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Lorde dazzles at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor wrapped up her Melodrama World Tour in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The precocious 21-year-old, more famously known by her moniker Lorde, dazzled and danced with reckless abandon as she found a way to make an arena with a seating capacity of 20,000 feel intimate. Stellar opening performances by indie-rock artist Mitski and […]

The power of simplicity: Lang’s ‘the little match girl passion’

I would guess that more people can recite the Cinderella story than can outline War and Peace.  The latter endures in part because of its complexity, but simplicity tends to have a longer shelf life.  The little match girl passion (2007) by David Lang is a retelling of the classic children’s story by Hans Christian […]

Review: Nashville Opera delivers a powerful and intimate Susannah

Much like the perennial argument over who wrote the “Great American Novel,” there is a parallel debate about the “Great American Opera.” Susannah, a serious contender for the latter crown, was the focus of a Nashville Opera production last week at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Carlisle Floyd’s 1955 opera is set in rural East […]

Black Panther Soundtrack: Diverse, Audacious and Flawed

For many, Black Panther feels like that first breath of oxygen after a long time underwater. Black Panther welcomes a new vision of blackness and presents a new way to comprehend black identity. The soundtrack, titled Black Panther: The Album, Music and Inspired By, undertakes an equally ambitious effort. With African-American rapper, producer, and curator […]

Music Review: Immigrant Composers are the Dreamers at Alias’ ‘Unbounded Creativity’ Concert

On Tuesday Feb.6 in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music, the local troupe of virtuoso classical musicians the Alias Chamber Ensemble presented a concert with a most uncreative title. The program was called “Unbounded Creativity,” which was a little like calling Albert Einstein very smart – it was true but unhelpful in explaining […]

A VIP Visit To The Awesome and Astonishing ‘Odysseo: Larger Than Life’

The awesome and astonishing “Odysseo: Larger Than Life” is playing through Oct. 22 in Nashville, and ArtsNash was fortunate to make a VIP visit to the show this week. Sixty-five horses (including 12 breeds from six countries) and 50 artists (from 11 countries) take the audience on a trip to a world of landscapes where dreams become […]

Review: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers soars in Bernstein’s Serenade

The Nashville Symphony, like many successful orchestras across the United States, has tried in recent years to appeal to a broader audience. One common strategy is to simply program concerts more creatively, often with the incorporation of more modern works and less classical and romantic era masterpieces. Therein lies a significant challenge – obtaining an […]

Review: Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony present a concert for all seasons at the Schermerhorn

Nashville Ballet has performed many times with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. But on March 24, the two ensembles celebrated a milestone, performing together for the first time inside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To mark the occasion, the groups presented an ambitious program that included Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Copland’s Appalachian […]

Review: Nashville Opera Delivers the Goods in Sensuous Carmen

For its final production of the season, Nashville Opera calls on the power of one of music’s most-loved and oft-performed operas, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Director John Hoomes presents a compelling, well-acted, and beautifully sung treatment of this operatic staple, filled to the brim with all the passion, fire, and lust present in this work. TPAC’s […]

Nashville Symphony pulls out the stops for Terry Riley concerto

Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero led the Nashville Symphony on Feb. 25 at the Schermerhorn with an intriguing program featuring an arrangement of Dietrich Buxtehude’s Chaconne in E minor, Terry Riley’s new organ concerto At the Royal Majestic, and Igor Stravinsky’s ever-popular The Rite of Spring. Buxtehude was a Baroque-era organ master, famed in the late […]

Nashville Concerto Orchestra’s Winter Concert Full of Passion and Meaning

February 18, 2017 was looking to be just another rainy Saturday for most Nashvillians. However, the dreariness outside created just the right mood for the Nashville Concerto Orchestra’s warm and inviting winter concert. The orchestra is an extension of the non-profit organization “Mozart in Nashville,” and is comprised of Nashville musicians of all levels and […]

Nashville Shakespeare Has Fairy Tale Take on ‘Twelfth Night’

If music be the food of love, play on! The Nashville Shakespeare Festival will perform the charming comedy Twelfth Night as part of its Winter Shakespeare series. The production that runs Jan. 8-31 is directed by Executive Artistic Director Denice Hicks with an original score composed and performed by Rolin Mains. For the first time, the festival’s […]

Skybetter Business Bureau: When Artists Expect to Earn a Living

This is a guest post is by Ken Tabachnick – designer, arts manager, dean and thinker. I’ve been thinking a lot about expectations. Recently, three published pieces raised the question of our expectations as artists and how we present our work. (Many thanks to Thomas Cott and You’ve Cott Mail for alerting us to these and […]

Greg Pond Branches Out At Seed Space

There’s a lot going on in Greg Pond’s new exhibit at Seed Space, The Place You Will Wait for the Rest of Your Life. The show combines Pond’s previous work with an ongoing documentary project about the community of Patten Towers, a Section 8 housing facility in Chattanooga. The show features sculpture and video work […]

‘Rudolph’ Star Lexy Baeza Has Prepared Long and Well For Role

You might say Los Angeles-based performer Lexy Baeza has been preparing for years to play the title character in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; at the age of eight she played Toto in a production of The Wizard of Oz and more recently was John Darling (as well as an understudy for the role […]

Dance Review: Magic abounds in Nashville Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

“You should know that I plan to scream my head off as soon as this show is over,” said the nice lady who sat next to me on Saturday afternoon at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center for the opening of Nashville Ballet’s annual production of the The Nutcracker. This lady, it turned out, was the […]

We Always Give Thanks for Nashville Rep’s ‘A Christmas Story’

As we give thanks today we know Christmas is coming. That means many things, but one of the best things about the holiday season in Nashville is the beloved annual presentation of A Christmas Story by Nashville Repertory Theatre. And we’re thankful that tradition resumes Friday with a preview performance and runs through Dec. 21 at Tennessee Performing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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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