The 2017-2018 concerts feature four full programs, planned for October 1 and 10; December 10 and 19; February 20 and 27; May 1 and TBD. The orchestra will also be featured in the Festival of Cultures World Music Night on October 3 and perform in the Nashville Symphony’s Day of Music on October 21, both events at the Schermerhorn Center. They will participate in the annual J.S. Bach festival, BACHanalia, on March 16 at Christ Church Cathedral, performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
In keeping with the NPO mission of bringing high quality symphonic music to areas that rarely experience live orchestral performances in their neighborhoods, the orchestra appears in a variety of locations across the city. Among those hosting concerts this season are Tennessee State University, The Cathedral of Praise in North Nashville, Casa de Dios, USA in Inglewood, First Apostolic Church, Apollo Middle School in Antioch, and St. George’s Episcopal Church in Belle Meade.
The season opener reflects on beginnings with the first symphonies by the musical giants Beethoven and Shostakovich, a program leavened by the lively Spanish rhythms of Albéniz’ Suite Española. On October 1 at 4 PM, TSU will host the first concert in Cox-Lewis Theater. The Cathedral of Praise, 4300 Clarksville Pike, will host the second performance at 7:30 PM on October 10.
The centerpiece of the December pair of concerts is Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello with guest soloists Denise Baker and Michael Samis. Arturo Marquez’ rollicking Latin Danzon No. 2 and Vaughn Williams’ serene Serenade to Music join holiday favorites by Dan Goeller and Amy Grant to round out an audience pleaser.
The third pair of concerts in February highlights chamber works from the baroque and classical periods with J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and a Partita for wind octet by Franz Krommer. The 20th century masterpiece, Symphony No. 5 by Prokofiev, provides a fascinating contrast to these early works.
The season closes in May with performances by the winners of the annual Concerto Competition and a work by the Composition Competition winner. These concerts will close with The Planets by Gustav Holst, a fitting end to the year of the Great American Eclipse!