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JUST ADDED: Rufus Wainwright to Perform with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center: September 19, 2023

JUST ADDED: Rufus Wainwright to Perform with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center: September 19, 2023

In partnership with Americanafest, Rufus Wainwright makes his can’t-miss Schermerhorn debut with the Nashville Symphony for one night only on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 PM. More information and tickets at

With the 20th anniversary of the release of his Want albums (Want One and Want Two) that had a huge impact on his career in the UK and other European countries, Rufus performs both entire albums song—for—song, with beautifully arranged orchestrations, with the Nashville Symphony. Building on an impressive series of concerts with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Residentie Orkest, Britten Sinfonia, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Montreal Symphony, and Orchestre National d’Ile-de-Francewith, and with conductors including Joana Carneiro, Johannes Debus, Jayce Ogren, Jeffrey Kahane, and others, Rufus has created a unique program for orchestra around his two iconic albums.


About the Nashville Symphony: 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 People: 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

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.