Symphony tickets still on sale

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Albert-George Schram

Tickets are still available for Tuesday night's concert by the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony in Calsonic Arena on the Celebration grounds.

The casual, family-friendly concert, beginning at 7 p.m., includes performances by the Cascade High School band and the Motlow College Jazz Band.

The Nashville Symphony, under the direction of resident conductor and local favorite Albert-George Schram, will perform a Broadway-influenced program including selections from "West Side Story," "Les Miserables," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Grease."

The Cascade band, directed by David Lucich, will perform "Prairie Songs" by Pierre LaPlante and "Pilatus Mountain of Dragons" by Steven Reineke during the first half of the program and will then return to play in tandem with the symphony for the evening's finale, including the traditional "Stars and Stripes Forever." Schram often assigns a solo in one of the joint pieces to one of the high school students.

The Motlow Jazz Band, directed by Tom Breece, will perform a pre-concert at 6 p.m. and will return at intermission. Other activities during the pre-concert period include an art show on the arena concourse and the Nashville Symphony's "instrument petting zoo," which gives children the chance to touch and try actual symphonic instruments. Participants are welcome to bring a picnic supper or purchase concessions to enjoy during the pre-concert period.

Artists needed

Artists are still being sought for the art show, which includes everything from school children's drawings to the works of accomplished professional artists. Contact Nancy June Brandon, 684-4904, or Janet Cavna, 205-7108, for more information.

The Nashville Symphony has performed in Shelbyville annually, with only one exception, since 1989. The concert is made possible by individual and corporate supporters including Regions Bank, which sponsors the symphony's community concert series, and Economy Pen & Pencil Company, a key sponsor of the local concert. The Celebration makes the use of Calsonic Arena possible. Because of sponsor support, all ticket proceeds benefit Bedford County Arts Council.

The concert is managed by a steering committee composed of local volunteers and Nashville Symphony staffers. Dawn Holley chairs the committee.

Children and students are admitted to the concert free of charge, and general admission for adults is $5. General admission tickets are available at all Shelbyville and Tullahoma locations of Regions Bank, and will also be available at the arena on the night of the concert.

Box seats are $10 each in groups of 6 or 8 and are available only at the Elm Street branch of Regions Bank.

For more information, go to the concert web site,, or call (931) 703-2292 or (931) 842-4824.