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Schermerhorn Symphony Center Jazz and Soul Shows Coming

by Cass Teague
Chris Botti and Makaya McCraven

The Nashville Symphony is excited to welcome Chris Botti back to the Schermerhorn for two nights of lush, melodic, genre-defying selections. Over the past three decades, this award-winning artist has recorded and performed with the best in music, earning a reputation as one of the most beloved and dedicated musicians working today. With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.

Chris Botti performs with Nashville Symphony, Bradley Thachuk, conductor on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available now at nashvillesymphony.org/chrisbotti.

Handel’s Messiah

Featuring the resounding Hallelujah Chorus, it’s Nashville’s grandest Messiah – full of passion, drama and passages of stunning beauty. Celebrate the season as your Nashville Symphony & Chorus perform one of the most inspiring works of music ever written. Nashville Symphony & Chorus, Aram Demirjian, conductor; Tucker Biddlecombe, chorus director; Yulia Van Doren, soprano; Sofia Selowsky, mezzo-soprano; Matthew White, tenor; and David Crawford, bass. Thursday, December 8, at 7:00 pm, Friday, December 9, at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 pm.

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Makaya McCraven: In These Times       

A true visionary helping to shape the future of jazz, Makaya McCraven represents a rising generation of globally-minded, genre-bending music makers. Hailing from Chicago’s vibrantly creative jazz scene, this cutting-edge drummer, producer and sonic collagist draws on hip-hop and other styles to push the boundaries of jazz and rhythm to create forms of his own. For this very special Schermerhorn appearance, he’ll bring a 13-piece band to present In These Times, a large-scale sociopolitical-themed performance of poly-metered repertoire. Complemented by archival film footage of black musicians and activists, it also features a spoken-word element that draws on interviews by the late oral historian Studs Terkel. Sunday February 5, 2023 at 7:30 pm. Presented without the Nashville Symphony.

Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown

You’ll be dancing in the aisles at this Motown extravaganza featuring smash hits made famous by Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and more. Songs include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Superstition” — and, of course, “Dancing in the Street.” Thursday February 9, 7:00 pm; Friday, February 10, 8:00 pm; & Saturday, February 11, 8:00 pm

Gladys Knight with the Nashville Symphony     

Make this Valentine’s Day an evening to remember with a concert featuring the “Empress of Soul” herself, Gladys Knight! Bring that special someone in your life and hear Knight and Your Nashville Symphony perform hits like “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)” and many more. Tuesday, February 14 at 8:00 pm. This is a one-night-only engagement, so get your tickets today before they’re gone!

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