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Classical Music

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Each summer, talented high school students from throughout the state gather on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University for several weeks of intensive training in music, dance, theater and visual art. The faculty for the Governor's School for the Arts is drawn from around the region. In addition to running rehearsals, the teachers take the chance to pull together chamber music performances of their own. We get a sample of one of those faculty recitals featuring music for strings and voice.

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As much as cellist Michael Samis enjoys the music written for his own instrument, he finds that transcriptions open up a larger musical world to him. Playing in Studio C, Samis and pianist Amy Dorfman performed a program entirely made up of duets derived from keyboard solos. 

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This weekend, the Nashville Symphony completes a passion project of Artistic Director Giancarlo Guerrero: performing all of Gustav Mahler’s nine symphonies.

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Jerome Reed returned to Studio C with a program of well-loved and well-played favorites, including a Brahms intermezzo that acts as a sort of musical mirror for him. On the instruction of a professor during his undergraduate years, Reed picked the intermezzo as something he would return to again and again through his life to see how he has grown and changed as a musician. Reed now teaches piano at Lipscomb University and directs the music program at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, and he passes on the advice to his students to select similar "mirrors" for themselves.

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The Eastwood Ensemble's Spring concert is all about music written by — or for — Americans. The program includes the world premiere of a movement by Nashville composer Kevin Jablonski and a performance dedicated to the memory of East Nashvillian Paul Gordon. Ahead of the concert at Eastwood Christian Church at 3pm on Sunday, May 22, members of the ensemble brought a sample to Studio C.

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The Nashville Symphony is helping to play matchmaker this week. At least, that’s the hope as the orchestra hosts a national showcase for up-and-coming conductors.

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Portara Ensemble's name hints at the group's mission: the choir seeks to be a gateway to collaboration within Nashville's music community. Last year, Portara partnered with ALIAS Chamber Ensemble and the Nashville Ballet to commission and premiere new music by Paul Moravec. The result, 'Amorisms,' was released as an album earlier this year.

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Nashville’s sacred music community lost one of its mainstays this weekend. Organist, choir director and teacher Peter Fyfe died Saturday at the age of 92.

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Vox Grata Women's Choir has an upcoming spring concert featuring music from Central and Eastern Europe. Among other pieces, they'll be singing a set of songs by Rachmaninoff as translated into English by a pair of Nashvillians. Mark Herman and Ronnie Apter came to explain how they craft singable lyrics that sound good while also keeping the intended meaning intact. And, of course, the choir gave us a taste of the final product, accompanied by pianist John Semingson.

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Nashville’s ALIAS Chamber Ensemble is known for introducing the city’s audiences to new music by living composers. True to form, the group’s Spring concert does include a world premiere. But the program also highlights a masterful composer of the 17th century whose work has been largely forgotten.