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April 24, 2024

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Nashville Symphony to Host Free Community Concerts

Five outdoor performances featuring summertime classics fun for the whole family, and absolutely free.

The Nashville Symphony has announced dates and programs for their annual Community Concerts, a summer tradition throughout Middle Tennessee. From June 7 through 11, the Orchestra will perform free concerts in local parks and communities in Davidson, Macon, Sumner and Wilson counties.

Nashville Symphony Associate Conductor Nathan Aspinall will conduct a program featuring American classics including Aaron Copland’s “Hoe Down” from Rodeo, Samuel Ward’s America the Beautiful, and Bob Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute; John Williams’ “Flight to Neverland” from the score of the movie Hook; “Kum Ba Yah” from Adolphus Hailstork’s Three Spirituals for Orchestra. The Orchestra will also perform popular excerpts from Georges Bizet’s Carmen; and a summertime favorite, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

“The Nashville Symphony audience extends well beyond the walls of Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and our parks concerts are one of the best ways we can connect with our extended community,” said Tonya McBride Robles, Nashville Symphony Chief Operating Officer. “We invite our neighbors, one and all, to pack a picnic and join us in one of our beautiful parks.”

Several of the concert locations will offer pre-concert activities and food options, and concertgoers are encouraged to pack a picnic and come early to enjoy a beautiful summer evening in the parks.

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Nashville Symphony Community Concerts 2023


Musicians Corner Stage, Centennial Park*
Thursday, June 8 at 7:30pm

2500 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Davidson County
Co-presented with Musicians Corner
Pre-concert performances to be announced

Key Park Pavilion
Friday, June 9, 7:30 PM

208 Church Street
Lafayette, TN 37083
Macon County
Presented by Macon County Arts Council
Rain location: Lafayette Elementary School

Cumberland University Memorial Lawn*
Saturday, June 10, 7:30 PM

1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
Wilson County
Presented by Cumberland University Fine Arts Council
Pre-concert performances to be announced
Rain location: Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena

Smith Springs Community Center
Sunday, June 11, 4:00 PM
2801 Smith Springs Road
Nashville, TN 37217
Davidson County


  • Aaron Copland: “Hoe Down” from Rodeo
  • Aaron Copland: “Saturday Night Waltz” from Four Dance Episodes
  • Antonin Dvorak: Slavonic Dance Op. 72 No. 2
  • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 6
  • Rafael Hernandez/Gonzales: El Cumbanchero
  • Georges Bizet: Excerpts from Carmen
  • Prelude and aragonaise
  • Habenera
  • Intermezzo
  • Danse Boheme
  • John Williams: Flight to Neverland
  • Aldolphus Hailstork: “Kum Ba Yah” from Three Spirituals for Orchestra
  • Samuel Ward/arr. Alfred Reed: America the Beautiful
  • Bob Lowden: Armed Forces SalutePeter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

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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.