Sweet symphonic serenading sounds

Sinclaire Sparkman • Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The lawn at Cumberland University filled with blankets and lawn chairs Thursday night as the Nashville Symphony played the 26th annual Symphony on the Lawn. 

Hundreds of people showed up to watch the show, which included two local acts that preceded the orchestra performance.  


A sting quartet from Cumberland played first, followed by some country favorites and originals from Tia Goins, a Nashville songwriter and Lebanon resident for the past three years. 

A musical petting zoo was available for children, where volunteers from the symphony assisted youngsters with an introduction to musical instruments such as violin, trumpet, shakers, bells and even a small harp.   

As the shadows lengthened, the symphony began to play with maestro Vinay Parameswaran conducting. Parameswaran is an assistant conductor for the Nashville Symphony. 

The performance at Cumberland University is part of the Nashville Symphony’s free summer community concert series. The event was organized by the university’s fine arts council, which charged patrons a small fee for the event. 

“We have a community concert series every year. We go to seven different locations in the greater Nashville area,” said Justin Bradford, communications manager for the Nashville Symphony. “We’re very excited to get out to different communities to help them experience the Nashville Symphony.”

Bradford also said that the symphony would play in Antioch for the first time this year. 

The orchestra played six songs, including music from Star Wars by John Williams, an overture by Rossini and some dances by Brahms and Bora. 


Cumberland sends music students to the Nashville Symphony four times a year to help with musical petting zoos at their Pied Piper events. 

“It’s really good to be able to encourage [the children] to want to be involved in music,” said Lauren Gregory, a music student at Cumberland University. “And it’s great to be out here today just to enjoy this fine arts event at our school and in our community.” 

 For more pictures of the event click here. 

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