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Be part of the experience when Nashville Symphony records three works by celebrated American composer Joan Tower!
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Composer Joan Tower
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The Project:
Be a part of the experience when the Nashville Symphony records three works by celebrated American composer Joan Tower! We need to raise $15,500 to fund our recording of Chamber Dance, Stroke and Violin Concerto live in concert at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, during fall 2013. Nashville Symphony has a rich history with Joan Tower, beginning in 2006 with its recording of Made in America under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, which garnered three GRAMMY® Awards. This new recording will be released worldwide on Naxos.


About the Composer:
Joan Tower is one of the most accomplished composers working today. For more than 50 years, she has made a huge impact on American music as a composer, conductor, teacher and performer. One of her most popular works is Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, an exciting, original response to Aaron Copland’s celebrated Fanfare for the Common Man.

  • In honor of Tower’s 75th birthday, the Nashville Symphony wants to make the first-ever recording of these three pieces. Your donation will enable the Symphony to share the brilliance of this iconic artist with listeners all over the world. 
  • This project, which will feature renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin on Tower’s Violin Concerto, is at the heart of the Nashville Symphony’s mission to foster the creation, promotion and preservation of a distinctly American repertoire.

The New York Times has called Tower “a composer whose directness and eclecticism make her music instantly accessible, and whose imaginative sense of development — often by way of insistent but evolving rhythms and surprising juxtapositions — gives it an original, distinctive personality.


About Nashville Symphony:
Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the Nashville Symphony has established an international profile with its innovative programming and steadily expanding discography. Founded in 1946, the orchestra is today the largest performing arts nonprofit in the state of Tennessee. With more than 100 performances annually, the Symphony’s concert schedule encompasses a diverse mix of classical, pops, jazz and family programs, along with extensive community outreach efforts. During the past year, the orchestra’s artistic excellence has been recognized by the Copland Fund for Music’s Performing Ensembles Program and the ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

  • One of the most active recording orchestras in the country, the Nashville Symphony has released 19 recordings on Naxos, the world’s leading classical label. 
  • These recordings have received a total of 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® wins, including two for Best Orchestral Performance — one awarded to Joan Tower’s Made in America and the other to Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony. 


Throughout its history, the Nashville Symphony has maintained a commitment to championing the music of America’s leading composers, recently earning an invitation to perform a commission by Terry Riley at Carnegie Hall’s Spring For Music Festival.

By documenting the work of today’s leading composers, the Nashville Symphony is helping to usher classical music into the 21st century and keep it relevant for the audiences of today and tomorrow. The project will cost about $15,500 total, and your support will help close the funding gap to ensure that this composer’s works are preserved in her lifetime.


Nashville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero
Nashville Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero
Thank you for helping the Symphony share this wonderful music with a worldwide audience!

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If the project is fully funded, the Nashville Symphony will complete this recording with a projected release date of fall 2014.

Tickets to the 2013 concerts will be sent via email through Nashville Symphony's e-ticket service, once the project is completed. All digital downloads, rewards and copies of the CD will be mailed out about 4 weeks before the official release, projected for fall of 2014.

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    Digital download of recording, autographed CD, two tickets to the Nashville Symphony’s Aegis Sciences Classical Series during the 2013-14 season, name listed in inside CD booklet, plus a Meet & Greet opportunity with Joan Tower and Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero on October 5, November 22 or 23, 2013. Also includes a piano key autographed by Joan Tower.

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    Digital download of recording, autographed CD, two tickets to the Nashville Symphony’s Aegis Sciences Classical Series during the 2013-14 season, named listed in inside CD booklet, and Meet & Greet opportunity with Joan Tower and Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero on Oct 5., Nov. 22 or 23, 2013. Funder will also receive signed conductor’s baton

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    All of the above, plus listing as Honorary Producer in the recording credits and the opportunity to sit in on a recording session with the Nashville Symphony on October 5, or November 23, 2013

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