The Sporting Life: Soulful Music at the Schermerhorn Edition

Chaka Khan will perform at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on July 24.

Dynamic soul queen Chaka Khan will light up the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with her powerful voice and show-stopping stage presence on Tuesday, July 24, at 7:30 pm. for a night full of hits, including her anthem ‘I’m Every Woman’ and the irresistible ‘I Feel for You.’ With an incomparable style blending funk, jazz, rock and soul, this versatile singer, actress, producer and philanthropist has got it all, and at 65 years young, she’s never sounded better.

Chaka Khan, born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953, is a 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter whose career has spanned five decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. While still a member of the group in 1978, Khan embarked on a successful solo career.

The dynamic ‘Queen of Funk’ returns for a special one-night-only engagement, and she’ll raise the roof for this hot summer night of hit songs. Dance and sing along to her signature hits (both with Rufus and as a solo performer), including ‘Tell Me Something Good,’ ‘Sweet Thing’ (which she wrote for her then-husband Richard Holland), ‘Ain’t Nobody,’ ‘Through the Fire,’‘What Cha’ Gonna Do for Me,’ ‘You Got the Love,’ and more. Concert presented without orchestra.

As of Friday, July 20, the Nashville Symphony is making available for individual purchase tickets to concerts and events coming up for the 2018-19 season that up until now have only been available as part of season ticket packages. I do encourage you to go to the official Nashville Symphony website and see the entire lineup through next summer. However, I also highly recommend that you take advantage of their special offer very soon to get three (or more) tickets in a package deal with these three particular acts coming this season, so you can get good seats and not have them sell out before you can get them: Jon Batiste on October 19, Wynton Marsalis on December 7, and Branford Marsalis on April 26, 2019.

Jon Batiste: Solo comes to Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. The soulful, stylish bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert makes a rare solo appearance showcasing his wide-ranging influences and his mastery at the piano. Expect a night of the unexpected, with a mix of classic jazz, original tunes, improvisations and distinctive takes on well-known songs.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays comes to Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. Wynton Marsalis returns with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform swingin’ renditions of your favorite holiday tunes. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in style with beloved songs like: ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’; ‘I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm’; ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’; ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’; ‘Zat You Santa Claus?’; ‘We Three Kings’; ‘White Christmas’; and ‘Jingle Bells.’ Presented without orchestra.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis Quartet comes to Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Friday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m. With a remarkable career as soloist, composer and bandleader, NEA Jazz Master and GRAMMY®‐winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis remains a vital force in jazz today. Known for their telepathic communication, depth of original repertoire, expressive melodies and unrivaled spirit, his quartet remains one of the genre’s most innovative and forward-thinking ensembles.

And, mark your calendar now for Saturday, October 27, 2018, as The Nashville Symphony is looking forward to their 2018 Free Day of Music! Each fall, they invite the community to enjoy free performances by the Nashville Symphony and more than 20 other artists all day and into the night at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. If you have never experienced the wonder of the acoustical genius that informs the magnificent Laura Turner Hall in the Center, or the architechtural splendor of the building, this is your chance to do so absolutely free!