Nashville really is Music City! There is a plethora of phenomenal music on tap at Nashville’s iconic Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and it’s not just classical music. The Center is home to some diverse musical genres and this Spring brings wonderful jazz, pop, r&b and soul acts for you to enjoy.
Gershwin’s Greatest Hits will be performed at Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 19; and at 8:00 pm on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The Nashville Symphony, with Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor, will be joined by the internationally reknowned Marcus Roberts Trio, featuring bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, along with Carolyn Wann Bailey, violin, and Robert Marler, piano. It’s the ultimate night of Gershwin, with a mix of classic hits and orchestral works spotlighting the singular genius of this great American composer. The program includes They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Selections from Porgy and Bess, Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, Someone to Watch Over Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It, An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue, Summertime & more. The Marcus Roberts Trio is known for its virtuosic style and entirely new approach to jazz trio performance. While most jazz trios have the piano front and center, all members of the Marcus Roberts Trio share equally in shaping the direction of the music by changing its tempo, mood, texture, or form at any time. And they do this with lightning quick musical reflexes and creative imaginations. The trio is known for having almost telepathic communication on the stage.
The Pointer Sisters make their Schermerhorn debut at 7:30 pm on Sunday, May 6. Enjoy a night of classic ’70s and ’80s tunes with these R&B divas. This versatile and talented trio will deliver their “sassy and brassy” sound on hit songs from a remarkable career now in its fifth decade. Those hits include Jump (for My Love), Neutron Dance, I’m So Excited, He’s So Shy, Slow Hand, Automatic, and Fire. This concert is presented without orchestra.
Beach Boys fans will love the Brian Wilson – Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour, coming Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 pm and at 8:00 pm on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, with the Nashville Symphony, Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.
Brian McKnight performs on Sunday, May 13 at 7:30 pm. Celebrate Mother’s Day with one of R&B’s most influential artists, as the supremely talented artist returns to the Schermerhorn for one night only, showcasing his trademark falsetto and soaring vocal range. His hits include You Should Be Mine, Stay or Let It Go, Love of My Life, One Last Cry, Back at One, Hold Me, and Love Is. Also presented without orchestra. Call 615.687.6400 for info on Mom’s Night Out Packages (starting at $111) that include 2 tickets, 2 roses, 2 glasses of wine and a box of Goo Goo Chocolate Truffles.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Concert is presented at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 24; Friday, May 25; Saturday, May 26; and Sunday, May 27.
Also at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center this spring are many other amazing shows, including The Arturo Sandoval Sextet at 8:00 pm on Friday, May 4; Joshua Bell with the Nashville Symphony at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 9; the annual Side-by-Side Concert at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 15; Tchaikovsky & Copland at 8:00 pm on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19; the Organ & Brass Recital with Douglas Cleveland & members of the Nashville Symphony at 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 20; Verdi’s Requiem at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 31; and at 8:00 pm on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.
Ledisi performs with special guests Melanie Fiona & Tweet on Wednesday, June 13. And don’t miss the amazing Ellis Hall in A Tribute to Ray Charles with Ellis Hall & the Nashville Symphony at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15.