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October 9, 2007
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Kissy Black
Lotos Nile Media

A Whole New NCO
Nashville Chamber Orchestra Leads the Industry in Unique Initiatives, Online Projects

NASHVILLE —The Nashville Chamber Orchestra (NCO), a leading orchestra that commissions new music that integrates classical traditions with jazz, folk and world music, recently launched its 18th season. Unique performance lineups are something for which the NCO is known, and the all-new online presence shows a commitment to continual evolution.

Gambill is “Practically Perfect”
The NCO was founded and led by Musical Director Paul Gambill, who was chosen as one of nine “highly gifted, emerging conductors,” by the National Conducting Institute. It's Gambill's talent and innovation that have led the NCO to enjoy local and national acclaim for helping pioneer a movement in orchestral fusion. Gambill is held in the industry's highest regard, with his recordings called, “practically perfect from every perspective,” by Classics Today.

Since 1996, the NCO has commissioned and premiered the works of 36 American composers and recorded albums for six different labels. Composer residencies have included the industry's premiere musicians, and the NCO's community engagement initiatives are widespread. From the interactive education programs like songwriting project Kid Pan Alley, to the orchestra's ENCORE project for teens, the NCO's dedication to Nashville's youth is deeply rooted and proven to change lives.

Intimate Interaction: A Night at the Orchestra
An evening with the NCO is always an experience to behold. In keeping with the
NCO's unspoken mission — to reach beyond the typical boundaries set forth by traditional orchestras — Gambill interacts with his audience adding a true element of intimacy to each live show. It's these asides that make each concert different. Audience and conductor interact as comrades. Gone are the lines that divide a patron and the performer. It's artistic immersion in the truest sense. Additionally, when performances call for sound reinforcement, performers wear state-of-the-art clip-on microphones allowing them to hear fellow performers and move about freely during concerts. An evening with the NCO is like sitting in on a jam session with the industry's most talented, most respected performers. It's personal, and audiences feel the freedom they are given to interpret NCO's eclectic sounds however they wish.

This season features another year of originality most definitely topping years’ past. The orchestra’s two series offer completely different options undoubtedly appealing to all musical tastes. The Adventure Series, which kicks off on October 13, starts with Tango!, a partnership with Tango Nashville. The evening will feature an unusual mix of jazz, English folk, tango and classical music, all the while spotlighting the sounds of Raul Jaurena on the bandoneon. The Acoustic Cafe series, launching November 2, features artist-in-residence Darrell Scott and an all-star lineup of accompanying musicians. Season tickets are available as well as on a per-show basis.

Sign of the Times: Uncovered
As any creative entity must, the NCO is meeting and exceeding expectations for technological integration with the artistic experience. Reaching out to all nations, the NCO is pioneering unexplored territory with the launch of Uncovered, a behind-the-scenes look at how the music is made. Fans pay a one-time fee for one year's access to never-before-seen footage, interviews and more as the orchestra works on new music and recordings, collaborating with stellar performers who share the same vision. It's VIP access at the click of a mouse.

The first NCO Uncovered project, which was launched in July, features NCO artist-in-residence and famed guitarist, John Jorgenson (Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters), as he collaborates with the NCO to make new music. The first series was awaited with much anticipation and received with much excitement. Next up is NCO Uncovered, a glimpse at Nashville's world-class orchestra as it prepares for it's latest season, creating new compositions and more. Fans will especially appreciate the access Uncovered gives them to relive the best from both the Adventure and Acoustic series.

Don’t spend an evening AT the orchestra. Spend an evening WITH it! Be a part of something magical. Get to know the musicians, and fall in the love with the music. Log on to nco.org for future Uncovered projects, a complete season lineup, to purchase season or individual-show tickets and more.




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