Nashville Symphony honors its musicians

Posted on: December 9, 2021

“After a particularly trying year, the musicians of the Nashville Symphony have been named the organization’s 2021 Harmony Award recipients,” writes Josh Ewers in Tuesday’s (12/7) Main Street Nashville. “Annually, the Nashville Symphony presents the award to individuals who ‘embody the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community.’ In the past the award has been given to artists such as Brad Paisley, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Toby Keith … and Keb’ Mo’. In a significant change of pace, Paisley will present the award to the approximately 80 musicians during the symphony’s 75th anniversary concert, featuring Itzhak Perlman, to be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11…. ‘This year he’ll present the award to the musicians of our fabulous Nashville Symphony Orchestra,’ symphony President and CEO Alan Valentine said…. ‘I’m so proud of them.’… Musicians were forced to persevere through a situation that saw their season canceled … and by July 2020 saw the entire orchestra and conducting staff, along with 75% of administrative staff, furloughed (while retaining their health insurance) for six months…. Despite all that … the symphony was able to begin working back toward full payroll in the summer of 2021 in time for its 75th anniversary season.”