“We are so pleased to be presenting Opera on the Mountain with Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory,” says Noah Spiegel, Nashville Opera’s Chief Operating Officer. “This event is so popular with Nashville audiences it’s become one of the most anticipated evenings of the entire year.”
Tenor H. Stephen Smith, soprano Melissa Shippen, baritone Jonathan Carle and pianist Amy Tate Williams will present opera’s greatest hits and selections of popular Broadway standards. Chandra McKern, Nashville Opera’s Director of Education and Outreach, will serve as the master of ceremonies for Opera on the Mountain.
Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic basket filled with their favorite foods and beverages which can be enjoyed during a special outdoor concert on the grounds of the observatory in Brentwood. At the conclusion of the opera program patrons will have an opportunity (weather permitting) to view various celestial objects in the evening sky through the Seyfert Telescope.
The event offers several different pricing levels, including a $60 carload option (uncovered seating for up to 6 patrons); $30 for a reserved seat, $50 for a table seat (perfect for picnic dinners); and $85 for the Patron Level which also includes additional vocal offerings from the roof of the observatory after the concert. The price of admission also includes on-site parking adjacent to the observatory. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Dyer Observatory’s covered pavilion. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event from Nashville Opera at (615) 832-5242 or at www.nashvilleopera.org.
About Nashville Opera
Nashville Opera, Tennessee’s largest professional opera company, is dedicated to creating legendary productions and programs. Among the most successful regional companies in the United States of America, Nashville Opera has presented three different world premiere operas since its inception in 1981. Main stage performances are presented at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and play to over 17,000 people annually. Nashville Opera’s extensive education and outreach touring program reaches over 25,000 students throughout Middle Tennessee. These projects are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
About Dyer Observatory
Crowning one of Nashville’s tallest peaks, Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is a Tennessee treasure. Surrounded by scenic Radnor Lake State Park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dyer’s telescopes have pointed toward the sky since 1953. Vanderbilt University has a long and respected tradition of astronomy. The first Chancellor, Landon Garland, was a professor of Physics and Astronomy. Many of the University’s original 1875 astronomical instruments and artifacts are housed at Dyer. Also proudly displayed among the historical items is the engraved pocket watch of the famous astronomer E.E. Barnard, presented to him for the discovery of the fifth moon of Jupiter. Galileo discovered the first four.
*Artwork courtesy Nashville Opera.