In its short twelve-year history, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra has come to be recognized as one of America’s most creative and innovative orchestras. Under the artistic leadership of founder and music director Paul Gambill, the extraordinary music making of this ensemble has heralded a steady stream of national media attention, including feature length articles in Symphony and Eastman Notes magazines, broadcasts on NPR’s Performance Today, recordings for Warner Bros, Angel, Almanac and Alabaster Records, a national award for Adventurous Programming from ASCAP, and a recording on Naxos. The NCO has commissioned and premièred 26 works by American composers in the past six years, and in 2002 it hosted the first-ever Nashville Guitar Festival, attracting new audiences for this bi-annual event.
Performance Date: November 11, 2001.
For the past three decades, Natalie Cole has been one of our most treasured vocal stylists. She has interpreted material from almost every genre, including contemporary, pop, jazz, and R&B classics. Along the way, she has won eight Grammies, including the coveted “Best New Artist” Award in 1975. Recognized for delivering a lyric with uncompromising intensity, Natalie has explored virtually every musical era, never bending to trends or the latest production gimmicks. Natalie has made made more than two dozen hit CDs, but she reached legendary heights with the release of Unforgettable, With Love, a collection of songs made famous by her father, Nat King Cole. One of the most successful recordings in history, it won an amazing seven Grammy Awards and has sold more than fourteen million copies. This is a very special evening of music with that unique Cole touch, and always, with love.
Performance Date: October 21, 2006
Since Nelita True made her debut at age seventeen with the Chicago Symphony in Orchestra Hall and her New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, her career has taken her to the major cities of Western and Eastern Europe, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Iceland, New Zealand, Brazil, Australia, Canada, India, and to Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as to all fifty states in America. She was a visiting professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, performing and conducting master classes and has been in the People’s Republic of China more than 20 times for recitals and master classes.
Performance Date: October 12, 1984
Nelson Amos continues in his thirty-sixth year as a Professor of Music at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches classical guitar and graduate courses in music history. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Amos remains active as a performing musician. His recent recitals include the “Summer Serenades” and “Renaissance Serenades” performed at the Nelson Amos Studio. A Compact Disc recording of this “Summer Serenade” repertoire is available at the Studio as well as on iTunes and other digital distributors.
Performance Date: March 28, 1982
With more than fifty CD recordings to its credit as well as regular international concert tours to Europe, Canada, Israel, Japan, and the United States, the 27-member Netherlands Chamber Choir is recognized as one of the world’s finest acapella ensembles. The choir has earned its glowing reputation for excellence by performing an incredibly rich and diverse repertoire, moving effortlessly from Renaissance selections to Baroque masterpieces to works by modern composers.
Performance Date: November 6, 2005
San Francisco’s premier conductorless ensemble, the Grammy®-nominated New Century Chamber Orchestra relies on the virtuosic skill of each individual – instead of a baton – to achieve its improvisatory sound, with power, color and precision. Hailed as the “best kept secret in San Francisco,” by Sir Simon Rattle, NCCO gives performances that you don’t need prior musical experience to enjoy. World-renowned violin soloist, chamber musician and recording artist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joined the ensemble as Music Director and Concertmaster in 2008, bringing “a new sense of vitality and determination, as well as an audacious swagger that is an unmistakable fingerprint of its leader,” according to Gramophone magazine.
Performance Date: January 18, 2013
The best of the Newport Jazz Festival goes on tour!
Performance Date: February 17, 2004
Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and singer-songwriter Tift Merritt come from different musical backgrounds, yet their passion for music and performance makes them kindred spirits. Night, their unique recording and concert collaboration, blends classical, folk, and rock genres, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes to create a sound all their own. Hailed as “the pianists’ pianist of Generation X” by The New Yorker, Simone Dinnerstein has been praised by Time for her “arresting freshness and subtlety.” The New York-based pianist rose to prominence after the remarkable success of her self-financed recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Dinnerstein’s talents are a solid match for Grammy®-nominated alt-country darling Tift Merritt, who has built a critically acclaimed body of work comprising sonic short stories and poignant performances. The Wall Street Journal applauds her “sound that weaves through country, folk, and rock…in the tradition of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Leonard Cohen.”
Performance Date: February 22, 2014
Among the world’s virtuoso trumpeters who specialize in performing the demanding repertoire of the Baroque and Classical periods on authentic instruments, none has achieved a more glowing reputation than the young Swedish trumpeter Niklas Eklund. He has won numerous prestigious international competitions and received uniform critical acclaim for his recordings. A recent review in the American Record Guide said “His virtuoso skills, consistently sweet tone, purity of intonation, and sense of ease rank him as the world’s best.”
Performance Date: February 6, 2005
Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation: a founding member of Punch Brothers, a 3-time Grammy®-nominee, and recipient of the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010. His album, Universal Favorite is the fourth released under his own name, but it’s truly his solo debut. His previous efforts— including 2011’s Beat the Devil and Carry a Rail and 2014’s landmark Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe— were full-band affairs that revealed his abilities as a dynamic bandleader while reinforcing his reputation as an inventive accompanist. In his second Norton Center appearance, and Weisiger Theatre debut, this concert featured original music and explosive covers that showcased Noam’s unique approach and compositional flair, while coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, and exploring new possibilities in a solo setting.
Performance Date: September 16, 2017
Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
Performance Date: April 1, 1986
Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon.
Performance Date: March 11, 1993