Music City has more to offer than cowboy hats and spurs; musicians here play more than the banjo! These options should satisfy those who appreciate the works of Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, and other classically trained musicians. An added bonus: you stand a good chance of encountering a faculty member at these lively events!
Features ensembles, Faculty Recitals, Guest Recitals, Nightcap Series, Signature Series, and other musical events on a weekly basis. Refer to the Concert Series Calendar on the Web site for a comprehensive schedule of events. Depending on the time of year, one can hear chamber music, jazz, and special seasonal programs. Most events are free, and the occasional ticketed events usually cost no more than $5-$10 with your Vanderbilt student ID.
2400 Blakemore Avenue
Nashville’s sparkling new Schermerhorn Symphony Center is the new home for the Nashville symphony after years at TPAC. The 1,872 seat concert hall features natural light streaming through 30 soundproof windows, and the designers claim that every inch has been analyzed for acoustic quality. The Symphony performs many concerts throughout the year as part of its classical, pops, jazz, Pied Piper, and special events series. Students can register online for the SoundCheck program and get two Symphony tickets for $10 each. Rush tickets are available for $15 at the Symphony concerts (that are not sold out) starting one hour before the show.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
The 2013-2014 season’s schedule includes The Pearl Fishers, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, The Barber of Seville, and Otello. Performances take place at the sleek and contemporary Noah Liff Opera Center that opened in May 2009. Students get a 20% discount with their ID. Student rush tickets in the balcony may be purchased for $12.50 starting 45 minutes prior to curtain (if a show is not sold out).
Noah Liff Opera Center
The Circle Players are one of Tennessee’s oldest community theatre companies and Nashville’s oldest volunteer arts organization. Their 2013-2014 season will be announced soon!
The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike
The Barn offers excellent performances in both of their two theaters and an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner. Dinner is served at 6, and shows begin at 8.
8204 Highway 100
One of the most famous landmarks in Nashville, the Grand Ole Opry features new stars and legends in the “show that made country music famous”! Tickets can be pricey, but keep your eyes out for deals. Shows take place at the Grand Ole Opry House from February to October and at its famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium, during the winter
2804 Opryland Dr.
Interested in exploring other cultures through the performing arts? Whether you want to be on stage or enjoying from the audience, Vanderbilt student ensembles are open to grad students and are a great way to broaden your cultural horizons. The VPAC is a council sponsoring a number of student performing arts clubs, including Vanderbilt Dance Program, Vanderbilt Off-Broadway, Momentum Dance Group, Juggling and Physical Arts, Vanderbilt University Theatre, and the VU Concert Choir, among many other options.
The TPAC was first proposed by Martha Rivers Ingram. One of Nashville’s largest and most modern performance facilities, the TPAC is located downtown and features various form of entertainment, including all kinds of Broadway plays, music performances, and authors. Upcoming shows include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Importance of Being Earnest, Peter Pan, Jersey Boys, and more!
505 Deaderick St
Permanent collection highlights African and African-American Art, including many well-known 20th century artists such as Aaron Douglas, James A. Porter, Malvin Gray Johnson, Alma Thomas, and Walter Williams. This gallery also showcases the work of contemporary artists as well as Fisk’s own students and faculty. Admission is free.
1000 17th Ave. N.
This impressive gallery is housed in the former gymnasium of Fisk, a historically black university in North Nashville. The permanent collection is the Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern American Art. This collection includes works by O’Keeffe, Cezanne, Stieglitz, Picasso, Rivera, and Renoir. There is also a downstairs exhibit that changes periodically. Admission is $5 with your student ID.
D.B. Todd Blvd. on Fisk University Campus
Fifty-five acres of breathtaking botanical gardens, lawns, and fountains surround the Cheekwood Mansion, the former home of the Cheek family (of the Maxwell House Coffee fortune.) Located only 10 minutes from Vanderbilt, in Belle Meade, the mansion now houses an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century American fine art as well as English and American decorative arts. Expect quality exhibits in the temporary Contemporary Series — these rotate out every two months. You won’t want to miss the Lights exhibit, an outdoor art installation by Bruce Munro, which is open until November (it’s best to go when it’s dark). If you have time for a leisurely lunch, visit the Pineapple Room (the museum’s restaurant, described as a “genteel tea room”) at Cheekwood. Ticket includes admission to the botanical gardens and the Owl’s Hill Nature Center. Admission is $5 with your student ID.
Tues - Sat: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Sun: 11 AM - 4:30 PM
The premier venue for art exhibits in Nashville, the Frist Center has several exhibit halls, a children’s learning center, and a café. The exhibit that is there currently until September 15 showcases Art Deco automobiles (and is even awesome if you’re a non-car enthusiast). Frist Fridays, an outdoor concert series that takes place on the final Friday of each month (6-9pm) from May to August, includes impressive live music from local musicians. Tickets are $7 with your student ID. Free college nights are every Thursday and Friday (except Frist Fridays) from 5-9 p.m (free admission with your student ID). Discounted parking in rear of building.
Mon - Wed: 10 AM - 5 PM, Thurs - Fri 10 AM - 9 PM, Sat: 10 AM - 5:30 PM, Sun: 1 - 5:30 PM
The full-scale replica of the Parthenon is complete with an Athena statue and a downstairs museum. Built in 1897 for the Centennial Exposition, the building now serves as the city of Nashville’s art museum. The permanent exhibit is the Cowan Collection of American landscapes from the 18th and 19th centuries. New exhibits open every six weeks. Admission: $6.
West End and 25th Ave. in Centennial Park
Tues - Sat: 9 AM - 4 PM, Sun (summer months only): 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
This gallery displays several exhibits each year of contemporary art by regional, national, and student artists. The gallery focuses on mixed media paintings and often features contemporary crafts by Tennessee artists. Admission: free.
Main Lobby, Sarratt Center
Mon - Fri: 9 AM - 9 PM, Sat - Sun: 10 AM - 10 PM
“Life in Tennessee” is the theme of this 60,000 square-foot exhibit which tells a tale that begins 12,000 years ago and moves into the early 1900s. Included are displays of prehistoric Indian artifacts, log cabins, and a gristmill. Admission: Free.
Polk Cultural Center
Tues - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun: 1 PM - 5 PM
This gallery provides exhibition space for several displays each year, most consisting of thematic selections from the Vanderbilt Art Collection. Admission: free.
1220 21st Ave S
Zanie’s Comedy Showcase brings in Zanie’s occasionally brings in some of comedy’s best such as Patton Oswalt, Dave Attell, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Def Comedy Jam members. Their normal lineup consists of comedians who are lesser known, but still extremely funny. Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler performed at Zanies in the past, making it big. Ticket Prices average around $20-$30.
2025 8th Ave. S.
Don’t forget to buy your discounted tickets at the Sarratt Student Center or hospital gift shop!
This Regal Cinema is close to Vanderbilt and offers a good selection of mainstream movies and several special events. The Nashville Independent Film Festival is held here every year. Because of the many good restaurants nearby, Regal Green Hills is ideal for dinner and a movie.
3815 Greenhills Village Drive (next to the Green Hills Mall)
At the time it was built, this was the largest movie theater east of the Mississippi River. Because of its size, it rarely gets crowded, but be forewarned: this Regal does not have digital sound.
100 Oaks Mall, 719 Thompson Ln.
The renovated Belcourt Theatre has been a fixture of Hillsboro Village since 1925. There is no better place in Nashville to see hard-to-find features and foreign films. Watch for live events such as theater performances and concerts by Josh Rouse, Yo la Tengo, and other Indie artists. The Belcourt also features a changing art exhibit in its lobby. Student tickets are $6.75 for matinees and $7.25 for evening shows. Be sure to sign up to receive FliCX emails (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/flicx/): Through FLiCX, or Faculty-Led interactive Cinematic eXplorations, Vanderbilt students can sign up to see movies at the Belcourt for FREE (if they stay for a discussion about the film held after the movie).
2102 Belcourt Ave.
While the chairs are a little less comfortable and the screen and sound are of slightly lower quality than other cinemas, Sarratt still shows a nice selection of films for a college theatre. There are occasionally sneak previews of new releases, but these get crowded very quickly and often require picking up a pass ahead of time. Student tickets are $4.00.
Sarratt Student Center, Vanderbilt
With 20 theatres, an IMAX theatre, and proximity to many restaurants in the Opry Mills mall, this Regal is another great option.
I-40 East to Opry Mills
With stadium seating, digital sound, and current releases, Regal 12 is a great choice if you live out this way.
7741 Hwy. 70 (I-40, exit 196)
The twin screen Stardust is pure Americana. Although it is a trek, it is a whole different movie going experience.
I-40 to Watertown (40 minutes)
Comparable to Regal Cinemas, but less well known.
120 Belle Forest Cir.