Tickets for symphony concert on sale Monday

Friday, April 3, 2009

Tickets go on sale Monday for the "Symphony at the Celebration" concert, featuring the Nashville Symphony, May 5 at Calsonic Arena.

This concert marks the 20-year anniversary of the orchestra's Shelbyville visits and will include a tribute to the late Scott McDonald, who guided the transformation from a basic concert into a sort of community arts festival including guest performers and a visual arts exhibit on the arena concourse.

Albert-George Schram (Nashville Symphony photo)

The Nashville Symphony will be conducted by resident conductor Albert-George Schram, a native of the Netherlands who charmed the local crowd during his 2007 appearance with the orchestra.

"It's good to be in this horsey place," Schram told the crowd.

No tie required

As always, the program will be casual and family-friendly, with children admitted free of charge. The musical program will include several Mexican-themed selections in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Also on the program are selections by Aaron Copland, Bizet, and John Phillip Sousa, among others.

The Shelbyville Central High School Band, under the direction of Kayne Gilliland, will perform several of its own selections just before intermission and then return to play in tandem with the symphony for three selections to close the concert.

The Motlow College Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Tom Breece, will provide pre-concert and intermission entertainment, and a color guard from Shelbyville Fire Department will present the colors as the symphony performs "The Star-Spangled Banner" to open the concert.

An arts exhibit, featuring student, amateur and professional artists, will be held on the arena concourse during the evening.

McDonald honored

The first Nashville Symphony concert in Shelbyville, in 1989, was co-sponsored by Berol Corp. and Shelbyville Rotary Club. The 1989 concert was held in the outdoor Celebration arena, while Calsonic Arena was still under construction. The concerts since that time have been indoors. The concert has been an annual event except for a year-and-a-half gap early in its history which resulted when organizers were attempting to find the best season of the year in which to hold the concert.

Within a few years, Berol reduced and then ended its sponsorship, with First American Bank, of which McDonald was president, stepping in as presenting sponsor. It was McDonald who formed a local steering committee for the concert and brought in Bedford County Arts Council as a partner.

Later, First American was acquired by AmSouth, which became the sponsor for the Nashville Symphony's community concert series. AmSouth was acquired by Regions, which took over the sponsorship.

Although the branches headed by McDonald were sold to a different bank, leaving him no longer the concert's presenting sponsor, McDonald remained an enthusiastic supporter of the concert until his death last year.

Since the first Shelbyville concert in 1989, the symphony has seen remarkable growth of its own, including an acclaimed appearance at Carnegie Hall, nationwide TV appearances and the opening of Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville.

A full schedule

The Motlow Jazz Band will begin the evening with a pre-concert performance from 6-6:30 p.m. Those attending the pre-concert are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and to enjoy the art exhibits on the concourse. The main symphony concert will begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to last about an hour and 40 minutes.

Adult general admission for the concert remains $5, with all children and students admitted free of charge. (Adult students should bring student ID.) Box seats are $10 each in groups of 6 or 8. Because of concert sponsorships, all ticket proceeds benefit Bedford County Arts Council.

Regions Bank is the sponsor of the Nashville Symphony's community concert series. Economy Pen and Pencil is also a sponsor of the local concert, along with The Celebration and Bedford County Arts Council.

Further information about the concert is available at its web site,

If you go

General admission tickets are available starting Monday at all Regions Bank locations in Shelbyville and Tullahoma. Box seat tickets will be available at the Elm Street location in Shelbyville only.

The Program

Nashville Symphony

The Star-Spangled Banner, arr. Williams

American Salute, Gould

Hoe Down, from Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, Copland

Polovtsian Dances, Borodin

Shelbyville Central High School Band

Selections TBA




Nashville Symphony

La Fiesta Mexicana: Carnival, Reed

San Luis Samba, Chase

Fiesta Mexicana for Cinco de Mayo, Wendel

Nashville Symphony and Shelbyville Central High School Band

Farandole, Bizet

The Liberty Bell March, Sousa

The Stars & Stripes Forever, Sousa