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Classical Music

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Cellist Christine Kim and pianist Arunesh Nadgir are back in the midstate after a pair of performances on the road. Both are music professors at Middle Tennessee State University. In Studio C, they gave us a taste of what audiences in North Carolina and Indiana enjoyed, playing a sonata by Debussy in its entirety and a portion of one by Shostakovich.

Reed Hummel / Nashville Opera

The Nashville Opera mounts its 100th production this weekend with a lighthearted story of Old Vienna, Die Fledermaus. These days, the operetta by Johann Strauss Jr., is an extravagant look back at a golden age long gone, but the show found its first success by being very of-the-moment.

Nashville Symphony

Spring is the season for hearing talented young musicians at their best. It’s when honor bands and choirs meet, when music majors ending their college careers perform senior recitals, and when competitions identify budding soloists.

These days my musical life has been filled with many wonderful sources of inspiration: Discovering and presenting contemporary classical music with Intersection, advocating for music education with Music Makes Us, guest conducting all around the world with the Legend of Zelda tour, and working with the Nashville Symphony Chorus preparing the masterpieces of classical repertoire.

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Robert Thompson returned to Live in Studio C with a group of students from the Belmont University Guitar Ensemble, which Thompson founded and directs. The class draws a range of students, from guitar majors to those looking for elective credit. The duets and quartets who came to Studio C this time performed music by several Latin American composers, as well as one American work and one of the best-known pieces by Debussy. 

Candace Di Carlo

It’s not often the viola gets the spotlight. The alto voice in the string family is most often used to provide harmonic underpinnings and rhythmic structure while other instruments get the showy, hummable passages. But Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon maintains the viola is a virtuosic instrument in its own right that deserves to be heard front and center.

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This week, we welcomed back a longtime friend and met a new one as cellist Felix Wang returned to Live in Studio C with one of the newest faculty members at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, pianist Heather Conner. The pair will perform a concert on March 26 in Blair's Turner Recital Hall.

Chris Lee

Joshua Bell is a very busy man. The violinist plays roughly 100 dates a year as a visiting soloist with orchestras around the world. But increasingly, he’s finding a home on the road in the other 30 to 40 concerts he performs with a venerable British chamber orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields.


One of Nashville’s newest performing ensembles is redefining the pops concert. Promotional materials for chatterbird’s Thursday night show prompt audience members to bring sheep noisemakers (if you happen to have such a thing) and references New Wave keyboards, improvisational pygmy singing and Wendy Carlos.

Reed Hummel / Nashville Opera

A pair of time-tested audience favorites, Don Giovanni and Carmen, will anchor the Nashville Opera’s 2015-16 season. But between the mainstage bookends of Mozart and Bizet, the other half of the season is made up of the kind of newer works that are putting the company on the national map.