Side-by-Side: Curb Youth Symphony and Nashville Symphony, 7 p.m. May 16 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Mary Grace Johnson, featured soloist at the Side-by-Side concert.

The annual Side-by-Side concert, which pairs the Blair School’s Curb Youth Symphony with the Nashville Symphony, will take place at 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

This annual event also serves as a showcase for the grand prize winner of the Nashville Symphony’s Curb Records Young Musicians Concerto Competition, which recognizes emerging musical talent from across the state.

This year’s competition winner, Mary Grace Johnson, a Blair School precollege violin student from Murfreesboro, will be the featured soloist on the first movement of Samuel Barber’s Allegro from Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Johnson is the concertmaster for the Curb Youth Symphony and a student of Blair String Quartet first violinist Christian Teal.

The joint Curb Youth Symphony and Nashville Symphony concert program will also include works by Holst, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov and more.