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Music Review: Choir of Clare College performs at Vanderbilt University

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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, […]

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

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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

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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 […]

Music Review: An emotional recital from trombonist Jeremy Wilson

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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 […]

Nashville composer Daniel Elder shines in the American Prize

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. […]

Free Naxos Download: Strauss-Verdi String Quartets/Ensō Quartet

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The newest free download from Naxos, “The World’s Leading Classical Music Group,” is a track from the latest Ensō Quartet album. The highly acclaimed group was formed at Yale University in 1999; their Grammy®-nominated recording of Ginastera’s complete quartets was acclaimed by MusicWeb International for “string quartet playing of jawdropping prowess”. The booklet that accompanies this two-CD set can be […]

Nashville’s Steinway Piano Gallery marks 85 years in business

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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

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Music Review: Beethoven’s bracing ‘Emperor’ Concerto inaugurates Blair’s 50th anniversary season

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At 7 p.m. on Saturday, I dragged myself into the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall from the pouring rain and was met with an incredible warmth of spirit. Professors, students, alumni, and patrons all embraced one another — a cheerful “Another year!” often served the role usually reserved for “How are you?” or “Good […]

NSO’s Mark Blakeman: Heading West, Young Man

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There was good and bad news in the release the Nashville Symphony Orchestra sent out on Thursday. The good news is that the symphony’s veteran chief operating officer, Mark Blakeman, will soon become captain of his own ship, taking over as president of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (apparently, the weather just wasn’t hot enough for […]

Nashville Symphony Chorus to Hold New Member Auditions

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The Nashville Symphony Chorus, fresh off a 50th anniversary season that included a number of high-profile performances in Music City and a guest appearance at Cincinnati’s renowned May Festival, will be holding its next round of new member auditions in August for individuals interested in joining the ensemble. The all-volunteer Chorus, which was formed in […]

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

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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 […]