Lorde dazzles at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor wrapped up her Melodrama World Tour in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The precocious 21-year-old, more famously known by her moniker Lorde, dazzled and danced with reckless abandon as she found a way to make an arena with a seating capacity of 20,000 feel intimate. Stellar opening performances by indie-rock artist Mitski and […]

The power of simplicity: Lang’s ‘the little match girl passion’

I would guess that more people can recite the Cinderella story than can outline War and Peace.  The latter endures in part because of its complexity, but simplicity tends to have a longer shelf life.  The little match girl passion (2007) by David Lang is a retelling of the classic children’s story by Hans Christian […]

Black Panther Soundtrack: Diverse, Audacious and Flawed

For many, Black Panther feels like that first breath of oxygen after a long time underwater. Black Panther welcomes a new vision of blackness and presents a new way to comprehend black identity. The soundtrack, titled Black Panther: The Album, Music and Inspired By, undertakes an equally ambitious effort. With African-American rapper, producer, and curator […]

Review: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers soars in Bernstein’s Serenade

The Nashville Symphony, like many successful orchestras across the United States, has tried in recent years to appeal to a broader audience. One common strategy is to simply program concerts more creatively, often with the incorporation of more modern works and less classical and romantic era masterpieces. Therein lies a significant challenge – obtaining an […]

Review: Nashville Opera Delivers the Goods in Sensuous Carmen

For its final production of the season, Nashville Opera calls on the power of one of music’s most-loved and oft-performed operas, Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Director John Hoomes presents a compelling, well-acted, and beautifully sung treatment of this operatic staple, filled to the brim with all the passion, fire, and lust present in this work. TPAC’s […]

Nashville Symphony pulls out the stops for Terry Riley concerto

Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero led the Nashville Symphony on Feb. 25 at the Schermerhorn with an intriguing program featuring an arrangement of Dietrich Buxtehude’s Chaconne in E minor, Terry Riley’s new organ concerto At the Royal Majestic, and Igor Stravinsky’s ever-popular The Rite of Spring. Buxtehude was a Baroque-era organ master, famed in the late […]

Nashville Concerto Orchestra’s Winter Concert Full of Passion and Meaning

February 18, 2017 was looking to be just another rainy Saturday for most Nashvillians. However, the dreariness outside created just the right mood for the Nashville Concerto Orchestra’s warm and inviting winter concert. The orchestra is an extension of the non-profit organization “Mozart in Nashville,” and is comprised of Nashville musicians of all levels and […]

Cotton Club comes to life this weekend at the Schermerhorn

New York City’s Cotton Club was the kind of place F. Scott Fitzgerald was thinking about when he wrote The Great Gatsby. Founded in Harlem during the height of Prohibition, it’s where Tom Buchanan would have taken Nick Carraway for an illicit night on the town, where Meyer Wolfshiem would have discussed business with the […]

Music Review: Vijay Iyer, vamping in Technicolor in the Land of Oz

It’s hard to believe Oz Arts Nashville is not yet a year old. In short order, this adventurous, forwarding-looking venue for the contemporary arts has fundamentally changed the creative landscape of Music City. Now, anything seems possible. On Saturday night, the renowned composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer was at Oz, exploring the possibilities of […]

Jazz pianist and MacArthur ‘genius’ grant recipient Vijay Iyer debuts at Oz Arts Nashville this weekend

One of the world’s most daring and innovative musicians will be following the yellow brick road to Oz Arts Nashville this weekend. Vijay Iyer, a noted composer, jazz pianist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, will make his Oz debut on Saturday night in two innovative works: Mutations I-X, an extended suite for string quartet, piano […]

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, […]

OZ Second Season: Conversation, Contemplation and Connection

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 […]

People Get Ready: Jerry Lawson Records with Red Beet Records

Jerry Lawson praises God almost every other breath. “Ain’t God good?” he’ll ask, without waiting for an answer, of course, when talking about his recent stint in Nashville to record a country and R&B-laced album for Eric Brace’s Red Beet Records. The CD will be released in the autumn. “It’s the first-ever Jerry-only recording,” says Lawson, […]

The Big Payback is Here and ArtsNash Needs Your Support!

(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 […]

Bobby Bare Jr. Unbowed and ‘Undefeated’ With New Album Release

It’s a heavy-eye-lidded late-morning in Maumee, Ohio, when Bobby Bare Jr. telephones and apologizes for missing by an hour-and-change a mid-morning interview. “Sorry I’m late. Do you have time to talk now?” the affable music-maker asks the writer who has left several voice mails responding to Bare’s recorded message, a direct rip from an old Doors […]

TV Review: ‘The Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over’ on PBS

Contemporary pop culture has created a sort of false binary between the Rolling Stones and The Beatles. While fans duke it out over whose catalog is better, a lot of other British Invasion bands don’t get anywhere near the recognition they deserve – bands like The Animals or Herman’s Hermits. All of them played an important […]

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

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 […]

Music Review: Guitar legend Pat Metheny makes a long overdo return to Nashville

Pat Metheny has always prided himself on being a maverick in musical circles, ignoring genre conventions and looking ahead rather than behind. After not having a saxophonist or reed instrumentalist in his group for nearly three decades, Metheny recruited ace multi-instrumentalist Chris Potter for his Unity Band in 2012. He was a key addition. The […]

Nashville jazz icon William “Billy” Adair dies at 66

Nashville’s jazz scene suffered a tremendous loss today. William “Billy” Adair, the founder of the Blair Big Band and a fixture in the city’s jazz community, died this morning at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He was 66 years old and had been suffering from melanoma cancer. Adair boasted a musical resume that was second-to-none. A multi-instrumentalist, […]

Music Preview: Guitar legend Pat Metheny, finding ‘Unity’ in music at Ryman Auditorium

Guitarist, bandleader and composer Pat Metheny has enjoyed a stellar career and managed the difficult feat of maintaining popularity while constantly tackling new artistic challenges. From his early days with Gary Burton right up to his latest project with his Unity Band, Metheny’s continually been willing to operate in different musical arenas, while simultaneously developing […]