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Holiday Music Lifts Nashville’s Spirit This Season

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, it’s time to celebrate one of the most magical times of the year with music that’s uplifting, reflective, and powerful. Nashville, holding up to its Music City nickname, has a fantastic lineup of musical events to raise you and your family’s spirit this holiday season. Let’s take a peek:

Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center is the city’s jewel, a magnificent neo-Classical structure with soaring columns, marble floors, angelic fountains, gourmet restaurant and an acoustically perfect concert hall regarded as one of the finest in America. Completed in 2006, the Schermerhorn is home to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and was named after Kenneth Schermerhorn, the symphony’s brilliant conductor, composer and music educator from 1983 until his death in 2005.

What better place to celebrate the holiday season, with a spectacular line up of concerts through the whole month of December! The Nashville Symphony, a company of around 85 talented musicans, plays almost weekly, performing and teaching in schools and local communities when not playing one of the classical or pop series or special night concerts at the Schermerhorn.

Jazz up your Christmas season with the syncopated swing and symphonic form of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto, featured in Suntrust Classical Series’ All That Classical Jazz November 29-December 1. You’ll be held spellbound at the fingertips of sensational pianist Terrence Wilson.  In an extraordinary design coup, the Schermerhorn is able to transform from full orchestral seating configuration to Pop configuration in 90 minutes, raising and lowering seating and staircases from the basement 25 feet below.

Acclaimed award-winning organist Thomas Murray, professor of music at Yale and university organist, will give an organ recital on December 2 at 2 p.m. Feel the resonance of Schermerhorn’s pipe organ, digitally enhanced to capture the full range of sounds in an orchestra. This is your chance to become part of the music in a magical experience, as vibrations from the sounds and the pipes fill the concert hall. 

Lady Antebellum, with their band and the full symphony orchestra, will present a swinging one-night performance of holiday classics and their own Christmas songs and fan-favorites on December 3. The performance is also being filmed for an upcoming television special.

 The incomparable saxophonist Kenny G is starring with the Nashville Symphony in a special Kenny G Holiday Show on December 6. For the perfect Christmas gift, treat that someone special in your life to a VIP Package to the concert (call Box Office at 615-687-6400). Included are front row seats, meet and greet with Kenny G, and dinner at Arpeggio, the Schermerhorn’s elegant and opulent restaurant. 

The crowning glory of Christmas music is Handel’s Messiah – the magnificent proclamation of the coming of the One for whom Christmas is celebrated: Jesus the Christ. Buy your tickets early before they sell out for one of three performances December 20-22 led by Nashville Symphony’s Music Director and maestro conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero.

On a more secular note, join the Nashville Symphony for a lively romp on December 22 with the Magic Circle Mime Company as three mischievous holiday spirits tussle over the perfect expression of a Christmas concert. You’ll be invited to sing-a-long favorites like Sleigh Ride and enjoy music from the Nutcracker Suite. Pre-concert holiday activities including crafts and stories for all ages start one hour before showtime. A Spirit for the Holidays performances are on December 22, at 11am (English) and 12 :30pm (Spanish).

The last Christmas event at the concert hall brings a joyful Irish twist to the season, with Keith and Kristyn Getty on December 23.

As the sounds of music take you on a journey of the senses at Nashville’s stunning Schermerhorn this holiday season, promise yourself this is just the beginning! Next month? Sign up for On Stage, a free monthly event that invites music lovers to sit on stage in an informal ensemble performance while sipping on wine and cheese. Share your favorite musical experiences!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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