Arts & Culture

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Mid-state resident Alana Raybon grew up in a Christian home, but converted to Islam as a young woman.

As you can imagine, the conversion put a strain on her relationship with family, her mother in particular. Raybon says she argued with her mother frequently.

Eventually, the two stopped talking about faith altogether and the silence continued for nearly a decade. Even so, Raybon says her new faith was always the “elephant in the room” when visiting with family.

The centerpiece of Daniel Hope’s summer is Vivaldi Recomposed, Max Richter’s vivid 21st-century reimagining of The Four Seasons. It was the British violinist for whom Richter composed the work, and the subsequent Deutsche Grammophon recording was named iTunes’ Best U.S. Contemporary Classical Album of 2012 and scored Hope a sixth ECHO Klassik Award.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One of the most sacred live music rooms in the country has just become a little sleeker.

The Tennessean reports ( ) Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is ready for its grand reopening after a yearlong, $14 million expansion.

Beginning Tuesday, visitors can tour the historic theater, where upgrades include a renovated lobby, more concessions, more bathrooms and more space.

The venue's new restaurant, Cafe Lula, sits outside the theater next to an expanded outdoor box office.

Some Tennessee school administrators will devote a small part of their summer to learning more about education in China.

The Confucius Institute at MTSU is leading a delegation of educators on a 10-day excursion to China for a whirlwind sample of Chinese elementary and secondary schools.

“It’s to get them over to China, to look at the school systems, to see some cultural sites and to really make those partnerships and build those bridges,” said Mike Novak, assistant director of the institute.

Sax: “Murfreesboro Electric Department’s commitment to reliable service and stable rates will remain our top priority through what will certainly be a long process.”