The Nashville Symphony is canceling its upcoming season and furloughing staff and musicians after a tough year caused by the coronavirus. The move will suspend concerts and event activity until July 31, 2021, and furlough 79 musicians at the start of this July.
Nashville musicians are still wondering when it’ll be safe to take the stage in front of a live audience again. Local leaders began easing “Safer at Home” restrictions on Monday, but it may be months before singers and performance venues are included in the reopening plans.
The Nashville Symphony — like many cultural institutions — is trying to figure out how to stay afloat while music lovers are stuck at home. With concerts postponed indefinitely, the symphony’s staff and musicians are taking a 25% pay cut. But there could more tough decisions ahead.
Listen / Players with the Nashville Symphony are giving up their personal instruments for a concert this weekend and instead playing what are called the Violins of Hope — a collection of about two dozen string instruments that were once owned by Jews who survived the Holocaust.
Try to imagine Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers using a cello bow on his instrument. Picture the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, with Paul McCartney bowing the bass line to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The bass guitar doesn’t really work that way, so soloist Victor Wooten had something brand new made to order: an instrument he’ll debut Thursday night with the Nashville Symphony.
Familiar holiday plays, ballets, and concerts seem to fill Nashville’s arts calendars every December. Those traditional shows make a big impact on the bottom line of the performing groups that stage them.
Miles away from Music Row, one of the biggest classical record labels makes its US headquarters in Franklin. Naxos records recently celebrated a quarter-century of finding success by breaking with industry norms.