Archives for September 2014

Music Review: Choir of Clare College performs at Vanderbilt University

Clare College’s youthful choristers were among kindred spirits during their performance at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music last week. The choirs from both institutions consist entirely of undergraduates. During the performance at Vanderbilt’s Ingram Hall, one could see Blair’s singers cheering enthusiastically for their counterparts from across the pond. The Choir of Clare College, […]

No Place Like London: Attend Nashville Rep’s ‘Sweeney Todd’

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd indeed. When the (just rechristened) troupe formerly known as Tennessee Repertory Theatre presented the 1979 Stephen Sondheim–Hugh Wheeler musical masterwork in 2008, the sold-out run, featuring Lane Davies as the “Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and Martha Wilkinson as that very special pie baker Mrs. Lovett, wowed reviewers (including […]

Breaking News: Atlanta Symphony President Stanley Romanstein resigns; interim director appointed

Stanley Romanstein has resigned as president and CEO of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, effective immediately, the latest casualty of the acrimonious relationship between the orchestra musicians and its management, which led to a lockout now more than three weeks long. “I believe that my continued leadership of the ASO would be an impediment to our […]

Music Review: Locked-out Atlanta Symphony musicians take to the stage at Kennesaw State

Locked-out musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, under the moniker “ATL Symphony Musicians,” performed a pair of back-to-back free concerts of music by Beethoven and Dvořák in the Bailey Performance Center’s 620-seat Morgan Hall at Kennesaw State University Friday night. The musicians engaged Michael Palmer to conduct, just as they had for two performances during […]

Ben Folds’ photography will be on display at ballet fundraiser

Rocker Ben Folds has become one of the Nashville Ballet’s biggest boosters. Last spring, he joined the ballet for the Ben Folds Project, a performance of his new concerto with the ballet and Nashville Symphony. Later this month, he’ll be on hand to help the ballet raise money for a much-needed expansion of the company’s […]

Music Review: An emotional recital from trombonist Jeremy Wilson

Trombonist Jeremy Wilson almost canceled the terrific recital he presented Sunday night at the Blair School of Music’s Turner Hall. Wilson’s longtime friend and mentor, University of North Texas trombone professor Vern Kagarice, died two weeks ago after a long illness. A celebratory service for the revered trombonist was scheduled for the same day as Wilson’s […]

Boiler Room Theatre Goes ‘Legally Blonde’ For Five-Show Run

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Boiler Room Theatre (BRT) opens the second show of its 14th season with the frothy, fun and energetic hit Legally Blonde the Musical that plays Tuesday through Saturday at historic Franklin Theatre with a cast led by Franklin native Laura L. Thomas. The opening performance of Legally Blonde this Tuesday (Sept. 30) is already sold out. Tickets are going fast […]

Nashville composer Daniel Elder shines in the American Prize

Composer Daniel Elder won second place nationally in The American Prize competition, 2014, in the professional choral division, for his work entitled “Three Themes of Life and Love.” Elder was selected from applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit competitions unique in scope and […]

Bad to the Bone: Trombonist Jeremy Wilson will perform at Blair

As a young graduate student at the University of North Texas, trombonist Jeremy Wilson figured he’d probably become a jazz musician. North Texas, after all, has one of the country’s finest jazz programs. But then one day he got a call from Ian Boussield, principal trombonist of the mighty Vienna Philharmonic. “He had heard an audition […]

Nashville Symphony’s Free Day of Music is Saturday

The Nashville Symphony will welcome more than 20 performers representing a variety of musical genres for its ninth annual Free Day of Music on Saturday, Sept. 27. The full day of music begins at 10:15 a.m. with the 101st Airborne Division Band and will include performances on four different stages throughout Schermerhorn Symphony Center, treating […]

Music Review: Cliburn winner Vadym Kholodenko wows the crowd at Belmont University

Belmont University’s School of Music has forged a fruitful relationship with the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In recent years, the school has invited finalists from the prestigious Texas-based contest to headline its annual Woods Piano Concert Series. Vadym Kholodenko, the 2013 Cliburn gold medalist, was onstage Thursday night at McAfee Concert Hall. As a personality, […]

Film Review: A Timely Reminder That ‘Love is Strange’

Two longtime lovers marry. That’s the starting point of Love is Strange, the latest feature from director Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On), but while amore may have its unexpected twists, this well-crafted story rightly notes some human behaviors in the wider world are sadly predictable. That’s because the lovers (together for 39 years as […]

Filmmaker Brooke Bernard New Belcourt Development Director

Brooke Bernard is the new development director of Belcourt Theatre, it was announced today. Bernard will plan and implement new and creative strategies to strengthen the Belcourt’s fundraising, including major gifts, annual giving, membership support, sponsorships, corporate and foundation grants, planned giving, and potential capital campaigns. “Brooke joins us at an important time for the Belcourt,” […]

Cellist Deidre Emerson will perform at the opening of the Frist Center’s Kandinsky exhibit

Can abstract instrumental music actually be painted? Wasilly Kandinsky, the celebrated Russian artist, was sure of it. In 1911, he attended a concert in Munich featuring some of the newly minted atonal music of Arnold Schoenberg. To Kandinsky, the father of modern abstract painting, Schoenberg’s thorny, dissonant works came across as heartfelt songs without words. […]

Win Passes to the GONE GIRL Nashville Advance Screening!

ArtsNash and 20th Century Fox Want to Invite You to an Advance Screening of GONE GIRL! GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]