Welcome to Nashville & Memphis
Discover Tennessee’s rich history and vibrant music scene as you explore the bustling streets of Nashville and Memphis. Known as the country music capital of the world and as “Music City, USA,” Nashville plays a prominent role in the music industry, particularly in the country genre. The city hosts the annual Country Music Awards Music Festival and is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Nashville’s Music Row neighborhood houses numerous record labels, recording studios, and music-licensing firms. Nashville’s neighbor, Memphis, is known as the “Home of the Blues.” Considered the birthplace of both rock and roll and soul, Memphis is home to world-class museums that illuminate these genres’ Tennessee roots.
Tread in the footsteps of music legends as you tour the Grand Ole Opry and Graceland. Enjoy live music at all hours of the day in “The District” in Nashville and on Beale Street in Memphis. Seize the opportunity to perform your own repertoire in spectacular, historic venues that have hosted generations of talented performers.
Enjoy a concert tour of Tennessee, and let yourself be immersed in all that Nashville and Memphis have to offer as you share your music with local people.
Welcome to Nashville!
Enjoy an introduction to “Music City” with a guided tour of Nashville. Highlights include Music Row, lined with record labels and recording studios, and Millionaire’s Row, home to many of the city’s rich and famous musicians.
Conclude your tour on Broadway and the streets that surround it, known locally as “The District.” This neighborhood’s sidewalks and restaurants feature live music at nearly all hours of the day.
Check in to your hotel and take time to relax and refresh.
Rehearsal can be arranged this afternoon.
Tonight, a welcome dinner of local specialties is served as your tour manager previews the days ahead.
Begin your first full day in Nashville with a morning visit to Belle Meade Plantation, a 30-acre historic plantation and former thoroughbred horse farm. Enjoy a tour led by a costumed guide and time to explore the extensive grounds.
A visit to Ryman Auditorium or the Johnny Cash Museum can be arranged upon request.
Spend the evening at the Grand Ole Opry, which has been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” After dinner at an Opry restaurant, perform an evening concert on the Opry’s front plaza. Then, take your seats for a spectacular Grand Ole Opry show, and culminate the evening with a backstage tour.
Early this morning, embark on an excursion to Memphis.
First, visit one of the city’s renowned museums. Choose from Stax Museum of American Soul Music, the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, or the National Civil Rights Museum.
Next, combine sightseeing and an afternoon concert at one of the city’s noteworthy landmarks. Visit and perform at Graceland, the former home and estate of Elvis Presley. Or, visit and perform on Beale Street, three blocks in the heart of Memphis declared “Home of the Blues.”
Dinner at a local eatery or live music at an all-ages venue can be arranged upon request before your return to Nashville this evening.
This morning, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Follow in the footsteps of music legends as you explore the facility’s audio and visual exhibits and a large collection of country music memorabilia.
Later today, enjoy a music workshop led by a professional musician from one of Nashville’s fine educational institutions or a prominent songwriter in the music industry.
Tonight, perform an evening friendship concert with a local ensemble.
Then, head to Wildhorse Saloon for a festive farewell dinner of southern specialties accompanied by live music and line dancing. Alternately, a dinner cruise on the General Jackson paddle wheel riverboat can be arranged.
This morning, visit RCA Studio B, the very studio at which noted musicians such as Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton once recorded. Learn about this iconic institution during a guided studio tour. A recording session can be arranged for your ensemble upon request.
Return home with wonderful memories of your concert tour.
Situated on the Cumberland River in the northwestern section of the Nashville Basin, Nashville is Tennessee's capital city. Deemed "Music City, USA," Nashville is not only the country music capital of the world but a leading city for songwriting and production of many genres of music. Pop, rock, bluegrass, blues, soul, and contemporary Christian artists record in Nashville's hallowed studios for its prestigious record labels. Nashville has emerged in recent decades as one of the most vibrant cities in the South. It blends the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry with a rich antebellum history and laid-back honky-tonk vibes with an air of sophistication and high culture; the juxtaposition of these key parts of the city's identity give it a unique vibrancy.
Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee, located just south of the confluence of the North and Mississippi Rivers. It is considered by many to be the birthplace of blues music; Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley all kicked off their careers in Memphis in the 1950s and 1960s. As electric guitars took precedence after World War II, the city's Beale Street, featuring many blues clubs, rose to fame, becoming the “Home of the Blues.” Beale Street today continues to pulse with creative energy, and educational opportunities abound downtown, including music history offerings at the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and Sun Studio.
THE GRAND OLE OPRY
The Grand Ole Opry is a country music stage concert that has showcased the biggest rising stars in country music since 1925. Originally created as a radio show, the Opry is one of the longest running broadcasts in history. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of legends and contemporary chart-toppers performing a range of musical genres in addition to comedic performances and skits. The Opry's rise to fame contributed greatly to Nashville’s development. In its early years, it was held in the famed Ryman Auditorium; while it runs from February to October in its new facility, it returns to the Ryman from November to January. The Opry welcomes visiting ensembles and hosts performances in both Opry Plaza and Ryman Plaza.
FRIENDSHIP CONCERTS IN TENNESSEE
Our friendship concerts are a featured experience on our tours and are at the heart of our mission to foster cultural connections through music. We benefit from a vast international network in the choral world built over our thirty years' experience of helping choirs share their music both in the United States and abroad. Your choir will share a venue and a concert program with a host choir from the region. Your singers will have the chance to hear their host choir's repertoire (often showcasing local musical styles) and to share your own repertoire in turn. Fellowship time usually follows the friendship concert, giving both choirs the chance to mingle and enjoy the camaraderie of creating cross-cultural connections through a shared love of music.