Intersection presents its third ‘Upon these Shoulders’ event with Hannibal Lokumbe’s ‘Crucifixion Resurrection.’

On February 9, 2019 Intersection presented its third Upon These Shoulders concert at Fisk University. This concert annual series seeks to highlight “the voices of civil rights foot soldiers who forged new freedom pathways and whose strong shoulders continue holding us up.” This year Intersection brought in classical composer and jazz trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe to…

The Nashville Symphony Presents Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schumann

By Allison Centobene On Saturday, February 2, the Nashville Symphony gave a performance of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schumann to a nearly full house, featuring guest conductor Markus Stenz. The concert showcased three quite different pieces that still had the same overall aesthetic. The evening began with Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage by Felix Mendelssohn, followed…

A New Take on a Classic: The Nashville Ballet’s The Nutcracker

By Sarah Wilfong Jobin When it comes to a classic work such as Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, it can be difficult to make it feel fresh and new. Fortunately for Nashville audiences this holiday season, the Nashville Ballet is more than up to the challenge. From the first notes of the overture, the ballet gave the…

Rituals and a Serenade at the Schermerhorn

On November 16th and 17th the Nashville Symphony along with the Nashville Symphony Chorus, hosted visiting conductor Hans Graf for an interesting concert of late Romantic and Neo-classical works, including Richard Strauss’s Serenade in E-flat Major (Op. 7), Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé at the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. Strauss…

Grace and Grit: 72 Steps

By Sarah Wilfong Joblin Voting and ballet don’t appear to have much in common, other than they are acts performed by humans; but the Nashville Ballet has set out to challenge that idea. 72 Steps, a new ballet choreographed by Gina Patterson and performed by the Nashville Ballet’s second company, NB2, premiered last Saturday at…

Nashville Opera’s the Three Decembers

On November 9-11 Nashville Opera offered a production of Jake Heggie’s nostalgic Three Decembers at the Noah Liff Opera Center. Composed as a commission by the Houston Grand Opera in 2008, this intimate chamber opera, based on an original play by Terrence McNally which was set into libretto by Gene Scheer, visits with a small…

The Nashville Symphony Presents Russian Masters

by Allison Centobene On Saturday, November 3, the Nashville Symphony gave a performance entitled Russian Masters, featuring guest conductor Victor Yampolsky, the perfect conductor for the program. The concert consisted of three pieces by three very different Russian composers, opening with Dawn on Moscow River from the opera Kovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky, arranged by none…

Halloween with Nashville Ballet

For sometime the Nashville Ballet has had a penchant for celebrating the Holiday season. No, I’m not talking about the Nutcracker and sugar plum fairies. I’m talking about murder (Lizzie Bordon), haunting (The Raven), witches (Something Wicked), and the undead (Dracula). The holiday is Halloween, and this year is no different with their most recent…