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Nashville Symphony Adds Four Star-studded Concerts to Its Schedule

Nashville Symphony Adds Four Star-studded Concerts to Its Schedule


Richard Marx with the Nashville Symphony – June 23

Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration – June 30

David Foster & Katharine McPhee – November 5

A Very David Barnes Christmas – December 8

The Nashville Symphony has announced four star-studded performances to take place throughout 2023. Tickets for these performances are available now and can be found at

Making a rare stop in Music City, Richard Marx joins the Nashville Symphony June 23 to perform beautiful orchestral arrangements drawn from his incredible catalog of hits. With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide, this prolific singer/songwriter/producer has also written numerous chart-toppers for other artists, including “Dance with My Father” for Luther Vandross, “This I Promise You” for NSYNC, “Long Hot Summer” for Keith Urban and others. More information and tickets at

Forget your troubles and just get happy this June 30 when the Nashville Symphony presents Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration. Broadway stars Morgan James and Nicholas Rodriguez join the orchestra to bring the iconic Garland’s unforgettable songbook back to life—accompanied by rare interviews, family photos and vintage footage of The Judy Garland Show with never-before-seen outtakes featuring Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra. You’ll swear she’s there in person when you hear “Over the Rainbow,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “That’s Entertainment.” It’ll chase all your cares away! More information and tickets at

16-time GRAMMY Award-winning musician, composer, and producer David Foster and acclaimed singer, television, and Broadway star Katharine McPhee join forces at the Schermerhorn on November 5. This intimate show with the powerhouse duo will be packed with David’s hits written for Chicago, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, and more, as well as Katharine’s biggest songs from American IdolSmash, and Waitress. Presented without Nashville Symphony. More information at

On December 8singer-songwriter Dave Barnes and guests perform classic originals like “Christmas Tonight” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” along with holiday favorites including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and more. Presented without Nashville Symphony. More information at

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 presents 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

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.