PERFORMING ARTS

April at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Ticket packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Become a season ticket holder and receive added benefits! Concerts this month: April 1: The Silkroad Ensemble, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, are a group of virtuosic and passionate musicians creating a new musical language founded in difference and collaboration. April 5-6: Guerrero conducts Bernstein with the Nashville Symphony. April 11-13: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, featuring some of the Russian master’s most brilliant music. April 18-20: Under the Streetlamp features leading cast members from the hit musical Jersey Boys, bringing a unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite doo-wop, Motown and old-time rock ’n’ roll hits. April 20: Once Upon a Time… A Symphonic Fairytale is a theatrical concert for classical music lovers of all ages, featuring an unforgettable mashup of comedy and classical music. Musical selections include Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca, A Very Blue Danube and Cleaning vs. Riverdancing, with music by Beethoven, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, Vivaldi and more. April 30: The Trombone World Tour featuring the Nashville Trombone Quartet. Come hear the versatility of a modern trombone quartet! nashvillesymphony.org.

April at the Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North. This stellar venue is a six-time winner of Pollstar’s Concert Theatre of the Year award and 2012, 2010 and 2008 Academy of Country Music’s Venue of the Year. This month’s outstanding lineup: April 2: Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6 with very special guests; April 3: Love on Fire: An evening with Thistle Farms; April 4, 11, 18, 25: Opry Country Classics; April 5-7: Gary Clark Jr. with Los Coast; April 9: Rhett & Link; April 10: Ali Wong: The Milk & Money Tour; April 12: Jim Jefferies: The Night Talker Tour; April 13: John Crist: Human Being Tour; April 14: Tom Segura: Take it Down Tour; April 15 & 16: Death Cab For Cutie with My Brightest Diamond; April 17: Patty Griffin with special guest Lori McKenna; April 19: The Tallest Man On Earth; April 20: Todd Snider Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3 with John Carter Cash; April 21 & 22: Lord Huron with Michael Nau; April 22: Lord Huron; April 23: Snow Patrol with We Are Scientists and Ryan McMullan; April 27: Live From Here with Chris Thile; April 28: LANY. Buy tickets at Ryman box office, ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Sunday Afternoons – Jazz Sundays

Tennessee Brew Works, 809 Ewing Avenue. Enjoy live jazz every Sunday from 2–6 pm. tnbrew.com

Sunday Evenings – Bluegrass Jam

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. Free admission on Sunday evening at Nashville’s premiere listening room for bluegrass and roots music. “Cold beer, hot pickin’ and friends you won’t meet until you get here.” Showtime 8 pm. stationinn.com

Nightly – Live Music at Rudy’s

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features live music, a New Orleans inspired menu, local brews, and tipsy cocktails. rudysjazzroom.com

Tuesday Evenings – Acoustic Pickin’ Party

Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 27th Avenue North. Bring an acoustic instrument and join the circle, 7–9 pm. All styles of music, including originals. Great for developing chops, and learning new tunes. Bring a couple tunes you’d like to play and an open mind. Ages 12–up. nashville.gov

Wednesday Evenings and Saturday Afternoons – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive; Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theater, 2416 Music Valley Drive. Join the incredible cast and band in a historical 60 year ride through some of Nashville’s biggest hits, and the stories behind them! From Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George & Tammy, Conway & Loretta, Kenny & Dolly, through Wynonna, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, this show brings exciting entertainment unlike any other. Performed by hot up-and-coming artists who are backed by a fantastic first-call Nashville band, they will bring you to your feet! Tickets available online, day of show or call (615) 730-8962. themusicofnashville.com

Thursday and Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Enjoy free music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm. April performances will include songwriter and jazz vocalist Sonja Porter Hopkins, bandolin player Chris Moran, 7-string guitarist Jonah Kraut, cavaquinho player Larry Seeman, violinist Alexa Voytek, percussionists Adam Anderson & Carlos Ruiz, jazz guitarist Geary Moore, and soulful vocalist Tramaine Arte’Mis. fristcenter.org

April 2, 9, 23, 30 – The Doyle and Debbie Show

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. This hilarious love letter to the country music community and its stars is hysterical, and the music is finely-crafted. The two stars, Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton, have the acting and singing chops to carry it all off beautifully. Tickets: $20, 7 pm. doyleanddebbie.com

April 4 – Nashville House Concerts

War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Avenue North. This unique Nashville experience is hosted by Sirius XM radio personality Storme Warren, and features a diverse blend of talent from chart-topping artists, music legends, rising stars, accomplished songwriters, and more. Every show promises musical performances, imaginative interviews, and unpredictable fun. wmarocks.com

April 4, 6 – The Colored Museum

PCox/Lewis Theatre, Tennessee State University Performing Arts Center. Theater trailblazer Dr. Thomas Edward Poag established the TSU theater program in 1939, presenting a varied repertoire of theatrical productions featuring TSU students, faculty, and professional guest artists. April 4 at 7 pm, April 6 at 3 pm. tnstate.edu/communications

April 4, 6 – Tales Of Hoffmann

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Walking the fine line between dreams and reality, this fantastical thrill-ride from Nashville Opera takes the audience along on a poet’s exhaustive search for the perfect woman. Loosely based on the life and loves of E.T.A. Hoffmann (whose “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” became a really famous ballet), Offenbach’s vignettes glitter with sensuality, emotion and the glorious agony of the creative process. An imaginative art deco set and famous tunes you already know make this a night of must-see theater. Featuring the Nashville Opera Orchestra, sung in French with projected English titles. nashvilleopera.org

April 4-7 – If/Then

Z. Alexander Looby Theatre, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Choice and fate collide in this romantic, original story of a woman at the crossroads of her life after moving back to New York. circleplayers.net

April 4-7, 11-13 – Sister Act, The Musical

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. The theater presents thrilling performances for family audiences and scrumptious dining at an affordable price. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

April 4-7, 11-13 – Steel Magnolias

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. Before audiences experienced the Ya-Ya Sisterhood or any Fried Green Tomatoes, Steel Magnolias set the standard for stories of female bonding. The story takes place at Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana and revolves around beloved characters including Ouiser (“I’m not crazy … I’ve just been in a very bad mood for forty years”); Clairee (“If you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me”); and Truvy (“Honey, time marches on, and eventually you realize it’s marchin’ across your face.”). pull-tight.com

April 4, 6, 7, 11–14 – Minnie Pearl: All the News from Grinder’s Switch

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100.From her first “How-deeeee!” to her last curtain call with the Grand Ole Opry, Minnie Pearl was a boon companion to her creator Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon. Hear all the news from Grinder’s Switch, Tennessee and follow Minnie, Rod and the rest of the Opry gang in a musical extravaganza. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater. chaffinsbarntheatre.com

April 5-7, 11-14, 18-20 – Jack and the Giant

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. Presented by ACT 1 (Artists’ Cooperative Theatre), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing theatrical gems, both classic and modern, to Nashville audiences. In this world premiere, scrappy orphan Jack has never left his tiny village on the fjord, but when a terrible storm delivers a curious sailboat to the shore, he embarks on an epic adventure to slay a mysterious giant and reclaim an enchanted golden harp. This new spin on the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” has a dynamic score and intriguing new characters. Thursday-Saturday 7:30 pm; Sunday matinees ?2:30 pm. Thursday shows are pay-what-you-can; students (college and high school) free on Sundays. act1online.com

April 6, 7 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. Direct from Off-Broadway, four beloved classics, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear,” “Mister Seahorse,” “The Lonely Firefly,” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” leap off the page and on to the stage right in front of your eyes brought to life by a menagerie of 75 incredible puppets. nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

April 6, 12 – Live in the Jazz Cave

The Jazz Cave, 1319 Adams Street. April 6: An evening of music and conversation with pianist Bill Pursell. April 12: trumpeter Rod McGaha. Soft drinks and bottled water available. BYOB and snacks. Showtime: 8 pm. Tickets: $25, Students: $15. nashvillejazz.org

April 8-14 – Wild West Comedy Festival

Venues include Zanies, The Ryman, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, War Memorial Auditorium, and The Opry House. The annual festival will feature some of the funniest comedians in the world, including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Ali Wong, Darren Knight & Cledus T. Judd, Janeane Garofalo, and many more. nashcomedyfest.com

April 9, 11, 16, 18 – Inside the Ballet: Modern Masters with Ben Folds

Nashville Ballet, 3630 Redmon Street. Join Mitchell Korn, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music senior lecturer, for a series that takes participants behind the scenes of Nashville Ballet’s upcoming performance. Korn will lead engaging discussions with the creative experts that make a ballet possible to illustrate how a concept becomes a reality. Admission: $15, 1:30–3 pm. nashvilleballet.com

April 14 – Jazz on the Move 2019

Frist Art Museum Auditorium, 919 Broadway. Co-presented by the Nashville Jazz Workshop, this month’s educational series will feature a lecture and performance highlighting the Life and Music of Stan Getz with Don Aliquo. This is a free event, first-come, first-seated. fristcenter.org

April 19 – Music City Improv

Third Coast Comedy Club, Marathon Village, 1310 Clinton Avenue. This high octane show from Nashville’s longest running improv troupe features live and video sketch comedy. Shows are considered PG-13 and are a mix of short form and long form. musiccityimprov.com

April 25 – Poet’s Corner

Scarritt Bennett Center, Vanderbilt University. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. Free, open to the public. scarrittbennett.org

April 26-28 – Ben Folds with Nashville Ballet

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Highlighting innovation and artistry, this season’s Modern Masters series showcases choreographers that have challenged the bounds of the art form through big ideas and intriguing collaborations. The Ben Folds Project: Concerto makes its triumphant homecoming after Nashville Ballet’s critically acclaimed Kennedy Center debut in 2017. George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant delivers a rare look at the breadth of the father of American ballet’s magnificent repertory, while The Lottery keeps audiences and dancers both on edge with the promise of a thrilling climax – the ballet’s final soloist will be selected by a real lottery live on stage. Inspired by the beauty of Eastern rituals, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Bloom rounds out the program. nashvilleballet.com

April 30 – Hello, Dolly! Starring Broadway legend Betty Buckley

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. This Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. tpac.org

 

Art Crawls
Spend your evening at an art crawl! Area galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring many genres of artwork. Some venues present live music, and many serve complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres. These monthly gatherings are an opportunity to meet the artists, buy and support their work.

April 5 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. franklinartscene.com

April 6 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues welcome you to galleries open 6–9 pm, with trolleys making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. nashvilledowntown.com/play

April 6 – Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

Minutes from downtown, Wedgewood/Houston is rich with art and music culture. Check out groundbreaking art from the artist run spaces on Chestnut Street to the commercial galleries on Hagan Street along with popups, beginning at 6 pm. am-wh.com

April 13 – East Side Art Stumble

East Nashville. Galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. Saturday event from 6-9, rain or shine. eastsideartstumble.com

April 20 – Jefferson Street Art Crawl

The crawl happens up and down Jefferson, starting at the Garden Brunch Cafe near Rosa Parks and ending at One Drop Ink Tattoo at Jefferson and 28th. The monthly event engages community and highlights art along this historic art corridor as well as the North Nashville Community. facebook.com/jsactn