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From Zeppelin to Saint-Saëns to Johnny Lang at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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If you were one of the unlucky souls who missed the big Music of Led Zeppelin concert with Nashville Symphony last Thursday night, you need to check out their website to see all the shows Schermerhorn Symphony Center offers. It's an easy website to remember: NashvilleSymphony.org.

Schermerhorn: it ain't just classical music anymore. For instance, last Thursday eve, we were blown away with The Music of Led Zeppelin, a show created 20 some-odd years ago by Brent Havens who guest-conducted the orchestra as they "captured Led Zeppelin’s sheer blast and power, riff for riff, while churning out new musical colors." The two-plus-hour concert featured a multitude of Zeppelin tunes, like “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog,” “Immigrant Song” and more, including incredible vocals, guitar and drums.

I can't stress it enough - Schermerhorn may look like an opera house and sound like a classical concert hall and, a lot of the time it is, but this place often rocks, rolls, roars and really is a cool place to visit, with much more variety and many more genres of entertainment offered than you'd ever imagine.

Here is what's coming up this week at the center:

Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Nashville Symphony have announced a very exciting new concert series called Coffee and Classics that will start your weekend off a day early, without even having to fight Friday night traffic and all the music madness in downtown Nashville.

This Friday morning, Schermerhorn will present the magnificently colossal sound of their Martin Foundation Concert Organ and the Nashville Symphony in Saint-Saens' SYMPHONY NO. 3 "ORGAN SYMPHONY" in the acoustically near-perfect Laura Turner Hall.

The powerful sound this gorgeous instrument makes is no joke. It's so intense, so rich, that you will feel it shaking your seat- and you - to the depth of your soul. No, not in the rock concert style of kill your eardrums (sorry, I love rock too), but in a classical feel-it-in-your-heart way that will give a new meaning to Friday mornings.

Offering free coffee and gourmet pastries before the show and a chance to mingle with music lovers of like mind, this concert series offers you a chance to go out of your normal routine, take a kid to a concert on a learning experience or simply start your weekend off relaxed and entertained.

Can't make it at 10:30 Friday morning? No worries, the concert will be performed again Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m, with a piano concerto added in.

Then Sunday, come to the Schermerhorn to enjoy the soulful vocals and impressive guitar chops of the young Johnny Lang, Don't recognize the name? Check out the video here. This concert is presented without orchestra with the show opened by Bobby Hamrick and promises to be a kick-butt, out-of-body experience.

I'll see you there!

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