July 2023 Concerts at Schermerhorn Symphony Center
July 2023 Concerts at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Include
Jurassic Park in Concert with the Nashville Symphony;
Johnny Mathis with the Nashville Symphony;
Reggae Legends UB40;
1964—An Unforgettable Tribute to the Beatles; and
Violinist Hilary Hahn with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA
Plus: Nashville Symphony Performs Live at Ascend Amphitheater, Accompanying Music City’s Annual Fireworks Extravaganza
Free Performance Caps Off Nashville’s Annual Let Freedom Sing! July 4th Celebration
NASHVILLE, TN—June 29, 2023 The Nashville Symphony’s July 2023 schedule features the third installment of Nashville Symphony’s Artist Showcase Series; a blockbuster movie with the Nashville Symphony performing the score live-to-film; the seemingly immortal iconic singer/songwriter Johnny Mathis; a legendary reggae band; a beloved tribute to The Beatles; and the return of Nashville Symphony performing during Nashville’s July 4th festivities.
Let Freedom Sing! July 4th Celebration
Nashville Symphony at Ascend Amphitheater
July 4, approximately 9:20 PM*
Free to the Public; Livestreamed on VisitMusicCity.com
Music City puts its own unique spin on Independence Day with Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th in Downtown Nashville. With multiple stages set up throughout downtown, Nashvillians will celebrate Independence Day 2023 with headliner Brad Paisley along with Ben Rector, The War and Treaty, Langhorne Slim, Tiera Kennedy, and more during the entirely free event. Capping off the event the is one of the largest fireworks show in country with the pyrotechnics synchronized to a live performance by the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony. Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez leads the Orchestra in a performance of iconic American music, from “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” to silver screen classics by John Williams and others, to patriotic favorites by John Philip Sousa. Nashville singer, songwriter, producer and GRAMMY® Award-nominated arranger Armand Hutton will join the Symphony before the fireworks presentation to narrate a special arrangement of “God Bless America.” Arrive early to Ascend Amphitheater to experience it in-person or stream it at visitmusiccity.com More information.
*Please note: the start time is for the Nashville Symphony performance. More information about the entire July 4 event can be found at visitmusiccity.com.
Jurassic Park in Concert
July 6 & 7, 7:00 PM
Tickets: Starting at $41
Beloved for its visually stunning imagery and groundbreaking special effects, this epic film is sheer movie magic 65 million years in the making. Now audiences can experience Jurassic Park as never before: projected in HD with the full Nashville Symphony performing John Williams’s iconic score live to picture. More information.
Johnny Mathis with the Nashville Symphony
July 9, 7:30 PM
Tickets: Starting at $53
The iconic, incomparable Johnny Mathis makes a one-night-only stop in Music City on his Voice of Romance Tour appearing with the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez. A true legend, Mathis has earned three GRAMMY® Awards, a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award, and membership in the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. The Voice of Romance Tour showcases his brilliant seven-decade career and features all the hits you know and love including “Wonderful! Wonderful!,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” “A Certain Smile,” “Chances Are,” “Misty,” and “Gina.” More information.
July 11, 7:30 PM
Tickets: Starting at $51
Making their Schermerhorn debut, UB40 celebrates 45 years of smooth reggae-pop sounds with a set jam-packed with fan favorites like “Kingston Town,” “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You,” “Food For Thought,” and of course – “Red Red Wine.” With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, UB40 is the most decorated and successful reggae group of all time. Presented without the Nashville Symphony. More information.
1964 The Tribute
July 14, 8:00 PM
Tickets: Starting at $32
Relive your favorite Beatles hits, including “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Eight Days a Week,” “I Feel Fine” and more, as this one-of-a- kind tribute band re-creates an early-’60s performance by the Fab Four, complete with period instruments, clothing, hair styles and onstage banter. Presented without the Nashville Symphony. More information.
Violinist Hilary Hahn with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT SERIES
July 20, 7:30 PM
Tickets: Starting at $27
For the past ten years, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute has assembled the finest young musicians ages 16–19 from across the country to form the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. Following a competitive audition process and training in New York with musicians from top professional US orchestras, these remarkable teenagers perform at Carnegie Hall and then serve as musical ambassadors, performing in the great music capitals of the world. We’re proud that two Nashville Symphony Accelerando students, trombonist Orlandis Maise and French hornist Derek “Miles” Woods – both graduating seniors at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School – will go on the road with the orchestra this summer for the NYO’s 10th-anniversary tour, and we’ll get to root them on at the Schermerhorn for this one-night-only concert. Violinist Hilary Hahn joins the orchestra as soloist performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in a program that also includes a new Carnegie Hall commission from composer Valerie Coleman and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Presented without the Nashville Symphony. More information.
The Nashville Symphony has been the primary ambassador for classical music in Music City since 1946. Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the ensemble is internationally acclaimed for its focus on contemporary American orchestral music through collaborations with composers including Jennifer Higdon, Terry Riley, Joan Tower and Aaron Jay Kernis; commissioning and recording projects with Nashville-based artists including Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Ben Folds and Victor Wooten; and for its 14 GRAMMY® Awards. In addition to the classical season, the orchestra performs concerts in a wide range of genres, from pops to live-to-film movie scores, family-focused presentations, holiday events, jazz and cabaret evenings, and more.
An established leader in the Nashville and regional arts and cultural communities, the Symphony spearheads groundbreaking community partnerships and initiatives, notably, Violins of Hope Nashville, which engaged tens of thousands of Middle Tennesseans through concerts, exhibits, lectures by spotlighting a historic collection of instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Similarly, this spring, the Nashville Symphony presented the world premiere of an epic opera commissioned from Hannibal Lokumbe, The Jonah Project: A Legacy of Struggle and Triumph. Retracing his family’s ancestry and journey from slavery to the present day, Hannibal’s story celebrates the spirit of those who endured and thrived to become Black visionaries and world changers. More at nashvillesymphony.org
In addition to support from Metro Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville Symphony is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Nashville Symphony is also supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID- 19 pandemic.