Yesterday, The Nashville Symphony announced what has to be its most ambitious season to date. The 2010/11 concert schedule encompasses old favorites and world premieres, and a long list of guest artists features great pianist André Watts, conductor and NSO ally Leonard Slatkin, and the conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as well as numerous younger virtuosos. The wide-ranging repertoire includes familiar concertos by Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninoff, modern landmarks like Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Berg's Lyric Suite, well-tested contemporary composers like John Adams and Joan Tower, and newly commissioned works from more recent arrivals like Daniel Bernard Roumain. Trust us, that's a just small sample--we haven't even mentioned any of the intriguing lesser-known works on offer. Two colossal works by Mahler neatly flank the schedule. September's gala opening will assemble a cast of hundreds to play and sing his all-embracing Symphony No. 8, and the season closes with the early Symphony No. 2. Mahler's broad, expressive scope and crystalline orchestration perfectly suit the NSO's spacious and transparent sound. Is it too much to hope for a full Mahler cycle from Maestro Guerrero over seasons to come?
"The number of people that have expressed concern about closing it down and doing away with it I think has had an impact on my viewpoint. ...Right now we're closing one thing down without offering an alternative plan, which ultimately limits the choices we have available to us."Thanks, Sylvan Park. In exchange, you can be the first to host all those residential LED signs on your turf.
"Every time the state of Tennessee improves or builds a new interchange on the interstate, Pilot Oil has an interest. Now, is that a big conflict for Mayor Haslam or a small conflict? Frankly we don't know because he will not tell us the amount of income he's getting from Pilot Oil. The public needs to know that and the most reliable way of knowing that is for him to release his income tax returns."What's Haslam Hiding?: Here's a roundup of previous criticism from the media and the rest of Haslam's Republican opponents in the governor's race. Gibbons has been particularly persistent. Here is our question for you, Pith Nation: Should we all care passionately whether Haslam releases his income tax returns, or is this just a phony issue created by bored political reporters and kept alive by Haslam's desperate rivals? Update: Don Sundquist says Republicans will win the governor's race if they "keep it civil" in their primary. He cites "uncalled-for and unnecessary" comments about Haslam's finances.
"If a compromise can't be reached, and the TEA's dug in, we have to work through that. I'm optimistic that it can be a matter we can work out, but it depends on how far apart the parties are."
I doubt she'd choke on yours.
The story on "the Lutheran," ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, was from January. I was…
Bill, I agree. But you're messing with Betsy's MO.
That's cute, gast, and something he might have said.