Live Recording Adds Excitement to Nashville Symphony Season -- Orchestra to spotlight the work of Richard Danielpour

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With a steadily growing profile as one of the most active recording orchestras in the country, the Nashville Symphony will kick off its new season on September 20-22 with a live recording at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Part of a forthcoming release on the Naxos label, the orchestra’s recording of Richard Danielpour’s A Woman’s Life will feature the soprano Angela Brown singing texts by poet Maya Angelou.

Giancarlo Guerrero conducting Nashville Symphony

“The Symphony’s commitment to performing and recording new works is key to energizing new audiences, and it’s an integral part of the culture here in Nashville,” says Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero.

Since 2000, the Nashville Symphony has released more than 20 recordings, and it has a unique resource in the resonant acoustics of its concert hall, which is located just around the corner from Nashville’s legendary honky-tonks. As a part of the rich cultural mix in the world-famous Music City, the orchestra has also developed a special focus on contemporary American repertoire. This will be the third time that it has recorded the music of Richard Danielpour, a New York-based composer whose distinctive voice places him in the company of such American greats as Copland, Bernstein and Barber. The orchestra’s upcoming Naxos release will also include Danielpour’s Lacrimae Beati and Darkness in the Ancient Valley, the latter a Nashville Symphony commission.

“The Symphony’s commitment to performing and recording new works is key to energizing new audiences, and it’s an integral part of the culture here in Nashville,” says Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero. “With our orchestra located in the heart of Music City, with its abundance of musicians, songwriters and recording professionals, we’re able to tap into that energy to cross musical boundaries, lending a distinctly American — and a distinctly Nashvillian — nuance to our music.”

Lured by dynamic concert programming that spotlights such composers as John Adams, John Corigliano and Terry Riley, the Nashville Symphony’s growing audience ranges from hip young rockers and die-hard country fans to avid classical music listeners who’ve memorized every note of Beethoven’s Fifth. All anticipate hearing new music presented in eclectic combinations at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, such as this month’s pairing of Danielpour with Rachmaninoff’s legendary Third Piano Concerto.

Music City’s unique synergy has also yielded a fertile partnership between the Nashville Symphony and Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label, which is headquartered in the nearby town of Franklin, Tennessee. That relationship has resulted in nearly 20 recordings over the past 12 years, which together have earned seven GRAMMY® Awards and 14 GRAMMY® nominations.

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The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 19 recordings on Naxos, which have received 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® Awards, making NSO one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 140 performances annually, the 85-member orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs inspire over 250,000 children and adults each year.

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