Gary Nicholson is teaming with the Nashville Ballet for its winter performances. The noted songwriter will be onstage singing some of his most recognizable tunes including “One More Last Chance,” “More Love” and “Choose Love” during the shows at TPAC. The genre-crossing writer has had cuts by Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill and the Dixie Chicks.
Salsa Dreams is the name of the entire ballet, with Nicholson’s segment titled “Cryin’ Out.” It will be presented at TPAC’s Polk Theater on Feb. 10, 11 and 12.
Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling chose three segments (“Salsa Dreams,” “Billy the Kid,” “Cryin’ Out”) for their popularity and contribution to American culture. Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee.
“A performance like this that profiles a very different kind of ballet allows us to teach people that there is a style of music and dance for everyone,” explains Vasterling. “Even people who don’t think they can dance or don’t think they have any rhythm find themselves literally moving to this music. It also allows us to profile the versatility of our company members who can master many different styles of dance—even in one performance.”