In Thursday’s (9/9) Tennessean (Nashville), Evans Donnell writes, “Still recovering from the May floods, the Nashville Symphony will start its season away from Schermerhorn Symphony Center. But for Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and his colleagues, it will still be a joyous time thanks to a resilient community and the uplifting beauty of Beethoven’s Ninth. ‘It’s the perfect message,’ said Guerrero, who begins his second official season at the helm of the symphony with concerts at War Memorial Auditorium Friday and Saturday. ‘It’s an incredible privilege and joy to be a part of this community.’ The symphony had planned to do Mahler’s Eighth Symphony to open the season, but with Schermerhorn unavailable until January that became logistically impossible.” This week the orchestra also announced that it had received a $25,000 donation from Music Rising— founded in 2005 to help musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina—to help rebuild a collection of more than 50 instruments destroyed during the May flooding in Tennessee. The instruments are part of the orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo, a feature of pre-concert activities at the orchestra’s family concerts; they are also used for the orchestra’s music education activities at area schools and at community events.

Posted September 10, 2010