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Nashville Symphony Broadcasts

Sunday nights at 8:00 through the summer
  • Hosted by Nina Cardona

All summer long, you'll hear performances from the Nashville Symphony's 2016-17 Classical series, Sunday nights at 8pm on Classical 91.1 FM.



Firebird, Winger and Watts with Andre Watts


Beethoven’s Fifth with James Ehnes


Bronfman Plays Beethoven


Haydn’s Creation


Guerrero Conducts Mendelssohn with Augustin Hadelich


The Earth with Ingrid Fliter


Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky with Joyce Yang


Beethoven’s Second with Benjamin Grosvenor


Mahler’s Fifth with Jennifer Koh


Guerrero Conducts the Violins of Hope


Bach, Mozart & Elgar with Pinchas Zukerman


Guerrero Conducts Ravel with Jason Vieaux


Tchaikovsky & Copland with Johannes Moser


Verdi’s Requiem

Photo courtesy of the Nashville Symphony

Over the course of his imprisonment in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, musician Rafael Schächter gathered a chorus of singers to perform Giuseppi Verdi's Reqiuem—first in secret, and finally for a performance in front of high-ranking Nazi officials— over a dozen times. For many of the performers, including Schächter, it would be the last music they would hear before being transported to their deaths at Auschwitz.

Chris Lee / Courtesy of the artist

Joshua Bell describes finding his instrument, a 300-year-old Stradivarius violin, as a “kind of love story that only happens once or twice in one’s life.” It’s a love story that involves more than a little bit of luck, too.

Tyler Boye / Courtesy of the artist

Over the course of the last six months, Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux estimates he's spent well over 150 practice hours preparing for his debut with the Nashville Symphony this weekend. "This is the most time I've ever spent on any piece of music, ever, in my 25-year career as a performer," Vieaux told us over the phone. "That's how hard it is." 

It’s not easy for a professional musician to give up their own instrument and play with another. But in Nashville, members of the symphony are performing around the city using the “Violins of Hope” — a collection of string instruments that survived the Holocaust.

Emily Siner (@SinerSays) from WPLN has the story.

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Players with the Nashville Symphony are giving up their personal instruments for a concert this weekend and instead playing what are called the Violins of Hope — a collection of about two dozen string instruments that were once owned by Jews who survived the Holocaust. 

Erica Abbey Photography / Courtesy of Jonathan Leshnoff

A city-wide initiative featuring performances, lectures and community discussions about the Holocaust will culminate this weekend as Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Nashville Symphony and the Violins of Hope, instruments played by Jewish musicians in concentration camps during WWII. The program is anchored by the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff's Symphony No. 4, a piece the Nashville Symphony commissioned specifically for the instruments.

Bill Steber / Nashville Symphony

A collection of violins once played by Holocaust victims is coming to Music City next year.

Courtesy of Kip Winger

Kip Winger has a career that many aspiring rockers dream of. Early on, he toured as a bassist with Alice Cooper and performed and recorded with rock legends like Alan Parsons, Bob Dylan and Roger Daltrey. In the late 80s, he struck out on his own, forming the eponymous band Winger and selling millions of albums worldwide.

Photo Courtesy of The Nashville Symphony

The last time Zuill Bailey played with the Nashville Symphony, he gave a Grammy-winning performance. It’s an experience the virtuoso cellist describes as “capturing lightning in a bottle.”

One of the most staggering aspects of the experience of grief is the unrelenting march of time. Your life seems to come to a screeching halt, but the outside world will continue to spin, the sun will rise and your neighbors will take out their garbage on trash day. This “inexorability of the passage of time” is an experience that preoccupied John Harbison as he worked on a requiem, the centuries-old sacred music tradition associated with loss and mourning.