The annual Symphony on the Lawn hit Cumberland University Tuesday evening, though poor weather sent festivities indoors to the Dallas Floyd Recreational Center.
The event, presented by the Cumberland University Fine Arts Council, featured the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Vinay Parameswaran, at 7 p.m., among other players and activities throughout the evening.
Pre-show entertainment began at 5:30 p.m. with the Cumberland Arts Academy Suzuki Players, a group of young string musicians, the Del Webb Singers and the Nashville Symphony Petting Zoo, where children could learn about and even try out many of the symphony’s instruments from triangles to violins and xylophones.
The family fun event was available for free to Cumberland students and children, with a $5 admission fee for adults.
Though the usual Memorial Lawn setting wasn’t available due to rain this year, hundreds of people of all ages still came out to enjoy music from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and local students and musicians.
And even though the bring-your-own picnic basket theme wasn’t the same inside as a typical picnic supper on the lawn normally is each year, food options were available as usual through vendors such as Blue Moon BBQ and Bruster’s Ice Cream.
However, some attendees didn’t let the rain damper the community concert atmosphere, as pop up seats and lawn chairs filled the floor in front of the bleachers inside the Dallas Floyd Center.
Parameswaran addressed the crowd before show time and said he hated the rain had to put a damper on the night, but said they were still thrilled to perform at Symphony on the Lawn—no matter the circumstance.
This year’s program included dance music from all around the world, ranging from waltzes to blues to Hungarian and featured artists and composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Johannes Brahms, W.C. Handy and Johann Strauss Jr.
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