Archives for March 2013

Blair Quartet plays the masters with passion and poise

The Blair String Quartet spent its Friday evening climbing musical mountains. For its spring concert at Ingram Hall, the ensemble played only masterpieces. The final quartets of Beethoven and Brahms were both on the program. So was Shostakovich’s darkly emotional and autobiographical String Quartet No. 8. All three works received worthy readings. Brahms once referred […]

168 Nashville Film Festival 2013 Shorts Come From 35 Countries

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) has announced the complete line-up for Short Films in Competition to be screened at the 44th annual Festival running April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.  The Festival features short films from 35 countries, in categories ranging from narrative, experimental, animated, young filmmakers, and Tennessee shorts. The Festival features 168 […]

Nashville Symphony plays beautiful music with a familiar ‘Ring’

The music of German composer Richard Wagner and French composer Maurice Ravel would seem to go together like a mixture of sauerkraut and crème brûlée. Wagner’s heavy Teutonic music dramas have little in common with Ravel’s elegantly refined, classically proportioned works. And never mind that most French composers of Ravel’s generation despised Wagner and his […]

Fleck/Corea summit embodies true musical interaction

Banjo ace Béla Fleck has idolized the pianist, composer and bandleader Chick Corea since he was a teenager. But it wasn’t until 2008, when the Flecktones were the opening act on several Return to Forever reunion dates, that they began developing a professional relationship which now ranks alongside the lengthy one Corea’s enjoyed with vibist Gary Burton. Last […]

Retrospective and Cult Movie Fun Add Spice to Savory NaFF Mix

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today unveils the Retrospective and Graveyard Shift screenings for the 44th annual Festival scheduled April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.  The selected Retrospectives range from years 1923 to 2009 and include a 90th anniversary screening of the 1923 silent comedy Safety Last!. For its own Graveyard Shift late-night cult-movie […]

Style on parade: Nashville Fashion Week starts Tuesday

Nashville’s beautiful people will be gathered downtown next Tuesday night, as the third-annual Nashville Fashion Week kicks off with a runway show at Pinnacle at Symphony Place. The show will feature two collections from designer Tracy Reese, the biggest name among this year’s crop of local and national designers, as well as collections from Kal […]

Blair Quartet sets its sights on Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms

The Blair String Quartet has played its fair share of contemporary music over the years. For its spring concert this Friday at Ingram Hall, the quartet will perform only proven masterpieces. Brahms’ String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major, Op. 67 and Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110  will open the […]

‘Indelible,’ ‘Nashville 2012’ and ‘TWO’ among NaFF Tennessee First

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) today turned its spotlight on the Tennessee First films that will be screened at the 44th annual Festival scheduled for April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16.  These films were all made by, about, and for the people of Tennessee. From quiet memories, to nights shattered by violence, these […]

Well-Regarded ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Seder’ Runs This Week

It’s pretty rare for a work to be considered for a prestigious award when it’s not even completed. That essentially happened with Guess Who’s Coming to Seder? A Delicious New Musical, a musical by Nashville playwright/composer/lyricist Randi Michaels Block that has its first full Music City production this week. Block was one of eight finalists […]

Beloved ‘Go Dog’ Story Romps Through NCT Beginning April 11

Nashville Children’s Theatre concludes its 81st season with a revival of the energetic romp that entertains all ages of kids and adults known as Go Dog. Go! The show runs April 11 through May 19. This innovative 2003 adaptation by the husband-and-wife writing team of Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz of P.D. Eastman’s beloved 1961 […]

Essay: The night I danced with Atlanta Ballet and caught a flying ballerina

ATLANTA – I went to the dress rehearsal for Atlanta Ballet’s “New Choreographic Voices” Thursday night to live-tweet, not to dance. I was stationed in the front row at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre — an advantage of being at the dress rehearsal — with a tweet on my phone ready to send out. […]

Alex Graham makes promising Nashville Jazz Workshop debut

The crowd was younger than usual at the Nashville Jazz Workshop Friday night. Several college students sat quietly waiting for Alex Graham, alto saxophonist and Belmont University professor, to take the stage. His first performance at the Jazz Workshop since moving to Nashville a year and a half ago, Graham played it safe with song […]

Britten’s suites for Rostropovich come to life at Blair

I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, so there has long been a warm place in my heart for Mstislav Rostropovich. From 1977 to 1994, the legendary Russian cellist served as music director of that other NSO – the National Symphony Orchestra. Some of my fondest musical memories are of listening to this great […]

Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Roadies triumph at the Schermerhorn

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the musicians of his Silk Road Ensemble are like master chefs: They really know how to cook. Ma his Silk Roadies were at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Saturday night, dishing up some hot international fare. The entire program was arranged for an unusual mix of Western and non-Western instruments. Naturally, […]

Street Theatre Company Readies to Deliver Musical ‘Baby’

Street Theatre Company opens its production of the Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire musical Baby on Friday, March 29. Baby is a pop-rock musical that tells the story of three couples on a university campus as they deal with the painful, rewarding, and agonizingly funny consequences of this universal experience. There are the college students, barely […]

Roll over Beethoven, Bach is the news in Nashville

Bachanalia just gets better every year. Nashville’s seventh annual Bach fest went off without a hitch on Friday night at Christ Church Cathedral. Hundreds of Bach fans packed the Cathedral for the popular six-hour musical marathon, which featured many of the city’s finest professional musicians performing some of the Leipzig composer’s greatest pieces. All of […]

And Now The 2013 NaFF Picture is Complete: The Full Feature Lineup

The Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) has unveiled the full slate of feature films in competition and special presentations for its 44th annual festival that runs April 18-25 at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. NaFF will screen more than 200 films; this year submissions topped 3,004, breaking all festival records. “I’m more excited about this year […]

Opinion: The problem with the Nashville Symphony isn’t the music

Exactly two years ago this month, I came up with the idea of launching this website. At the time, no other media were publishing regular reviews of Nashville Symphony Orchestra concerts. That struck me as a terrible oversight, given that the NSO had won six Grammy Awards (the tally is now seven). Of course, I […]

Famed music historian Richard Taruskin will visit Belmont

Richard Taruskin is like the Will Durant of contemporary musicology. He is a brilliant and prodigious author whose erudite writings can fill an entire book shelf. Taruskin, a music history professor at the University of California at Berkeley, will be in Nashville on Monday, March 25 to give a series of lectures at Belmont University. […]

Film review/interview: Harmony Korine’s ‘Spring Breakers’ is a Thrilling Sensory Assault

“I think it’s a uniquely American rite of passage,” Nashville-based filmmaker Harmony Korine tells ArtsNash regarding the annual party pilgrimage to Florida that college students have made for decades. His new film Spring Breakers – easily his most “mainstream” project with an A-lister like James Franco and Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in the […]