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Nashville Symphony returns to the stage after tumultuous offseason

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The sounds of the Nashville Symphony, nearly silenced by the threat of bankruptcy and contract talks, will be filling the halls of the Schermerhorn once again Thursday evening.

The symphony is ready to begin its 2013-2014 concert season with its first performance in three months.

But despite the long break, members didn't miss a beat.

"I can tell you from our first rehearsal, people want to play great music," said conductor Giancarlo Guerrero.

Despite a year of uncertainty from the threat of foreclosure and bankruptcy, to musicians taking a 15 percent pay cut, Guerrero says morale is strong.

"Look at where we are today," he said. "Only three months later about to begin a new season with everybody coming together as an institution - musicians, staff, the audience as well - stepping up to the podium, basically saying, 'We want great music in Nashville.'"

Gayle Goad agrees. She and her fellow 50 Forward Club members made a beeline to the Schermerhorn to watch the symphony's dress rehearsal.

"I had not been to the symphony hall, and I have not been to the symphony in probably 20 years, so I thought, 'I'm going this time,'" Goad said.

Kelly Savage, a mother of three, said she has supported the symphony for years.

"It's a great opportunity to be exposed to a symphony performance that we otherwise wouldn't be able to do," she said.

"Every single one of these performers bring different types of audiences, people from different backgrounds, and they all meet here. And, in the end, that is what is going to make us continue thriving and growing," Guerrero said. "The future looks very bright."

Thursday's performance, called "Russian Spectacular," begins at 7 p.m.

There are also two other performances this week, Friday and Saturday, both at 8 p.m.

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