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Nashville Symphony announces 2014 classical music series

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The music will go on at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where the Nashville Symphony is ready to kick off another musical series with more focus and more revenue.

The 2014-2015 classical music series announced Wednesday morning gets underway in September with a tribute to American masterworks.

"A new work that we've commissioned from a Nashville composer, Connie Ellisor, featuring Nashville's own Victor Wooten on electric bass. It's an electric bass concerto," said Alan Valentine, president and CEO of the Nashville Symphony.

And of course, there will be some Mozart and Beethoven in the mix.

Last summer, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was just days from the auction block when donations saved the building from foreclosure.

"At the end of the day, nobody's going to buy a ticket to look at our balance sheet on stage. We have to deliver great programs to the community," Valentine said.

So, to turn things around, leaders have focused more on that commitment. International stars are headlining the pop series, and educational programs are bringing a new audience.

"As of today, we have actually exceeded our full-year total of ticket sales this year over the prior year," Valentine said.

It's only halfway into their fiscal year, and there is still work to do.

"In order to be in the black for the full year, we've also got to meet our fundraising goals," Valentine said.

They are shooting for $9 million, and Valentine is optimistic they can get it, hoping outdoor shows at the proposed riverfront amphitheater will help keep the music playing.

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