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Music Review: Violinist Simone Porter and the NSO play Paganini with a vengeance

Midway through violinist Simone Porter’s rendition of Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra on Friday night, a jazz concert threatened to break out. No, Porter didn’t give a spontaneous performance of improvised music. Rather, her fiery, impassioned account of Paganini’s fiendishly difficult score prompted one concertgoer to forget his classical decorum, […]

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Selvage Opens Tonight at TSU

An exhibition of contemporary, abstract textile art opens tonight at TSU. Nashville Scene Arts Editor, Laura Hutson curated the show with local artist Jodi Hays, and the two have pulled together quite a lineup. In addition to local luminaries like Alex Blau and Courtney Adair Johnson, Selvage includes a selections by a TSU professor and […]

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Theater Review: ‘Chicago’ Still Knows How to Razzle-Dazzle

Welcome back to the Music City, Chicago. You still know how to razzle-dazzle us. This is the fourth time the tour of the John Kander/Fred Ebb/Bob Fosse megahit musical has hit Tennessee Performing Arts Center, but the first appearance in Jackson Hall since May 2005. And it still has all that jazz. Why? Well, it’s […]

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Lost and Found: Nashville Symphony performs the music of American composer Tobias Picker this weekend

At the end of every one of his piano recitals, the late-great composer-pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff always had to play the same encore, his Prelude in C-sharp minor. Never mind that Rachmaninoff composed that little prelude when he was just 19, and never mind that over the course of his long career, he composed many superior […]

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All That Jazz: ‘Chicago’ with John O’Hurley at TPAC This Week

John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld“) and colleagues are giving Nashville that ole razzle-dazzle this week as the four-decade hit musical Chicago plays Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall. Tickets (starting at just $25) are available at TPAC.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office (505 Deaderick St.) in downtown Nashville. For group tickets please […]

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Composer Stephen Paulus was known for his many operas, choral and orchestra works

The classical music world has lost one of its most lyrically inspired composers. Stephen Paulus, best known for his 1982 opera The Postman Always Rings Twice, died Sunday, Oct. 19 at an assisted living facility in Minnesota following complications from a stroke. He was 65. A remarkably prolific composer, Paulus wrote more than 450 works, […]

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Dance Review: Nashville Ballet takes flight in ‘Swan Lake’

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake may well be the quintessential classical ballet. This sumptuous spectacle seemingly has everything a balletic bird watcher could want: beautiful ballerinas in snow white tutus; a fairy tale prince and heartless villain; and, of course, the famed Russian composer’s hyperemotional score. But what most recommends Nashville Ballet’s current production is […]

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Belmont Hosts ‘Gene Kelly: The Legacy’ with Patricia Ward Kelly

The Belmont Theatre and Dance Department has arranged quite a treat for lovers of dance and movies: on Oct. 24 and 25 Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s wife and biographer, will take Troutt Theater guests behind the scenes to share an intimate portrait of the man that changed the look of dance on film forever and […]

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Music Review: With bases loaded and a foul ball or two, Blakemore Trio finally hits a home run

The mark of a great pitcher is not the ability to blow opponents away when everything is working perfectly. The majors are overstuffed with guys who can do just that. The thing that truly separates the best from the rest is the capability to dominate a game on a day when their stuff just isn’t […]

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Dance Review: Bandaloop defies gravity at Oz Arts Nashville

It stands to reason that a vertical dance company would know a lot about the heavens. So the dancers of Bandaloop no doubt had a keen sense that it was safe to start their Oz Arts Nashville performance outdoors on Friday night, despite the clear threat of rain. These terrific Oakland, Calif.-based dancers have been […]

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Opera Review: New Nashville Opera ‘La Boheme’ One to Cherish

In Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème love can be found in a look and a kiss. In Nashville Opera’s exquisite new production it’s also found (among other places) in the voices and even the set. General and Artistic Director John Hoomes has helmed this 1896 comic-dramatic-tragic homage to amore several times over the course of his […]

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William Edmondson Exhibit at Cheekwood Reveals a Life in Stone

As a living timeline of Edmondson and his legacy, William Edmondson and Friends: Breaking the Mold traces the working history of a self-taught Nashville artist and the national ripples left behind by his lasting impression. Born the child of freed slaves in 1874, Edmondson started carving his limestone sculptures when he was nearly 60 years […]

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Fresh Look for ‘La Boheme’ as Nashville Opera Opens Season

Yes, it’s La Bohème: starving bohemians and a tragic consumptive in 19th Century Paris. But this beloved opera is getting a fresh look as Nashville Opera opens its 2014-15 season Thursday. “We received a very generous gift from (the Three of US Foundation) for the express purpose of building this new production of La Bohème,” […]

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Music Review: Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center swing into Nashville

The 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returned to Nashville Sunday night, and this time their destination was the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where they performed a mix of repertory and a pair of originals during a 90-minute plus, two-set concert before a packed house. The JALC orchestra provides the best of two worlds in regards […]

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Pictorial: BANDALOOP Gets Nashville To Look Up During Downtown Performance

For 15 magical minutes today the UBS Tower in downtown Nashville was the site of a remarkable vertical dance by the internationally renowned BANDALOOP. The troupe is in town to perform a new take on Harboring, their evening length work of sweeping drama and athletic grace, in three surprising locations at OZ Arts Nashville this Friday and Saturday […]

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Look Up Nashville! BANDALOOP is Here (and at UBS Tower Monday)

BANDALOOP is coming to OZ Arts Nashville this week, and it’s announcing its arrival Monday with a very special performance that involves one of the city’s downtown buildings. The group’s dancers will present Look Up Nashville!, which takes place down the side of the 28-story UBS Tower (315 Deaderick St.). This unique “sneak peek” of BANDALOOP […]

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Music Review: At Ingram Hall, Blair String Quartet debuts a new first violinist

The Blair String Quartet changes personnel about as frequently as the Vatican does, so there was considerable interest in the ensemble’s concert Saturday night at Ingram Hall. Stephen Miahky was making his official debut as the group’s new first violinist. Nashville’s die-hard classical fans were in attendance, and they were eager to hear how this […]

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Theater Review: Nashville Rep ‘Sweeney’ a Worthy Return Trip

Nashville Repertory Theatre has returned to London with a wickedly wonderful revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street that is well worth another trip. The complicated words and notes of Stephen Sondheim’s delicious dark confection (sharpened to a razor’s edge by Hugh Wheeler’s devilishly delightful book) are once again served up by […]

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Music Review: NSO and pianist Olga Kern offer up some ravishing Rachmaninoff

Why on earth would Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra devote their entire concert this weekend at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to the music of that arch-Romantic Sergei Rachmaninoff? Because of that drop-dead gorgeous slow movement in the composer’s Second Symphony, that’s why. And while they were at it on Friday night, Guerrero and […]

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Violinist Stephen Miahky makes his debut with the Blair String Quartet

Classical musicians seldom get to feel like rock stars. But violinist Stephen Miahky got that chance while still a doctoral student at Rutgers University. The Dalai Lama was touring the U.S., and Miahky and another doctoral student were invited to perform for him. It became Miahky’s U2 moment, since he performed in a football stadium. “I […]

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