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Nashville Symphony to Hold Free Day of Music

The Nashville Symphony will hold its 13th annual Free Day of Music October 27 with a full day and evening of performances throughout Schermerhorn Symphony Center, including everything from classical and jazz to rock and country, beginning with a Nashville Symphony concert. In addition to 25 acts on four stages, there will be Q&A with Nashville Symphony conductors; enhanced accessibility with sensory-friendly offerings and ASL translators, Halloween and Day of the Dead themed family activities; an instrument petting zoo, food trucks, an outdoor beer garden, and a photo booth.

The annual event is part of Nashville Symphony’s commitment to provide accessible musical experiences for everyone in Middle Tennessee. Nashville Symphony musicians are members of Local 257 (Nashville, TN).

Nashville Symphony Contract Provides Increases Each Year

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra and its musicians, members of Local 257 (Nashville, TN), have announced a new four-year contract that goes into effect August 1. Under the new agreement musicians will see a 3.5% increase in base salaries in 2018-2019, as well as increases of 3.75% in 2019-2020, and 4.25% for each of the final two years. The contract restores an unfilled first violin position in the first year and restores an unfilled cello position in the second year, returning orchestra membership to 83. The audition process also changed so that screens will be kept up throughout the entire audition to ensure impartiality.

Nashville Symphony violinist and Union Steward Laura Ross says, “As the orchestra has become busier performing an ever-expanding variety and quantity of material, we needed to address workload and working conditions, along with the financial package.”
“This contract helps bring these excellent musicians’ compensation closer to their high level of artistic achievement, and we are proud to represent them as we move forward together,” says Local 257 President Dave Pomeroy.

Ross says the negotiations were “efficient and collegial” and she thanked her colleagues for their hard work. “Thanks to the constant work and communication by both the negotiating committee and the orchestra committee with management,” she says. “We are all proud of the result and the future direction of the Nashville Symphony.”

Béla Fleck Named Nashville Symphony’s 2016 Harmony Award Winner

Renowned banjoist Béla Fleck of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) will receive the 2016 Harmony Award presented each year by the Nashville Symphony to an individual who best exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community. The award ceremony will take place December 10, at the annual Symphony Ball.

Event co-chair Melissa Mahanes says, “Throughout his illustrious career, Béla Fleck has brilliantly bridged the gap between a wide array of musical genres and styles, and established himself as a pioneering instrumentalist and songwriter.”

In his 40-year career Fleck has earned 16 Grammy Awards and has been nominated in more Grammy categories than any other instrumentalist. This year he won for best folk album, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, which he recorded with his wife. The Nashville Symphony commissioned his first stand-alone banjo concerto, The Imposter.