Following this week’s devastating floods in downtown Nashville, the Nashville Symphony and the volunteer National Philharmonic Orchestra each have announced plans to give special concerts. On Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m., the Nashville Symphony will perform a free public concert in front of the Metro Courthouse in downtown Nashville, with singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, who will join the orchestra in the concert’s second half. “Music is what we do, and we wanted to present this concert, against all the odds and challenges, as a way to help people begin the healing process,” said Nashville Symphony President and CEO Alan D. Valentine. On May 16 at 4 p.m., the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra—a community orchestra founded in 2004 by Kelly Corcoran, now an assistant conductor at the Nashville Symphony—will perform a free concert of Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Rossini, Walton, and Eric Ewazen at the Temple on Harding Road in Nashville, led by Music Director Chris Norton. The Nashville Philharmonic concert is free, but any donations will be sent directly to the Nashville Symphony to help them recover from the flooding disaster. The Schermerhorn Center, the Nashville Symphony’s regular performance venue, is undergoing repairs necessitated by the flooding; the orchestra announced that most remaining Schermerhorn concerts for the 2009-10 season have been rescheduled and that remaining tickets for those concerts will go on sale soon. The Nashville Symphony will continue to post updated concert information at http://www.nashvillesymphony.org/.
Posted May 7, 2010