Nashville Symphony, marking 75 years this month

Posted on: December 6, 2021

“Before the Nashville Symphony was formed in 1946, there was a predecessor orchestra that began here around 1921 [which] succumbed to the Great Depression,” writes Melonee Hurt in Friday’s (12/3) Nashville Tennessean. “The Nashville Symphony we know today is celebrating 75 years of continuously making, performing and recording music [despite] a record-setting flood that would fill Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center with standing water [and] a global pandemic…. Just days after the catastrophic flood in May 2010, the symphony’s musicians played on the steps of the courthouse, proving it would take more than a flood to stop the music. ‘We had been through a lot, but what was so challenging about the pandemic was it stopped us from doing what we do, which is playing live music in front of a live audience,’ said the symphony’s CEO of 24 years, Alan Valentine. But Sept. 16, the sounds of the symphony again filled the halls of the Schermerhorn, and now plans for anniversary year celebrations and concerts are in full swing…. The symphony is preparing to celebrate its 75th year with a fundraising concert featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman that will take place at the Schermerhorn on Saturday, December 11.”