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Black Music Month at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center

by Cass Teague
(l-r) Johnny Mathis and Limmie Pulliam will both perform at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Nashville is the Music City, and the local home for classical music is the iconic Schermerhorn Symphony Center. This month, there are a few unique opportunities to experience at the Center for Black Music Month and Juneteenth, and one very special show in early July.

Movie Series: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther In Concert

Thursday, June 15; Friday, June 16; and Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, June 18, at 2:00 pm.

In 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what Super Hero films could be. Rolling Stone raved, “The film lights up the screen with a full-throttle blast of action and fun. That’s to be expected. But what sneaks up and floors you is the film’s racial conscience and profound, astonishing beauty.”

Relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger, while the Nashville Symphony, Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conducting, performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar®-winning score live along with the picture. One of the most renowned masters of the tama, African drummer Massamba Diop will also be performing. A “talking drum” from Senegal, and prominently featured throughout the movie, the tama is known for its abilities to replicate the sounds of human speech.

A Celebration Of Freedom: Nashville African American Wind Symphony’s Annual Juneteenth Performance

Monday, June 19, at 4:00 PM

The Nashville African American Wind Symphony, with Bruce Ayers, conductor, strives to create a vital cultural experience within the African American community by establishing a world-class wind band ensemble while also providing exceptional music education, training resources, and performing arts entertainment exposure for youth musicians.

Limmie Pulliam In Recital – Make Them Hear You: A Spiritual Journey

Monday, June 19, at 8:00 pm.

Hot on the heels of his spectacular Carnegie Hall debut, the incredibly talented tenor Limmie Pulliam and pianist Mark Markham bring an evening of spirituals on Juneteenth. A dramatic tenor, Pulliam thrills audiences with his captivating stage presence and his powerful yet intimate sound. He recently made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, where he became the first African American in the Met’s history to perform the role of Radamès in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. Pulliam’s program will be drawn from arrangements of Great Day!, Wade in de water, Ride on, King Jesus!, Another Man done gone, and other spirituals. Tickets start at only $29.

Johnny Mathis The Voice Of Romance Tour with the Nashville Symphony

Sunday, July 9 at 7:30 pm.

The iconic, incomparable Johnny Mathis brings his Voice of Romance Tour to the Schermerhorn for a one-night-only appearance with the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez. A true legend, Mathis has earned three GRAMMY® awards, a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award, and membership in the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. The Tour showcases his brilliant seven-decade career,with the hits you know and love including “Wonderful! Wonderful!,” “It’s Not for Me to Say,” “A Certain Smile,” “Chances Are,” “Misty,” and “Gina.”

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