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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 […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

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It’s an exciting time for Nashville’s contemporary arts center OZ. Artistic Director Lauren Snelling is very happy with the rapturous response such first-season offerings as Peter Brook’s The Suit and the music of Philip Glass and Tim Fain received, and she’s thrilled to talk about what’s coming up at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. “I don’t […]

Music Review: Philip Glass and Tim Fain at Oz Nashville

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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

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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 […]

Music Preview: NSO Chorus marks its 50th anniversary with Brahms Requiem

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The Nashville Symphony Orchestra Chorus has been celebrating its 50th anniversary in high style this season. In October, the 200-plus choristers helped music director Giancarlo Guerrero usher in the season with a memorable performance of Vaughan Williams’ seldom heard (in these parts) A Sea Symphony. And earlier this month, the group and its newly minted […]

Music Review: From John Adams to John Williams, the Nashville Symphony plays it all

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Music director Giancarlo Guerrero is leading the Nashville Symphony Orchestra this weekend in a concert that expertly balances the bold and new with the tried and true. The daring part of the program, performed Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, consists of contemporary American composer John Adams’ City Noir, a wondrous and complex work […]

Music Review: Alias springs into action with three world premieres

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Alias Chamber Ensemble is in the mood for love. Judging from its terrific spring concert on Wednesday night at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, the group is also in the groove.  Nashville’s adventurous chamber group premiered no fewer than three new works during its two-and-a-half hour performance at Turner Recital Hall. That’s likely a […]

The Big Payback is Here and ArtsNash Needs Your Support!

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(Editor’s Note on May 7, 2014: The Big Payback has ended and we thank those contributors that gave $430 to ArtsNash as well as nearly $1.5 million to more than 500 midstate charities. To make a tax-deductible contribution to ArtsNash through our secure GivingMatters.com form click here to visit out Donate page.) It’s here! The […]

Music Review: Nashville Symphony scores big in a program of Mozart masterpieces.

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A suave and sophisticated British-born maestro is leading the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in its classical series concerts this weekend at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Christopher Seaman, the director emeritus of upstate New York’s Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is conducting a program devoted entirely to Mozart masterpieces. Seaman is an outstanding interpreter of this music, and his […]

Music Review: Pianist Jeremy Denk and the Nashville Symphony perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1

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Every season, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra brings some of the world’s most important guest artists to Music City. Jeremy Denk, the soloist in this weekend’s performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, is as distinguished as they come. A gifted writer as well as pianist, Denk recently received a contract from Random House to turn […]

Music Review: Violinist Christian Teal goes out on a high note with final recital at Blair

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Violinist Christian Teal gave his final recital as a Blair School of Music professor on Sunday afternoon at Ingram Hall. For Nashville’s classical community, the event marked the end of an era. Teal has taught violin at Blair for 42 of the music school’s 50 years. As Dean Mark Wait commented during a post-concert reception, […]

Music Review: Ethel brings its amplified sound to Oz Nashville

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Ethel stands apart from much of contemporary music.  As an amplified string quartet that plays contemporary chamber music, they perform with a unique palette. This weekend, they are presenting two programs of adventurous, energetic string music at Oz Nashville. Friday night’s performance of Ethel’s Documerica was superbly performed. Ethel often performs sans vibrato and in […]

Music Review: Huebl and Wait present Bolcom, Schubert and Franck

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Violinist Carolyn Huebl received her doctorate from the University of Michigan, so it was probably just a matter of time before we heard her perform the music of that university’s famed professor emeritus William Bolcom. Huebl, an associate professor of violin at the Blair School of Music, was at Turner Hall on Saturday to perform […]

Music Review: Gateway Chamber Orchestra plays the Grand Lodge of Tennessee

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Just as we all suspected, Nashville Masons have been hiding a big secret in their Grand Lodge of Tennessee: It’s their glorious Freemasons Auditorium, a 1,455-seat acoustical marvel that is one of Music City’s true clandestine treasures. Gateway Chamber Orchestra, another one of the region’s hidden gems, was inside the Mason’s ornate auditorium on Monday […]

Music Review: Pianist Zubin Kanga plays the music of Michael Alec Rose and George Crumb

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Composers have spent much of history writing piano music for just one-half of the instrument. Zubin Kanga, a gifted London-based pianist, specializes in music that takes advantage of the whole piano. On Saturday afternoon, Kanga was at the Blair School of Music’s Choral Rehearsal Hall, performing a concert that explored the piano from the inside […]

Music Review: Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony score with the music of Sibelius and Elgar

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The Nashville Symphony Orchestra is widely admired for its interpretations of contemporary American music. Yet the orchestra is arguably at its level best when playing late-Romantic music from the turn of the 20th century. Two such works were on the NSO’s program on Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Music director Giancarlo Guerrero led […]

Festival Preview: Steve Reich, Jonny Greenwood and Dawn of Midi will headline Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival

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Big Ears Festival returns to Knoxville this weekend with some of the most important composers and music creators in the country. Ashley Capps’ brainchild has been on hiatus the last few years, but it’s now coming back in a big way. Steve Reich, the minimalist composer who invented acoustic phase-looping music (the technique behind the […]