|CHARLES IVES||Universe Symphony (as realized and completed by Larry Austin) (New York Premiere)|
|TERRY RILEY||The Palmian Chord Ryddle for Electric Violin and Orchestra *
|PERCY GRAINGER*Nashville Symphony Orchestra commission||The Warriors|
About the Nashville Symphony
With more than 140 performances annually, the 83-member Nashville Symphony is an arts leader in Nashville and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops and jazz concerts; special events; children’s concerts and community outreach programs.
Currently one of the most active recording orchestras in the country, the Nashville Symphony has received 13 total GRAMMY® nominations and, in 2008, three GRAMMY® wins for Made in America, works by composer Joan Tower, including Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance.
Music education is a priority for the orchestra. Their major new initiative, Music Education City, will help mobilize local school systems, community leaders and area residents to increase music education opportunities. Programs include One Note, One Neighborhood, which provided an array of educational resources to nearly 11,000 students in Metro Public in 2010, and young people’s concerts which served more than 15,000 students. During the 2009-10 season, the Nashville Symphony reached more than 170,000 Middle Tennesseans through various music education and community engagement programs.
In 2006, the orchestra moved to their acclaimed new home, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which houses a 1,844-seat concert hall and a 3,000-square-foot music education hall. For more information, visit nashvillesymphony.org.
About Nashville, Tennessee
Music has always been the thread of Nashville, weaving a pattern in its cultural, business and social fabric. The earliest settlers celebrated with fiddle tunes and buck dancing after disembarking on the shores of the Cumberland River. The city’s first “celebrity,” Davy Crockett, was well known for his fiddle playing. As the 1800s unfolded, Nashville became a national center for music publishing. In 1873, the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Nashville’s Fisk University toured Europe and performed for Queen Victoria. Their efforts helped fuel the school’s mission of educating freed slaves after the Civil War and put Nashville on the map as a global music center.
Downtown, the Ryman Auditorium earned the nickname Carnegie Hall of the South. Among the musicians who performed there were Enrico Caruso, John Phillip Sousa and the Vienna Philharmonic. Ryman is now the home of the Grand Ole Opry, and the stage for America’s longest-running radio show, in continuous production for 80 years.
Nashville, long known as Music City, has become a hub for pop, rock, bluegrass, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues and soul music. The gospel music series hosted by Nashville’s Bobby Jones on Black Entertainment Television is now cable’s longest-running program.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home to the Nashville Symphony, anchors the downtown end of Music Mile, a symbolic stretch of roadway connecting the Symphony Center with the music district of Music Row, the entertainment venues on Demonbreun Street, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Music City Walk of Fame and the Bridgestone Arena.