What’s the biggest challenge currently facing the Nashville Symphony? Our biggest challenge at the moment has been preparing to welcome our musicians back to the stage and audiences back into our concert hall while contending with the current surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant.
When you look back over the past 18 months, what accomplishment are you most proud of? With the guidance of our board of directors, we made decisions that ensured our orchestra would be here today and able to serve the public. I’m proud of our musicians, who made incredible sacrifices and kept the music playing on their own when we were forced to furlough them for an extended period of time. I’m proud of our staff, who have worked tirelessly amid challenging conditions to keep our institution going against all odds. And I’m proud of our community, who have always been there when we needed them and have repeatedly demonstrated their willingness to invest in the Nashville Symphony because they believe in our mission.
What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned during the pandemic? We now recognize the need to be hyper-prepared so that we can face any challenge, even the unthinkable. Part of that preparedness for us is the need to grow our endowment so we have the resources to navigate whatever new challenge comes our way.
What is in store for the 2021-22 season for the Nashville Symphony? For our Classical Series, our music director, Giancarlo Guerrero, took the challenge of socially distancing on stage as an opportunity to showcase pieces symphonic audiences don’t typically get to hear live. And we have some exciting guests performing with the symphony this year, including Stewart Copeland from The Police, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Folds and Bernadette Peters.
For those wanting to support the Nashville Symphony, what are the greatest needs or ways they can help? Our musicians are ready and eager to play for audiences! We hope our new safety plan makes music fans feel comfortable to return to the Schermerhorn to hear from these talented artists. For those not yet ready to return to indoor entertainment, a donation helps us to continue performing until they are ready to return.