The Nashville Symphony Orchestra has just sent out a press release (reprinted below) announcing that tickets for its 2012-13 season are about to go on sale. The release mentions a lot of famous names – Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell and (yikes) Boyz II Men – but, alas, fails to mention any of the names and works that really make the season worthwhile and unusual.
Those names would include composer Gustav Mahler, whose miraculous Symphony of a Thousand opens the season on Sept. 7 and 9 (Mahler’s First Symphony closes the season on May 30 to June 1, 2013). We’d also mention the remarkable contemporary American composers Stephen Paulus, whose Three Places of Enlightenment and Veil of Tears are performed Oct. 4-6, and John Adams, whose rarely heard and masterful Harmonielehre is presented Feb. 7-9, 2013. Harmonielehre probably has the most arresting opening measures of any orchestra work since the Beethoven Fifth Symphony, which, by the way, the NSO will play along with the Paulus on Oct. 4-6.
The NSO is also on the cutting edge of bringing in the music world’s most talked about up-and-coming stars, such as the remarkable pianist Daniil Trifonov (recent winner of both the Arthur Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky International Piano Competitions) and bassist Esperanza Spalding. The details of the press release follow:
“Edgar Meyer, Al Green, Joshua Bell, Charlie Haden, Boyz II Men, Pink Martini and Yo-Yo Ma – these are just a few of the world-class guest artists coming to perform with the Nashville Symphony over the next year. Tickets for all concerts at Schermerhorn Symphony Center will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 20.
Tickets may be purchased online at NashvilleSymphony.org, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Box Office or by phone at 615-687-6400. The Select-Your-Own-Seat option on the Nashville Symphony’s website allows ticket buyers to explore each section of the hall and choose their exact seats for each performance. Personal assistance is provided at the box office and over the phone from the friendly and knowledgeable Symphony staff.
Select three concerts or more, and you have a Sampler package. Samplers provide the best value, allowing patrons to purchase multiple events with discounted pricing on qualifying concerts. Visit http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/sampler to view all classical, pops, jazz, family concerts and special events. On Saturday, November 10, a special 2 p.m. matinee performance of Disney in Concert will be offered, with discounted tickets for children.
As an added bonus, on Friday July 20 only, the Nashville Symphony will offer patrons a $10 gift card for every $100 they spend. Gift cards can be given as gifts, used at the Symphony Store, or redeemed for cocktails and dining at Arpeggio or the Symphony Café.
Free parking in Lot R at LP field will be available for all concerts at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Shuttles will be provided for only $3 per person roundtrip. Buy seven concerts or more, and the shuttle service will be free too! Additionally, discounted parking is offered in the garage at The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, located across the street on Third Avenue, and convenient valet parking is offered at Symphony Place.”