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Music Review: At NSO concert, Yo-Yo Ma shines in the music of Edward Elgar and Matt Walker

The cellist Yo-Yo Ma is one of only two or three classical musicians whose name still elicits a glimmer of recognition from the general public. Not surprisingly, regional orchestras everywhere want to book him. Ma’s fame was readily apparent at his Nashville Symphony Orchestra concert on Wednesday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. He was […]

Music Review: Meyer and Thile cut up the stage at Ingram Hall

The hilarious comedy team of Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile brought the house down with their zany antics on Tuesday night at Ingram Hall. Along the way, the duo also performed double bass and mandolin with breathtaking virtuosity, extemporized brilliantly, and even found a kind of folksy sublimity in the music of J.S. Bach. Meyer, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Music Review: Gateway Chamber Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season with a Mozartean masterpiece

There are undoubtedly times when musicians in a small, local orchestra wonder if there will ever be as many people in the audience as on the stage. At one time, such thoughts must have gone through the minds of musicians in the Gateway Chamber Orchestra. This terrific ensemble had a loyal following in its hometown […]

Gateway Chamber Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season with a little help from Amadeus

CLARKSVILLE – The Gateway Chamber Orchestra is celebrating Mozart’s love affair with the clarinet. For the opening of its 2014-15 season, Gateway will present Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, an autumnal work that’s renowned for its symphonic brilliance and lyrical invention. Charles Neidich, one of the world’s foremost clarinetists and a noted Mozart interpreter, […]

Music Review: Huebl and Nies launch their season-long Mozart project at Ingram Hall

Pianist Craig Nies was back in his tuxedo on Friday, engaging once again in his apparent life-long quest to play every piece of music mentioned in the 29-volume New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. For his latest project, Nies is joining violinist Carolyn Huebl to perform all 16 of Mozart’s mature violin sonatas (the […]

Dance Review: New Dialect attracts record crowd to Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville bills its Thursday Night Things (TNT) series as a blank canvas, a clean slate that encourages local artists to experiment and try new things. Last night’s TNT, however, seemed more like the opening of a much anticipated new restaurant, one serving a cuisine that the population has long been craving. The featured item […]

Dance Preview: New Dialect premieres new works at Oz Nashville

Oz Nashville always presents explosively original programming, so naturally it calls its Thursday night performance series TNT (Thursday Night Things). This week’s adventurous program features the Oz debut of New Dialect, Nashville’s new contemporary dance collective. New Dialect founder and dancer Banning Bouldin and her troupe will present a multi-media, multicultural program consisting of original […]

Nashville Ballet’s Martin Center set for a long overdue expansion

The Nashville Ballet’s headquarters is about to get a much needed makeover. On Thursday morning, the ballet announced the public launch of its capital campaign “Elevate,” which will help pay for a major expansion of the company’s Sylvan Heights neighborhood facility. “We have run out of space,” says artistic director Paul Vasterling. “Our dance classes […]

Alias’ Fifth Annual Arts & Flowers comes to W.O. Smith Music School

Nashville’s Alias Chamber Ensemble is like a world-premiere-generating machine. Since its founding a dozen years ago, this adventurous group has premiered nearly 20 new works. Three of them were presented during the ensemble’s excellent spring concert last May. The event that helps make all of Alias’ adventurousness and creativity possible is Arts & Flowers. The […]

Music Review: Philip Glass and Tim Fain at Oz Nashville

Composer Philip Glass received a standing ovation the moment he walked onstage at Oz Nashville on Friday. “Don’t stand now,” Glass protested playfully to the cheering crowd. “I haven’t done anything yet.” Glass is in town this weekend with the terrific violinist Tim Fain to present the final concert of Oz Nashville’s inaugural season. On […]

Music Review: Nashville Symphony Chorus marks its golden anniversary with a glorious Brahms requiem

Music director Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are celebrating the beauty of the human voice this weekend. Their program, which received a memorable performance on Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, includes two masterpieces of the choral repertoire – Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (“A […]

Dance Preview: Nashville Ballet, Alias Chamber Ensemble and Portara Ensemble join forces for this week’s cutting-edge Emergence series

How does Nashville Ballet cap a season that included the world premiere of the Ben Folds Project? It goes all out, ending with a program that features three new dances set to the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec. Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling puts a premium on collaboration, so his dancers will perform […]