“Attend a performance of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and your seatmates at the Schermerhorn are just as likely to be young, classical music newcomers in jeans and sneakers as they are season ticket-holding Shostakovich superfans,” writes Juli Thanki in Sunday’s (1/18) Tennessean. “This change can largely be attributed to musical director and conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, who is determined to smash the stereotype of symphony halls as realms solely for the wealthy and white-haired. ‘Whoever you are or whatever your background might be, all you need to appreciate classical music is a pair of ears,’ he says. ‘There has always been a stereotype that, in order to enjoy the symphony, a person must be so knowledgeable about the music that is being played, but it’s not necessary.’ Since he arrived in Nashville for the 2009-10 season, Guerrero has made a point of welcoming new listeners to classical music, and the 2015-16 season will be no different.” Among the highlights include a concert pairing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls, composed to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and Nashville Symphony musicians as soloists in American works that have never been recorded. The article includes the orchestra’s 2014-15 season schedule.
Posted January 21, 2015
Nashville Symphony Orchestra photo by Bill Steber