What better way to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment than with music by women, performed by pianist Lara Downes?
Diversity as an intrinsic part of your organization, rather than a goal. Building a new canon. Mourning what we lost this year. These topics and more were in focus during our look at the future of orchestras with Mei-Ann Chen, JoAnn Falletta, and Jeri Lynne Johnson.
Composer Jennifer Higdon has built one of the most diverse and exciting catalogs of music in our time. She has written tone poems, operas, choral works, and band music. But her concerto list is by far the most varied and creative.
Across Nashville, an entire year’s worth of artistic commissions and performances were planned to celebrate this year’s centennial of the 19th Amendment’s ratification — and many have been postponed. But one new work, called One Vote Won, is still having its premiere digitally, courtesy of Nashville Opera.
As our first class of Student Composer Fellows completed their program, we found that we were not ready for our relationship with these brilliant young minds to end. So, we have added the role of Student Composer Ambassador.
As school begins in Middle Tennessee, so does a new round of our Student Composer Fellowship.
Pianist Leon Fleisher died this weekend at the age of 92, after a lifetime of overcoming physical obstacles. But while the mechanics of his story, including his battle against dystonia, are compelling, it was his music making that truly left us spellbound.
It says right in the chorus that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a tale of woe. But according to conductor JoAnn Falletta, so was the war experience of Maurice Ravel, and that turmoil is found in his piece La Valse.
As the musical world faces the trials of 2020’s upheaval, Classically Speaking continues to bring you the voices of leading classical musicians. In this case, a look at the future of the orchestra – broadcast live via YouTube and Facebook Live on August 17, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Joel Thompson’s choral/orchestral work The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed is an example of music facing a societal conversation and traumatic event head-on. The piece was performed in Nashville two seasons ago, and it hasn’t become any less relevant in the meantime.