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Whites Creek, TN (June 18, 2012) Prior to the Nashville Symphony concert starring Idina Menzel on Saturday, June 16, Fontanel co-owner Marc Oswald presented Nashville Symphony Vice President of Artistic Administration Jim Mancuso with a one-of-a-kind Red Phase Screech Owl Sculpture by famed wildfowl artist Randal Martin.
“Having recently performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City,” stated Oswald. “It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to Whites Creek and the stage of the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. No one understands better than you the importance of the arts, so in honor of the majesty of the music created by the symphony, we commissioned nationally-acclaimed Whites Creek wood carver Randal Martin to sculpt this majestic owl. His work has been commissioned from around the world, and can be viewed at the White House in Washington DC, and right here at the Tennessee State Capitol.”
“What a beautiful woodcarving, and wonderful surprise,” stated Mancuso. “On behalf of the entire Nashville Symphony, and all of the guests of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center who will be able to admire it, we thank you for this gracious gift. Only a true visionary like you Marc, could have dreamed up such a perfect gift as we stand here and exchange art for art. This beautifully carved owl will be displayed in a prominent place among our halls.”
The Nashville Symphony is dedicated to achieving the highest standard for excellence in musical performance and educational programs, while engaging the community, enriching audiences and shaping cultural life. Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the GRAMMY® Award-winning group has a growing international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming. With 140 performances annually, the 85-member Nashville Symphony is an arts leader in Nashville and beyond, offering a broad range of classical, pops and jazz concerts: special events; children’s concerts and community outreach programs. www.nashvillesymphony.org.
The Red Phase Screech Owl makes its home and thrives in the woodland surrounding the 136 acres of Fontanel property. The Woods at Fontanel is an outdoor music venue with a capacity for 4500 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art sound along with a cozy wooded setting, the natural amphitheater space of the Whites Creek valley is a must see venue in the greater Nashville area.
Café Fontanella by Amico’s is also situated on the property, and many concert attendees enjoy a fine meal there prior to the show. Those who prefer a beer and burger, or pizza by the slice come early to the outdoor beer garden right beside the restaurant. The Café’s Italian kitchen and wine bar approaches traditional Italian-American dishes with a unique and fun twist featuring fresh seafood, beef, poultry, hand-made pasta, pizza, salads and more.
The Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, and is Nashville’s only country music mansion tour, giving visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats. From its family friendly atmosphere, free activities like Frisbee golf and two miles of beautiful walking trails, Fontanel is truly the hidden gem of the South, and is located just minutes from downtown Nashville. For more information about concerts at the Woods Amphitheater, Mansion Tours, Café Fontanella, or to book a private event visit www.fontanelmansion.com or call 615-724-1600.