Without transcendent classical music, Nashville's top cultural event would be a polka band performing a 58-minute "Yakety Sax" jam session instead of today's Groupon to the Nashville Symphony. For $30, you get one ticket to see Thibaudet Returns at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Concerts take place on Thursday, April 1, at 7 p.m. and April 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. All seating is in the $75 orchestra level.
Recently celebrating its 85th year, the Grand Ole Opry continues to honor American country music by featuring a lineup of member and guest artists during every show, including country superstars such as Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, and countless others. The online calendar details the serenaders showcased at every show, allowing audience members to track their favorites and to attempt telepathic song requests ahead of time. One of the only remaining venues in which audiophiles can catch current chart-toppers and country legends sharing the same stage, the Opry forms the backbone of country-music history and extends its legacy of live entertainment to present day.