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Nashville Symphony Announces Three Concerts: Ndlovu Youth Choir, Samara Joy, and Jim Brickman

Nashville Symphony Announces Three Concerts: Ndlovu Youth Choir, Samara Joy, and Jim Brickman



Ndlovu Youth Choir – November 6

Samara Joy – December 4

Jim Brickman – December 19

NASHVILLE, TN (May 15, 2023) —The Nashville Symphony and Schermerhorn Symphony Center have announced three concerts showcasing a diverse range of talent: South African music and dance group Ndlovu Youth Choir on Monday, November 6, and two holiday concerts: the first, on Monday, December 4 with GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz singer Samara Joy and the McLendon Family, plus the chart-topping songwriter Jim Brickman’s “A Joyful Christmas” on Tuesday, December 19. Tickets are currently available for 2023/24 season ticket holders and donors of $500+. Tickets go on sale to the general public July 21 at 10:00 AM. More information can be found at

The Ndlovu Youth Choir, who rose to global attention as finalists on America’s Got Talent, make a one-night-only stop at the Schermerhorn on November 6 as part of their first US tour. The choir’s soul-stirring performances have won hearts and minds around the world with their high-energy performances, mesmerizing choreography, and shared message of hope, love, and togetherness. Singing in all 11 South African languages – including Zulu, Xhosa, and English – their music also incorporates traditional South African genres such as isicathamiya, a style popularized by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Their repertoire also includes ancient tribal chants, inspirational gospel, contemporary Afro-pop and jazz by Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba, as well as original songs describing African life with a call for African unity. Presented without the Nashville Symphony. More information and tickets at

Fresh off her 2023 GRAMMY® Award wins for Best New Artist and Best Jazz Vocal Album, the Schermerhorn presents Samara Joy: A Joyful Holiday featuring the McLendon Family on December 4. Music has always been a guiding light for Samara, and this musical celebration will present the Bronx native performing well-known holiday favorites with members of her gifted family: her father Antonio McLendon, uncle Laurone McLendon, and cousins Tiera Lovell Rowe and Alana Alexander. Presented without the Nashville Symphony. More information and tickets at

Jim Brickman displays his signature piano style and soothing vocals in a brand-new Christmas concert experience, one-night-only at the Schermerhorn December 19. Music and laughter will fill the air with the heartwarming sounds of Yuletide carols, holiday classics, and all of Brickman’s biggest hits as part of “A Joyful Christmas.” Presented without the Nashville Symphony. More information and tickets 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 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

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.