Nashville Symphony Announces 2013/14 Season

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2013/14 season will be a star-studded celebration of music, with some of music’s biggest names making an appearance at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

“Every week, our musicians are playing at the very top of their game, and our audiences come expecting to be blown away. We won’t let them down next season!” - Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony Music Director

The Nashville Symphony’s newly announced 2013/14 season will be a star-studded celebration of music, with some of music’s biggest names making an appearance at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Among the highlights, Amy Grant and Vince Gill will perform their popular Christmas show with the orchestra, and Nashville-based pop icon Ben Folds will premiere his brand-new Piano Concerto. Other notable artists scheduled to appear with the Nashville Symphony this season include soprano Renée Fleming, Chicago, Branford Marsalis, Roberta Flack, and Kenny Loggins.

The 2013/14 season also marks the 50th anniversary of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, who will take the spotlight several times throughout the year.

Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero says, “This season is one of the most exciting I have ever programmed. Audiences can count on having an incredible experience at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, whether we’re performing majestic classics by Beethoven and Mozart or vibrant contemporary works by Joan Tower or Ben Folds. And with our Pops, Jazz and Children’s series offering the same high level of programming, we truly have something for everyone.”

“Every week, our musicians are playing at the very top of their game, and our audiences come expecting to be blown away. We won’t let them down next season!”

SunTrust Classical Series
Each performance in the Nashville Symphony’s Classical Series will take listeners on a musical adventure, beginning with “Russian Spectacular,” featuring Mussorgsky’s musical thrill ride "Night on Bald Mountain" and Prokofiev’s jaw-dropping Third Piano Concerto (September 5-7, 2013).

Other highlights include:
*Aaron Copland’s "Billy the Kid" (October 4-5, 2013), which takes listeners on a trip to the Wild, Wild West. On the same program, Bruch’s gorgeous Second Violin Concerto will feature Nashville Symphony Concertmaster Jun Iwasaki.
*Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (November 7-9, 2013) is a dazzling musical adaptation of the ageless Russian folk tale.
*Beethoven’s music will be performed throughout the season, including his monumental Third Symphony (November 21-23, 2013). On the same program, the Nashville Symphony will perform and record two works by Joan Tower, who led the orchestra to its first GRAMMY® wins in 2008.
*Giancarlo and the orchestra continue their quest to perform the complete cycle of Mahler’s symphonies with the Symphony No. 7, popularly known as “Song of the Night” (January 10-11, 2014).
*Ben Folds will be rockin’ the Schermerhorn with the world premiere of his Piano Concerto (March 13-15, 2014).
*Mozart gets the spotlight in “Rock Me Amadeus” (April 25-26, 2014), a concert devoted entirely to the Austrian genius’ music.
*Branford Marsalis joins the orchestra to solo on John Williams’ "Escapades" and Villa-Lobos’ "Fantasia for Saxophone" (May 15-17, 2014).

The season closes with a big finish when the Nashville Symphony Chorus joins the orchestra to perform Brahms’ powerful "A German Requiem" (May 29-31, 2014) as part of its golden anniversary celebration.

Coffee & Classics Series
Next season the Nashville Symphony invites concertgoers to start their weekend early with a brand-new daytime concert series. Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries before these Friday-morning concerts:
Copland’s "Billy the Kid" (October 4, 2013)
Haydn & Strauss (February 28, 2014)
Mozart Masterpieces (April 25, 2014)

Special Events
Currently on sale only to subscribers, the Nashville Symphony’s concert season features a number of special events. All of these performances will feature the Nashville Symphony:
Season Opening Gala with soprano Renée Fleming (September 21, 2013)
Handel’s "Messiah" (December 12 & 13, 2013)
Christmas with Amy Grant & Vince Gill (December 19-21, 2013)

Bank of America Pops Series
The stars are coming out for the Nashville Symphony’s 2013/14 Pops Series! Highlights include:
Chicago® (September 12-14, 2013)
"A Tribute to Patsy Cline" with Mandy Barnett (November 14-16)
Roberta Flack (January 16-18, 2014)
Kenny Loggins (March 20-22, 2014)
The Midtown Men, featuring four stars from the cast of Jersey Boys (April 3-5, 2014)
Neil Sedaka (May 8-10, 2014)

Jazz Series
There’s no better setting for live jazz than the crystalline acoustics of Laura Turner Concert Hall.
The series kicks off with world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist, trumpeter Chris Botti (October, 18, 2013).
Marcus Roberts Trio pays tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane (January 31, 2014).
GRAMMY®-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves (May 2, 2014) performs with her band.

The Ann and Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Children’s Series
The Nashville Symphony’s Pied Piper Children’s Series makes classical music fun for the whole family! Each performance incorporates storytelling, puppets, film or acting to make the music come alive. These affordably priced Saturday-morning concerts are preceded by a variety of fun crafts, a musical petting zoo and other interactive activities for people of all ages.

"Peter and the Wolf" (November 16, 2013), featuring puppetry by Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions.
"The Snowman" (December 7, 2013), with the orchestra accompanying a screening of the popular animated film.
"Knights & Princesses" (February 15, 2014), featuring fairy tale-themed music and the lively juggling troupe Playing by Air!
"The Firebird" (April 5, 2014), a family-friendly adaptation of Stravinsky’s classic with the stage troupe Enchantment Theatre Company.

Season tickets are available now. Prices start at:
$160 for the SunTrust Classical Series (6 to 14 concerts)
$88 for the Coffee & Classics Series (3 concerts)
$330 for the Bank of America Pops Series (8 concerts)
$130 for the Jazz Series (3 concerts)
$50 for The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Children’s Series (4 concerts).
For more information or to subscribe, please call 615.687.6400 or visit Tickets to individual concerts will go on sale in mid-July.

In addition to securing the best choice of seats in advance, Nashville Symphony subscribers enjoy many special privileges that enhance the concert experience. Some of these benefits include the best prices on concert tickets (up to a 20 percent discount); a Patron Loyalty Program with discounts at local businesses; flexible ticket changes; free parking and shuttle service; and much, much more! For a full list of benefits, visit                                                            

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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