Nashville Philharmonic offers free concerts in March

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Nashville - The Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, a community orchestra with over 70 members, is presenting two free spring concerts entitled, “The NPO in 3-D: Debussy, Dvorak, Don Hart, ” on Sunday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 8, 2011, both starting at 7 p.m.

The Sunday, March 6th concert will be held at Haywood Hills Baptist Church, 255 Haywood Lane in Nashville, followed by the Tues., March 8th concert at Ensworth High School Theater, 7401 Highway 100, Nashville.

Under the baton of Music Director Christopher Norton, the Nashville Philharmonic’s music repertoire for both concerts will include: Fanfare by Nashville-based composer, arranger, producer and orchestrator Don Hart; Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; and Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B 163.

Over the past 30 years, you could have dropped in on Don Hart and found him writing with rock band Phish’s front man Trey Anastasio, arranging horns for a pop artist like Amy Grant, or writing lush string arrangements for country megastars like Martina McBride.

If you were watching TV, you might have heard his work in a national advertisement, or in a series for A & E, CNN, TBS, or the History Channel. Staying up late, you might have seen him finish his most recent symphonic arrangement or composition, slated for performance with a major U.S. orchestra such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, or the New York Philharmonic.

Hart has put his unique and award-winning sound on future hit songs in genres ranging form country to pop, gospel to rock, and earning Grammy, Clio, Dove, and even Parent’s Choice awards and honors. His composition, Fanfare, is one not to be missed.  

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun is the English title to “Prélude á l’après-midi d’un faune,” a symphonic poem for orchestra by Claude Debussy. It was first performed in Paris on December 22, 1894 and conducted by Gustave Doret. The composition was inspired by the poem L'Après-midi d'un faune by Stéphane Mallarmé, and later formed the basis for a ballet choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. It is one of Debussy's most famous works and is considered a turning point in the history of music.    

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B 163 was composed and orchestrated by Antonin Dvořák within the two-and-a-half-month period from August 26 to November 8, 1889 in Bohemia.

He noted that the score was dedicated, “to the Bohemian Academy of Emperor Franz Joseph for the Encouragement of Arts and Literature, in thanks for my election.” Dvořák conducted the premiere in Prague on February 2, 1890. The Eighth Symphony is cheery and draws its inspiration more from the Bohemian folk music that Dvořák loved.

Admission to all performances is free and open to the public. For further information, call 615.383.1800, or visit

The Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra is a volunteer community orchestra of over 70 members with differing skill levels who play a diverse range of orchestral music for community audiences throughout Middle Tennessee. The orchestra routinely features area soloists and new music by local composers. Dr. Christopher Norton, professor of music at Belmont University, has served as its music director and conductor since 2008.

NPO was founded in 2004 by Kelly Corcoran (currently associate conductor of the Nashville Symphony) as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It is an incorporated association organized for recreational and educational purposes, providing performances that are free and open to the public.

Those organizations or businesses interested in providing a venue for future Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra concerts, or serving as a corporate sponsor for any of its upcoming performances, may contact Tibby Christenberry at 615-330-7797, or  

For more information about the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra, its 2010-11 concert schedule, or to inquire about membership in the orchestra, please contact Alice Smith at (615) 383-1800, or visit     

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