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Date: 2014-10-05
Article Title: The Nashville Symphony Celebrates the Music of Legendary King of Pop Michael Jackson
Article: Get ready for a “Thriller” of an evening when the Nashville Symphony, a full band and vocalists pay tribute to the incredible Michael Jackson. From “ABC” and “I’ll Be There” to “Rock With You” and “Beat It” and many, many more, this concert will take you through each era of this legendary performer’s 40-year career. You’ll experience music from the King of Pop like you’ve never heard it before — performed live by the Nashville Symphony.
  The role of Michael Jackson will be played by Broadway veteran Chester Gregory, whose most notable credits include Hairspray, Tarzan, Cry-Baby, Sister Act and the national tour of Dreamgirls. He first came to attention as the lead in Black Ensemble Theatre's production of The Jackie Wilson Story, and his portrayal of the ’60s R&B legend earned Gregory a standing ovation from none other than the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.
  The eighth child of the Jackson family, Michael Jackson debuted on the professional music scene along with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1964, and with youngest brother Randy joining the group later. He began his solo career in 1971 and in the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean ", and "Thriller," were credited with breaking down racial barriers and with transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then-relatively-new television channel MTV to fame. He continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop and rock artist.
  The event is scheduled at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. To get tickets to one of the most electrifying and dynamic events celebrating one of the most accomplished musical artist in the world, call 615-687-6400 or visit