Nashville Symphony’s Free Day of Music is Saturday

schermerhornThe 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 audiences to everything from classical and jazz to rock and bluegrass.

Highlights of the day include:

  • The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony performing works by Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and more at noon in Laura Turner Concert Hall;
  • A “Meet the Conductors” Q&A session with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, Assistant Conductor Vinay Parameswaran and Nashville Symphony Chorus Director Kelly Corcoran;
  • An organ recital featuring organist Andrew Risinger playing the Symphony’s massive Martin Foundation Concert Organ, which has 3,568 pipes;
  • In addition to the musical performers, there will be a Kids’ Zone from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Balcony Lobby, featuring the popular Instrument Petting Zoo and a host of other interactive, family-friendly activities.

The full schedule for Free Day of Music is as follows:

Laura Turner Concert Hall

Noon-1 p.m. Nashville Symphony
1:45-2:30 p.m. Organ Recital with Andrew Risinger
3:15-4 p.m. Nashville Community Concert Band
4:45-5:30 p.m. Tennessee Valley Winds
6:15-7 p.m. Nashville Philharmonic
7:45-9 p.m. Youth Orchestra Festival feat. Curb Youth Symphony and Williamson County Youth Orchestra

One Symphony Place

10:15-10:40 a.m. A Grand Opening with the 101st Airborne Division Band

11-11:45 a.m. Marcus Wanner Jazz Quartet

1-1:45 p.m. Tyme

2:30-3:15 p.m. Anne McCue

4-4:45 p.m. Molly Cherryholmes

5:30-6:15 p.m. Cumberland Collective

7-7:45 p.m. Music City Swing

Courtyard Stage

11-11:45 a.m. Traditional Persian music with Farzin Dehghan
1:45-2:30 p.m. The National Museum of African American Music Presents Joy Styles
3:15-4 p.m. Belmont University Songwriters
4:45-5:30 p.m. Loge Box 1 featuring Brother Slade
6:15-7:45 p.m. Music City Unsigned feat. Matt Brown, Jeffery James, Sandra McCracken and Holley Maher

Curb Family Music Education Hall

11-11:45 a.m. Franklin Chamber Society
1-1:45 p.m. Meet the Conductors with Giancarlo Guerrero, Vinay Parameswaran, and Kelly Corcoran
2:30-3:15 p.m. MTSA Suzuki Players
4-4:45 p.m. Nashville Symphony Chamber Chorus
5:30-6:15 p.m. The MC4 Quartet and Members of the Music City Barbershop Chorus
7-7:45 p.m. The MET Singers

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  1. Paul Fey says:

    Having FREE music is somewhat concerning.Musicians don’t get paid enough in Nashville as it is. The Symphony costs money to operate, offering its services for free is not a good business model and implies that it is undeserving of the price of a ticket. Now if they did a promotion of some low cost figure,say, $2-$5.00 maybe that would at least imply some value for services. Otherwise, you have lowered the value of the performance to no value at all.

    A better idea might be to offer services to the public through the symphony for hiring/booking musicians for parties, weddings, businesses, and such. Get paid, promote,and broaden your customer base all at once. Anything beats the FREE music concept.