In Sunday’s (1/10) Tennessean (Nashville), Will Ayers writes, “The Nashville Symphony will start its 65th season with a behemoth that will stretch the very stage of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center to its limits. Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony… will be the Nashville Symphony’s most ambitious musical undertaking to date when it opens the 2010-11 season in September. … Mahler will end the season, too. The famously emotive composer’s Second Symphony will be the closing explosion in a long salvo of musical fireworks that includes internationally acclaimed guest soloists such as pianist André Watts and cellist Steven Isserlis; storied jazz and pops performers including saxophonist David Sanborn, Jewel, Michael McDonald and Chicago’s Peter Cetera; and special events … Two composers with Nashville connections will have new works performed: Conni Ellisor, a current resident, and Daniel Bernard Roumain, a Haitian-American composer who studied at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. Violinist Robert McDuffie will play a new Philip Glass violin concerto, ‘The American Four Seasons,’ and in March 2011, a piece by Joan Tower, the American composer whose music won the symphony three Grammys in 2008, will be performed.”

Posted January 13, 2010