Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, February 14 and you have plenty of choices for elegant and romantic music events at two of Nashville’s Premiere venues, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, all week.
The Hills Are Alive at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall Tuesday, February 14 through Sunday, February. Experience a brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, which is currently on tour across North America. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.
One of my favorite local participant artists in the musical theatre scene shared this observation: “The Sound of Music is widely loved, not only for its sweeping melodies and classic story, but also because of its themes of freedom, family, and self-determination. The Von Trapps’ defiance in the face of an unjust government has always been a powerful statement, but I think for many of us it is even more relevant today. As humans and as Americans, we love stories of underdogs who do what’s right in the face of adversity or even death, and “The Sound of Music” is timely example. For me personally, the film version of “The Sound of Music” was one of the first musicals I ever loved. I’ve been in the show twice, but I can’t wait to finally see it live for the first time.”
The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.
Melody Betts (The Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music) was last seen as the Rain Lady in Second Stage’s production of Invisible Thread. Regional Credits include Hairspray, A Christmas Carol, The Color Purple, Ragtime, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boys from Syracuse, Seussical the Musical, Once on this Island, Nunsense, Cinderella (TYA), All Shook Up, The Drowsy Chaperone, Comedy of Errors, Pinocchio, Motherhood the Musical, The Nativity, and Smokey Joe’s Café. TV credits include “Chicago Code” (FOX) and “Chicago PD” (NBC). For more about her, go to www.melodybetts.com
Over at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home of the Nashville Symphony, you have three great choices.
In the Mood: America’s Favorite Big Band Musical is Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. The PERFORMERS are the String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra.
Much more than a concert, this all-singing, all-dancing, all-American revue is a fully staged tribute to the classic songs of the ’30s and ’40s. Complete with authentic costumes, choreography and a live big band, In the Mood pays homage to America’s greatest generation. Experience the swing, the rhythm and the unforgettable music of this pivotal moment in history. Packed with hits, including On the Sunny Side of the Street; Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy; Chattanooga Choo Choo; Tuxedo Junction; Sing, Sing, Sing; and In the Mood.
Valentine’s with Frankie Valli and the Nashville Symphony is Tuesday and Wednesday, February 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. PERFORMERS: Frankie Valli; Robby Robinson, conductor Nashville Symphony. Treat your sweetheart to the ultimate Valentine’s experience as the legendary Frankie Valli returns to perform with the original “Jersey Boys” and your Nashville Symphony. Take a trip back to some of the biggest hits of the ’60s and ’70s with the group whose unique vocal style and unforgettable tunes defined a generation. Hits include Working My Way Back to You; My Eyes Adored You; Walk Like a Man; Candy Girl; Grease; Can’t Take My Eyes Off You; Big Girls Don’t Cry; Let’s Hang On!; Rag Doll; and Sherry.
The Temptations: A Motown Pops plays Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, February 17, at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. PERFORMERS: Nashville Symphony, McKinley Jackson, conductor & musical director; and The Temptations.
Featuring original member Otis Williams, the quintessential Motown group joins your Nashville Symphony for a night of non-stop mega-hits, spot-on harmonies and syncopated moves: My Girl; Get Ready; Cloud Nine; Psychedelic Shack; I Wish It Would Rain; Ain’t Too Proud to Beg; I Can’t Get Next to You; Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone; (I Know) I’m Losing You; Beauty Is Only Skin Deep; and Runaway Child, Running Wild.