George Benson, Aretha Franklin, and Free music coming to Schermerhorn

George Benson and Aretha Franklin

George Benson and Aretha Franklin

Multiple Grammy winners George Benson and Aretha Franklin are making separate appearances over the next weeks at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville.

George Benson appears Friday, September 18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Over a five-decade career, this jazz guitar master has achieved unparalleled crossover success in pop, R&B, funk and soul, with hits including “Give Me the Night,” “On Broadway,” “Turn Your Love Around,” “The Greatest Love of All” and more. A ten-time GRAMMY Award winner, Benson made history with his 1976 album Breezin’, the first jazz record to ever achieve Platinum sales. Ticket prices are $37.00, $63.00, $79.00, $110.00, and $143.00.

Aretha Franklin will perform on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. She is a musical icon known the world over simply by her first name: Aretha. The reigning and undisputed “Queen of Soul” has created an amazing legacy that spans an incredible six decades, with countless classics like “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Baby I Love You,” “Think,” “Freeway of Love” and many, many more.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event as she performs at the intimate Schermerhorn Symphony Center with members of the Nashville Symphony. Tick-
ets are priced at $89.00, $129.00, and $219.00. this concert was originally scheduled for June 30.

Additionally, The Nashville Symphony has unveiled the full lineup for its 10th annual Free Day of Music on Saturday, October 10, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, featuring an array of styles ranging from classical and jazz to rock, pop and Latin.

“For a decade, Free Day of Music has been at the heart of the Nashville Symphony’s mission of providing great music for everyone,” said Alan D. Valentine, Symphony president and CEO. Performances showcasing more than 20 different musical acts begin at 11 a.m. and run through 9 p.m. on four stages located inside and outside the Schermerhorn.

The Nashville Symphony headlines with a noon performance in Laura Turner Concert Hall featuring works by Rossini, Prokofiev, Ravel and more. A “Meet the Conductors” Q&A session with Nashville Symphony Associate Conductor Vinay Parameswaran and Chorus Director Kelly Corcoran (1 p.m., Curb Family Music Education Hall); an organ recital featuring Andrew Risinger (1:45 p.m., Laura Turner Concert Hall); and performances by the Curb Youth Symphony and the Williamson County Youth Orchestra (7:45 p.m., Laura Turner Concert Hall).

At 1:30 pm, musician and composer William Moon will perform his composition inspired by Buddy Jackson’s public artwork Emergence in Bordeaux’s Hartman Park. This performance is supported by Metro Arts and the Bonnaroo Works Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Free Day of Music will also include a Kids Zone, featuring the Symphony’s popular Instrument Petting Zoo, arts and crafts, and more. Doors open at 10:30, music from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The full schedule for Free Day of Music and more information about the George Benson and Aretha Franklin concert events can be found on the official website at www.nashvillesymphony.org.