Nashville Ballet principal dancer Kayla Rowser wowed audiences in roles ranging from from the sugar plum fairy to the title character in “Lucy Negro Redux.” She retired this month after 13 years in the company.
There are more paintings than furniture in Omari Booker’s studio in Nashville. His works are bursting with color, illuminating images of family and Black men. One painting, “The Black Bird,” captures his time in prison.
You may have seen those videos of musicians singing or playing music together, virtually, with everyone in their own little square. It’s now one of the only ways that performing arts groups can connect with audiences. But those videos take a new kind of skill that most choirs never had to think about before.
A wide range of demonstrations, all centered around police brutality and systemic racism, brought thousands of people to downtown Nashville this weekend. Still others took place throughout Middle Tennessee.
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 Public Radio’s podcast Versify paired some of Nashville’s most iconic residents with local poets who turned their stories into verse. Host Joshua Moore says he learned just how under-told those Civil Rights stories were — for decades.
Recent protests have put black-owned businesses in the spotlight, and it comes at a pivotal time — just as they begin reopening after the coronavirus closed down much of Nashville for several weeks.
A former Nashville zookeeper has organized the first-ever Black Birders Week, an online celebration of African-American bird watchers. But supporters took to social media after a group of Tennessee nature lovers initially declined to promote the event.
Live music has been back in Nashville for a week, and pandemic-related rules are already evolving.
The Nashville Arts Commission is facing a substantial budget cut, as Metro officials look to dig their way out of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. The commission is looking at a 37% decrease in funding — or $1,371,700.