The Athens of the South Once More

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.

BRAVO! – Nashville, Tennessee – Sunday, 09/10/06 –


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