The Schermerhorn Symphony Center opened in September of 2006 and is home to the critically acclaimed Nashville Symphony. The Nashville Symphony performs more than 100 classical, pops, and special concert events each session and will present recitals, choral concerts, cabaret, jazz and world music events.
The Nashville Symphony mission statement reads: The Nashville Symphony is dedicated to achieving the highest-standard for excellence in musical performance and educational programs, while engaging the community, enriching audiences and shaping cultural life.
The Nashville Symphony is led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine. The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has a growing international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming. With 148 performances annually, the 83-member Nashville Symphony is an arts leader in Nashville and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops and jazz concerts; special events; children’s concerts and community outreach programs.
As a national and international ambassador for the citizens of Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 16 recordings on Naxos, the world’s leading classical label, and one on Decca, making the Nashville Symphony currently one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. These recordings have received seven total GRAMMY® nominations and, in 2008, three GRAMMY® wins for Made in America, a recording of works by American composer Joan Tower. The winning categories included ‘Best Classical Album’ and ‘Best Orchestral Performance.’
Music education is a top priority for the Nashville Symphony. In April 2007, the Symphony announced a major new education initiative called Music Education City.
Highlights of the critically-acclaimed Schermerhorn Symphony Center include the 1,844-seat Laura Turner Concert Hall and the 3,000-square-foot Mike Curb Family Music Education Hall.
Public tours of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center are led by knowledgeable, highly trained docents. Tours are offered free of charge on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning at 1pm in the West Atrium, adjacent to the Symphony CafÃ©. Tours last approximately 50 minutes. Reservations are not required for groups of 10 or less. If you have a group of 10 or more people, please call ahead to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center Tour Hotline at (615) 687-6580. Also call to schedule a private tour and please allow at least 72 hours advance notice for your tour to be scheduled.