- $25 for one ticket to see Roger Waters Presents Ça Ira (up to $51 value)
- When: Friday, January 30, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Schermerhorn Symphony Center
- Seating: rear orchestra or rear balcony section
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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Roger Waters Presents Ça Ira with the Nashville Symphony & Chorus
Less than 10 years after the release of The Wall, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was approached by his friends Étienne Roda-Gil and Nadine Delahaye with a libretto in need of a score. It was a job done eagerly, but not hastily. In fact, Waters put so much effort into his craft that it was nearly 20 years before the completed work made its official debut at Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica. Now, yet another decade later, a truncated, 90-minute production makes its North American debut with the Nashville Symphony, and Waters himself tags along as narrator.
With a title taken from a song of the French Revolution, which translates to “It’ll Be Fine,” Ça Ira is subtitled “There Is Hope”—a far cry from Pink Floyd’s bleak meditations. This story of burgeoning democracy finds an unlikely heroine in Marie Antoinette, and unexpected pathos in her frustrated aspirations. It was only bad luck, after all, that matched her with a king doomed to the guillotine, and that marriage came at the expense of her true love: a young courtier with nobler ideals. Throughout the opera, singers take on multiple roles, both noble and common, blurring the lines of class and standing and making Marie’s ultimate fate that much more tragic.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Even though it opened in 2006, Schermerhorn Symphony Center looks like it's been a part of the landscape for centuries. That's because the center, which is named for Nashville Symphony's late maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn, took its design cues from famed European concert halls. Its classic appearance is enhanced by 30 soundproof windows, which allow natural sunlight or unnatural spaceship lights to stream in. A custom-built organ rings out through the hall, and a convertible seating design allows the hall to morph into a ballroom floor for cabaret shows or weddings.