PERFORMING ARTS

February 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: Feb 1-2: It’s a night of all classics featuring three of history’s greatest composers, Mozart, Mendelssohn & Schumann. Feb. 7-9: The Music of John Williams is a family-friendly celebration of America’s greatest film composer, with unforgettable music from Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Far and Away, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Cowboys and more. Feb. 9: Everyone is a suspect in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Music, a sensory-friendly concert offering a relaxed atmosphere for patrons of all ages, including accommodations for people on the autism spectrum and people with sensory sensitivities. Family-friendly activities, including the Symphony’s Instrument Petting Zoo, begin one hour before all performances. Feb. 14-15: Valentine’s with Chris Botti returns for two nights of romantic music. Feb. 17: Igudesman & Joo: A Hilarious Concert of Classical Favorites 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. Feb. 19: Violinist Erin Hall, cellist Keith Nicholas, and pianist Matthew Phelps will preform Antonín Dvorák’s monumental Piano Trio No. 3 in f minor, Op. 65 at The Elliston Trio Plays Dvorák. Feb. 21-23: Beethoven’s Seventh closes a program that also includes American composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ Symphony No. 4, co-commissioned by the Nashville Symphony and the New England Conservatory. nashvillesymphony.org.

February 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: Feb. 1, 2: Tedeschi Trucks Band; Feb. 5: Disney’s Dcappella; Feb. 7, 8: St. Paul & The Broken Bones; Feb. 9, 10: Dawes: Passwords Tour; Feb. 13, 15, 16: Brothers Osborne; Feb. 17: Switchfoot; Feb. 19: Tesla; Feb. 20: Sarah McLachlan; Feb. 21: I’m With Her; Feb. 22 & 23: Blackberry Smoke; Feb. 24 & 25: Rainbow Kitten Surprise; Feb. 27 & 28: Kacey Musgraves: Oh, What A World: Tour. 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

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

Thursday Evenings – Speakeasy Swing at Rudys

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features 1930s-1940s live music with vintage swing dancing, a New Orleans inspired menu and tipsy cocktails. rudysjazzroom.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. February performances will include banjo, fiddle and guitar player Colin O’Brien, singer-songwriter Rae Hering, Bulgarian musical ensemble Tantsova Grupa, The Contrarian Ensemble, classical guitarist Michael Robert, jazz guitarist Geary Moore, and The Bryan Cumming Swing Quartet. fristcenter.org

Saturday Mornings – Kidsville Story Time

Inside The Parthenon, 2500 West End Avenue. Every Saturday from 11–11:45 am, ages 12 and younger will explore a different theme and create a related piece of art. kidsvilleonline.org

Saturday Evenings – Bye Bye Liver: The Nashville Drinking Play

Blue Bar and Rack Room, 1911 Broadway. This fast-paced sketch comedy takes a satirical look at the drinking culture every Saturday night. Audience members participate in Would You Rather, Name That Tune, and more. byebyeliver.com/nashville

February 1-3 – Ghost

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. Castle Crenshaw, a.k.a. Ghost, has been running his entire life, but for all the wrong reasons. Then one day he meets Coach, an Olympic medalist who sees his unique raw talent. Can Ghost achieve the speed he needs for success, or will his past finally catch up with him? A world premiere especially developed for Nashville Children’s Theatre, based on the book Ghost by Jason Reynolds. nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

February 1-3, 7-9 – On Golden Pond

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. This 1979 play that was adapted to a beloved movie in 1981 takes us into the marriage of Ethel and Norman Thayer as they return to their summer home for the 48th year. When they are visited by their middle-aged daughter, who leaves her teenage son with them for the summer, family wounds are uncovered while the boy quickly becomes the grandchild the elderly couple have longed for and lessons are learned in all three generations. pull-tight.com

February 2, 8, 15, 23 – Live in the Jazz Cave

The Jazz Cave, 1319 Adams Street. Feb. 2: Internationally-acclaimed flutist and composer Jamie Baum will be joined by pianist Bruce Dudley, bassist Roger Spencer, and drummer Marcus Finnie for an evening of classical, jazz and world music. Feb. 8: Trumpeter and jazz musician George Tidwell will perform favorites with his sextet. Feb. 15: Love Ballads for Valentine’s Day with popular vocalist Christina Watson and the Lori Mechem Trio. Feb. 15: An evening of music and conversation with pianist Bill Pursell, interviewed by Lori Mechem. Admission: $25, $15 students with ID. Soft drinks and bottled water available. BYOB and snacks. Showtime: 8 pm. Tickets: $25, Students: $15. nashvillejazz.org

February 2, 3, 7-10 – Second Hand Wings

Presented by The Theater Bug at 4809 Gallatin Pike, New Life Baptist Church. New original play Secondhand Wings will be presented under the mentorship of The Rainbow Squad, East Nashville’s first middle school LGBTQ+ group, as well as adult members of the trans community. The show is an allegory about trans youth, and was lovingly created together with members of the trans community of all ages and their families. thetheaterbug.org

February 5, 12, 26 – 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

February 7 – 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

February 7-9, 13-16, 20-23 – Topdog/Underdog

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Two brothers. One named after the man who ended slavery in America, the other named after the man who killed him. Their worlds have always revolved around each other, but their center of gravity is shifting as both struggle to define themselves and claim their place. Driven by pride, love, desperation, and dreams, they are forced to go head to head to learn what it takes to come out on top. Featuring Eddie George. Appropriate for audiences 18+. nashvillerep.org

February 7-9, 14-16, 21-24, 27, 28 – Kiss Me Kate

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. A classical musical with romance, comedy, sophistication, behind-the-scenes hijinks, and brilliant songs. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater. chaffinsbarntheatre.com

February 8-10 – Attitude: Lucy Negro Redux

Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. A world premiere by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling, Lucy Negro Redux explores the mysterious love life of literary great William Shakespeare through the perspective of the illustrious “Dark Lady” for whom many of his famed sonnets were written. Based on the book by Nashville poet Caroline Randall Williams, the contemporary ballet explores themes of love, otherness, equality and beauty as the narrator embarks on a journey to discover her own power and worth. Featuring an original score by Grammy Award-winning artist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient Rhiannon Giddens with spoken word performed by Williams, Lucy is an imaginative drama brimming with wit and relevancy. Recommended for adults due to explicit language and mature themes. nashvilleballet.com

February 8-10, 15-17 – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. “When we talk… nothing is said. Communication is awful hard between people.” Brick and his family have never had an honest conversation. Now that everyone’s gathered under one roof vying for a massive Mississippi inheritance, each must confront a lifetime of secrets and lies to discover a moment of truth. Studio Tenn is proud to present Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning masterpiece starring stage and screen star John Schuck as volatile patriarch Big Daddy. Don’t miss this exquisite play about finding your voice in a noise-filled world. studiotenn.com

February 9 – Love Notes

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon Street. We’ll cover the candle light and cabaret tables while you enjoy love in music – from Bernstein and Hammerstein to Gluck and Gounod – all performed by our talented Mary Ragland Emerging Artists. Highlights include a surprise performance by a Nashville songwriter and the flirtatious one-act opera Feel the Tango by composer Joe Illick, who’ll be with us for the occasion. A special night of music and fun for you and your special! Bring your own bottle of wine or peruse some of the bubbly and treats we’ll have for sale in the lobby. nashvilleopera.org

February 10 – 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 Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” with Nashville saxophonist Rahsaan Barber. This is a free event, first-come, first-seated. fristcenter.org

February 11 – Point of No Return with Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Mountaineer Hilaree Nelson shares the gripping story of leading a National Geographic team on a harrowing journey to the summit of Myanmar’s Hkakabo Razi, possibly Southeast Asia’s highest point. They didn’t realize that the greatest obstacle wouldn’t be their dwindling rations, or the grueling jungle hikes, or the life-threatening hypothermia. It was the force of conflicting personalities that threatened to unravel the entire endeavor. Nelson recounts the tough decisions she had to make to keep the team together, accompanied by photographer Cory Richard’s dramatic stills and clips from Renan Ozturk’s searing documentary Down to Nothing. Presented without orchestra. nashvillesymphony.org

February 15-17, 14-18, 21-24, 28 – The Bomb-itty of Errors

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. Performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm. darkhorsetheater.com, act1online.com

February 21 – 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

February 21 – Poet’s Corner

Scarritt Bennett Center, Vanderbilt University. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. Over the years, various themes have surfaced: religious and faith based; emotions including love, hate, hurt, frustration, etc; personal reflections and observations of life; nature; resistance to the “isms” of society. Audiences have included family, friends, former students, other poets, and many simply interested in hearing good poetry. Free, open to the public. scarrittbennett.org

February 21, 23 – 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

February 24-March 2 – Oscars Film Festival

Nashville Public Library, 3rd floor, 615 Church Street. To celebrate The Oscars, come view past winners and nominees all week long! Sunday: Up, Straight Story; Monday: Apollo 13, Sense & Sensibility, Babe, Beauty & the Beast; Tuesday: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Rocky, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Lion; Wednesday: Arrival, Fences, La La Land, Bridge of Spies; Thursday: Loving, Kubo and the Two Strings, Trolls, Sully, Doctor Strange; Friday: Imitation Game, Theory of Everything, Philomena, Lord of the Rings; Saturday: Two Towers, Return of the King. nashvillepubliclibrary.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.

February 1 – 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

February 2 – 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

February 2 – 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

February 9 – 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

February 23 – 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