Mad R.E.S.P.E.C.T.; Aretha Franklin to play with Nashville Symphony June 30

Who am I? I demand R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

No other clue needed, right? You know the answer. But here’s what you might not know - the beautiful, legendary, and soulfully delicious Queen of Soul, Miss Aretha Franklin, Ms. RESPECT herself, is going to play Schermerhorn Symphony Center with members of the Nashville Symphony. You can get tickets here on March 6* (see note below) to see this unforgettable lady of soul on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m.

For the few of you who don’t know who Aretha Franklin is, how about these songs? “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Chain of Fools”, and “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” - yes, that Aretha Franklin. Ms. Franklin broke into the music scene with her 1967 hit, “I Never Loved a Man” and by 1974, this amazingly talented soul singer had averaged over one pop hit a month.

We sometimes talk about living legends, sometimes a bit loosely. But the phrase is appropriate for some artists, like the 70-something year old Memphis-born woman whose industrious career speaks to that phrase. Aretha Franklin's accolades are almost endless; Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she has 18 Grammy Awards to her name, was requested to perform at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral, Democratic Conventions, presidential inaugurations, and the list goes on and on. Who doesn’t remember this lady’s performance of “Think” in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers"? Did we mention that in 1987, the University of Detroit credited Ms... er ... Doctor Franklin with an honorary doctorate?

Now that you are blasting Aretha Franklin music from your trusty smartphone earbuds, go ahead and get your tickets to see the Queen of Soul, live and up close, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center because we are predicting that they will sell out quickly. It’s a rare chance, indeed, to get the chance to see Ms. Franklin in an intimate situation as in the relatively small and cozy Symphony Center. Imagine that voice and those acoustics with some of the Nashville Symphony backing her up? It is going to be spectacular. For more info, go to the Nashville Symphony website.

*Note from Nashville Symphony:

Fri, 3/6 at 10 am – Tickets on Sale to the General Public
Mon, 3/2 at 10 am – Tickets on Pre-Sale to subscribers and $500+ donors, and groups of 12+.
For pre-sale access log in to buy online now, or call 615.687.6400. Groups must call 615.687.6422.