The Nashville Symphony was founded in 1946 after a concerted campaign led by advocate Walter Sharp. Mr. Sharp believed passionately that Nashville had the potential to be an important cultural center. He described his motivation: “It seemed part of our social tradition that most people left Nashville to pursue careers and make a name. I determined to stay here, and, by gum, I did. […] what I’ve tried to do is to dislodge to some extent what seems to be my home town’s commitment to the second rate.”
60 years later, Sharp would be thrilled to find that present-day Nashville is an important cultural center and an international destination. Music is at its center. The Nashville Symphony is part of a rich tradition of music that includes classical, country, gospel, bluegrass, and the blues.