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Nashville Symphony Events feature Common, Black Violin, Billy Ocean, and the Music of Tina Turner

by Cass Teague
(top row l-r) Common, Black Violin, (bottom row l-r) Billy Ocean and The Kenny Barron Trio.

Enjoy top musical events at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville during October.

On Friday, October 6, at 7:30 PM One of the most influential and multi-faceted artists of our time, award-winning hip-hop artist, film producer, poet, and actor Common will join the Nashville Symphony for a special showcase of his biggest hits. Hear Common perform a selection of songs including the GRAMMY® Award-winning “Love of My life,” Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning “Glory” from Selma, and more. The Nashville Symphony will be conducted by Jonathan Rush.

Tuesday, October 10, at 7:30 PM, the Black Violin Experience Tour showcases the two-time Grammy nominated duo Black Violin, brought to life by Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste, invoking a mystifying musical fusion of exquisite classical sounds and exhilarating hip-hop beats. A concert performance that boldly merges centuries of music and unites audiences with a message of hope and possibility. Fans can expect to be immersed in a sound that transcends categories and celebrates ingenuity and ambition, proving anything is possible.

On stage, Kev Marcus gives an electrifying violin performance along with Wil Baptiste’s magnetizing viola and vocal performance. Joining them are Nat Stokes on drums, DJ SPS on the turntable, and Liston Gregory on keys. Together they are reconceptualizing what a violin concert looks and sounds like, building bridges to a place where Mozart, Marvin Gaye and Kendrick Lamar harmoniously coexist. Black Violin invites you to think outside of the box. Son Little is the opening act, and the Nashville Symphony will be conducted by Enrico Lopez-Yañez.

Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 PM, known for hits like “Get Out of My Dreams and Into My Car” and his GRAMMY-winning “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On the Run),” the iconic R&B star Billy Ocean makes a rare Music City appearance at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ocean’s hits will take you back to the 80s, with “When the Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going),” “Loverboy,” “There’ll be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry),” and newer hits, “Because I Love You,” and “Here You Are.” Presented without the Nashville Symphony.

Tuesday, October 17, at 7:30 PM, vocalists Tamika Lawrence, Shaleah Adkisson, and Scott Coulter and pianist John Boswell join guest conductor Mélisse Brunet and the Nashville Symphony for a special concert that promises to be “Simply the Best.” Music icon and legendary survivor Tina Turner’s songs provided the soundtrack of a generation and her story inspired hearts and minds around the world. Come celebrate her legacy with an evening of her biggest hits including “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” “Proud Mary,” and more.

Sunday, October 29, also at 7:30 PM, enjoy The Kenny Barron Trio. Kenny Barron has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the top jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly as “the most lyrical piano player of our time.” The inimitable Philadelphian has been honored by the National Endowment of the Arts as a Jazz Master. Presented without the Nashville Symphony.

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