Archives for October 2014

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Music Review: Violinist Allison Edberg Nyquist leads Music City Baroque on a sonic tour of old Dresden

Music City Baroque took its audience on a spirited voyage to 18th-century Dresden on Sunday afternoon. Guest director Allison Edberg Nyquist and her fellow musicians put together a program centered on Dresden’s extraordinary musical ascendance during the first half of the 1700s. Featuring works by Wilhelm Friedmann Bach, Johann Joachim Quantz, Johann George Pisendel, and […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, by phone at (615) 782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office (505 Deaderick St.) in downtown Nashville. For group tickets please […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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,” […]

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 […]

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 […]