The honors were revealed June 8 at the annual League of American Orchestras conference in Dallas, and acknowledge orchestras that challenge audiences, build repertoire and increase interest in the music of our time. Nashville Symphony earned a second-place award for Programming of Contemporary Music for showcasing the work of contemporary composers like Bela Fleck, Terry Riley and Richard Danielpour.
“We are excited to be recognized for this award,” says President and CEO Alan Valentine. “The Nashville Symphony has an extensive history of commissioning, premiering and recording contemporary American music. When the orchestra performs a brand-new piece, it adds to the excitement of the concert-going experience and allows us to hear the classics in a fresh context. We will continue our commitment to new music with more commissions and world premieres in the seasons to come.”
Nashville Symphony’s programming in the past year has included the world premieres of Nashville Symphony-commissioned Bela Fleck’s Concerto For Banjo, Richard Danielpour’s Darkness in the Ancient Valley, and Terry Riley’s Palmian Chord Ryddle. Additionally, the Symphony co-commissioned Daniel Bernard Roumain’s Dancers, Dreamers and Presidents. For upcoming Symphony events, check here.