The Nashville Symphony’s new 2022-2023 season is a complete ‘resurrection’
In 1895 Gustav Mahler premiered his second symphony, “Resurrection”. A massive work that calls on a large orchestra as well as a choir for its epic final movement, it draws on the composer’s view of the afterlife and ends with an overwhelming explosion of glory.
127 years later, you couldn’t dream of a more fitting piece to mark the Nashville Symphony’s comeback.
On Sept. 10, longtime music director Giancarlo Guerrero will conduct a performance of “Resurrection” to open the Nashville Symphony’s 2022-23 season — which will be the first to feature the full orchestra from start to finish since 2018-2019.
The pandemic forced the orchestra’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center to remain silent for 18 months. When the symphony finally resumed performances last September, it featured a smaller chamber orchestra to allow for social distancing.
When they were planning these little performances, Guerrero had a common refrain.
“There’s always great music for every occasion,” he told The Tennessean. “Even when we had to play with 30 players, we found great music.”
“But let’s be honest,” he continues. “The idea of having a big concert hall like the Schermerhorn, where we can put these massive productions – In many ways this season is a reaction to what we’ve been through in two and a half years. It’s almost like leaving everything and (saying) ‘Here we are. We’re back, and there’s no stopping us.'”
This spirit is found throughout the range. The “Trailblazing Women” concerts were originally planned for the centennial of women’s suffrage in 2020. Among its songwriting selections will be the world premiere of “Her Story” by Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe, who was waiting backstage to two years.
Another ambitious evening sees Guerrero and company tackle Holst’s epic “The Planets” alongside Tchaikovsky’s famous Violin Concerto. Future weekends will feature works by Mozart, Beethoven, Copland, Gershwin, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Dvořák and Brahms, among other legendary composers.
For some, of course, there are other names on the calendar that might catch your eye first. This season’s pop series will see the symphony perform with The Beach Boys and Vanessa Williams, for example.
They’ll also give the “Music of Motown” a dose of orchestral grandeur – Pops principal bandleader Enrico Lopez-Yañez is thrilled to bring these classic songs to life with “a full orchestra rather than a section at three piece wind… It’s really the way it was created and designed to be.”
“I feel so blessed and blessed to be able to work with such incredible artists and such a wide variety of genres,” he says. “For someone who loves all music, not just classical, that’s great.”
This season will also see Lopez-Yañez and the Symphony perform their first-ever Marvel film score. “Black Panther” is among the film series’ highlights of the season, along with “Ghostbusters,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Ratatouille,” and perennial favorite “Home Alone.”
In another clear highlight, the Grammy-winning singer Ledisi will perform Nina Simone’s songs with the Symphony – part of a jazz series that also includes Makaya McCraven and Aaron Diehl.
Outside of the series, Ronnie Milsap, Chris Botti will perform standalone concerts with the symphony and mark your calendars for a worldwide collaboration between Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer and Rakesh Chaurasia.
Classical, Pops, Movie, Jazz and Family Series subscriptions are now on sale. Packages vary in size from four to 14 gigs
Season passes are also available, and the Symphony says benefits include savings of up to 25% off regular ticket prices, parking discounts, free ticket exchanges for most concerts (up to 72 hours before the show), payment plans and pre-sale access to additional shows.
To buy, visit www.NashvilleSymphony.org/SeasonTickets or call (615) 687-6400 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Nashville Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 Season
All concerts for the 2022-23 season are listed below by series. To see the full list of concerts, visit NashvilleSymphony.org/tickets.
Amazon Classic Series
Pioneering Women, September 15-17, 2022
Holst’s The Planets, from September 29 to October 29. 2, 2022
Mozart & Tchaikovsky, Oct. 28 & 29, 2022
Beethoven & Sibelius, November 4 & 5, 2022
Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Nov. 17-19, 2022
Chopin & Rachmaninov, January 6-8, 2023
Latin Fiesta!, February 3 and 4, 2023
Guerrero conducts An American in Paris, from February 23 to 25, 2023
Dvořák & Brahms, March 10-12, 2023
“Organ” Symphony by Saint-Saëns, March 31 & April 1, 2023
The People of Jonah, April 13-16, 2023
Copland’s Rodeo & Majestic Elgar, May 5 & 6, 2023
Virtuoso fireworks, May 18-20, 2023
Guerrero conducts Mozart’s Requiem, June 1-4, 2023
FirstBank Pops Series
Vanessa Williams with the Nashville Symphony, October 20-22, 2022
Sinatra and Beyond with Tony DeSare, November 10-12, 2022
Music City Christmas, December 15-18, 2022
Artist to be announced, January 12-14, 2023
Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown, February 9-11, 2023
Vertigo Troupe, March 23-25, 2023
Three Mexican Tenors, April 27-29, 2023
The Beach Boys with the Nashville Symphony, May 25-27, 2023
Ghostbusters in concert, from October 14 to 16, 2022
Alone at home in concert, from December 2 to 4, 2022
Ratatouille in concert, from March 17 to 19, 2023
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 in concert, May 12-14, 2023
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther in concert, June 15-18, 2023
Ledisi: Nina and I with the Nashville Symphony, November 6, 2022
Makaya McCraven: In These Times, February 5, 2023
Aaron Diehl, April 2, 2023
The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Family Series
Dr. FREAKuency’s Major Monster Bash, October 22, 2022
Fantastic Philharmonia: The Making of the Orchestra, January 21, 2023
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, March 25, 2023
Music and magic, April 29, 2023
Special events and presentations
Opening Night: Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, September 10, 2022
Go now ! The music of the Moody Blues, October 7, 2022
Ronnie Milsap with the Nashville Symphony, November 8, 2022
Chris Botti with the Nashville Symphony, November 29 and 30, 2022
Alleluia! A ‘Messiah’ Gospel, December 8, 9 & 11, 2022
Rach Two & Philharmonia Fantastique, January 21, 2023
Kodo, February 27, 2023
Celtic Journey with the Nashville Symphony, March 14, 2023
Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer and Rakesh Chaurasia, April 19, 2023