Category Archives: Musician Stories

New Assistant Principal Cello – Kevin Bate

The cello section welcomes our new assistant principal cellist, Kevin Bate! He played his first concert with us tonight. Left to right, Matt Walker, Steve Drake, Lynn Peithman, Chris Stenstrom, Keith Nicholas, Brad Mansell, Anthony Lamarchina, and Kevin Bate.

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Celebrating Milestones – Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Nashville Symphony

Laura Ross has written a great mini-history of the symphony. This appeared in The Nashville Musician magazine. (click images to see full size)

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Celebrating the careers of Julia Tanner and Bill Wiggins

This past weekend we celebrated the careers of two of our members who are retiring at the end of the season. Julia Tanner and William Wiggins have both been with us for a very long time, and they will be missed. A presentation was made before our Friday night concert, and a reception was held afterwards.

Besides being fantastic musicians, Julia and Bill are our dear friends and trusting mentors. We really can’t imagine the Nashville Symphony without them. When not on stage, they have dedicated countless hours to promoting the symphony, classical music, and music education. Simply put, the Nashville Symphony would not be what it is today without their efforts. They have made it clear to us that are not finished with their work in making Music City live up to its name, and we are increasingly inspired to do the same.

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Side by Side concert with the Curb Youth Symphony

We played our annual Side by Side concert with the Curb Youth Symphony this evening. This is a wonderful concert, that benefits both of us in many ways. We performed Rossini’s William Tell Overture (with the cello solo performed by members of the CYS); Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto with Kaili Wang, violin; Sibelius Symphony no. 2, 4th movement; and Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture.

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University of Michigan Alumni!

It seems there are a lot of University of Michigan alumni in the orchestra, and with conductor Carl St. Clair and composer Frank Ticheli joining us this last weekend, that number went up by 2. They gathered for this picture –

University of Michigan Alumni

University of Michigan Alumni

Pictured, Left to Right – Frank Ticheli, Daniel Lochrie, Laura Ross, Craig Nelson, Carl St. Clair, Elizabeth Stewart, Patrick Walle, Anna Lisa Hoepfinger, Jeremy Williams, Lynn Peithman, Larry Tucker.

Farewell lunch for Norma Rogers

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Former Flute and Piccolo player Norma Rogers and her husband Bruce have sold their Bellevue home and will be moving to Florida next week so many of her NSO friends had lunch with her last Thursday to say farewell. Standing, L-R: Ellen Menking, Susan Smith, Charlene Harb, Julie Tanner, Kristi Seehafer, Mary Helen Law, Lynn Peithman, Laura Ross, and Isabel Bartles. Seated, L-R: Cynthia Estill, Licia Jaskunis, Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, Cassandra Lee, Clare Yang, Dawn Hartley, Norma Roger, and Ann Richards.

The Nashville Symphony goes Red!

The Nashville Symphony goes Red in support of the American Heart Association. #NashGoRed

Christopher Stenstrom, Cello

Christopher Stenstrom, Cello

Daniel Lochrie, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Daniel Lochrie, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Daniel Reinker, Principal Viola

Daniel Reinker, Principal Viola

Ellen Kasperek, Manager of Artistic Administration

Ellen Kasperek, Manager of Artistic Administration

Ellen Menking, Assistant Principal Oboe

Ellen Menking, Assistant Principal Oboe

Erik Gratton, Principal Flute

Erik Gratton, Principal Flute

Gerald C. Greer, Associate Concertmaster

Gerald C. Greer, Associate Concertmaster

Gil Perel, Bassoon and Contrabassoon

Gil Perel, Bassoon and Contrabassoon

Jeffrey Bailey, Principal Trumpet

Jeffrey Bailey, Principal Trumpet

Julia Tanner, Cello

Julia Tanner, Cello

Jun Iwasaki, Concertmaster

Jun Iwasaki, Concertmaster

Katherine Munagian, Bass

Katherine Munagian, Bass

Anthony LaMarchina, Principal Cello

Anthony LaMarchina, Principal Cello

Kathryn Ladner, Flute and Piccolo

Kathryn Ladner, Flute and Piccolo

Keith Nicholas, Cello

Keith Nicholas, Cello

Kirsten Mitchell, Violin

Kirsten Mitchell, Violin

Kristi Seehafer, Violin

Kristi Seehafer, Violin

Preston Bailey, Trumpet

Preston Bailey, Trumpet

Radu V. Rusu, French Horn

Radu V. Rusu, French Horn

Roger Wiesmeyer, Oboe and English Horn

Roger Wiesmeyer, Oboe and English Horn

Susan K. Smith, Assistant Principal Trombone

Susan K. Smith, Assistant Principal Trombone

William G. Wiggins, Timpani

William G. Wiggins, Timpani

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Nashville Symphony!

During December, the orchestra presents so many things that we need to split up into several orchestras. One group is doing the Nutcracker, another is doing the Messiah and the Christmas Pied Piper, and various special concerts are played by the whole orchestra.

Thursday and Friday the legendary Tony Bennett performed with us, and posed for a picture afterwards –

Tony Bennett and the Nashville Symphony

Tony Bennett and the Nashville Symphony

On Saturday, we performed at the Symphony Ball with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The Nashville Symphony Musicians would like to thank Faith Hill and Tim McGraw for their generous support of the NSO. Here we are backstage before performing at the Symphony Ball.

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Meanwhile, over at Andrew Jackson Hall at TPAC, the rest of us are performing the Nutcracker with the Nashville Ballet. This is our working space –

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We have a tradition of bringing holiday snack items for our breaks backstage –

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Principal bassist Joel Reist grabs some rest in his bass case during a break –

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Joel Reist in his bass case

Meanwhile, the Messiah orchestra is having some festive noshing also…

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Messiah Orchestra nosh

Circus at the Symphony!

It was truly a circus at the Schermerhorn this Saturday (the day after Halloween!) as our assistant conductor Vinay put together a lively Pied Piper Concert featuring music depicting the circus. As you can see, the musicians take their jobs very seriously (no clowning around) as we prepared for this concert.

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Pre-concert reception for families

Our Pied Piper concerts are very popular with many of our musicians since we get to bring our young children to the hall to hear us play. Everyone else in the orchestra gets to see how fast these kids are growing up. Thanks to our staff for providing a pre-concert reception. As you can see, violist Michelle Collins and harpist Licia Jaskunas are enjoying some time with their families.

Michelle Lackey Collins and family

Michelle Lackey Collins and family

Licia Jaskunas and family

Licia Jaskunas and family