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As the Metropolitan Opera wraps up its season, several shows will begin early. You can find a complete schedule with start times here.

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Clara Warford and Samantha Schrecker have been playing the harp since around the time they started the first grade. Now the teens study at The Harp School, Inc. and perform in the traveling ensemble, Harpistry. Both have already won prestigious awards at national and international competitions, and they play with the Curb Youth Symphony. The pair brought a program of solos and duets to Live in Studio C, with teacher and composer Carol McClure along to explain more about The Harp School.

Richard Todd will soon start doing double duty as a guitar teacher. He's a longtime member of the TSU Music faculty; starting this fall he'll also be an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music. He's also the president of the Middle Tennessee Guitar Alliance, which is currently planning a virtuoso showcase, and a guitar festival in addition to their regular master classes and outreach performances at places like local retirement homes.

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Each member of the Nashville Saxophone Quartet is a teacher or soloist in his own right. Matt Davich, Don Aliquo, Denis Solee and Robert Shankle have played together in all kinds of situations: symphony orchestra woodwind sections, the pit orchestras for stage shows, you name it. They come together periodically as a quartet to focus on music written just for their instrument, including arrangements and compositions of their own. For this show, they brought us a trio of compositions that stand at the intersection between contemporary classical and jazz.

Actors Bridge Ensemble

Not many playwrights can boast of having two world premieres in less than half a year. Nate Eppler can. His fourth play, the comedy The Ice Treatment, opens today at the Actors Bridge Ensemble, almost five months to the day after his drama Good Monsters premiered at the Nashville Repertory Theatre, to excellent reviews.

Live In Studio C: Pianist Alex Bolton

Jul 13, 2016

Pianist Alex Bolton performs one of his own compositions and a few by Ukranian Romantic composer and pianist Sergei Bortkiewicz.

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Members of Nashville's ALIAS Chamber Ensemble play works by two Baroque era favorites.  The performers are Zeneba Bowers, violin; Matt Walker, cello; Kevin Bate, cello; Jessica Dunnavant, baroque flute and Francis Perry, theorbo. 

So often, our only exposure to the double bass comes at an orchestral performance, when the instrument is used to provide a steady foundation of low notes deep below the rest of the ensemble. In Studio C, Nashville Symphony bassist Kevin Jablonski showcased the virtuosic possibilities the huge string instrument possesses, accompanied by NSO and Belmont pianist Robert Marler.

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The Nashville Concerto Orchestra is a new ensemble made up of musicians of various experience levels, all pitching in to give local players a chance to perform concertos. Founder Roger Weismeyer modeled it on a group in San Francisco, and the premise is simple: Whether they're pros or amateurs, instrumentalists who play four concerts in a supporting role earn the opportunity to become a featured soloist. The group's first concert is at noon Saturday at Edgehill United Methodist Church. Members of the group brought a single concerto from that program to discuss and perform in Studio C.

OZ Arts Nashville

An unusual take on the idea of a group art show is reappearing at this week’s OZ Arts Fest. Modular Art Pods offer festival-goers a trip through tiny, interconnected spaces, each its own art installation.

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This summer, hundreds of young artists from around the state are in Murfreesboro at the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts. Music Division Director Jerome Reed brought a handful of young musicians, each a rising junior or senior in high school, to give a taste of how talented the Governor's School students are.

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