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Go behind the scenes of classical music in Nashville. Musician Colleen Phelps takes you backstage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for interviews with composers, conductors, and instrumentalists to give you an in-depth look at life in the orchestra. Get closer to the music and musicians behind classical music in Music City.

Classically Speaking Nashville Public Radio

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    • 5.0, 13 Ratings

Go behind the scenes of classical music in Nashville. Musician Colleen Phelps takes you backstage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for interviews with composers, conductors, and instrumentalists to give you an in-depth look at life in the orchestra. Get closer to the music and musicians behind classical music in Music City.

     Video And The Radio Star

     Video And The Radio Star

    Doors are locked, auditoriums are empty, and no tickets have been sold. In the middle of an unprecedented concert hall closure, virtual music making is the only path forward for a while. Virtual choirs are putting forth the image of what they would do in person, while some of Nashville’s youngest musicians are making digital connections to senior citizens. Meanwhile, protests continue across the country. Classically Speaking is not going to ignore this moment, but first we wanted to spotlight the voices of two podcasts that feature Black creators. “Overture” to “Trilloquy” Season 2 includes a look at Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” plus host Garrett McQueen’s description of working just blocks away from Minneapolis protests. Also, “We Can’t Breathe…Again” is an episode of Delanie Harris and Katie Brown’s podcast “Classically Black.” 

    • 9 min
    Erin Hall And The Great Comeback

    Erin Hall And The Great Comeback

    Go behind the scenes of classical music in Nashville. Musician Colleen Phelps takes you backstage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for interviews with composers, conductors, and instrumentalists to give you an in-depth look at life in the orchestra. Get closer to the music and musicians behind classical music in Music City.

    • 9 min
    The Happy Hour Expert, Harpist Kirsten Agresta Copley

    The Happy Hour Expert, Harpist Kirsten Agresta Copley

    One year ago how many of us would have predicted that our spring would be filled with meetings and social calls over video-conference? Even happy hour, the perennial post-work get-together has been transferred, in many cases to Zoom and Google Hangouts. As Classically Speaking continues to document these unprecedented times, it felt like the right moment to consult an expert in happy hours.

    Harpist Kirsten Agresta Copley is experienced with these situations, and gave her advice for transferring them to the digital world. She, like so many musicians, is looking forward to being with a live audience once again. But she's also been working to translate as much of her work as possible to an online format.

    • 9 min
    Safe At Home And Making Music

    Safe At Home And Making Music

    A dispatch from social isolation with musician Matthew Phelps. 

    • 9 min
    Two Horns Take The Stage

    Two Horns Take The Stage

    While the English horn and the French horn couldn’t be much more different as instruments, the Nashville Symphony has given both their time to shine, thanks to the talents of Roger Wiesmeyer and Leslie Norton. Norton answers the audience’s most burning questions about the French horn. And Wiesmeyer describes making peace with the oboe and English horn’s inherent quirks. Both players do so through the lens of stunning pieces of solo playing from recent seasons.

    • 27 min
    Jazz In C

    Jazz In C

    Hear something new in this mixtape of performances from Live in Studio C. Classical meets jazz in four very different ways, as local artists bring the crossover. Performances by guitarist Richard Todd, Duo Versal, Avila Joy Strings, and the Tachoir Duo. Music by Frederic Hand, Paulo Olivera, Melanie Alvey, and the Tachoir Duo.

    • 25 min

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