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@OscarPRGirl Here's Part 1 of my @Nordstrom's @NashvilleSymph Fundraiser with Oscar de la Renta Fall Preview and @CarrieUnderwood #Fashion #Music

By Joy A. Kennelly

Recently I was privileged to cover Nordstrom's Nashville Symphony Fashion Fundraiser which featured five-time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood and an exclusive presentation of Oscar de la Renta’s Pre-Fall 2012 collection this past February.

It was a beautiful evening start to finish. I'm breaking this into three parts because there is too much to discuss. Tonight, enjoy this coverage of the actual hall and start of the show. More to come soon!

We arrived at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and were struck immediately by the beauty of the $123.5 million home of the Nashville Symphony. Although built to look historic, it actually opened as recently as 2006. Statue  Ingram Garden from Colonnade  Schermerhorn Symphony Center with Birth of Apollo statue_photo by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing  Show floor

Pretty soon the courtyard was teeming with Nashville society women excitedly chattering and drinking cocktails in the perfect balmy weather Crowd
as staff continued to set up the event inside.  Set up  Foyer2 (Please excuse the quality of some of these pix as my photographer has been MIA since returning to Atlanta and these were taken from my phone. The rest of the images are professional photographers who shoot for the symphony and Oscar de la Renta which I will credit accordingly.)

As the doors opened everyone came into the foyer and the excited chatter grew to a dull roar as guests visited with friends and learned where they were sitting.  Inside I recognized a Mary Frances hand bag one of the guests was wearing and made this woman's night.:)  Mary bag 

I was able to sneek a peak inside the hall prior to the show and was greeted by this stunning sight. The Symphony Center seats 1,844 in the Laura Turner Concert Hall and includes the 3,000-square-foot Mike Curb Family Music Education Hall. The floor is adjustable too which is why it looks different from the pictures above.

Start of runway 

End of runway Notable for its remarkable acoustics and distinctive architecture, this 197,000-square-foot facility has become an integral part of cultural life in Music City and is regarded as one of the finest concert halls in America.

Soon we were ushered inside and hushed into silence by Nashville Symphony musicians performing Coldplay's Paradise song live conducted by Steve Kummer which transitioned back and forth seamlessly to DJ Javiere and his music stylings all throughout the show. 

Runway 
Proceeds from the Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show will assist the Symphony in reaching more than 95,000 people through free community concerts; bringing world-renowned artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Béla Fleck and Emanuel Ax to perform for local audiences; providing barrier-free music education to thousands of students across Middle Tennessee; and supporting the work of today’s leading composers.

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has a growing international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming.  With 140 performances annually, the 84-member Nashville Symphony is an arts leader in Nashville and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops and jazz concerts; special events; children’s concerts and community outreach programs.

As a national and international ambassador for the citizens of Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 19 recordings on Naxos, the world’s leading classical label, and one on Decca, making the Nashville Symphony currently one of the most active recording orchestras in the country.  These recordings have received 13 total GRAMMY® nominations and six GRAMMY® wins — three for Joan Tower’s Made in America in 2008 and three for Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony in 2011. The winning categories include “Best Classical Album” (for the Tower recording) and “Best Orchestral Performance” (for the Tower and the Daugherty recordings).

Music education is a top priority for the Nashville Symphony. During the 2010/11 season, the institution reached more than 200,000 adults and children through its education and community engagement programs. These include the flagship initiative One Note, One Neighborhood, which provides comprehensive music education resources to students and teachers underserved public schools. Working in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools and the W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School, the Nashville Symphony doubled its reach through this program in the last year, serving East Nashville’s Stratford cluster and North Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn cluster with curriculum materials, professional development and individual music instruction, all offered to schools at no cost. 

Tomorrow Part II!

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