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Nashville Symphony Launches “Music in My Neighborhood”

The weeklong community engagement initiative will take place Sept. 20-24 in Nashville’s Edgehill neighborhood.

Nashville Symphony has announced its latest community outreach initiative, “Music in My Neighborhood,” which brings free ensemble performances, educational programs and unique collaborations to a neighborhood in Nashville.

For its first year, “Music in My Neighborhood” takes place September 20 through 24 in Edgehill, where the Symphony will partner with local organizations to highlight Edgehill’s history, culture, and residents.

Our goal is to highlight the amazing things already happening in the neighborhood, and we welcome everyone to join us in celebrating Edgehill,” says Nashville Symphony VP of Education and Community Engagement Kimberly McLemore.

Activities include ensembles and sectionals in schools; after school clinics in community centers and local nonprofits; chamber music performances with Nashville Symphony musicians; and a full Orchestra performance. The week of events culminates with “Music in My Neighborhood: Community Celebration,” a Saturday afternoon gathering from 12 to 4 p.m. featuring a brass ensemble performance; a drum circle with Nashville Symphony musicians and Salama Urban Ministries; an instrument petting zoo and instrument demos; local nonprofits and artists; tours of the community garden; food trucks; and more.

All public shows are denoted in the schedule of events below. Tickets are not required for public events, and entry is granted on a first come, first served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Schedule of Events

* Public Event
+ Private Event

Tuesday 9/20

  • 10 AM – Dress Rehearsal and Conductor Q&A, Montgomery Bell Academy +
  • 1:30 PM – Education Ensemble, Carter Lawrence Elementary +
  • 4 PM – Story Time Ensemble, Edgehill Library *
  • 7 PM – Chamber Music Performance, Scarritt Bennett Center (Open to the Public) *

Wednesday 9/21

  • 8 AM – Musician Career Talk, Rose Park Middle School +
  • 10 AM – Dress Rehearsal and Conductor Q&A, Montgomery Bell Academy +
  • 2 PM – Education Ensemble: Brass, USN Lower School +
  • 3:30 PM – Story Time Ensemble, Acorn School 18th Avenue +
  • 4 PM – Education Ensemble: Strings, Salama Urban Ministries +
  • 7 PM – Chamber Ensemble Performance, The Grove Church *

Thursday 9/22

  • 9:30 AM – Story Time Ensemble, Acorn School, 19th Ave +
  • 11 AM – Musician Career Talk, Carter Lawrence Elementary +
  • 10:55 AM – Sectionals, University School of Nashville +
  • 3:30 PM – Education Ensemble: Brass, Acorn School, Edgehill Ave +
  • 4 PM – Drum Circle, Salama Urban Ministries +
  • 4 PM – Education Ensemble: Strings, Edgehill Public Library *
  • 7 PM – Full Orchestra Community Concert, Rose Park Middle School *

Friday 9/23

  • 10 AM – Story Time Ensemble, Southern Stars Montessori +
  • 10 AM – Musician Demos and Career Talks, University School of Nashville +
  • 4 PM – Drum Circle, Salama Urban Ministries +
  • 6:30 PM – Solo Recital Performance, Edgehill United Methodist *

Saturday 9/24

  • 12 – 4 PM – Music in My Neighborhood: Community Celebration, Edgehill Memorial Community Garden *

Program Details

9/20 Chamber Music Performance Program

  • Voodoo Dolls by Jessie Montgomery
  • Swing Low by Florence Price
  • Strum by Jessie Montgomery
  • String Quartet 5 “Rosa Parks” by Daniel Bernard Roumain
  • Ellington Fantasy “Take the A Train” by Paul Chihara

9/21 Chamber Ensemble Performance Program

  • String Sextet, Op. 18, Movements I & II by Johannes Brahms

9/22 Full Orchestra Community Concert Program

  • Nathan Aspinall, conductor
  • Umoja: Anthem for Unity by Valerie Coleman
  • Suite from Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”) by Ravel
  • Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven

9/23 Solo Recital Performance Program

  • Choral Arts Link, MET Singers
  • TBD solo and chamber works curated by Nashville Symphony musicians

Story Time Ensemble Program

  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (with variations based on Mozart)
  • Fables from Aesop by Howard J. Buss
  • The Astronomer
  • The Crow and the Pitcher
  • The Camel Who Wanted Horns
  • Mill Songs by Dan Welcher
  • Wandering
  • The Hunter
  • Swallowtail Jig – Traditional

Education Ensemble: Strings Program

  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, first movement by Bach
  • String Quartet in C Major No. 13, first movement by Mozart
  • Salut d’ amor by Edward Elgar
  • “Shortening Bread” by Florence Price
  • “Mishima” from String Quartet No. 3 by Philip Glass

For more information, visit nashvillesymphony.org.



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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.