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This Week | March 9, 2016
Music | chatterbird presents Bird Goes Pop
Emma’s Bistro | Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Nashville-based alt-classical ensemble chatterbird invites you to stretch your appreciation of classical music with “Bird Goes Pop,” a night of intriguing new orchestrated chamber music. Selections include compostions by Eve Baglarian, tUnE-yArDs, John Fonville, Alex Temple, Bryan Clark, Dennis Desantis and Frederic Rzewski. Guests will treated to Yazoo beer and snacks.
Film + Fundraiser | Music City Youth Orchestra Presents Crescendo: The Power of Music
2nd Presbyterian Church | Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m.
To generate sustaining funds for Music City Youth Orchestra’s outreach to low-income children, the organization offers a special screening of Crescendo: The Power of Music, a documentary that follows three kids (one in Harlem and two in Philadelphia) who are at schools that have embraced El Sistema, the phenomenal youth orchestra program from Venezuela that brings focus, confidence, and a positive trajectory to children living in low income areas. Surprises, heartbreak, and joy come in big doses as we watch these three young people, their dedicated teachers, and the community around them, all responding to the mysterious power of music.
Music | Burt Bacharach with the Nashville Symphony
Schermerhorn Symphony Center | Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
He’s written some of the greatest songs of our time: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Walk on By” and so many more. Hear them performed by the one and only Burt Bacharach, with the gorgeous sounds of your Nashville Symphony, in his first Nashville appearance in memory. He’s written songs for everyone from Frank Sinatra and The Beatles to Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones and Dionne Warwick. This is your chance to hear a true legend as never before, only at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Music + Fundraiser | Pop! Goes Rochelle – An Evening of Jazz with Beegie Adair & Friends
Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music | Friday, March 11 at 5:30 p.m.
The Rochelle Center presents Grammy-award winning jazz pianist Beegie Adair and her ensemble. Along with Ms. Adair’s impeccable sense of swing and her smooth yet intricate playing, the evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an auction. Pop! Goes Rochelle benefits the Rochelle Center, a non-profit agency that has offered meaningful opportunities to individuals with disabilities and their families for over 45 years.
Music | CeeLo Green
Exit/In | Saturday, March 12 at 9:00 p.m.
An entertainer and businessman with many layers, CeeLo Green is a five-time Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter-producer, television personality, actor, entrepreneur, and pop culture & fashion icon. In 2010, CeeLo received five Grammy nominations for his worldwide hit “Forget You” (aka “F—k You”), winning the category for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance”. The single is certified Gold in the United States and Denmark and achieved platinum status in Canada, New Zealand, and the UK; and multi-platinum status in Australia. He is also a former host of The Voice.
The Madness of March Charity Bracket
The Madness of March Charity Bracket is a great way to jump in on the fun of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. All it costs is $20 (fully tax-deductible) to join in the fun AND to help nonprofits and those they serve. The bracket’s winners will earn major bragging rights AND will help their favorite charities earn a bundle!!!
As soon as teams are announced and the bracket opens on MArch 13, you will receive a follow-up email to remind you to fill in your picks for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. For additional updates, follow The Sports Fund on Facebook.
Sports | SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament
Bridgestone Arena | Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13
Nashville and Bridgestone Arena host the 2016 Southeastern Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. The winner of the 11-game tournament will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament seeds and conference champion will be determined by the 14-game regular-season SEC schedule. The top four seeds earn a first-round bye. Don’t miss out on the 2016 Sunkist Soda SEC Men’s Basketball Fanfare during this exciting conference taking place only steps away from Bridgestone Arena at the corner of 5th and Demonbreun in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame!
Theatre | Phantom of the Opera
TPAC-Andrew Jackson Hall | March 9-20
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera comes to Nashville as part of a brand-new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director, Laurence Connor. The beloved story and thrilling score includes songs “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade.”
Music | John Prine with special guest Chris Smither
Ryman Auditorium | Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Long considered a “songwriter’s songwriter,” John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Evidence of this is the long list of songwriters who have recorded gems from his extensive catalog, including Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, and many others. With immeasurable accolades, including two Grammys and the distinction of being one of the few songwriters honored by the Library of Congress and US Poet Laureate, Prine is more than a musician…he is an American treasure.
Festivals + Family Fun | Music City Irish Fest
Harp & Fiddle Irish Pub | Saturday, March 12 beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Get a jump on St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish music and cultural event taking place at the foot of Musica at the Music Row Roundabout on Demonbreun in front of the Harp and Fiddle Irish Pub. Traditional music, dance, sports, food, drink, crafts, instruments and more will be part of this event. Scheduled are We Banjo 3, the Award-winning quartet from Galway, Ireland, that delivers a ground breaking mixture of Irish Music and Old Time American and Bluegrass influences with remarkable virtuosity and passion. Also appearing are The Willis Clan from Season 9 of America’s Got Talent and their very own TLC reality TV show, Nashville’s award-winning Southern Academy Irish Dancers and the Nashville Pipes and Drums.
Family Fun | Kidsville at the Parthenon
The Partnenon at Centennial Park | Saturday, March 12 at 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy free storytelling and crafts inside Nashville’s most iconic landmark. Measuring will be the theme for March’s exploration of Myths, Fairytales and Fables at The Parthenon. Each week, Kidsville will pair one of the fairytale inspired art pieces by Katherine Ace on display in the East Gallery of The Parthenon with the storytime and hands-on exploration. Hear the story of Hansel and Gretel, celebrate Pi Day and decorate a pretend pastry!
Family Fun + Outdoors | Free Hike Day
Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary | Saturday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Owl’s Hill frequently offers free public programs to all of our as a way to bring families together in the great outdoors. This weekend, head out to Owl’s Hill for a free hike! Join of the Sanctuary’s staff members or volunteers on a guided hike through the property. It’s a great opportunity for families, individuals, and small groups to come enjoy the trails of Owl’s Hill and get some exercise. The hike will be approximately two to three miles with some moderate hill climbs included. Hikes will start at 1:00. Register online so they know you’re coming.
Theatre | Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Boycott
Nashville Children’s Theatre | Closes March 13
December 1, 1955, Montgomery, Alabama. Rosa Parks, a black woman, refuses to surrender her seat on a public bus to a white man. Her arrest proved to be a tipping point in American history, inspiring Montgomery’s African-American citizens to organize in non-violent protest under the leadership of a new young pastor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The newly formed Montgomery Improvement Association staged a 13-month boycott of Montgomery’s public transit system that resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down segregation on public buses as unconstitutional. Sixty years later, Parks is remembered as “The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” With deep intensity and uplifting songs of the struggle, this play tells her uniquely moving American story.
Mark Your Calendars: The Big Payback is May 3, 2016
The countdown is on for Middle Tennessee’s largest online giving day, The Big Payback! Last year, more than 14,435 donors came together in a big way to “pay back” nonprofits, schools and religious institutions, raising more than $2.65 million for the community in 24 hours. In 2016, let’s show everyone just how generous Middle Tennessee residents are when we support each other.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MARCH 18. If you are a representative or member of a Middle Tennessee nonprofit, religious institution or school and have not yet registered to participate, do so now!
Presales, Discounts, Onsales and Giveaways
Discount Tickets + Presale Offers
- Sam Outlaw (Sat, 03/26) at The High Watt
- Killswitch Engage (Mon, 03/21) Marathon Music Works
- Shannon and the Clams (Tue, 03/22) Exit/In
- Peelander-Z (Thur, 03/24) Exit/In
- Cowboy Mouth (Fri, 03/25) Exit/In
- Jeff Austin Band (Sat, 03/26) Exit/In
- St. Pabst Day ft. The Weeks w/The Black Cadillacs & That’s My Kid (Thurs, 03/17) Marathon Music Works
- Circle Players presents Children of Eden | The Musical (March 18 – 27) Z. Alexander Looby Theater
- DMA’s (Mon, 03/21) The High Watt
- Mount Moriah (Wed, 03/23) The High Watt
- Moody Blues (Sun, 03/20) Ryman Auditorium
Tickets on Sale
- Neil Young at Ascend Amphitheater
- TEDx Nashville 2016: HealthNext at TPAC
- Come Away to the Skies: A High, Lonesome Mass at Ryman Auditorium
- Lucinda Williams at Ryman Auditorium
- Cyndi Lauper at Ryman Auditorium
- Silversun Pickups at Ryman Auditorium
- Harry Connick Jr. (Two Nights) at Ryman Auditorium
- Brian Regan at Ryman Auditorium
- Lorrie Morgan at The Franklin Theatre
- Black Mountain at Mercy Lounge
- Floralorix at Marathon Music Works
- One Hell of a Night w/Joe Walsh & Bad Company at Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
- Baroness at 3rd and Lindsley
- Allen Stone at 3rd and Lindsley
- … and more
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