Nashville Symphony’s 2013-14 season seeks broad appeal

Posted on: March 26, 2013

In Wednesday’s (3/20) Tennessean (Nashville), Jessica Bliss writes, “With the announcement of its 2013-2014 season, the Nashville Symphony again showcases its desire to combine classic compositions with contemporary concertos and make the most of its creative surroundings. But more than that, the upcoming season’s lineup, which includes Ben Folds, Amy Grant and Vince Gill, is one carefully culled with the specific goal of buoying the symphony’s financial viability. The season announcement comes one week after the symphony’s board of directors voted not to renew a letter of credit that backs the bonds issued to help build the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. … The symphony has enough cash for operations for the ‘foreseeable future,’ Nashville Symphony President and CEO Alan Valentine said, and it will continue to perform with the goal of presenting an appealing season aimed at increasing ticket sales and revenue. … Among the highlights of the upcoming season, Folds, a Nashville-based pop icon, will premiere his brand-new Piano Concerto, while Nashville singer-songwriter Grant and husband Gill will perform their popular Christmas show with the orchestra. Soprano Renée Fleming opens the season on Sept. 21 for a one-night-only appearance with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. …Other notable artists scheduled to appear with the Nashville Symphony include Chicago, Branford Marsalis, Roberta Flack and Kenny Loggins.”

Posted March 26, 2013