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Comment Archives: stories: Music: Classical

Re: “NSO's 2014-15 season puts a premium on American music while giving the classics their due

I would like to correct one error in this otherwise excellent article. Victor Wooten and I are co-writing the concerto he will be performing with the orchestra. Victor is a phenomenal musician with much to bring to the table and I am honored and excited to be working with him. And I appreciate what Alan Valentine said- our intention is to not to write a hybrid but to create a unique addition to the serious classical repertoire.
Thank you,
Conni Ellisor

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Posted by Conni Ellisor on 01/23/2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Alias Chamber Ensemble performs four contemporary American composers

Leading with a disparaging remark about dead white male composers is as offensive as it is unoriginal.

Posted by theanony on 10/23/2013 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer performs his new Double Concerto with violinist Joshua Bell and the Nashville Symphony

Oops , typo--meant to say my dad came down from Bloomington to see it w/ me... we remember josh playing at my St Charles violin class when he was about 17 :)

Posted by ajsmithz on 05/31/2013 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer performs his new Double Concerto with violinist Joshua Bell and the Nashville Symphony

Excellent piece!! My dad came dand I loved the complex rhythm and hearing you both perform!

Posted by ajsmithz on 05/31/2013 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Blakemore Trio releases its debut album

For the moment, this CD is narrowly available exclusively at www.bluegriffin.com. It will become nationally available, on amazon.com and other sites, in April. I'll try to find out whether the disc will be available at local bookstores, etc. More to come.

Posted by John Pitcher on 02/28/2013 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Blakemore Trio releases its debut album

I'm sure this is widely available on the interwebs, but where can one buy this album in Nashville?

Posted by Jason_Horowitz on 02/28/2013 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Our interview with the legendary George Takei

You can always tell a liberal wacko - they resort to name-calling. George Takei is not legendary. As someone who grew up on that series, sorry. Yawn. But, other members of the Star Trek cast ... ARE. He's like a Facts of Life cast member, not Seinfeld. And obviously from the response here, nobody else really cares about this drivel either - it's a story that has nothing to do with Nashville. My point exactly. Anyway, time to go to work and pay taxes for the Bonnaroo fleabags!

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Posted by Holden Caufield on 02/13/2013 at 4:59 AM

Re: “Our interview with the legendary George Takei

That comment does not even make sense. What's your criticism of George Takei? His work on Star Trek? His work as a gay rights activist? Or are you just a comment-trolling hater?

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Posted by Jack on 02/11/2013 at 1:42 PM

Re: “Our interview with the legendary George Takei

He's not legendary - it's just another supposed 'tattoo phase awakening' ... just before you grow up and start paying taxes. Next.

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Posted by Holden Caufield on 02/10/2013 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Composer Michael Alec Rose reveals his dramatic side in a concert of his virtuoso concertos

Shelby is a terrific and talented young woman.

Posted by iGregGreene on 01/17/2013 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Giancarlo Guerrero launches the Nashville Symphony's 2012-13 season with Mahler's mightiest work

I got the last seat in the house for tonight's performance, and the NSO was tremendous. Loved the guy in front of me who couldn't restrain himself from conducting in his seat, and his wife kept gently patting his arm. As someone who can't hear "Seven Nation Army" without involuntary air-guitaring, I sympathized with him.

Posted by mr. pink on 09/10/2012 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Giancarlo Guerrero launches the Nashville Symphony's 2012-13 season with Mahler's mightiest work

Few tickets were available for tonight, and few are still available for Sunday. Some people with tickets don't show, but the hall were pretty packed tonight, and enthusiastic. I won't speak for the quality of the performance, since I was one of the performers, but the piece is spectacular and well worth listening. As for the expense--the NSO is a business (a nonprofit, but a business) and one of the best-managed orchestras in the country. I think it safe to say that Alan Valentine and Co. know how to weigh the costs and benefits of these gala openings.

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Posted by David Carlton on 09/07/2012 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Giancarlo Guerrero launches the Nashville Symphony's 2012-13 season with Mahler's mightiest work

For the record, I got the dates from Edward Downes' "The New York Philharmonic Guide to the Symphony" and Michael Steinberg's "The Symphony." Both Downes and Steinberg were former program annotators for a little band called the New York Philharmonic, which used to be led by a music director named Gustav Mahler. Mahler died on May 18, 1911, not in 1910.

Most people who attended the 1910 Munich premiere were certain that Mahler was alive when he conducted the orchestra. There was one naysayer, however, a certain Mark von Claytonberg, who was convinced that Mahler was dead, that Bruno Walter and Thomas Mann had conspired to kill him, and that Alma Mahler impersonated her husband on the podium. Claytonberg conceded he didn't have evidence, but he could speculate ....

As for monstrous wastes of money, I can think of a few -- tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, funding for weapons systems that either don't work or have no strategic purpose whatsoever. Spending money on music that both enriches the soul and sells out concert halls is not one of them.

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Posted by John Pitcher on 09/07/2012 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Giancarlo Guerrero launches the Nashville Symphony's 2012-13 season with Mahler's mightiest work

Mr. Pitcher might well ask what you've been reading (or smoking). I haven't found a single source that supports what you're saying. On the other hand, there's this:

http://observer.com/2004/11/mahlers-massiv…

and this:

http://www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony/bu…

and this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._…)

I'll supply more if needed from the more than 5 million results I found on Google.

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Posted by mr. pink on 09/07/2012 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Giancarlo Guerrero launches the Nashville Symphony's 2012-13 season with Mahler's mightiest work

"Mahler composed this massive symphony in a white heat, finishing it in less than two months during the summer of 1906. He conducted the world premiere himself on Sept. 12, 1910, in Munich." ( This quote from the above commentary appears to be completely wrong!) Others say the piece was written 1910, never conducted by Mahler. He was dead and Bruno Walter conducted it the first time. What does Mr. Pitcher read?

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Posted by fmw on 09/07/2012 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Giancarlo Guerrero launches the Nashville Symphony's 2012-13 season with Mahler's mightiest work

Anyone who's seen any of the other NSO Mahler performances, I'll wager. Or for that matter, anything else the NSO has done of late. The performances I've seen have rivaled any rock concert around here in years for excitement and audience enthusiasm.

A friend told me she couldn't get tickets for tonight's show. Guess the Schermerhorn is the proverbial joint that's so crowded nobody goes there anymore.

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Posted by mr. pink on 09/06/2012 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Giancarlo Guerrero launches the Nashville Symphony's 2012-13 season with Mahler's mightiest work

Every orchestra is going broke and you program this budget buster? Who is paying for this? Who wants to hear this monstrous waste of time and money?

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Posted by altekakker on 09/06/2012 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Composer Richard Danielpour's latest work pays heartfelt tribute to the victims of Iranian tyranny

Hey check out (and like) an interesting take on composer Mahler's Fourth Symphony and the many different renditions interpreted by other musicians written by one of the editors of Culture Catch Mr. Holtje at: http://culturecatch.com/music/mahler-fourt…

Posted by Mishell Velez on 11/28/2011 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Pianist Emanuel Ax performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 highlights a strong Nashville Symphony program

The secret melody to Elgar's 'Enigma' Variations is 'Ein feste Burg' (A Mighty Fortress) by Martin Luther. There are various musical ciphers embedded in the Variations confirming the identities of both the hidden Principal Theme and the hidden Friend. To learn more about these intriguing discoveries, visit enigmathemeunmasked.blogspot.com

Posted by Robert Wayne Padgett on 10/07/2011 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony unearth the heavenly power of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony

Arrggh--I'm out of town this year and unable to sing this with the Chorus, as I did when the NSO (with von Stade) performed the fourth and fifth movements of the Resurrection for the gala opening of the Schermerhorn in 2006. But I still think that the choral entrance we did then was the single best thing the Chorus has ever done. Because the hall is *so* noiseless, we were able to come in at ppp or maybe even pppp, and it was less a "sound" than a sonic bath. Knowing how great the Chorus (and George Mabry's leadership) is, I'm sure they've gone one better this time.

Posted by David Carlton on 06/05/2011 at 12:44 PM

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