How May's Floods Drenched Nashville's Classical Music Scene
Friday, May 14, 2010
The Cumberland River in Nashville swelled to more than 12 feet above flood stage earlier this month. That's because of three days of torrential rains that soaked Tennessee and caused the deaths of more than 30 people.
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen told reporters that damages from the flood exceeded $1 billion. But Governor Bredesen's estimate may not take into account the millions of dollars lost from country, rock and classical music instruments damaged by the flood waters.
In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan gets a firsthand account from Peter Cooper, Senior Music Writer for The Tennessean, of how the flood has affected the classical music scene in Nashville.
Click below to see a video of the Nashville Symphony perform at the recently constructed Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To make a donation to Tennessee flood relief efforts, head to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Web site here, or to the MusiCares Web site here.