Mission: Mission statement - the nashville symphony is dedicated to achieving the highest standard for excellence in musical performance and educational programs, while engaging the community, enriching audiences and shaping cultural life.
Programs: Much like nashville itself, music city's resident orchestra celebrates both tradition and innovation. At this intersection of cultural heritage and cutting-edge creativity, the nashville symphony preserves, promotes and expands the american orchestral repertoire while paying homage to the masters. During the 2013/14 season, middle tennessee audiences enjoyed some of the most powerful and lasting music in the repertoire, including performances of prokofiev's piano concerto no. 3, beethoven's symphony no. 3, stravinsky's firebird suite, mahler's symphony no. 7 and vaughan williams' epic symphony no. 1 "a sea symphony. " true to its mission of championing this country's greatest composers, the orchestra also explored the full range of american music in its aegis sciences classical series, with classics by barber, bernstein and copland, crowd-pleasing pieces by john williams and john adams, and recent works by joan tower, stephen paulus and nashville-based pop star ben folds. Throughout the year, a star-studded lineup of soloists visited schermerhorn symphony center to perform everything from classical to pop to jazz, with highlights including violinist itzhak perlman, saxophonist branford marsalis and pianist jeremy denk. World-renowned soprano renÉe fleming joined the nashville symphony in september to celebrate the opening of the season, entrancing the audience with her renditions of gershwin's "summertime" and leonard cohen's "hallelujah. " the nashville symphony chorus brought the classical series to a close in may with breathtaking performances of brahms' a german requiem. Nashville is unique among american cities for its wealth of musical talent, and the nashville symphony loves to collaborate with its hometown artists, from bassist edgar meyer to banjoist bÉla fleck to composer conni ellisor. During the 2013/14 season, the nashville symphony teamed with nashville ballet and minnesota orchestra to commission a new concerto for piano and orchestra by pop star ben folds. A strong supporter and current symphony board member, folds joined the orchestra on march 13-15, 2014, to give the world premiere performances of his new composition, which he will perform with more than 30 orchestras across the united states and around the world over the next year. As part of its quest to share its music with listeners both near and far, the nashville symphony has also maintained an active recording schedule over the past 15 years. The 2013/14 season was especially busy for the nashville symphony, with the release of recording projects by bÉla fleck, richard danielpour and roberto sierra, and recording sessions for forthcoming releases by joan tower, ben folds and stephen paulus.
the nashville symphony demonstrates its commitment to music education by providing exceptional student programs at schermerhorn symphony center and in classrooms across middle tennessee. We seek to serve the needs of all students, from those trying an instrument for the first time to those considering a career in the arts. Our full spectrum of offerings includes a hands-on introduction to playing music through our interactive instrument petting zoo; young people's concerts designed for students in grades k-12, with accompanying classroom curriculum and online listening guides for teachers; the opportunity for students to attend nashville symphony classical series concerts for free; the opportunity to learn directly from nashville symphony musicians through sectionals, side-by-side rehearsals and curb open dress rehearsals; college and career readiness programs and internships for students interested in careers in the arts; and the curb concerto competition, in which students compete for the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the nashville symphony. The nashville symphony is equally committed to sharing its music with people of all ages and backgrounds in our community. To fulfill this important mission, we offer a variety of free community engagement programs designed to meet people where they live, work and play across the middle tennessee region. In 2013/14, we had record-breaking attendance at our six community concerts throughout middle tennessee. These family-friendly summer programs presented the nashville symphony performing orchestral favorites in local parks. The 2013/14 season also saw tremendous growth in our offstage concert series, in which ensembles and soloists from the nashville symphony perform for audiences throughout middle tennessee. More than 80 events took place in community centers, retirement communities, hospitals and other gathering spaces. The nashville symphony believes that schermerhorn symphony center should be accessible to everyone, so we offer opportunities throughout the year to experience great music in our world-class facility at no cost, including our annual free day of music, which invites thousands of people through our doors for a full day of concerts, and the intimate chamber-music series onstage, which invites audiences to join musicians of the nashville symphony onstage for a free evening of music and conversation.