Naxos of America and online retailer Amazon MP3 have joined together to launch Naxos for Nashville, a 40-track classical-music album available for download for 99 cents. Naxos will donate all proceeds from the album to Hands on Nashville, a volunteer organization helping Nashville communities affected by the recent floods. The city of Nashville sustained more than $1.5 billion in losses, including damage to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home of the Nashville Symphony. As the concert hall continues to undergo repairs following extensive flooding, the Nashville Symphony’s summer concerts have been moved to new locations (concert dates and times will remain as originally scheduled). The orchestra’s three First Tennessee Summer Festival concerts will take place at Lipscomb University’s Collins Alumni Auditorium, with performances June 4-5, June 18-19, and July 9-10. A June 23 chamber music concert featuring pianist Charles Wadsworth will take place at the Blair School of Music’s Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt University. Two non-orchestral concerts presented by the Nashville Symphony have also been moved to new venues. On June 16, country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform at Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall, and the August 22 performance of Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project Tour has been relocated to the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets already purchased to any of the summer concerts will be honored at the new venues.

Posted May 21, 2010