Home for the Holidays with LeAnn Rimes
and the Nashville Symphony
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011
Last night’s musical extravaganza at the spectacular Schermerhorn Symphony Center was a fabulous mix of delights featuring our renowned Nashville Symphony and the divine LeAnn Rimes.
The first set featured the Nashville Symphony alone, masterfully conducted by Albert-George Schram, taking the audience on a festive journey of Christmas music on the stage that was beautifully lit with the perfect holiday ambience. The orchestra was in top form, never sounding better, playing a variety of numbers in different styles, including “Brassy Holidays,” “A Holiday Hoedown,” “Conventry Carol” and “Farandole from L’Arlésienne.” The true crowd favorite, however, was the “Christmas Pops Sing-a-Long,” which had the entire audience joyously lifting its voice to fun ditties like “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
After the brief intermission, the symphony took the stage for another hour-and-a-half with Grammy Award-winning LeAnn Rimes, who raised the roof with her powerful, distinct vocals. Although I was a little disappointed that she only sang a couple of Christmas numbers (given the holiday gist of the show), she is one of the best live performers in the music industry. She delivered an amazing repertoire of her country and pop hits, spanning the spectrum from her career-launching first #1, “Blue,” that she recorded when she was 11 to her biggest career smash, “How Do I Live.” Rimes also treated the crowd to a couple tunes from her recent album, Lady & Gentlemen. Whether belting her own material or dazzling the audience with holiday tunes, Rimes certainly owns what she sings with powerful emotional expression. And the Schermerhorn stage is the perfect one for her to be on.