Drumline and Let Freedom Sing at Schermerhorn this month

Experience the explosive energy and athleticism of HBCU marching bands at Drumline Live January 7.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center will be the place to be for musical events throughout the month of January. While the Ashanti concert scheduled for January 5, 2020 has been cancelled, there are many other events to enjoy. Drumline returns January 7, Let Freedom Sing returns January 19.

Drumline Live will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The internationally acclaimed sensation returns to the Schermerhorn for a heart-thumping spectacle unlike any other, featuring a versatile cast performing original compositions and top 40 songs in colorfully choreographed routines with drum riffs and cadences.

Only at the Schermerhorn, Drumline returns for a night of bold beats and riveting rhythms. This internationally acclaimed sensation brings the explosive energy and athleticism of HBCU marching bands to the stage in a heart-thumping spectacle unlike any other. Trained in band programs across the South, the versatile cast mixes original compositions and top 40 songs in colorfully choreographed routines, with drum riffs and cadences that will have you out of your seat and dancing all night long.

The Nashville Symphony’s Let Freedom Sing concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19. Dr. Henry Panion III will lead the orchestra, Celebration Chorus, Celebration Youth Chorus and special guests on an inspiring selection of classical works, songs, traditionals, and more during this annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement.

The event will also include pre-concert presentations and exhibits by the National Museum of African American Music, the Nashville Public Library’s Civil Rights Room, WPLN’s Versify podcast and Choral Arts Link starting at 5:30 p.m.

“From Nothing to Something” is a presentation by the National Museum of African American Music demonstrating how people of different cultures created instruments from memory using limited resources. These instruments were literally made out nothing (household items or natural materials) and were used to create something wonderful – music. Concert attendees will be able to see and hear the following in the lobbies of the Schermerhorn: East Lobby: Spoons; Balcony Lobby: Spoken Word; and West Lobby: World Percussion.

Nashville Public Library Civil Rights Room will hold an exhibit documenting the Nashville Sit-Ins in the East Gallery, adjacent to the East Lobby.

Choral Arts Link and the WPLN’s poetry podcast Versify present “From the Back of the Bus,” a storytelling project with local poets and activists. Nashville civil rights leaders sat down with local writers to tell their stories, which were then transformed into poetry. See each activist featured in banners displayed in the Main Lobby, and read the full poems and biographies available at the project table.

Following the performance, guests are invited to stay for a panel discussion, “Arts and Activism,” featuring conductor Henry Panion, Choral Arts Link director Margaret Campbelle-Holman and composer Adolphus Hailstork and moderated by poet Joshua Moore.

Tickets will be available to the public starting on Thursday, January 9, and are “pay what you can. Reserve tickets at NashvilleSymphony.org/LetFreedomSing, by calling 615.687.6400 or visiting the Schermerhorn Box Office in downtown Nashville.