Hundreds of people gathered on Cumberland University’s Memorial Lawn Tuesday night to enjoy performances from the Nashville Symphony and from local students.
The Cumberland University Fine Arts Council presented the event, which was free for children and students to attend.
Families and friends gathered for picnics on the Memorial Lawn while the activities of the night began.
Organizers encouraged attendees to bring their own picnic suppers, but vendors also sold food during the event.
Blue Moon BBQ, Sugar Baby Cakery and Bruster’s Real Ice Cream each sold food on the lawn throughout the night. Many brought their own food and set up picnic tables with wine, fruit and other finger foods to enjoy during the activities.
The pre-concert activities of the night kicked off with a performance from the Cumberland Arts Academy Suzuki Players, a group of young string musicians.
The next pre-concert performance of the night came from Mt. Juliet Middle School’s choral group, G.O.L.D., a group of seventh- and eighth-grade girls who used their voices to entertain the crowd.
During the pre-concert performances, children learned about – and even tried out – many of the symphony's instruments at the Nashville Symphony Petting Zoo.
The main event of the night began at 7 p.m. as the Nashville Symphony made their way to the stage. Conductor Kelly Corcoran led the symphony in a night of dance-themed performances that included songs written for salsa, waltz and many other types of dances.
Attendees could even dance along if they wanted.