Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra has spent the last three decades filling theaters to the brim with classical, fluid tunes that spill out of instruments of professional musicians. The orchestra continues to feed famished ears with notes of nourishment by hosting An Evening with Andrew Risinger, which puts the organ center stage to emit both classic and popular pieces full of texture and decibels. Unlike an ensemble of feral cats and broken mufflers, Risinger's ivory tickling will win over sonic senses with compositions such as "Rhapsody for Flute & Organ" by John Weaver and "If With All Your Hearts" from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. Witness the orchestra team up with the energetic conductor Kelly Corcoran for American Landscapes to pay an audible homage to the land of the free, stuffing your ear canals with musical hot dogs as violins pluck their strings to classic songs by American composers.
Friends of Riverside Drive, a collective volunteer effort, began with a vision to transform local neighborhoods by planting dogwood and yoshino cherry trees. Along with tree plantings across neighborhoods and involvement with the Riverside Blossom Festival, Friends of Riverside Drive’s main work is restoring beauty and dignity to Riverside Drive, a community road that provides the main route to the National Cemetery and once served as a recognized, living memorial to war veterans.
Mountain Glacier quenches thirst with crystal-clear jugs of bottled, additive-free spring water. After delivering the water cooler and the first month’s four bottles of Mountain Glacier water, an H20-hoisting honcho will set it up, install it, and recommend the proper diet and grooming tips for the remaining three bottles. Each cooler comes with both cold and room-temperature water, suitable for cold lemonade and room-temperature water balloons. If anything should go awry, the company is quick to provide customer service and any necessary repairs.
Tennessee Family Solutions Inc. (TFS) provides a full-time care facility and support services for people with severe developmental disabilities. People living at TFS stay in small groups in duplexes or neighborhood-style homes with staff members living next door. Its staff members employ the teaching-family model, which focuses on maintaining dignity and respect. In addition to a range of health-support services and 24/7 care, the facility provides clients with individual daily schedules, the ability to self-determine their activities, and a family-style atmosphere. It also organizes trips and activities for residents to venture outside its boundaries to parks, performances, and sporting events.
Founded with the goal of transforming downtown Nashville into a compelling, culturally rich urban center, Nashville Downtown Partnership fosters a sense of community via fun-filled initiatives that showcase the city’s finest offerings, such as the tenth annual Downtown Home Tour. Participants on the tour get a chance to see a variety of chic private spaces, ogling unique floor plans with an emphasis on ultramodern design that whisk guests into the future without the disheveled hairdos inherent with leaps through the time-space continuum. The Partnership creates such interactive experiences to help introduce locals to the benefits of living in the center of Music City, such as having easy access to its hundreds of restaurants as well as sports and entertainment venues.
Under the baton of maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, the Grammy Award–winning Nashville Symphony sets air particles to vibrating with a program that features both classical masterworks and world-premiere performances. Music-making commences with Anton Webern's “Passacaglia,” op. 1, before his lush textures and angular melodies melt into the world-premiere performance of Richard Danielpour's Darkness in the Ancient Valley, which draws on the composer's Iranian heritage. Joining the orchestra for Danielpour's visceral tone romp is Grammy Award–winning soprano Hila Plitmann, who will lend her dulcet tones to the composer's musical text and glare at audience members who clap between movements. The program rounds out with master symphonist Gustav Mahler's Symphony no. 4, a highly accessible piece that signifies lost childhood innocence through high flutes, sleigh bells, and the mournful squeak of broken Matchbox cars.
Originally organized by Tipper Gore in 1990, Tennessee Voices for Children (TVC) has since progressed to become both a statewide and national source of support and advocacy for children's health and education services. As an active advocate for the emotional and behavioral well-being of children and their families, TVC helps develop statewide family support networks to assist the families of children impacted by emotional and behavioral disorders. The organization also runs programs to support youth in the juvenile-justice system and those at-risk for suicide or depression.