Maren Morris and Keb’ Mo’ are the recipients of this year’s Nashville Symphony Harmony Award. Each year, the Nashville Symphony presents the award to individuals who embody the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community. Morris and Keb’ Mo’ will be presented the award and perform during the 36th annual Symphony Ball.
In response to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s ball will not take place at Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will instead be televised for the first time ever, in a taped broadcast airing at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, on WSMV-News 4. Nashville Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez and News 4 Anchor Tracy Kornet will serve as co-hosts.
The Symphony Ball telecast, An Evening in Harmony, will provide viewers with an opportunity to donate to the Nashville Symphony via text. Symphony Ball 2020 will also host a virtual Patron Party, with food and drink options to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. For more information, email [email protected].
“Like so many other organizations and individuals in our community, the Nashville Symphony has been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said co-chair Susan Holmes. “All concert activity has ground to a halt, and all of the musicians and a majority of the staff have been furloughed. We feel truly honored for this opportunity to support our beloved orchestra during this unprecedented time. The public’s support and participation in the Symphony Ball will provide a critical source of funding as an extremely limited staff works tirelessly to develop a plan to bring the musicians back to the stage.”
The Harmony Award exemplifies the unique harmony that exists among many worlds of music in Nashville. Past recipients include Chet Atkins, Mike and Linda Curb, Rascal Flatts, Béla Fleck, Crystal Gayle, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Martha Ingram, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Lyle Lovett, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Marty Stuart, Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Steve Winwood and Trisha Yearwood.