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Causes: Arts & Culture, Symphony Orchestras

Mission: The nashville symphony inspires, entertains, and educates through excellence in musical performance. We will fulfill our mission by: * achieving recognized excellence in orchestral performance. * delivering consistently creative and innovative programming, with a focus on the creation, promotion, and preservation of american repertoire. * producing outstanding education and community engagement programs. * creating, enabling, and leading cultural impact.

Programs: Artistic programming : led by music director giancarlo guerrero, the nashville symphony inspires, entertains and educates through excellence in musical performance. Concert programming is one of the key drivers for fulfilling this mission, beginning with the orchestra's flagship classical series, which consists of 14 concert weekends exploring the full breadth of classical repertoire, from baroque to contemporary. In 2016/17, the series featured the music of american composers on every concert, including leonard bernstein, samuel barber, aaron copland, philip glass, terry riley, former nashville symphony music director kenneth schermerhorn and nashville resident edgar meyer. Guest artists included pianist conrad tao, violinist simone porter, violinist anne akiko meyers, cellist zuill bailey, double bassist edgar meyer and conductor edo de waart. Nashville symphony musicians jun iwasaki, erik gratton and leslie norton also took the spotlight as soloists. Nashville is a city where new music is constantly being created, and as music city's resident orchestra, the nashville symphony is committed to keeping classical music relevant in the 21st century. The orchestra champions the work of contemporary american composers through an active schedule of performances, commissions, premieres and recordings. In 2016/17, the nashville symphony made live recordings of six works by american composers, all slated for worldwide release on naxos. These included jonathan leshnoff's starburst; aaron jay kernis' color wheel; kerry turner's concerto for horn and orchestra; and behzad ranjbaran's flute concert. Of special note, the symphony received a $15,000 art works grant from the national endowment for the arts in support of its performances and recording of terry riley's at the royal majestic. In addition, john harbison's requiem was performed and recorded for future release, supported in part by a grant from the nea; this project also incorporated a choral education initiative in collaboration with local schools. During 2016/17, the nashville symphony released three recordings on naxos: jennifer higdon's all things majestic; richard danielpour's songs of solitude; and michael daugherty's tales of hemingway. The nashville symphony earned three grammy awards for its recording of tales of hemingway: best classical compendium, best instrumental solo and best contemporary classical composition. In addition to its classical programming, the nashville symphony offers a wide variety of concerts for the middle tennessee community. Guest artists for jazz and pops concerts with the symphony in 2016/17 included peter cetera, the chieftains and wynton marsalis, among others. The symphony also presented live movie and video game soundtracks, featuring movies from the harry potter series, as well as e. T. , the wizard of oz and la la land. In addition, the orchestra performed several concerts outdoors at ascend amphitheater, including boyz ii men, the music of led zeppelin and pokemon: symphonic evolutions.

education & community engagement program: the nashville symphony provides a wide array of free education and engagement opportunities at the schermerhorn and out in the community, reaching an average of 60,000 people annually. Many education programs align with state academic standards and provide lesson plans and other resources to participating educators. The nashville symphony marked the inaugural year of its accelerando initiative in 2016/17. Funded in part by a grant from the andrew w. Mellon foundation, accelerando is an intensive education program designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse ethnic backgrounds to pursuit of music at the collegiate level and beyond. Students selected for the first class in 2016/17 identified with pakistani, african-american, hispanic/latino, vietnamese and syrian nationalities, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. Throughout the school year, each student received mentorship and private lessons from nashville symphony musicians, opportunities to perform in the community, free access to music theory and history courses through vanderbilt university's blair school of music pre-college program, master class performance opportunities, and free admission to classical series concerts. Students also participated in year-end juried evaluations, receiving comments from accelerando faculty. Other education and community engagement programs in 2016/17 included the following: * the young people's concerts series reached 11,386 students over 10 concerts featuring works by copland, bernstein, gershwin, steve reich and john williams, among others. Teachers were provided access to downloadable curriculum with lesson plans and musical samples. * master classes with highly trained professionals and soloists. Simone porter gave a master class for violin students during her visit to nashville, and student musicians also had the opportunity to perform for mentors through three virtual master classes with new world symphony musicians, culminating in a virtual town hall/q&a session with michael tilson thomas. * through the sectionals program, symphony musicians visited schools around middle tennessee to offer resources, instruction and coaching for 1,022 band and orchestra students. * curb open dress rehearsals offered student groups the opportunity to experience nashville symphony rehearsals free of charge. Throughout the season, 1,016 attendees got to witness international soloists including anne akiko meyers, edgar meyer, inon barnatan and simone porter rehearse with the orchestra. * through the ensembles in the schools program, nashville symphony musicians presented age-appropriate small ensemble concerts for young listeners. This program reached 2,435 students in 2016/17. * offered in partnership with the country music hall of fame, is it a fiddle or a violin? Reached 1,325 students with an interactive program that explores the connections between classical and country music. * the nashville symphony gave its first sensory friendly concert in march, offering a family-friendly concert of classical repertoire with flexible seating, quiet spaces, pre-concert activities, a resource fair and staff specially trained to accommodate patrons with sensory sensitivities. * free day of music, an annual fall event featuring more than 20 local performers, welcomed 6,283 audience members to the schermerhorn to enjoy a variety of music throughout the day and into the night. * during the summer, the community concerts series brought the nashville symphony to outdoor locations across the mid-state area, from urban neighborhoods to outlying communities. In the 2016/17 season, the series reached 11,000 participants.

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