by Finis Ray
Staff Writer

On September 11, the fourth season at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center will open with a dramatic celebration of Beethoven’s works with pianist Lang Lang and the Nashville Symphony, under the conduction of new Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero.

Guiding the audience through nine classical concerts during the 2009-2010 Concert Season, Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero will bring the Nashville Symphony an expertise that has given him regards as being a champion of new music, making him excellent addition to the Nashville Symphony.

“With Giancarlo Guerrero now officially in place as our new Music Director, The Nashville Symphony is poised for a fabulous season of amazing music-making,” said Alan D. Valentine, president and CEO of the Nashville Symphony. “From a wide variety of phenomenal music to the international celebrity of our guest artists and conductors, our 2009-2010 season promises even more of what the Nashville community and the music world at large have come to expect from the Nashville Symphony.”

And promises, it does.

The 2009-2010 season is brimming with musical greatness. The SunTrust Classical Series offers fourteen stunning concerts that include the compositions of Bach, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff, as well as Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the most innovative figures in classical music today.

In addition, the classical series hosts Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Kahn, the world premieres of work by Miguel de Aguila and Roberto Sierra, and a narration of “Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario” by veteran Shakespearean performer, and The Sound of Music actor, Christopher Plummer.

The Adams and Reese Jazz Series brings Grammy—winning Al Jarreau, and a concert by saxophonist Branford Marsalis; meanwhile the Bank of America Pops Series hosts the musical team of Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb, a colorful concert celebrating the rich culture of Hawaii, and Christopher Cross, popular contemporary singer.

The ever-entertaining Anne and Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Series will perform two holiday shows, including Halloween on the High Seas, with music from The Pirates of the Caribbean and choreography from students of the School of Nashville, as well as a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

From feeling the serenity of Hilary Kahn’s violin and braving the high seas at Halloween, to becoming immersed in the classical oeuvres of composers of Bach, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff, the upcoming season at the Nashville Symphony once again proves its musical strength and is guaranteed to please audiences of every age.

For further concert details or ticket information, please visit the Nashville Symphony’s Web site at or phone 615.687.6400; individual concert tickets will go on sale July 18, 2009.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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