Music to our ears: Symphony coming soon

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tickets for the May 6 performance by the Nashville Symphony at Calsonic Arena will go on sale April 16 at the Elm Street main office of First Community Bank.

The symphony's casual, family-friendly Shelbyville concert, a tradition since 1989, will also include the Cascade High School Band, playing on its own and joining the symphony for the grand finale. The Motlow State Community College Band will appear as well, providing pre-concert and intermission entertainment.

The symphony will be led by assistant conductor Vinay Parameswaran in his Shelbyville debut.

Art and more

There will be an an art show on the arena concourse featuring works from school children, professional artists and everyone in between. And the symphony will again bring its "instrument petting zoo," which allows children and adults alike to touch and try symphonic instruments under the guidance of trained volunteers.

Children and students will be admitted to the concert free of charge, while adult general admission will be $5. Box seats will also be available, in quantities of 6 or 8, for $10 each.

The low ticket prices have been made possible through the years through the contributions of sponsors.

Sponsors needed

This year, the Nashville Symphony no longer has an overall sponsor for its community concert series, and so sponsors are being sought for the local concert.

This year's concert is not in jeopardy, but if sponsorship money isn't raised, it's possible that the concert won't return next year, say local steering committee chairs John Carney and Dawn Holley.

Interested sponsors can contact Dan Tonelson with the symphony at 615-687-6531 for more information about sponsorship levels.