Keith Urban will receive the 2012 Harmony Award at the Symphony Ball on Dec. 8 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Each year the honor goes to an individual who exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s thriving musical community.
“Music City is home to so many talented people who live and work here, and Keith Urban has been such a vital force in this community,” says Nashville Symphony CEO and President Alan Valentine. “What he brings to Nashville, his passion for music, his presence at Symphony concerts and his involvement in this community, is precisely what the Harmony Award symbolizes. There’s such a wide variety of music in Nashville. Whether it’s country, classical or jazz, this is the essence of what makes our city and its music so distinctive and special.”
Urban has been instrumental in providing support for a number of charities, including his renowned “All for the Hall” annual concert, which has raised millions for the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. In addition, he has participated in efforts to raise money for victims of the 2010 Nashville flood, and has given generously to causes as diverse as Artists for Peace and Justice, Live Earth, Habitat for Humanity and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to name a few.
The Symphony Ball is co-chaired by Mrs. Ansel Lewis Davis (Jana) and Mrs. Orrin Henry Ingram II (Lee Ann).
Past recipients of the Harmony Award include Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Mike & Linda Curb, Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, The Judds, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Chet Atkins, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Marty Stuart.