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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

MAS Nashville is Back with Look at Love in ‘Mas Amor Por Favor’

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MAS Nashville is back with a February show about love. Mas Amor Por Favor runs Feb. 16-17 at The Theater Bug in East Nashville. This show will celebrate all aspects of love: the agony, the ecstasy, the joy, the despair, and of course, the insanity. This time there are two chances to partake in an evening full of raucous […]

Music Review: Roberta Flack’s voice remains astonishing

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It’s been more than four decades since Roberta Flack’s alluring, sensational voice was introduced to the public at large via Clint Eastwood’s 1971 directorial debut Play Misty For Me, and in particular the spectacular ballad “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” While jazz and soul fans had already embraced the 1969 debut LP First Take, […]

Music Review: Amy Grant and Vince Gill spread the Christmas cheer with the Nashville Symphony this weekend

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Amy Grant has long been one of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s best friends. As a young Christian-pop singer, Grant came to the NSO’s rescue 20 years ago, staging an important benefit concert to help steer the orchestra out of bankruptcy. This weekend, Grant is helping the symphony yet again. On Thursday night, Grant and her […]

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 […]

TV Review: Denyce Graves headlines this year’s joyous ‘Christmas at Belmont’

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Few college music programs offer their students the chance to perform on national television. At Belmont University, this opportunity is practically a given. For the past 11 years, the university’s school of music has presented its Christmas at Belmont holiday show to a national audience on PBS. This year’s glistening Christmas special, taped in November […]

Music Review: Nashville in Harmony brings its inclusive brand of holiday cheer to the Ryman

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A fierce winter storm raged outside the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night, but inside the hall, all was calm, all was bright. That, at least, was the premise of “Sugar Plums,” Nashville in Harmony’s terrific holiday show. Nashville’s premier GLBT chorus staged Thursday’s concert as a kind of old-timey radio program. An onstage radio host […]

Music Preview: Nashville in Harmony celebrates 10 sensational years of music and community

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Most music groups exist for the sole purpose of promoting their own musical styles – jazz, rock, country, classical, whatever. For Nashville in Harmony, music is almost an incidental byproduct. “Our mission is foremost to build community,” says Don Schlosser, Nashville in Harmony’s music director. “Music is simply the means we use to create social […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pictorial: Truly a Wonderful World of Arts Awaits at OZ

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A word that comes quickly to mind when viewing the incredible artistic showcase of OZ Nashville is passion. The Ozgener family’s passion for this community and the arts infuses every part of the impressive complex that sits next to John C. Tune Airport. “It is our family’s gift to the city of Nashville,” says Founder Cano […]

Music Review: O’Jays sing in perfect harmony at the Schermerhorn

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On Sunday night, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was transformed into an old time soul arena, thanks to the famed O’Jays. The trio, members of both the Rock ‘N’ Roll and Vocal Group Halls of Fame, demonstrated a cohesion, energy and charisma that thrilled a crowd of predominantly older folks, many of whom began clapping after […]

Music Review: Michael McDonald, ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ in Nashville

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Threatening weather that included gusting winds, rain and thunderstorms, coupled with the fact it was Halloween night, probably had an impact on attendance for the opening performance of Michael McDonald’s three-night residency at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. But those who made it – including several who filtered in throughout the first set – saw a champion […]

Artober Nashville Celebration Provides Wide Range of Experiences

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Happily the calendar is turning once again to Artober Nashville. It is, to quote the folks at the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, “for every Nashvillian to experience the arts where they live, work and play and includes everything from visual and performing arts, to music, crafts, film, pop-ups, and more.” In its third year, Artober Nashville has grown […]

Music Review: More gala glitz, this time from Al Jarreau

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Versatility and excellence have been the hallmarks of vocalist Al Jarreau’s appeal and success since he broke out of the supper club/cabaret/nightclub underground and into the mainstream ranks during the mid-70s. Jarreau consistently demonstrated during an exhaustive, two-set show Sunday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center that an orchestral background neither threatens nor overwhelms his […]

Aaron Diehl, Ambrose Akinmusire, Miguel Zenon complete Jazz Festival lineup

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Pianist Aaron Diehl, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and saxophonist Miguel Zenon are among the final additions to the 36th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, taking place Memorial Day weekend in Piedmont Park. Singers Julie Dexter, Alexandra Jackson and Ginou, as well as saxophonist Uri Gurvich, are also slated to perform on one of two stages during the three-day […]

Nashville Symphony starts happy hour early with Pink Martini

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How do you mix the perfect pink martini? Take a dash of classical music, a heaping helping of Latin jazz and a whole lot of carefree campy fun and shake vigorously. Pink Martini followed that recipe with great success on Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where it’s headlining this weekend’s pops program with […]

Renée Fleming, Ben Folds, Vince Gill and Amy Grant headline newly announced Nashville Symphony Season

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Nashville will be awash in great music next season, courtesy of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The NSO’s 2013-14 season, which is being announced today, will include an opening gala with soprano Renée Fleming and the world premiere of a new piano concerto by pop star Ben Folds. In what will likely be remembered as the […]