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Will Beethoven's Fifth sweep the tournament? Florence Price's First Symphony beat Bolero and the New World Symphony; how will it fare against The Planets? You tell us in the third round of March Music Madness. Voting will be open Friday, March 15 through Wednesday, March 20.


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Chas Sisk

Flutist Kathryn Ladner, violist Chris Farrell and harpist Licia Jaskunas play a trio by Debussy and a new work by Chris Farrell.

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Nashville’s annual month-long arts celebration, called Artober, is taking a turn toward the reflective this year. In addition to encouraging performance groups and galleries to program special events all month, the Metro Arts Commission has charged a handful of writers and musicians with creating pieces inspired by the city’s public art.

Racial Equity Nashville Arts
Metro Arts

Updated at 4 p.m. Wednesday: This story has been updated for clarity and to link to a revised version of the Metro Arts report.*

Racism and elitism have been found in some of Nashville’s arts and culture organizations. The issues came to light in a series of interviews about whether the arts are accessible to the city’s increasingly diverse population, and now Metro is responding.

Mack Linebaugh

Violinist, and Co-concertmaster at the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, Jessica Blackwell is joined by pianist Amber Aebly to play music of Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. 

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The Nashville Symphony announced plans on Monday to take a few talented young musicians by the hand. They say they want to knock down as many hurdles as possible between those children and a future as professional, orchestral instrumentalists.

Francis Perry: Renaissance Lute

Sep 23, 2015
Mack Linebaugh

Francis Perry is on the music faculty at Belmont University; he performs regularly with Music City Baroque and is the artistic director of the Nashville Early Music Festival

Duo Sudeste: Classical Guitar

Sep 15, 2015
Mack Linebaugh

Guitarists Robert Thompson and Joey Butler play Latin American music.


These two musicians from MTSU play works by Weber and Gershwin on piano and clarinet.

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Not long after the turn of the 20th century, poets stopped rhyming and painters turned to abstractions. Composers who write classical music threw out their long-established rules around that time, too. Most audiences didn't like that change. Most orchestras just stopped playing new music.

A century later, that’s finally changing. And in Nashville, some musicians who play contemporary and avant-garde compositions are starting to draw even the youngest of audiences.