I recently came across a great story on the Tennessean about a unique programming choice by the Nashville Symphony for their recent trip to Carnegie Hall. The orchestra commissioned American minimalist composer Terry Riley to write a concerto to be performed with electric violinist Tracy Silverman. The Symphony’s performance was part of the Spring for Music Festival which encourages and rewards innovative programming.
Riley and Silverman worked together to create The Palmian Chord Ryddle, a concerto which combines influences from India and South Asia with jazz, classical, and rock music. Below, I’m including a video about the collaboration between Riley and Silverman and an audio recording of the Nashville Symphony’s performance at the Spring for Music Festival concert on May 12.
- Nashville Symphony grabs music world’s ear, heads to Carnegie Hall (blogs.tennessean.com)
- Nashville Symphony Goes Electric With Violinist Tracy Silverman (wqxr.org)
- Music Review: Milwaukee and Nashville Symphonies at Carnegie Hall (nytimes.com)
- Spring For Music Live: The Nashville Symphony Goes Electric, Eclectic (wnyc.org)