We stand at a unique moment in time to reflect on the City of Memphis and Shelby County’s past 200 years and, more importantly, celebrate the potential for our next 100 – A New Century of Soul. Entire communities are joining in and finding new and existing ways to be part of the celebration; from community service activations to city-wide celebrations, there’s room for everyone to be involved.
FEATURED EVENT :: Classical Grit and Grind: Celebrating Memphis
CLASSICAL GRIT AND GRIND: CELEBRATING MEMPHIS
Guest Artist: Conrad Tao, composition & piano
Conrad Tao: Commissioned work celebrating the City of Memphis
Haydn: Symphony No. 101
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1
Iris looks to the past, present, and future in this can’t-miss program. Conrad Tao, a composer and pianist currently taking the classical world by storm, will exercise both talents on this program as the soloist in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and the composer of an Iris-commissioned piece exploring Memphis’ unique musical heritage in honor of our city’s bicentennial. Balancing something old with something new, we’ll also present Haydn’s “Clock” Symphony, another year-one piece for Iris. Irishas a history of presenting the rising young stars of today. What better time to deliver on that legacy than in our 20th season!
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OTHER FEATURED EVENTS
In the kick off to the Mid-South region’s “Bicentennial Summer,” the City of Memphis’ celebration gala will be held on the official 200th anniversary of the city’s founding, May 22, 2018. Seating is limited for this exclusive event which will feature live music and a decadent menu.
Capping off our region’s bicentennial festivities, we’ll honor the official bicentennial of Shelby County November 24, 2018 with a night of culture.
Coming March 2019, the Pink Palace Family of Museums has a special exhibit planned for Memphis’ bicentennial: “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community.” The exhibit will bring together stories of Memphis’ past and present through technology to showcase our future.