EXIT 196


The Symphony’s outdoor video presentation, before the rainstorm.
September 11, 2009

Dozens of travelers leave I-40 at Exit 196 everyday, some to visit friends and family, others for fuel,refreshment or lodging. They all have a story to tell and we are here to share a tale or two that we heard at Exit 196.

Late Friday evening four girls from a small town in West Tennessee returned wet and bedraggled to their hotel room at EXIT 196. The four girls, all members of their high school orchestra, arrived earlier that day to attend the free outdoor video presentation of the Nashville Symphony’s opening night concert. About thirty minutes before the concert started an abrupt downpour of rain drove more than a hundred attendees of the outdoor presentation away to seek shelter. However, the four undaunted young women remained with a handful of faithful fans to observe the Symphony’s All Beethoven Opening Night performance.

Marking Giancarlo Guerrero’s official start as the orchestra’s musical director the Nashville Symphony opened their fourth season at the Schermerhorn Center Friday night by presenting an evening devoted to the music of classical composer Beethoven.

The Symphony erected an outdoor video screen on the front plaza of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center where visitors viewed a free, live, pre-concert video. Hosted by local television personalities Alan Frio, and Terri Merryman, the presentation also included an exclusive live look inside the concert hall throughout the duration of the concert. Unfortunately a sudden torrential rainstorm caused most of the plaza’s visitors to leave the Symphony Center before the orchestra struck the season’s first note.

World renowned pianist Lang Lang joined the orchestra for the season’s sold out opening night concert. Hailed by the New York Times as “the hottest artist on the classical music planet,” Lang offered a dramatic and inspired performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 in C minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 37 in his first Nashville appearance.

“With Giancarlo Guerrero now officially in place as our new Music Director, the Nashville Symphony is poised for a fabulous season of amazing music-making,” said Alan D. Valentine, president of the Nashville Symphony. “From a wide variety of phenomenal music to the international celebrity of our guest artists and conductors, our 2009-10 season promises even more of what the Nashville community and the music world at large have come to expect from the Nashville Symphony.”

At EXIT 196 we are all truly proud of our Symphony and are very pleased that it attracts visitors from far away places and neighboring communities. The four high school girls who visited Nashville last weekend vowed they will return later this year to attend a concert inside the magnificent Schermerhorn Symphony Center. We will welcome their return.

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