This Week: Halloween Events at Schermerhorn; Hunchback of Notre Dame and Michael McDonald
From duels to silent films to soulful rock, music is the topic at Nashville Symphony and it is in full swing this season. Friday and Saturday evenings’ fantastically electrifying bout between sibling pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton was a sight – and sound – to behold when the two young sisters dueled it out with Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The passion was obvious on the faces and in the masterful touches of the lovely young women as they played everything from circus tunes to music inspired by Mozart, pounding the keys with the extremes of burning intensity to tickling the ivory with sounds of serenity and calm.
The Nashville Symphony Chorus, celebrating their 50th anniversary, also delighted us with Beethoven’s seldom performed Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, which also took us from one spectrum of human emotion to another, a work meant to conjure the feel of sea breezes and salty air in its listeners. The Chorus also entertained us with Vaughan Williams’ energetic A Sea Symphony.
Next up on Schermerhorn’s calendar of events at Nashville’s concert hall is the 1923 silent movie classic Hunchback of Notre Dame, a special Halloween movie night during which Peter Krasinski will accompany the film with live organ music. Hearing organ music at Schermerhorn isn’t your regular church sound. The huge organ pipes which make up the centerpiece at front and center of Laura Turner Hall is something you have to experience in person to believe. The accoustically genius of the halls architecture is proven when those pipes are engaged. The music flows from every corner of the hall straight into every pore of your body – it’s a must-do experience in our city. And to make it even more of a perfect spook week adventure, Halloween lovers are encouraged to dress in costume, in the spirit of the movie or any other spirit you wish.
But the true Halloween excitement is the upcoming Pops Series concert starring Michael McDonald, beginning its three night stint at the concert hall on All Hallows Eve night. Dress in your best costume and come rock it out with the fabulous McDonald, former Doobie Brothers member.
“Two notes — that’s all it takes to recognize Michael McDonald’s distinctive voice. From Doobie Brothers classics like “What a Fool Believes” to solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’,” this soulful singer is responsible for some of pop music’s most unforgettable songs. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear him perform for the first time at the Schermerhorn!”
So, if you are looking for an unforgettable Halloween event this year, something out of the norm, make sure to check out the Nashville Symphony website for these awesome shows – and don’t forget to don your best ghoulish outfit!