Ascend Amphitheater to host 'Symphony Under the Stars'

Ascend Amphitheater to host 'Symphony Under the Stars'

, jthanki@tennessean.com 6:02 a.m. CST December 7, 2015

Next summer Nashville’s soundtrack will include classic rock, new jack swing and the ominous theme song of an animatronic shark.

The Nashville Symphony’s inaugural “Symphony Under the Stars” concert season, which will be held at Ascend Amphitheater, kicks off May 21. The symphony, conducted by Liza Grossman, will back Styx as the rockers perform some of their biggest hits, including “Renegade,” “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Babe.”

On June 4, “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)” will ring out across the riverfront when the symphony pays tribute to the music of legendary composer John Williams, the man behind the iconic music featured in films such as the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” series, “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park.”

The first “Symphony Under the Stars” summer comes to the end of the road Sept. 11 when Philadelphia R&B group Boyz II Men — who were in town earlier this year for a three-night run at the Schermerhorn — return to Nashville for the season’s final concert. During this performance as well as the salute to Williams, the symphony will be conducted by Vinay Parameswaran.

Tickets for all three shows are on sale to subscribers, donors of at least $500, and groups of 12 or more. The general public can purchase tickets to these concerts beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11. More information about "Symphony Under the Stars" can be found at NashvilleSymphony.org/amphitheater.