NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – For the first time, the Symphony Ball will be televised due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
Every year since 1985, The Symphony Ball takes place at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
This year, it will be televised on Channel 4 at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12.
"The Nashville Symphony is such an essential part of our community," Rene LaSpina, WSMV Vice President & General Manager, said in a statement on Monday, "and we are proud to support the musicians and the organization by partnering with them to bring this celebrated event to all of Nashville."
Nashville Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Enrico Lopez-Yañez and News 4 Anchor Tracy Kornet will be the hosts.
"You'll get to hear previously recorded music by the Nashville Symphony, and you'll get at least be virtual transferred back into the hall, which we are all so eager to get back in physically at some point hopefully soon," Lopez-Yañez said. "Get just again to celebrate the holidays and again to see some talented musicians performing, and feel a part of this big event that hopefully next year we'll all be able to enjoy in person again. "
Country music superstar Maren Morris and Blues artist Keb' Mo' are this year's Harmony Award recipients.
Lopez-Yañez talked about how the ball is an important fundraiser.
"The symphony ball is our biggest fundraiser that we do every year. It's one of the main ways that allow us to keep the doors open at the hall, and it goes to the musicians, and more and one of our big aspects is it goes towards all of our education initiatives," Lopez-Yañez said. "One of the big ones being the accelerando program, which is designed to cultivate young traditionally underrepresented and people who lack the traditional access to the arts specially and help jump start their interest in classical music and propel them forward as musicians and just good ambassadors of music in general."
The Symphony Ball telecast, An Evening in Harmony, will give viewers the chance to donate to the Nashville Symphony via text. To donate, @NSO to 52014 or click here.
"Our symphony collaborates with a diverse group of the genre of musicians as possible from classical to jazz to hip hop to rap to rock we kind of do it all at such a high level, and I think that's something that makes us really unique and forward-thinking compared to other orchestras in the country," Lopez-Yañez said. "It's so important for us to at least have a presence this time of year of the family being together, and a lot of that is associated with music or entertainment or family events. At least if we can reach those audiences through the TV and online, we can keep you in our hearts and the tradition in some way."
Symphony Ball 2020 will also host a virtual “Patron Party”, with food and drink options to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. For more information, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Like so many other organizations and individuals in our community, the Nashville Symphony has been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” co-chair Susan Holmes of the Nashville Symphony Ball says. “All concert activity has ground to a halt, and all of the musicians and a majority of the staff have been furloughed. We feel truly honored for this opportunity to support our beloved orchestra during this unprecedented time. The public’s support and participation in the Symphony Ball will provide a critical source of funding as an extremely limited staff works tirelessly to develop a plan to bring the musicians back to the stage.”
If you would like more information about this year’s Symphony Ball, click here.