By MATT BLOIS
The Nashville Symphony will play a concert at the Rippavilla Plantation on the evening of June 13.
The Nashville Symphony plays a series of outdoor concerts each summer around Middle Tennessee, and it picked Spring Hill as a new stop this year.
Spring Hill Arts Center Vice President Vicki Bechet said it’s been quite some time since the orchestra came to town.
“We have wonderful local orchestra,” she said. “But this is an opportunity for several thousand people … to hear Grammy Award winning musicians.”
The concert will be free. The arts center encouraged people to show up to Rippavilla with chairs, blankets and dinner al fresco.
The arts center is coordinating fundraising efforts for the concert. It will cost $10,000 total, but Bechet said she’s confident that the organization can raise that much money.
At a meeting to kickstart fundraising efforts on Thursday, she said volunteers talked about organizing a food festival to raise some money. She said the group is also considering creating a 5K run as a fundraiser.
Bechet said the concert could become an ongoing event if people in Spring Hill are willing to raise the money each year. For the first year, she said the arts center is focused on getting the orchestra to Spring Hill.
“Next year, if the community decides they wan to continue with that, we can expand it and have some type of family-friendly festival surrounding it,” she said.
The group organizing the concert is still looking for more people to help raise funds. Anyone interested in donating time or money can contact the group through its Facebook page.