In Sunday’s (1/2) Tennessean (Nashville), Evans Donnell writes, “Schermerhorn Symphony Center’s reopening concert, from stirring start to emphatic encore, was grand indeed. ‘Welcome home, everybody!’ Nashville Symphony President and CEO Alan D. Valentine exclaimed at the beginning of Friday’s event. ‘I don’t know about the rest of you, but we’re quite ready to say goodbye to 2010.’ May’s historic flood ravaged the facility and kept the Schermerhorn closed most of the year while about $40 million in repairs were made. Nashville Symphony finished 2010 with a performance featuring superstar violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman in Laura Turner Concert Hall before ushering in 2011 with a champagne toast led by Valentine and Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero in the center’s main lobby. … Guerrero noted that in Europe it is customary to play selections from Johann Strauss at a New Year’s concert, and ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Waltzes, Op. 314,’ ‘Thunder and Lightning Polka, Op. 324’ and ‘Radetzky March’ were on the program. But works from American composers Leonard Bernstein, Leroy Anderson and John Williams were appropriately part of the concert as well.” Music by Franz Von Suppé, Dvořák, Fritz Kreisler, and Handel rounded out the program.
Posted January 3, 2011