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When asked to estimate how many times he has performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C min, Op. 37, Yefim Bronfman leaned back, sighed, and guessed, "Oh... surely at least 100 times."

A selection of arts events that caught our eye in Nashville this week.

The Stones River Chamber Players brought two highlights from their 2018-2019 season, titled, "The American Chamber." This ensemble in residence at MTSU is spending the season highlighting music by American composers.

"Short, short, short, long" is not so exciting when you read it out in words. But for composers Ludwig van Beethoven and Christopher Rouse, it was fate set to music. 

Center for Chinese Music and Culture: China Impressions 

Award winning guitarist Johannes Möller describes his music making as "an authentic manifestation of a globalized world." Unique among guitarists is his attention to Asian music. This concert in particular reflects the influence of Chinese music and culture on Möller's music making. 

The New York Times has called the playing of the Miró Quartet "furiously committed." After a residency last year with the Chamber Music Society of the Kennedy Center, they are back in the South. And they were Live in Studio C.

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The Nashville Symphony’s Family Series begins this Saturday with “Pirates! The Quest for Blackbeard’s Treasure,” a program that features swashbuckling-themed music geared towards the symphony’s youngest listeners.

In addition to pre-concert activities that include craft stations and an instrument petting zoo, the entire series (which includes three more concerts extending into next year) is now described as “sensory friendly,” with modifications for autistic audience members and individuals with sensory processing differences.

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Here's a selection of events from our arts calendar this week:

Pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim: "A Night In Vienna"

  • Wakefield Arts Auditorium at Trevecca Nazarene University
  • September 27, 7pm
  • free

Pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim has been lauded by BBC Magazine for his "formidable technique and playing of emotional depth. A short program of piano music will be followed by tales from life on the concert stage, as well as the experience of teaching at the Vienna School of Music.

Cellist Larissa Maestro has made her way from the Opry and the Ryman to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Larissa, along with friends from the Nashville Concerto Orchestra, showed us that there's always room for cello.

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From vocal imitations of the sounds of combat in 16th century madrigal battaglias, to the sweeping music of Wagner’s Valkyries deciding the fates of warriors below, classical music has long been inspired by conflict, wartime triumphs, and military prowess.

But as today marks the International Day of Peace, a United Nations-sanctioned holiday dedicated to the absence of war and conflict, we’re shining a light on classical music penned by pacifist composers and work inspired by notions of peace. 

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