On Sunday, Chihuly premiered at the Frist Center, launching a spring through fall city-wide celebration of innovative glass artist Dale Chihuly's work. In addition to the Frist Center exhibition, Chihuly will bloom indoors at Cheekwood Art & Botanical Gardens and sprout and sprawl across the lush gardens, including a giant, dramatically colored garden of glass. (I'll be writing a future Arts Friday posts about this temporary local treasure. Given my impending move and marriage, it may be September before I feature Chihuly at Cheekwood, but I've scheduled a photography date then with another blogger for this purpose. I'll still be blogging here, just many posts will be pre-published.) And, in the meantime, on May 20-22, the Nashville Symphony will perform Bartok's Bluebeard Castle backdropped by a spectacular set of 14-foot sculptures designed by Chihuly. I also did a quick tour of the Frist show. Amazing. The film of the artist's creations is a must. I will return.
This season of art at the Frist Center is rocking hot. The Golden Age of Couture, Paris and London, 1947-1957, also premieres at Frist Center June 18-Sept.12.
The Nashville Symphony is currently beleaguered by damage sustained to its downtown architectural jewel of a home. The flooded basement damaged some instruments, including the grand pipe organ. Performances are being relocated for the next four to six weeks.Yet, like the graceful Phoenix that Nashville instantly began to prove it is, the symphony offered a free outdoor performance in front of the Metro Courthouse public square last weekend. We were there. And, WE ARE NASHVILLE!