Superb events coming to Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville’s Symphony Center will be host to more magnificent musical magic in 2014. Here’s who to hear at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in January and February.

Roberta Flack
One of America’s greatest songstresses will bring her gorgeous voice and her incomparable blend of soul, jazz, pop and folk to the Nashville Symphony. With her unforgettable run of hits, including ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,’ ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song,’ ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love’ and many more, Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through music. She performs along with the Nashville Symphony on Thursday, January 16, at 7 pm; Friday, January 17, at 8 pm; and Saturday, January 18, at 8 pm.
The Music of Led Zeppelin Performed by the Nashville Symphony
Bridging the gulf between rock ’n’ roll and classical music, the Nashville Symphony will blow you away with The Music of Led Zeppelin. Amplified by a full rock band, creator Brent Havens will guest-conduct the orchestra as they capture Led Zeppelin’s sheer blast and power, riff for riff, while churning out new musical colors. The two-plus-hour concert features 18 classic Zeppelin tunes, including ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ ‘Heartbreaker,’ ‘Black Dog,’ ‘Immigrant Song’ and more on Thursday, January 30. at 7:30 pm.
The Marcus Roberts Trio Celebrates Monk & Coltrane
Hear some of the greatest jazz songs ever written from ‘Straight, No Chaser’ to ‘Giant Steps’ when the phenomenal Marcus Roberts and his trio pay tribute to two legendary musicians: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. Roberts has been called “the genius of the modern piano” by no less an authority than Wynton Marsalis. This is one concert jazz fans won’t want to miss Friday, January 31, at 8 pm.

Valentine’s with Kenny Rogers and the Nashville Symphony
Join the one and only Kenny Rogers as he celebrates the most romantic day of the year with the Nashville Symphony. With over 50 years in show business, Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied career. His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 No. 1 hits, including: ‘The Gambler,’ ‘Lady,’ ‘Lucille,’ ‘She Believes in Me,’ ‘Islands in the Stream’ and ‘We’ve Got Tonight.’ Treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable night of music when Kenny performs with the Grammy award winning Nashville Symphony on Friday, February 14, at 8 pm; and Saturday, February 15, at 8 pm.

Classical Mystery Tour
This is a symphonic tribute to The Beatles. Experience your favorite songs by the Fab Four in a spectacular setting performed by a full orchestra. There’s nothing like it. It’s the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live, with the Nashville Symphony. The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like John, Paul, George and Ringo, and they’ll perform 30 Beatles tunes exactly as they were written. Hear ‘Penny Lane’ with a live trumpet section, ‘Yesterday’ with an acoustic guitar and string quartet, and ‘A Day in the Life’ with the swelling sound of a full symphony orchestra. Shows are Thursday, February 20, at 7 pm; Friday, February 21, at 8 pm; and Saturday, February 22, at 8 pm.

Other events at the Symphony in January and February include:
Guerrero Conducts Mahler Friday, January 10, and Saturday, January 11, at 8 pm; Kathleen Madigan on Friday, January 24, at 8 pm; Mary Chapin Carpenter with the Nashville Symphony Wednesday, January 29, at 7:30 pm; Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony on Friday, February 7, and Saturday, February 8, at 8 pm; Jonny Lang on Sunday, February 9, at 7:30 pm; Chris Thile on Tuesday, February 18, at 7:30 pm; and Haydn & Strauss on Friday, February 28, and Saturday, March 1, at 8 pm.