Sounds paying homage to the struggle to attain the American ideal of freedom will resound inside the Schermerhorn in mid-January.

At 7 p.m. Jan. 16, the Nashville Symphony will host its 28th annual “Let Freedom Sing” concert at Schermerhorn Symphony Center for any and all who wish to see it.

The upcoming concert, not to be confused with the city’s outdoor Fourth of July celebration, will mark the series’ return after being shelved last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets will be on sale for “pay what you can” pricing to the general public on Monday, Jan. 10.

Dr. Jeffery L. Ames, director of choral activities at Belmont University, will conduct the program, which features performances from the Celebration Chorus, the Celebration Youth Chorus and soprano NaGuanda Nobles.

Nobles has performed as a soloist with Wynton Marsalis and the Boston Symphony and also with the London Symphony.

“The free concert includes inspiring classical works, songs, and traditionals that affirm equal rights and social justice,” the symphony said in a news release.

Additionally, Nashville poet and author Dr. Destiny O. Birdsong will read her poem “Stand” in honor of Ernest “Rip” Patton, a Freedom Rider and early member of Nashville’s civil rights movement who died last year.

Patton took part in the Freedom Ride to Jackson, Miss., where he was arrested upon his arrival. He later became one of 14 students expelled from Tennessee State University for his participation, though the university would later give him an honorary degree.

Patton also participated in lunch counter sit-ins. He acted as a runner, documenting and communicating arrests of his fellow protesters, allowing more to be sent in by protest leaders to take their places.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling (615) 687-6400.