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Symphony at the Celebration

The Symphony at the Celebration concert, featuring The Nashville Symphony, was held May 2 at Calsonic Arena

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A color guard from the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center presented the flag to open Tuesday night's concert by The Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville. The orchestra, under the direction of Byung-Hyun Rhee, played classical and popular tunes associated with American cities or landmarks, such as selections from "Grand Canyon Suite" and the musical "Oklahoma." Steel de Boro, a steel drum band from Murfreesboro city schools, also performed, as did the Motlow College Jazz Ensemble and dance students from Dancy's in Shelbyville. Organizers say they were delighted with the turnout, especially considering that some local residents were committed to attend election night festivities.

Scott McDonald, right, of AmSouth Bank welcomes The Nashville Symphony, under the direction of Byung-Hyun Rhee, for Tuesday's concert. AmSouth, The Celebration and Bedford County Arts Council were presenting sponsors for the concert, with major sponsorships from Wal-Mart Distribution Center and Economy Pencil Company and sponsorships from numerous other individuals and businesses.

Steel de Boro, under the direction of Amy Smith, Andy Smith and Ryan Frost, is a steel drum band composed of fifth and sixth graders from Murfreesboro city schools. The group's Caribbean flair delighted crowds at the symphony concert, and Nashville Symphony officials were so impressed that they are discussing booking the group for a community event in Nashville.

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