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About Kelby Carlson

Kelby Carlson is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music working toward his bachelor of music in voice. In addition to ArtsNash he also writes articles for the Vanderbilt Torch, a politically oriented magazine on Vanderbilt's campus. He hopes to pursue a master's degree in vocal performance or a law degree after undergraduate school.

Classical review: Blakemore Trio celebrates anniversary with concert, CD

Nashville’s Blakemore Trio has never been afraid to perform new works of classical music.  In fact, in the decade of its existence, it has been a staple of its repertoire.  But this eagerness for the experimental and the untried is tempered by a mastery of the canon, from Baroque to Romantic.  In their concert at […]

CD review: Mumford and Sons’ ‘Babel’ is a worthy second effort

Confusion. Grace. Hope. They’re all implied in the title of Mumford and Sons’ sophomore album. Babel was much anticipated. Topping the United States billboard charts, the album was especially popular among college students.  The band has led a blended folk-rock style of music into the mainstream, and comparisons to their first album are inevitable.  Overall, […]

Blair Quartet opens its season with Haydn, Husa and Beethoven

Bells ring.  Birds sing. Notes soar. Those evocative images and more were part of the Blair String Quartet’s concert on Saturday night at Ingram Hall. The players – violinists Christian Teal and Cornelia Heard, violist John Kochanowski and cellist Felix Wang – presented three works, two classical-period quartets bracketing a contemporary piece. All were complex […]

Salsa band makes music sound ‘Excelencia!’

“It’s not about what you have.  It’s not about how you dress.  It’s not about the language you speak. It’s about music.” So proclaimed La Excelencia at the beginning of their second Nashville performance.  The concert was held as part of Vanderbilt’s 2012-13 Great Performances season on Friday, Oct. 12 at  Ingram Hall.  La Excelencia, […]

Classical review: Music City Baroque makes a case for the ‘Fairest Isle’

Restoration London isn’t known for its high art.  When it comes to mid-17th-century England, people usually think of political unrest and religious in-fighting. But perhaps that association should change. That, at least, seemed to be the point of Music City Baroque’s concert on Sunday at the Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville. The program of Elizabethan […]

Blair’s new choral director set to take the stage

Talk about a baptism by fire. Tucker Biddlecombe arrived for his first day on the job this summer at the Blair School of Music with a Herculean assignment. He had just weeks to prepare the Blair Children’s Chorus for a performance of Mahler’s mighty “Symphony of Thousand” with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Needless to say, […]

Classical review: NSO opens its 2012-13 season with lyrical Mahler Eighth

A symphony on steroids. That’s how some would describe Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (“Symphony of a Thousand”). The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus opened its 2012-13 season with Mahler’s mighty work on Friday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To say that the performance was highly anticipated would be a gross understatement. It’s not […]

Classical Preview: NSO opens its 2012-13 season with Gustav Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’

“A symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” So said Gustav Mahler to friend and fellow composer Jean Sibelius, shortly before the premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major (Symphony of a Thousand). Clearly, Mahler heeded his own advice. His Eighth Symphony was his most monumental creation, a work of […]