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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 […]

Dance Review: Intimacy, humor and beauty converge in Nashville Ballet’s Emergence

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This weekend, the Nashville Ballet presents Emergence: three new works for dance, accompanied by chamber music composed by Paul Moravec.  This series is one of the best things that has come out of the ballet since it moved into the Martin Center.  By owning a studio space that has room for an audience, artistic director […]

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Dance Review:  Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s season has a storybook ending, courtesy of ‘Hansel and Gretel’

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Dance Theatre of Tennessee is ending its 2013-14 season with a double header. On Saturday at Father Ryan High School, the company presented the Middle Tennessee premiere of Alan Hineline’s Hansel and Gretel. The company also performed one of the great showpieces of the repertoire, Paquita Grand Pas Classique. This family-friendly show repeats Sunday, May […]

Dance Review: Nashville Ballet presents the world premiere of its Ben Folds Project

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Ben Folds won’t be rocking the suburbs this weekend, since he’ll be too busy waltzing with the Nashville Ballet. The rocker-turned-classical-piano virtuoso will be at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Friday night to present the world premiere of his long-awaited “Ben Folds Project.” This remarkable collaborative venture features Folds performing his new Piano Concerto […]

Dance Review: Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents a visually striking ‘East Meets West’

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Dance Theatre of Tennessee soared to new heights during its winter program on Saturday night. For the first time in its history, the company included live music in one of its performances.  The program, called “East Meets West,” also featured strikingly beautiful costumes and some remarkably adventurous dancing. The performance repeats at 2 p.m. Sunday, […]

Dance Preview: ‘East Meets West’ at Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s next program

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Dance Theatre of Tennessee will mark another milestone this weekend: For the first time in its four-year history, the company will introduce some live music into one of its performances. Music City Baroque, Nashville’s premier period-instrument group, will perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach during DTT’s “East Meets West” program this weekend at Father Ryan […]

Dance Review: Love burns like a ‘Ring of Fire’ in Nashville Ballet’s tribute to Johnny Cash

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You knew the Nashville Ballet’s tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash was going to be a love story almost from the outset. As the lights dimmed, a giant screen lowered to the stage, and suddenly we saw photos of the couple as they appeared throughout the years. There were pictures of the two on […]

Dance Review: The wonderful wizards of Oz Nashville inaugurate their new space with the far-reaching choreography of Wayne McGregor

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Nashville is not exactly a mecca of modern dance. But you wouldn’t have guessed that on Thursday night, when the unapologetically modern Random Dance made its debut at Oz Nashville. The London-based company, which performs the works of its brilliantly adventurous founder and choreographer, Wayne McGregor, was in town for the official opening of the […]

Dance Preview: Nashville Ballet dances with “Attitude” to the music of Johnny Cash

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It seems only fitting that Nashville Ballet dancers will perform to the music of Johnny Cash next weekend at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The company refers to its annual winter program – an adventurous mix of live music and cutting-edge dance – as “Attitude.” Johnny Cash knew a thing or two about attitude. Nashville […]

Nashville Ballet offers discounts for ‘Attitude’

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Nashville Ballet’s annual Attitude program is always among the most strikingly original and entertaining shows of the year (here’s what ArtsNash thought of last year’s performance). This month, Nashville Ballet is offering a discount on Attitude tickets. Performances are Feb. 14 to 16 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theatre. The company has provided […]

London’s Royal Ballet, coming to a cinema near you

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The Royal Ballet 2014 Cinema Season begins this month at Regal Green Hills Stadium 16, 3815 Green Hills Village Dr. With a new production of special one-night performances brought to the big screen monthly through March, this series of popular storybook and classic ballets will begin with the romantic “Giselle” on Monday, Jan. 27; followed […]

Time is running out …

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The deadline to contribute to our end-of-the-year Indiegogo fundraiser was December 31 but has now been extended through New Year’s Day. We need your help, dear reader, to sustain ArtsNash. All funds raised will go to pay writers and staff – one of our board members has generously agreed to pay all of our administrative […]

Dance Review: ‘Nashville’s Nutcracker’ works its magic in a setting that’s close to home

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Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is without question the world’s most popular ballet. It has a ubiquitous presence in America, where some 800 productions occur seasonally in more than 120 cities. For children of all ages, The Nutcracker has become an annual rite of passage. Little girls in their bright holiday dresses and boys in their smart […]

Breaking News: Beloved Tennessean Journalist Clara Hieronymus is Dead

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Clara Hieronymus, whose prose on arts graced the pages of The Tennessean for more than 40 years, died Saturday in Savannah, Tenn., according to her daughter-in-law Martha Hieronymus. “She went peacefully at home around 9:05 p.m.,” Martha Hieronymus tells ArtsNash. Per a 1982 agreement her remains have been donated to Vanderbilt University Medical Center; there are […]

Breaking News: ArtsNash Gains Tax-Exempt Status From IRS

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It’s official: ArtsNash is now tax exempt. On Monday, the Nashville-based nonprofit arts journalism company received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating it has been approved for tax exemption under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. What does that mean? Among other things, it means contributions to ArtsNash like those […]

Dance Review: Dance Theatre of Tennessee presents an enchanting ‘Nutcracker’

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It’s Nutcracker season in Middle Tennessee. Every year around Thanksgiving, Dance Theatre of Tennessee hits the road, taking its itinerant staging of The Nutcracker to various cities and counties across the region. The company is in Davidson County this weekend, and on Friday night it presented a Nutcracker at Ensworth High School that was chockfull […]

Nashville artists will perform a benefit concert for the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund

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Dance Theatre of Tennessee artistic director Christopher Mohnani grew up in the Philippines, so naturally he was concerned when he first heard about Typhoon Haiyan bearing down on the country. “The Philippines get hit by about 20 typhoons a year, so people are used to them,” says Mohnani, who was on the phone earlier this […]

Philip Glass, Peter Brook, Wayne McGregor Headline 1st OZ Season

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Renowned composer Philip Glass, Peter Brook’s theater troupe and Wayne McGregor’s dance company are among those visiting OZ Nashville during its inaugural season, OZ leaders announced today at a ribbon-cutting launch party attended by a capacity crowd. Their first series of performances, which will run Feb. 13 – June 21, will introduce audiences to OZ’s flexible and […]