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Nashville Symphony Announces 2020 – 2021 Season

Four new Family Series and movies in concert productions for kids, plus an exciting mix of classical, pops and jazz options. Season tickets are on sale now.

The Nashville Symphony covers all the bases when it comes to putting together a season of shows. There's classical, jazz, pops and movie concerts along with its popular Family Series.

Nashville Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yanez designs the Family Series lineup. While geared toward ages 10 and younger, these musical experiences are great for kids of all ages as they appeal to everyone in the family. While elementary-age children are the sweet spot, Lopez-Yanez aims to make it as wide of a net as possible.

"The biggest thing for me is to put together fun, engaging, thematic shows. I want the content to be stuff that's going to excite kids, including things that are relevant in pop culture that they feel they connect with," says Lopez-Yanez. "I also have that Pixar mentality, so I make sure there are jokes in there for parents and older kids," he adds.

These special concerts are highly interactive and theatrical, and the design of each show is built around the audience being part of the action. The concerts include visual appeal as well, as they typically include video elements.

It's all a fun way to engage children with the magical power of music. And for Lopez-Yanez, that fun factor is extremely important.

"When I'm building a show, I'm not trying to create something that's overly teachy or in your face. This is meant to be fun," says Lopez-Yanez. "These shows are meant to entertain kids while exposing them to what we do on a regular basis, which is play classical music," he adds.


All of the Family Series concerts are sensory friendly experiences. The concerts include the following:

  • No shushing
  • Booster seats
  • Raised lighting
  • Flexible seating 
  • Closed captioning
  • Relaxed ticket return policy
  • Kiosk with fidget toys, headphones, social stories and more
  • Quiet spaces in Curb Education Hall and Balcony Lobby alcoves
  • Plus a resource fair in the West Lobby

Access the Nashville Symphony's sensory resources HERE.


Your Family Series concert tickets include free pre-show activities in the Schermerhorn starting at 10 a.m. (one hour prior to showtime). A musical instrument petting zoo is a staple. Volunteers introduce children to a variety of instruments that they can get their hands on and experience how to play them. Other activities include stories, crafts and games which change per show to mirror the concert theme.


2020 – 2021 Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Family Series

Show descriptions provided by Nashville Symphony. While appropriate for all ages, these concerts are specifically designed for ages 10 & younger.

Dr. FREAKuency's Major Monster Bash
October 31, 2020
This spooktacular Halloween bash features Night on Bald Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, In the Hall of the Mountain King and more. Come in costume!

The Snowman & Holiday Favorites
December 5, 2020

The orchestra accompanies a screening of the 1982 film The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs’ heartwarming book, and performs some holiday favorites.

The Beatles Guide to the Orchestra
March 20, 2021

In this magical musical tour through the orchestra, join aspiring young musician “Rico Starr” on his quest to form a band, all accompanied by the timeless melodies of The Beatles.

Carnival of the Animals
April 17, 2021

Take an imaginative journey through the animal kingdom in this zoological musical, featuring a fully orchestrated setting of Saint-Saëns’ classic score, along with engaging songs like “Talk to the Animals” and “Kokowanda Bay.”


2020 – 2021 MOVIES SERIES

The Nashville Symphony's popular Movies Series includes five exciting performances next season:

Ghostbusters in Concert: Oct. 16 – 18, 2020
Home Alone in Concert: Dec. 4 – 6, 2020
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in Concert: March 12 – 14, 2021
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in Concert: May 21 – 23, 2021
Toy Story in Concert: June 18 – 20, 2021


• Leslie Odom Jr.: Sept. 17 – 19, 2020
• Stewart Copeland: Police Deranged: Oct. 29 – 31, 2020
• Music City Christmas: Dec. 17 – 19, 2020
• Country's Leading Ladies: Jan. 14 – 16, 2021
• Pops Spectacular: Orchestral Greatest Hits: Feb. 4 – 7, 2021
• Beatles Revolution: March 18 – 20, 2021
• An Evening with the Rat Pack: April 15 – 17, 2021
• Ben Folds: May 6 – 8 2021


• Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Charlie Parker Centennial: Oct. 9, 2020
• Prohibition with the Nashville Symphony: Nov. 6, 2020
• Chick Corea: Vigilette with Carlitos Del Puerto and Marcus Gillmore: April 13, 2021


• Her Story – Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration: Sept. 10 – 12, 2020
• Classical Rock Stars: Oct. 2 – 4, 2020
• Epic Beethoven & Strauss: October 22-24, 2020
• Gorgeous Grieg & Stunning Stravinsky: Nov. 13 – 14, 2020
• Beethoven’s Choral Masterpiece: Nov. 20 – 21, 2020
• Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique: Jan. 7 – 9, 2021
• Delightful Dvořák: Jan. 22-23, 2021
• Mozart Fest: Greatest Hits: Feb. 18 – 20, 2021
• Mozart Fest: The Marriage of Figaro: Feb. 26 & 28, 2021
• Pinchas Zuckerman Plays & Conducts: April 1 – 3, 2021
• Pinchas Zuckerman Returns: April 9 – 11, 2021
• Keyboard Spectacular, April 29 – May 1, 2021
• Scheherazade: May 14 – 16, 2021
• Titanic Tchaikovsky & Mahler: May 27 – 29, 2021


• Not Our First Goat Rodeo with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile: Oct. 25, *Presented without orchestra
• Honky-Tonk Mariachi: Stephanie Urbina Jones: Oct. 27, 2020
• Jennifer Nettles with the Nashville Symphony: Broadway Under the Mistletoe: Dec. 1 – 2, 2020
• Too Hot to Handel: A Gospel Messiah: Dec. 10 – 13, 2020
• Final Fantasy Game VII Remake World Concert Tour: Jan. 13, 2021
• Ballet Folklórico de México: Jan 19, 2021, *Presented without orchestra
• Mozart Fest: Amadeus in Concert: Jan 28 – 29, 2021
• Valentine’s with Kenny G: Feb. 12 & 14, 2021


Season ticket packages for all 2020 – 2021 Nashville Symphony series are on sale now. Season ticket holders receive several benefits, including priority seating, bonus tickets, free unlimited ticket exchanges, parking discounts and more.

Individual tickets go on sale July 17.

For more info about the entire season, call 615-687-6400 or visit


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