All performances by NPO are free and open to the public. Join us for our 15th season!
The Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra is excited to announce another ambitious and challenging season of bringing classical orchestral music to a wide range of audiences free of charge. In this 15th season of the orchestra, the NPO will traverse a wide variety of musical eras. Symphonies by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev join classics by Bach, Brahms, Vaughn Williams, Holst, and Albeniz. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the NPO and the 10th anniversary of conductor and musical director, Dr. Christopher Norton, the orchestra is also commissioning a new work this season. Once again, the final concert pair of the season will feature a new work by the winner of the annual Composition Competition.
Read more about our whole season here, and please join us for our first concert of the season at one of two locations!
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 1
Isaac Albéniz – Suite Española
Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 1
Sunday, October 1, 4 PM
Cox-Lewis Theater and Music Hall – TSU Performing Arts Center*,
Tennessee State University main campus
3500 John Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209
*Parking information: take Alameda west from 33rd Ave, then take first left into Arts Center parking lot.
Tuesday, October 10, 7:30 PM
Cathedral of Praise,
4300 Clarksville Pike, Nashville, TN 37218
Even musical giants have to start somewhere! To open their 15th season, the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra explores the nature of “beginnings” with early works of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Albéniz.
Under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Christopher Norton, the orchestra tackles the inaugural attempts at the complex symphonic form by two greats of the symphonic canon, the 29-year-old Beethoven and the teenage Dmitri Shostakovich. Providing a pleasing palate cleanser between those two substantial works are the lively Spanish melodies and dance rhythms of the Suite Española, written at age 26 by Isaac Albéniz.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 was first performed in 1800 but written over a period of 5 years in Beethoven’s mid- to late-twenties. Indebted to the classical symphonies of his teacher Haydn and the incomparable Mozart, Beethoven nonetheless took bold risks with the form, experimenting with startling key progressions, tempi, orchestration and his trademark aggressive dynamic differences.
Dmitri Shostakovich started his first symphony in 1924 as his Conservatory graduation exercise when he was just eighteen. While owing a debt to his Russian predecessors Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky, in moving from a witty, satirical opening to a deeply personal and tragic end, he demonstrates an emotional maturity in this first symphony that belies his youth and foreshadows his enormous contribution to the symphonic form.
Albéniz’ Suite Española was originally written for solo piano when the child prodigy was in his mid-twenties. Exploring the musical styles of different regions of Spain, the suite marks a permanent change in Albéniz’ compositional direction. The beautiful melodies and engaging dance rhythms evoke Spain’s “sunlight and flavor of olives…that music of youth” as Albéniz himself put it.
All concerts by the NPO are free and open to the public.