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New Riley Concerto to Debut in Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee electric violinist Tracy Silverman and the Nashville Symphony are preparing to debut a new concerto by renowned composer Terry Riley.

Silverman and Riley were commissioned by the symphony to create the new concerto and have been working on the piece since 2010. They’ve entitled the work “Palmian Chord Ryddle” and Silverman describes the music as a mash-up of reggae and ragtime, containing both contemporary and ancient musical elements.

The Nashville Symphony and Silverman are set to perform the piece together in New York’s Carnegie Hall in mid-May, but decided to debut the work here in Middle Tennessee the weekend of May 4th

Silverman says Music City was a natural choice.

“People from all over the world are coming to Nashville to see that performance. You know, Nashville’s just on the map these days, so people are flocking here to see it and I’m really proud of that.”

Silverman says people are often surprised by his electric violin.  It has two additional strings, allowing it push into the cello range.

You can learn more about the concert by visiting nashvillesymphony.org.