Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center had its formal opening last night, a symphonic shindig to celebrate the opening of the country’s newest center for classical music.
The $123.5 million Center is a welcome addition to downtown, expanding the center of downtown gravity of downtown in a more southerly direction and closer to the Cumberland River.
It was interesting to see how–or if–any country-sounding notes would play in this stately hall on opening night. Bela Fleck, who might be described as a banjo soloist, played with a trio in an especially commissioned concerto. The Tennessean’s reviewer of the evening, Evans Donnell, wrote: “While the piece could have been more potent in a shorter timeframe, it
nevertheless mixed some moments of lively earthiness with haunting
passages of ethereal beauty.”
Ethereal beauty. There’s a phrase for the music and for the building.
The Athens of the South Once More