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Black Music Month at the Symphony

by Cass Teague
(l-r) Smokey Robinson and Tituss Burgess

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is the place to be for great performances this June, Black Music Month. Tituss Burgess, the Nashville African American Wind Symphony, and the one and only Smokey Robinson will be on stage in the Lara Turner Hall as we celebrate Juneteenth.

The fabulous Tituss Burgess — who brought us the unforgettable “Pinot Noir” in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — returns to the Nashville Symphony for an evening of favorite melodies from Broadway and film. Enjoy mega-hits from Broadway shows like Porgy & Bess, West Side Story, The Fantasticks, The Little Mermaid, The Wiz, Once on this Island, Songs for A New World, and Jekyll & Hyde. Also featuring Bette Midler’s versions of “One More For My Baby” and “Do You Wanna Dance,” plus hits like “Guess Who I Saw Today,” “Goldfinger,” “Time After Time,” and more.Enrico Lopez-Yañez conducts the Nashville Symphony, with performances at 7:30 pm Thursday, June 13, Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, with tickets starting at only $36.

Join the Nashville African American Wind Symphony’s annual Juneteenth celebration performance, A Celebration of Freedom. Sunday, June 16, 2024 at 6:00 pm. The Nashville African American Wind Symphony 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. The Nashville African American Wind Symphony aims to be a key regional service as a professional performance ensemble, a key youth instrumental musical training, and a means of preserving the wind band community in Nashville and as an established legacy organization. The Nashville African American Wind Symphony, with Bruce Ayers, conductor, are joined by the W. Crimm Singers, Patrick Dailey, conductor.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and GRAMMY® Living Legend Award recipient Smokey Robinson returns to the Schermerhorn stage for the first time in nine years for an evening of R&B and soul classics with the Nashville Symphony. Hear unforgettable hits including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion,” and much more.. Please note that the first part of the concert will present orchestra without Smokey Robinson. Sarah Hicks conducts the Nashville Symphony on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, beginning at 7:30 pm. Following intermission, the program will feature Smokey Robinson with the orchestra.

A Smokey Robinson Cruisin’ Meet & Greet Package Upgrade is available for an additional $150.00 and does not include a ticket. Tickets must be purchased separately** These include a Meet & Greet with Smokey, Photo Op with Smokey, Exclusive Lithograph, Autograph by Smokey, Exclusive VIP Merchandise, and a Commemorative VIP Laminate. For best availability and pricing, explore the June 20th performance.

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