Nashville Symphony to Perform U.S. Premiere of Roger Waters’ Ça Ira

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Schermerhorn Symphony Center to host legendary Pink Floyd leader’s epic opera January 30, 2015.

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“We are thrilled and honored to have a legendary talent like Roger Waters at the Schermerhorn to debut this phenomenal production for an American audience,” -- Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO.

The Nashville Symphony will proudly welcome Roger Waters to Music City for the U.S. premiere of his landmark production, Ça Ira, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center January 30, 2015.

A classical opera set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Ça Ira (which loosely translates as “There Is Hope” in French) evokes the passion, faith and madness of a time that forever changed the world. Featuring Waters’ spoken narration, the epic piece is scored for full orchestra, four solo voices, chorus and a children’s chorus. The Nashville Symphony, Nashville Symphony Chorus, Blair Children’s Chorus, the world renowned Brian Hymel, Sally Matthews, David Soar and Sam Handley will all perform onstage with Waters.

“This American premiere is the next step in a remarkable journey for a project that began nearly 25 years ago, and it is a work that incorporates themes and ideas that I have addressed since the start of my career,” said Waters. “Though Ça Ira takes audiences back to a very different time more than 200 years ago, there are undeniable parallels to the world in which we live today. That story, and the lessons that can be learned from it, delivered in a performance that borrows from both classical and modern musical ideals, make Ça Ira an experience that I believe will strongly resonate with an American audience.”

The Nashville Symphony has cultivated a national and international reputation for its creative, expansive programming, partnering with artists such as Ben Folds, banjoist Béla Fleck and bassist Victor Wooten on groundbreaking commissions and world premieres.

“We are thrilled and honored to have a legendary talent like Roger Waters at the Schermerhorn to debut this phenomenal production for an American audience,” said Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO. “We embrace any opportunity to expand our artistic mission with adventurous, ground-breaking projects, and Ça Ira promises to be a night of entertainment that Middle Tennesseans will never forget.”

Tickets are available at, via phone at 615.687.6400 or the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office, 1 Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201.

Full Concert Information
Roger Waters presents Ça Ira
8 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015
Roger Waters, Narrator
Rick Wentworth, Conductor
Kelly Corcoran, Chorus Director
Nashville Symphony
Nashville Symphony Chorus
Blair Children’s Chorus
Sally Matthews, soprano
Bryan Hymel, tenor
David Soar, bass
Sam Handley

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 22 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 orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs reached more than 100,000 children and adults this year.


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