The age of modern music began shortly after 8 p.m. on Dec. 22, 1894, at the Salle Erard in Paris, France. It was on that night that The National Society of Music presented the world premiere of Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Amazingly, Debussy’s assault on traditional musical values opened not with ear-shattering tone clusters but with a gentle melody played on the flute. The tonal ambiguity that followed, however, seemingly stopped time and changed the course of music history. Debussy’s masterpiece will be one of the highlights of the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra’s free spring concerts. The community orchestra under the director of conductor Christopher Norton will also perform Nashville composer Don Hart’s Fanfare and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88.