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Centennial Park Unveils Chamber Music Lineup

The chamber music series at the Parthenon in Nashville's Centennial Park kicks off Dec. 14.

Centennial Park Conservancy announced today that the ECHO chamber music series at the Parthenon returns this winter with a five-concert season, kicking off December 14. The series features composers and contemporary ensembles performing chamber music created or arranged for the unique reverb of the Parthenon Naos and performed in front of the 42-foot statue of Athena.

“We’re very excited for ECHO to return as we present another season of incredible composers and ensembles at the Parthenon,” said Justin Tam, Centennial Park Conservancy’s Vice President of Development and Park Partnerships. “There is truly no other experience in Nashville quite like ECHO, where audiences get to hear live chamber music arranged specifically for the unique acoustic environment of the Parthenon Naos.”

SONUS Choir

Thursday, December 14

ECHO’s 2023-2024 season kicks off on Thursday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. with a performance from SONUS Choir. The modern a capella choir returns to ECHO for a holiday tradition of “All is Calm.” The ensemble will synthesize contemporary choral repertoire with classic holiday favorites using its signature straight-tone blend, filling the room. The holiday program will feature music in many languages by esteemed choral composers Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, and Arvo Part in addition to well-known holiday favorites.

Lockeland Strings

On Sunday, January 28, 2024

On Sunday, January 28, 2024, Lockeland Strings returns to ECHO for two performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. featuring the work of Nicole Neely, who has collaborated with Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, and more. Neely’s compositions have appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, the BET Awards, the GRAMMYs, and American Idol, to name a few. The evening will also showcase four singer-songwriters backed by a Lockeland Strings ensemble.

Ben Sollee

Sunday, February 25, 2024

On Sunday, February 25, 2024, at 7:30 p.m., cellist and composer Ben Sollee will make his ECHO debut. A graduate of the University of Louisville School of Music, he holds a BFA in cello performance. Since his debut record in 2008, Sollee has released six studio records and nearly 10 EPs garnering praise from the New York Times and NPR. His music has been featured in TV shows such as Weeds and Parenthood. In addition, Sollee has a growing career as a composer for film, TV, and interactive media, earning an Emmy Award in 2018 for his score on the ABC special Base Ballet.

ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, March 10, 2024

The final show of the ECHO season will feature Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Making their ECHO debut, ALIAS will celebrate International Women’s Day with a selection of pieces from female composers throughout history. ALIAS has been nominated for a GRAMMY award (Best Small Ensemble Performance), recorded four albums to date featuring world premiere recordings by American composers.

General admission tickets for all ECHO concerts are $20 each. Patrons tickets are available for $50 each and include two complimentary beverages and reserved seating. Season tickets are also available now. Discounted four-show season ticket packages are available for $75 for General Admission, and $180 for Patron tickets. Purchase tickets at conservancyonline.com/echo

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.