Thursday, September 1, 2011

From a presser sent out this morning:

Nashville Symphony invites community
to May 2012 Carnegie Hall concert

Performance will be the finale
of the national Spring for Music festival

NASHVILLE, TN (September 1, 2011) The Nashville Symphony invites members of the community join the orchestra when it performs at Carnegie Hall on May 12, 2012. The Saturday-night concert will be the finale of the Spring for Music festival, a celebration of America’s most innovative orchestras. Tickets can be purchased through Sailair Travel and include an invitation to a special post-performance party with Nashville’s civic and business leaders at New York’s renowned Russian Tea Room. Airfare and discounted hotel rooms are also available through the agency. Visit for additional information and to submit an order form.

The Nashville Symphony was just one of six orchestras invited to perform at the 2012 Spring for Music festival, which spotlights ensembles committed to adventuresome programming. Nashville-based electric violinist Tracy Silverman will be the featured soloist on a brand-new piece written for him by Terry Riley, the groundbreaking American composer whose music has influenced everyone from Philip Glass to The Who. In addition, the orchestra will perform the New York premiere of Charles Ives’s Universe Symphony. This breathtaking work, which involves the participation of multiple ensembles and conductors, will unite the Nashville musical community as peers from local ensembles join the orchestra in this high-profile appearance.

“The Nashville Symphony’s Carnegie Hall concert will showcase the dynamic, forward-thinking spirit of our community in front of a national audience,” says CEO and President Alan Valentine. “In Nashville, we’ve seen firsthand that audiences are eager to hear new music, and our participation in this festival is a testament to the incredible support we’ve received from our patrons, who value our commitment to creative, risk-taking programming. This is a thrilling opportunity for our orchestra, and we hope that the community will join us for what promises to be an exciting adventure.”

The May 2012 concert is the orchestra’s second time to appear at Carnegie Hall. The Nashville Symphony’s first Carnegie Hall performance, in 2000, launched the community’s effort to build a world-class concert hall for the city of Nashville. In the decade since, the orchestra has opened the $123.5 Schermerhorn Symphony Center; hired its current Music Director, Giancarlo Guerrero; and released a string of critically acclaimed recordings, which have earned a total of six GRAMMY® Awards and 13 GRAMMY® nominations.

For more information and updates about the Nashville Symphony’s Carnegie Hall concert, visit

About Nashville Symphony
Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the Nashville Symphony has a growing international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming. With more than 140 performances annually, the 84-member Nashville Symphony is an arts leader in Nashville and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops and jazz concerts; special events; children’s concerts and community engagement programs. The Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 19 recordings on Naxos and one on Decca, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. These recordings have received 13 total GRAMMY® nominations and six GRAMMY® wins, most recently for the orchestra’s recording of works by Michael Daugherty.

About Spring for Music
Led by Artistic Director Thomas W. Morris, Spring for Music is a concentrated festival of concerts by North American symphony and chamber orchestras presented annually at Carnegie Hall at affordable prices, with an artistic profile built around innovative and creative programs. The festival is designed to allow participating orchestras to showcase their artistic philosophies through distinctive and adventurous programming in one of the world’s most competitive musical environments. Participating orchestras in the 2012 Spring for Music, which runs May 7-12, include Houston Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Alabama Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony. Nashville Symphony will perform on the closing night of the festival.