Nashville Symphony’s Community Concerts, A Beloved Summertime Tradition, Returns to Regional Parks

Throughout Middle Tennessee June 5–9.

Five outdoor performances feature summertime classics, fun for the whole family and are free for all to attend.

Nashville, Tenn. (April 17, 2024) – The Nashville Symphony has announced dates and programs for their popular annual Community Concerts, a beloved summer tradition throughout Middle Tennessee. From June 5 through 9, the Orchestra will perform free concerts in local parks and communities in Davidson, Macon, Montgomery, and Wilson counties.

Nashville Symphony Resident Conductor Nathan Aspinall will conduct a program featuring American classics including John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Boudleaux and Felice Bryant’s “Rocky Top,” Bob Lowden’s Armed Forces Salute, Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow,” and John Stafford Smith’s “The Star-Spangled Banner;” John Williams’s “Adventures on Earth” from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Alan Menkin’s Aladdin Orchestral Suite, and Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission; and contemporary composer Carlos Simon’s “Ring Shout” from Four Black American Dances. The Orchestra will also perform the overture to Franz Von Suppé’s operetta Light Calvary, as well as Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, Opus 72, No. 1 in B major and Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 5.

“Community concerts are one of our favorite ways to present the excitement of all the Nashville Symphony has to offer beyond the walls of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center," said Kimberly McLemore, Nashville Symphony Vice President of Education and Community Engagement. “We are excited to bring back this wonderful series as we enjoy our beautiful parks alongside neighbors throughout the Middle Tennessee area.”

Several concert locations will offer pre-concert activities and food options, and concertgoers are encouraged to pack a basket and come early to enjoy beautiful summer evenings in the parks. More information can be found at

Benefits, Inc. sponsors the Nashville Symphony’s Free Community Concerts. Thank you also to Publix Super Market Charities, The Memorial Foundation, Middle Tennessee Electric, and Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County for providing funds to make these free concerts possible.

Nashville Symphony Community Concerts 2024
June 5-9, 2024 in Parks Throughout Middle Tennessee
Nathan Aspinall, conductor

John Stafford Smith: “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Franz von Suppé: Overture to Light Cavalry
Antonín Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Opus 72, No. 1 in B major
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5
Carlos Simon: "Ring Shout" from Four Black American Dances
Ennio Morricone: "Gabriel's Oboe" from The Mission
Alan Menken: Aladdin Orchestral Suite
Bob Lowden: Armed Forces Salute
Harold Arlen: “Over the Rainbow”
John Williams: “Adventures on Earth” from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)
John Philip Sousa: “The Stars and Stripes Forever”
Boudleaux and Felice Bryant: “Rocky Top”

The Downtown Commons
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30pm
215 Legion Street Clarksville, TN 37040
Montgomery County

Musicians Corner Stage, Centennial Park
Thursday, June 6 at 7:30pm
2500 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Davidson County
Co-Presented with Musician Corner

Key Park Pavilion
Friday, June 7, 7:30 PM
208 Church Street
Lafayette, TN 37083
Macon County
Presented by Macon County Arts Council
Rain location: Lafayette Elementary School

Cumberland University Memorial Lawn
Saturday, June 8, 7:30 PM
1 Cumberland Square
Lebanon, TN 37087
Wilson County
Presented by Cumberland University Fine Arts Council
Rain location: Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena

Smith Springs Community Center
Sunday, June 9, 3:00 PM
2801 Smith Springs Road
Nashville, TN 37217 Davidson County

About the Nashville Symphony

The Nashville Symphony has been the primary ambassador for classical music in Music City since 1946. Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the ensemble is internationally acclaimed for its focus on contemporary American orchestral music through collaborations with composers including Jennifer Higdon, Terry Riley, Joan Tower, and Aaron Jay Kernis; commissioning and recording projects with Nashville-based artists including Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Ben Folds, and Victor Wooten; and for its 14 GRAMMY® Awards and 27 nominations. In addition to its classical season, the orchestra performs concerts in a wide range of genres, from pops to live-to-film movie scores, family-focused presentations, holiday events, jazz, and cabaret evenings, and is the official orchestra for the Nashville Ballet.

An established leader in Nashville and regional arts and cultural communities, the Symphony spearheads groundbreaking community partnerships and initiatives serving thousands of citizens throughout Middle Tennessee. Notable programs include Music In My Neighborhood, Young Peoples Concerts, and the Accelerando program, which provides professional performance, educational, and career opportunities for students from underrepresented ethnicities in American orchestras. Find more at

In addition to support from Metro Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville Symphony is 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. For more information about the Nashville Symphony and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, please visit