding two more songs from original “Guy” and “Girl” Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová to the theater version, plus a book by […]

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Music Review: Gateway Chamber Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season with a Mozartean masterpiece

There are undoubtedly times when musicians in a small, local orchestra wonder if there will ever be as many people in the audience as on the stage. At one time, such thoughts must have gone through the minds of musicians in the Gateway Chamber Orchestra. This terrific ensemble had a loyal following in its hometown […]

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Sincerity the Key to Heralded Actors’ Gang ‘Midsummer’ at OZ

The Actors’ Gang has produced many highly acclaimed theatrical works since Tim Robbins (a multi-talented artist who won an Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role in the film Mystic River) founded the troupe in 1981. That rapturous response may stem from the sincerity with which the company approaches the plays they perform, according […]

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Should Nashville Have Two Art Crawls?

Nashville’s First Saturday Art Crawl came creeping to life eight years ago when a collection of newbie galleries in the Arcade joined forces with the commercial art spaces on Fifth Avenue to create a monthly one-stop art event that shifted the gravity of the city’s art scene. Today, the crawl is as good as it’s […]

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Gateway Chamber Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season with a little help from Amadeus

CLARKSVILLE – The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is celebrating Mozart’s love affair with the clarinet. For the opening of its 2014-15 season, Gateway will present Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, an autumnal work that’s renowned for its symphonic brilliance and lyrical invention. Charles Neidich, one of the world’s foremost clarinetists and a noted Mozart interpreter, […]

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Music Review: Huebl and Nies launch their season-long Mozart project at Ingram Hall

Pianist Craig Nies was back in his tuxedo on Friday, engaging once again in his apparent life-long quest to play every piece of music mentioned in the 29-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. For his latest project, Nies is joining violinist Carolyn Huebl to perform all 16 of Mozart’s mature violin sonatas (the […]

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Film Review: Mature Buddies Leisurely ‘Land Ho!’ in Iceland

Ah, buddy movies – where barbs and bonding go together like chocolate and peanut butter. And when one clicks it’s worth going down to the movie theater for some chuckles and a knowing nod or two. Such is the case with Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz‘s Land Ho!, which opens today at Belcourt Theatre. This leisurely look at […]

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Ready to Hit Street’s In Concert Series

Street Theatre Company brings the classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar to musical life as part of its acclaimed In Concert series beginning this Friday. The beloved theatrical brainchild of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (with lyrics from Tim Rice) tells the well-known Gospel story from the unique perspective of Judas Iscariot and explores the human side of Jesus’ […]

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Tradition! Studio Tenn Plays Like a ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – For the past 50 years Fiddler on the Roof has delighted and touched the hearts of audiences the world over. Now as the new theater season dawns Studio Tenn Theatre Company pays tribute with its own fresh take on one of musical theater’s most enduring shows starting Thursday and running through Sept. 21 in Studio […]

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Music Review: Beethoven’s bracing ‘Emperor’ Concerto inaugurates Blair’s 50th anniversary season

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, I dragged myself into the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall from the pouring rain and was met with an incredible warmth of spirit. Professors, students, alumni, and patrons all embraced one another — a cheerful “Another year!” often served the role usually reserved for “How are you?” or “Good […]

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Pulitzer Winner Donald Margulies 2014-15 Ingram New Works Fellow

Add another very distinguished award-winning playwright to the impressive list of Ingram New Works Fellows at Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Donald Margulies‘ plays include Brooklyn Boy, Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen, Collected Stories, The Loman Family Picnic, God Of Vengeance, The Model Apartment, What’s Wrong with this Picture?, and Found a Peanut. Among […]

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Dance Review: New Dialect attracts record crowd to Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville bills its Thursday Night Things (TNT) series as a blank canvas, a clean slate that encourages local artists to experiment and try new things. Last night’s TNT, however, seemed more like the opening of a much anticipated new restaurant, one serving a cuisine that the population has long been craving. The featured item […]

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NSO’s Mark Blakeman: Heading West, Young Man

There was good and bad news in the release the Nashville Symphony Orchestra sent out on Thursday. The good news is that the symphony’s veteran chief operating officer, Mark Blakeman, will soon become captain of his own ship, taking over as president of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (apparently, the weather just wasn’t hot enough for […]

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Polish Posters Play with Protest at Vanderbilt University

France’s Belle Epoque came to an end with the first rumblings of World War I. The period had lasted for more than a quarter-century, and its peace, optimism and artistic advancements were celebrated in its stylized posters. If World War I ended the Great Poster Period in Paris, World War II prompted another in Poland. […]

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Dance Preview: New Dialect premieres new works at Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville always presents explosively original programming, so naturally it calls its Thursday night performance series TNT (Thursday Night Things). This week’s adventurous program features the Oz debut of New Dialect, Nashville’s new contemporary dance collective. New Dialect founder and dancer Banning Bouldin and her troupe will present a multi-media, multicultural program consisting of original […]

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Stratford Festival 2014 Review: Vibrant Timely Views of Madness

STRATFORD, Ontario – Set amid the bucolic rolling hills of Southern Ontario, the small industrial town of Stratford would initially appear to be an unusual location for a theatrical tourist mecca that draws hundreds of play-going thousands each year from all over the world. However, for those with a deep and abiding love for William Shakespeare plays […]

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Shaw Festival 2014 Review: Eclectic Mix Yields Strong Results

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario – Although the Niagara-on-the-Lake region is known primarily for its booming wine tourism industry, this bustling little tourist town is also home to the Shaw Festival, which despite its humble beginnings has grown to become the second largest summer theater festival in North America with a budget exceeding $27.8 million. Originally founded in […]

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Theater Review: Americana Heart and Spirit Flavor ‘As You Like It’

The boundless humanity of William Shakespeare allows for many settings; some of the most appealing placements come when music that endearingly conveys heart and spirit accompanies the production. Such is the case with Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Americana-infused version of As You Like It now playing in the 27th annual edition of Shakespeare in the Park. […]

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