Music is making a comeback. As more and more people get vaccinated, dozens of local venues have started filling out their summer calendars. Wynonna Judd is performing at City Winery in June, and Sheila E. and The E-Train will be there in July. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Foreigner and A…

The Nashville Symphony has been quiet for more than 18 months. Like so many other arts and music venues, the Schermerhorn had to close its doors at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Good news dropped last week, though, when the Nashville Symphony’s president and CEO, Alan Valentine, an…

It seems like eons since we enjoyed watching live productions in a seat and not on a screen, and now, they are slowly and safely coming back! Local performing arts organizations have come up with innovative and safe ways to delight audiences this month with in-person events. All shows have l…

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After more than a year of canceled performances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the curtain is finally rising again at Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)! TPAC announced today a return to live performances with an impressive new season of Broadway shows. The 2021-22 HCA Healthcare/TriStar…

TPAC is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and although theaters around the world are dark, that didn’t keep the performing arts center from throwing a (virtual) bash to remember. To plan the festivities, they tapped the talents of Matt Logan, a local theater celebrity with a long history at …

To celebrate its 40th year, the Nashville Opera presented an outstanding online La Bella Notte featuring stunning new recordings filmed in the Noah Liff Opera Center and clips from past beloved performances. Opera Creative Director and Mistress of Ceremonies Cara Schneider presented each seg…

One positive byproduct of the new and necessary trend of virtual events is that bad weather won’t keep you from supporting your favorite causes. As winter finally arrives in full force this week, you can still “attend” several worthwhile fundraisers in the coming days, thanks to the power of…

A true multihyphenate, Matt Logan’s astounding career has included turns as an actor, director, designer, costumer and illustrator. A Nashville native, it’s only fitting that his professional directorial debut was made on the TPAC stage when he was just 19 years old. His career eventually le…

It could be said that Jun Iwasaki has music in his blood. The Nashville Symphony concertmaster is the son of two professional musicians — his father is a cellist, his mother a classical pianist — who grew up witnessing firsthand the commitment of his parents to their craft. Following in thei…

Megan Murphy Chambers is a familiar face and voice to local theatergoers, having performed iconic roles in nearly 100 comedies, dramas, musicals and even operas. She captured hearts with her portrayals of beloved characters, like Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Mother in A Christmas Story and Ma…

When Jamie Kopit first stepped onstage for a dance recital at age 3, it began a passion for ballet and launched a professional career that has taken her around the world before bringing her to Nashville. The California native began training at Southland Ballet Academy. At 15, Jamie was award…

Multi-talented composer, vocalist, pianist and conductor Dave Ragland has a wildly impressive list of accomplishments. Among them, he garnered his first of two Emmy nominations for composition and music direction for Frist Art Museum’s Nick Cave Feat. Nashville. He is artistic director of In…

OZ Arts Nashville expands our minds by bringing innovative contemporary art experiences to our area, and once a year, they give us more to think about at Conversations at OZ. The unique fundraiser brings people together for an evening that offers a range of exciting, insightful and interesti…

After seeing how successful televised events can be, Nashville Ballet has announced a new two-part virtual performance of the beloved recurring series, Attitude. The virtual performances replace the previously planned live productions of Attitude: New Works by Women and will feature new reco…

This year marks two major milestones for the Nashville Opera. The nonprofit is commemorating its 40th year, and CEO and Artistic Director John Hoomes is celebrating his 25th anniversary there. While these achievements can’t be honored in person at La Bella Notte this year, they will be recog…

    In September 1980, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center opened its doors and presented 119 performances to a total attendance of 84,000 people in the first year. Fast forward 40 years, and TPAC was selling nearly 400,000 tickets for more than 600 performances, attracting blockbuster Broadway…

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and a way to spread cheer without spreading germs! We may all be celebrating differently this year, but we found ways to safely ring in the holidays, thanks to timed entries, virtual alternatives and more.

    Everyone’s favorite holiday tradition is back! Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood opens on Friday, Nov. 20, allowing visitors to enjoy more than one million twinkling lights in a safe, socially distanced environment. Open seven days a week, Holiday LIGHTS once again includes two live reindeer on di…

      The loss of coming together to hear live music has put a hole in our soul. Long before the Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium hosted live acts, people flocked to Centennial Park to hear performances ranging from military bands to symphonies and from opera to country to rock. Music in the P…

      OZ Arts Nashville has announced an exciting new lineup for the last weeks of 2020. Even though the events will all be livestreamed, OZ Executive and Artistic Director Mark Murphy says they “remain committed to reimagining our programming so that we can continue to deliver innovative arts exp…

      The pandemic rages on, but area nonprofits are coming up with innovative — and safe! — ways to welcome supporters and raise much-needed funds. Be sure to check each organization’s website for their COVID-19 procedures, and in the case of “gratis” activities, please consider making a donation…

      In just four years, Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Broadway Brunch became a highly anticipated part of the spring social season. Like so many other events, the lively May fundraiser was canceled due to the pandemic. But as they say, “The show must go on,” so Broadway Brunch at Night will stre…

      While it's still not deemed safe to go to the theater or a museum just yet, Nashville's performing and visual arts companies are bringing the shows to you. Here's a look at some of the virtual performances and exhibits you can check out from the safety of your home.

      While it's still not deemed safe to go to the theater or a museum just yet, Nashville's performing and visual arts companies are bringing the shows to you. Here's a look at some of the virtual performances and exhibits you can check out from the safety of your home.

      Generous supporters of the Ballet Ball got an inkling of what to expect at the Versailles-inspired gala when they were fêted at an elegant French supper. And there was no more appropriate place to hold the Patrons Party than at the European-style manor of perennial hostess Sylvia Roberts.

      This year, the Nashville Ballet turned Leap Day into a grand jeté at the 31st annual Ballet Ball. Inspired by the Palace of Versailles, the black-tie gala was a night of opulent glamour celebrating the esteemed Nashville Ballet, its collaborative spirit and its commitment to education and co…

        Thank you to everyone who joined us at the 2020 Ballet Ball in the Nfocus Portrait Studio, presented by The Pointe on 30A. All photos are available for purchase by clicking below. Furniture provided by Music City Tents and Events.

        TPAC’s Humanities Outreach Tennessee first exposed a young Matt Logan to the possibilities of a career in theater, but it wasn’t until he stepped onto the stage as Gaston in his high school’s production of Beauty and the Beast that his extracurricular pastime became a full-time pursuit. Not …

        La Bella Notte’s move to the JW Marriott Downtown Nashville last year was so well received that co-chairs Tracey Pearson and Don Holmes did not think twice about returning in 2020. Attendees obviously approved because they flocked to the hotel to celebrate the Nashville Opera’s extraordinary…

        No one seemed to mind that it was a cold, rainy night when Ballet Ball co-chairs Allison Cotton and Emily Humphreys welcomed members of the Ladies and Gentlemen’s Committee to a special evening held in their honor. Perhaps it was the sight of two Nashville Ballet dancers greeting them from t…

        The Hermitage Hotel is a perfect setting for any ritzy affair, and that was certainly the case with La Bella Notte’s Patrons Party. Guests gathered on the historic hotel’s veranda for cocktails to start the evening. They then moved to the Grand Ballroom for four elegant courses, including Ne…

        This year, Leap Day takes on a whole new meaning as the date of the Nashville Ballet’s 31st annual Ballet Ball. Chaired by Allison Cotton and Emily Humphreys, the black-tie gala will transport guests to the grandeur and opulence of the Palace of Versailles. With creative direction from event…

        The Nashville Opera kicked off La Bella Notte season even earlier this year with a fun-filled auction party at the Noah Liff Opera Center. Co-chairs Stephanie Hart, Baxter Matthews, and Bryan and Hailey Stone planned a lively evening for guests to peruse the goodies up for grabs at the black…

        Judy and Joe Barker welcomed fans of the Nashville Opera to their stunning Poplar Creek Farm for a creative new fundraiser, Art and Arias. Complementing the Barkers’ impressive collection of fine art were musical numbers performed by the Nashville Opera’s Adam Diegel and Cassandra Zoé Velasc…

        The national tour for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Once on This Island officially kicks off in October right here in Nashville. Opening at Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Oct. 10, the tour will hit 26 cities this season. The 2018 Broadway revival of the 1990 musical was nomina…

        The Tennessee Performing Arts Center wasn’t about to throw away their shot to host a Hamilton-themed gala in honor of the blockbuster musical that’s making its way to Nashville this winter. TPAC Gala co-chairs Gary Bynum and Lisa and David Minnigan teamed up to plan a “revolutionary” black-t…

        The Theater Bug, fondly called “The Bug,” brings together young artists from different age groups, backgrounds and neighborhoods to create community, build confidence and encourage them through experiences in the performing arts. Programs led by professional instructors include camps, playwr…

        The end of summer signals that it's time to go back to school, but it also means it's time to gear up and get back to the theater. The 2019-2020 performing arts season kicks off this month in dramatic, colorful, theatrical style with a satisfying mix of splashy Broadway musicals, thought-pro…

        Like a siren’s song, the enchanting voices of the Nashville Opera’s Mary Ragland Emerging Artists lured guests into the glitzy new JW Marriott for the annual La Bella Notte. As the first big social event to be held in the futuristic looking hotel, La Bella Notte already had partygoers abuzz …

        Members of the Nashville Ballet's Benefactors Society gathered at Hotel Indigo for a cocktail event to toast to the 2018-19 season. The annual event serves not only to celebrate the start of the season but to honor the generous donors who make the Nashville Ballet's work possible. This year'…

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