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Composer David Sartor receives high honors

Middle Tennessee Composer and Conductor David P. Sartor is one of only five American composers chosen nationwide as an Honored Artist of The American Prize. The American Prize competitions are unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States. Honored Artists are individuals […]

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Music Review: chatterbird makes auspicious debut with its otherworldly sounds at abrasiveMedia

Something’s definitely in the water here in Nashville. The new contemporary chamber music group chatterbird, modeled on yMusic, held its first concert last Thursday. A healthy-sized crowd of about 90 gathered in the great studio space of abrasiveMedia in Houston Station. This was a different crowd than the “regulars” at Indeterminacies, or the old Chamber Music […]

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Film Review: A Glowing Intimate Universe in ‘Theory of Everything’

“Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.” – Stephen Hawking It sometimes feels like everyone knows something about English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, mathematician and best-selling author (to name some but not all his vocations) Stephen Hawking. “A Brief History of Time” (1988) achieved phenomenal worldwide success in the […]

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Music Review: Nashville Symphony and Chorus pay tribute to Stephen Paulus

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more touching and tasteful beginning of a program than the one the Nashville Symphony Orchestra is presenting this weekend at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Music director Giancarlo Guerrero and the NSO are devoting their performances to American composer Stephen Paulus, who died last month, just days after Guerrero and […]

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Theater Review: Like So Many, I Believe in ‘The Book of Mormon’!

What else can a reviewer write about that awesome musical The Book of Mormon? At least a few tons in word-weight have been deservedly heaped on this theatrical-satirical hysterical-comical (and not-so-secretly sweet) smash since it arrived on Broadway with a multi-award-winning thunderclap more than three years ago. Now the national tour (more precisely, the second national tour […]

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Interrobang?! – Money, Opportunity & the Development of “Talent”

In his excellent book The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own Life, author Robert Fritz explains that human beings, like water, will naturally follow the path of least resistance, and that the only way to change the path of a river is to change the direction of the riverbed. […]

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Free Naxos Download: Nashville Symphony Plays Stephen Paulus

Stephen Paulus, who died on Oct. 19, was a prolific composer and one of contemporary American orchestral music’s leading voices (click here to read John Pitcher’s obituary). Last month Naxos of America released the latest recording by the Nashville Symphony and Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, Three Places of Enlightenment, Veil of Tears and Grand Organ Concerto, featuring three works by Paulus. The […]

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Music Review: ALIAS opens its season with some delightful surprises and a few tough nuts

An ALIAS Chamber Ensemble program is a lot like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates: Once inside the concert hall, you never know what you’re going to get. As I perused ALIAS’ program on Wednesday night at the Blair School of Music’s Turner Recital Hall, I felt as if I were sitting on a bus […]

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Downtown Presbyterian Church Celebrates 20 Years in the Arts

Once, art and religion played nice: The Catholic Church underwrote Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco, and its patronage of the arts ensured that religious subjects remain among the most popular in Western art. And even as recently as the 1930s, Nashville artist William Edmondson claimed that a divine voice commanded him to sculpt. But these days, […]

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Martin Family provides Nashville Ballet with $1 million matching donation

Nashville Ballet has the opportunity to raise all the funds necessary to complete construction on its new building, with a pledge from The Martin Family to match up to $1 million in donations. From now until Jan. 6, all gifts made to Nashville Ballet’s ELEVATE campaign to build the future of Nashville Ballet will be […]

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Cotton Club comes to life this weekend at the Schermerhorn

New York City’s Cotton Club was the kind of place F. Scott Fitzgerald was thinking about when he wrote The Great Gatsby. Founded in Harlem during the height of Prohibition, it’s where Tom Buchanan would have taken Nick Carraway for an illicit night on the town, where Meyer Wolfshiem would have discussed business with the […]

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Studio Tenn Marks Christmas Season with ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Studio Tenn Theatre Company debuts a new Christmas production this year, combining the cherished nostalgia of an iconic screen classic with the magic and immediacy of live theater – It’s A Wonderful Life runs Dec. 4-21 at Jamison Hall in The Factory at Franklin. A first for Studio Tenn, this production replaces A […]

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Works by Charles Mee, Pig Iron Theatre Co in Humana 39 Slate

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Actors Theatre of Louisville Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Jennifer Bielstein today announced the lineup for the 39th Humana Festival of New American Plays. A highlight of the cultural calendar for theatergoers, playwrights and industry professionals across the country, the Humana Festival runs March 4 through April 12, 2015. This year’s festival program […]

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East meets West in ALIAS’ season-opening concert

Connoisseurs of foreign cinema are probably familiar with the name Toru Takemitsu, the great post-war Japanese composer who wrote scores for famed filmmakers Akira Kurosawa and Hiroshi Teshigahara. What’s less well known is that Takemitsu was also the first important classical composer to emerge from Asia after World War II. One of his most ethereal […]

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Breaking News: Nine week Atlanta Symphony lockout comes to an end

The lockout of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is over: the musicians and Woodruff Arts Center’s management announced on Saturday that they have agreed on a deal that ensures modest pay raises, a slight increase in health care benefits, and builds the orchestra back up to 88 musicians. The players, who have been locked out of […]

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Music Review: Vijay Iyer, vamping in Technicolor in the Land of Oz

It’s hard to believe Oz Arts Nashville is not yet a year old. In short order, this adventurous, forwarding-looking venue for the contemporary arts has fundamentally changed the creative landscape of Music City. Now, anything seems possible. On Saturday night, the renowned composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer was at Oz, exploring the possibilities of […]

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Music Review: Conductor Hans Graf goes in long-winded pursuit of a musical mystery

Music director Giancarlo Guerrero is away this weekend, but he’s left the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in the hands of two distinguished artists. Hans Graf, a familiar face on the guest conducting circuit, is in town to lead the NSO in such perennial favorites as Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503 and […]

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Theater Review: Fresh Take Makes ‘Camelot’ Shine Again

In the grand setting of Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall that one brief shining moment glows again with a Camelot that’s about story and not star power of more than one stripe. T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” provided an excellent source for Alan Jay Lerner’s book, his lyrics and Frederick Loewe’s score […]

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Jazz pianist and MacArthur ‘genius’ grant recipient Vijay Iyer debuts at Oz Arts Nashville this weekend

One of the world’s most daring and innovative musicians will be following the yellow brick road to Oz Arts Nashville this weekend. Vijay Iyer, a noted composer, jazz pianist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, will make his Oz debut on Saturday night in two innovative works: Mutations I-X, an extended suite for string quartet, piano […]

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Vortex’s concert will feature bells, whistles and one crazy clown

Perhaps music really did begin with some caveman beating two sticks together. That would explain the primal energy that Vortex will release this weekend, when it presents one of its typically kinetic concerts at the Blair School of Music’s Turner Hall. As usual, Vortex’s concert will be a multimedia event, with artistic director Michael Holland […]

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Music Review: Violinist Itzhak Perlman works his magic on a classically savvy Nashville crowd

Few classical musicians are capable of filling an auditorium for a solo instrumental recital anymore. One who still can is the renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, who performed for a large and surprisingly savvy classical music crowd on Sunday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Perlman was giving his first solo recital in Nashville in nearly […]

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Violinist Cornelia Heard celebrates Blair’s 50th-anniversary with a little help from her famous family and friends

When Blair School of Music violinist Cornelia Heard announces she’s giving a concert with a few of her family and friends, classical music fans pay attention. Her closest associates, after all, include some of the classical music world’s most distinguished performers. This Saturday evening, Heard will present one of her family-and-friends concerts at Blair’s Turner Recital […]

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Film Review: Fascinating ‘Birdman’ Flies But Doesn’t Soar

“The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then – that’s it. Don’t hang around.” – Billy Wilder Alejandro González Iñárritu is nothing if not very earnest in his storytelling – Biutiful, Babel and 21 Grams are more than enough proof of that. And his piercingly funny-angry comedy-drama […]

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Art Versus Craft: Selvage at TSU

Selvage brings together artists from across the country who push the boundaries of textile-based work. The exhibition opened last Thursday night at Tennessee State University’s Hiram Von Gordon Gallery, and was curated by two notable movers and shakers in the Nashville art scene, Jodi Hays and Laura Hutson. Hays is an artist and former faculty […]

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Music Review: Gateway Chamber Orchestra’s wind players serenade Nashville

The chamber orchestra is like the Swiss army knife of classical ensembles. It’s a remarkably versatile musical tool, one capable of performing virtually any style of music using almost any combination of instruments. Not surprisingly, some of the repertoire’s greatest works are written for chamber orchestra. On Monday night, Gateway Chamber Orchestra was at Downtown […]

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