The University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music presents a special tribute “Scheidt at the Shell” concert to honor healthcare workers on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Sept. 14, 2021 — Understanding the power of music to uplift and inspire, this free concert will take the audience on a musical journey featuring classic pieces performed by the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, University of Memphis Opera and SoundFuzion. 

Dr. Albert Nguyen, director of Bands at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music and the conductor for the UofM Wind Ensemble, was inspired by all the work our healthcare professionals have been putting in throughout this pandemic and wanted to find a way to show our gratitude.

“I am excited about this opportunity to present a concert in honor of our medical community,” said Nguyen. “The music selected for this performance reflects the many ways in which our healthcare professionals have served us by providing healing, comfort, laughter, love and hope.”

The School of Music has hosted several concerts at the Levitt Shell, giving student-musicians the opportunity to play on a historic stage while giving the community an opportunity to see the next generation of Memphis musicians. 

"We are grateful for our partnership with the Rudi Scheidt School of Music and are thrilled for our historic stage to be used for music education and to showcase student talent,” said Natalie Wilson, executive director for the Levitt Shell. “For 85 years, the Shell has and will remain, a stage for all Memphians, inspired by partnerships such as the Rudi E.  Scheidt School of Music."

The community is invited to come support healthcare workers in this free, outdoor concert where the audience can social distance and enjoy celebrating our healthcare community.

Concert goers may bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy free parking in Overton Park.

As the largest professional music school in the region, the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music serves as an incubator of talent and ideas that shape the future of music-making. With 400 students, led by nearly 70 faculty members, our inclusive program is purposely designed to inspire, train and launch sustainable careers for musicians, scholars and industry professionals of tomorrow.