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The word is out! The Nashville Ballet has announced another exciting season of performances for 2022-23 featuring fresh takes on modern classics, new works and collaborations by award-winning creators and the highly anticipated return of one of Nashville’s favorite holiday traditions.

Last year, the Symphony Fashion Show made a triumphant return, albeit with a smaller crowd, face masks, shortened program and stringent safety precautions in place due to the ongoing pandemic. Fast forward one year, and things looked entirely different as 675 guests filled the Schermerhorn S…

When Keri and Nathan Lyons offered to host the Patrons Party for this year’s Symphony Fashion Show, little did they know that they would be welcoming a record-breaking crowd of generous supporters of the beloved nonprofit. More than 200 guests filled their gracious Belle Meade home on a Mond…

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Award-winning director, theater veteran and familiar face to Nfocus readers Matt Logan is teaming up with Rabbit Room Theatre to present The Hiding Place this summer. This will be the first stage production from the founder and former artistic director of Studio Tenn since the fall of 2018, …

The Nashville Opera makes a long-awaited return to the stage at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall on April 7 and 9 to present CEO and Artistic Director John Hoomes’ Rigoletto Noir. Two years in the making, rehearsals were scheduled to begin in early 2020 and were brought to a halt by the pandemic.

When supporters of the Nashville Ball gathered on Leap Day 2020 for the Versailles-inspired Ballet Ball, no one had a clue what the coming weeks, months and years would hold. On the second Saturday of March this year, guests flooded back into the Schermerhorn for the return of the beloved bl…

    The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has announced that Broadway star Norm Lewis will headline the TPAC Gala on April 9 at War Memorial Auditorium. The actor and singer, who is an Emmy, Tony and SAG nominee, has a Broadway career that has spanned three decades, as well as successful runs in …

    Co-chairs Joanne Sowell and Brooke Trusley put on an elegant affair for the generous supporters of the Nashville Ballet at the lovely Green Hills home of Catherine and Frederick Grace. And if the upcoming Ballet Ball has the same energy as the Patrons Party, which it most certainly will, all…

    With only a week to go before La Bella Notte returned as an in-person event, major supporters of the Nashville Opera’s signature fundraiser filled Betsy and Ridley Wills’ home for the spirited and, of course, melodic Patrons Party. The nearly 100 people in attendance could barely contain the…

    Tennessee Performing Arts Center has announced the lineup for its 2022-2023 HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC season, and Hamilton is back! The Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned Broadway smash hit is kicking off the season with a 13-day run, beginning on July 26. The show made its Nashville debut …

    Broadway Dreams, an arts nonprofit devoted to providing performance training to young people of all backgrounds, has been dreaming of making a home in Nashville since 2019, and given the enthusiastic turnout at their recent Merry & Bright fundraiser, there’s a warm welcome awaiting them …

    After a hard start to the 2020s, the Roaring ’20s were back the night before Halloween as partygoers filled the Omni Hotel Nashville for the 12th annual Dancing for Safe Haven. The evening’s energy was electric as guests showed off their flapper dresses and dapper attire during the cocktail …

    Joanne Sowell and Brooke Trusley, co-chairs of the 2022 Ballet Ball, welcomed supporters of the Nashville Ballet to The Fairlane Hotel for a festive kick-off party. Guests gathered in the lobby of the downtown hotel for martinis and cosmopolitans as they eagerly awaited news of the black-tie…

      It’s been nearly 19 months since theaters across the country were forced to close their doors due to the pandemic. On the heels of citywide lockdowns, our local performing arts companies were quick to show their ingenuity and creativity by pivoting to virtual performances and online educatio…

        What’s the biggest challenge currently facing TPAC? Since we closed our theaters almost 20 months ago, our focus has remained on reopening to the public while protecting our artists, patrons, staff and volunteers. Navigating the changing COVID-19 situation so we can continue to engage our co…

          What’s the biggest challenge currently facing Nashville Rep? Returning to full production after an 18-month hiatus is like returning to the gym after a year off. The muscles are sore; the processes are rusty. Plus, there is a whole new set of muscles and processes we need to add to produce t…

            What’s the biggest challenge currently facing the Nashville Opera? Nashville Opera is currently on a strong forward trajectory, but how we manage that growth and plan for the future is one of our biggest challenges, as well as one of our biggest opportunities. We’ve just embarked on a major …

            There is nothing quite like live performance, be it music, theater or dance, and in a city as artistically and culturally rich as Nashville, the absence of it these past 18 months has been felt widely. Fortunately, live performance is making a comeback, and nearly 300 guests packed into the …

            A former classical musician and self-proclaimed “arts enthusiast,” Dionne Lucas was first drawn to the Nashville Ballet when her daughter danced with the organization. For the past four years, she has served in a variety of capacities on the board of directors, including as a member of the A…

            The inaugural Broadway Brunch Patrons Party brought out more than 70 generous supporters of Nashville Rep on a surprisingly pleasant August night. Co-chair Julie and John Schneider opened the doors to their lovely Laurelbrooke home for the affair. While guests enjoyed refreshing cocktails an…

            The Nashville Jazz Workshop (NJW) hosted an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new location at 1012 Buchanan Street. Excited music lovers and interested neighbors gathered in the heart of North Nashville’s historic Buchanan Arts District to check out the facilit…

              If our inbox is any indication, the fall social season promises to be jam-packed with exciting events, galas and celebrations supporting the city's wide array of charitable causes. Kicking things off on August 22 is the return of the Broadway Brunch, Nashville Rep's signature fundraising eve…

                When the Nashville Opera returned to the stage for the first time in 17 months, it was an event for the entire family. In its first live performance since January 2020, the Nashville Opera brought Cinderella to life — and turned the beloved fairy tale on its head — at Ascend Amphitheater. Tr…

                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…

                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…

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