Nashville, Tenn. (September 28, 2022) – Nashville Symphony is excited to host iconic singer and star of film, television and theatre Vanessa Williams for three nights at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Williams will make her Schermerhorn Symphony Center debut October 20 through 22 alongside the Nashville Symphony. This concert will open with the Nashville Symphony performing a selection of beloved Broadway overtures and more. Tickets are on sale now at nashvillesymphony.org/vanessawilliams.
Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multifaceted performers in the entertainment industry today. Having sold millions of records worldwide, Vanessa has also achieved numerous #1 and Top 10 hits on various Billboard Album and Singles charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz.
Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award affiliate including 4 Emmy nominations, 11 GRAMMY® nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. Her platinum single, "Colors of the Wind," from Disney’s Pocahontas, won the Oscar, GRAMMY® and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Vanessa is a strong advocate for equal rights, especially concerning the gay community and minorities. She was honored with the Human Rights Campaign “Ally for Equality” Award for her humanitarian contributions. Vanessa also achieved a career pinnacle with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007. Vanessa’s autobiography, You Have No Idea, co-written with her mother Helen Williams, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012.
Most recently, Vanessa starred in the World Premiere of Selina Fillinger’s new Broadway comedy, POTUS, directed by Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman featuring an all-female cast. Her Broadway credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman, St. Louis Woman, Into the Woods, Sondheim on Sondheim and After Midnight. She co-starred with Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful (the #1 play of the 2013 season), starred in the revival of City of Angels in London’s The West End and a special performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle at Carnegie Hall.
Great seats are available starting at $53 (while supplies last, additional fees apply).
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Enrico Lopez-Yañez, conductor
Thursday, October 20 at 7:00pm
Friday, October 21 at 8:00pm
Saturday, October 22 at 8:00pm
Schermerhorn Symphony Center | 1 Symphony Place | Nashville, TN
Ticket Link: nashvillesymphony.org/vanessawilliams
Tickets for Vanessa Williams may be purchased:
- Online at nashvillesymphony.org/vanessawilliams
- Via phone at 615-687-6400
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording, and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, along with an extensive selection of education and community engagement programs. The Nashville Symphony has released 40 internationally distributed recordings on Naxos, which have received 27 GRAMMY® nominations and 14 GRAMMY® Awards, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. The orchestra has also released recordings on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and New West Records.
In addition to support from Metro Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville Symphony is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Nashville Symphony is also supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.