Mary Chapin Carpenter Soars With Nashville Symphony

Mary Chapin hits Nashville for first U.S. tour stop.

photo by Russ Harrington/Sacks & Co

Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Nashville Symphony proved a perfect musical match as they performed at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Wednesday night (Jan. 29). Mary Chapin sang selected tracks from her latest album, Songs From the Movie, a reworking of some of her best-known compositions recorded with a symphony orchestra in London. The acclaimed singer is embarking on a tour of several cities to support the album, with Nashville as the first U.S. stop. She began the tour overseas with shows in the U.K.

“In a city of incredible musicians, I am so honored to be up here,” Mary Chapin told the packed Schermerhorn Symphony Center house as she took the stage. Backed by the Nashville Symphony, under the direction of composer/arranger Vince Mendoza, Mary Chapin soared on such selections as “Come On Come On,” the poignant “I Am a Town” and “Goodnight America.” She also included past favorites “Stones in the Road” and “The Hard Way,” which are not featured on Songs From the Movie. The lush orchestration added a new dimension to Mary Chapin’s songs, giving them an exquisite beauty and gentle dynamic that made her always-thoughtful lyrics even more powerful. Mary Chapin and the Symphony earned two well-deserved standing ovations at concert’s end.

Mary Chapin will be making further tour stops in Los Angeles, Feb. 8, New York City, Feb. 28 and March 1, and Scottsdale, Ariz., April 4, with more to be announced. She’ll be accompanied by a full orchestra in each city. It’s a unique musical experience, one that Mary Chapin devotees are certainly urged to attend. For tour information, visit Mary Chapin’s website.

Look for an interview with Mary Chapin, and more on Songs From the Movie, in the Feb. 17 issue of Country Weekly, on sale Feb. 10.

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