At Symphonica Productions, we reenvision the concert experience for audiences of all ages. Our shows reflect themes and stories that are at the forefront of pop culture making our shows relevant to children and adults alike. The familiarity of our themed shows and our focus on storytelling and drama provide an inviting setting for concert-goers to interact with classical music whether it's their first time or latest of many.
Artistic Director & Co-Founder
Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony where he leads the Symphony’s Pops Series and Family Series. Lopez-Yañez is quickly establishing himself as one of the Nation’s leading conductors of popular music and becoming known for his unique style of audience engagement.
Since working with the Nashville Symphony, Lopez-Yañez has conducted concerts with a broad spectrum of artists including: Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, Richard Marx, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood, Jennifer Nettles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and more.
In the coming seasons, Lopez-Yañez will collaborate with artists including Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, Maxwell, Leslie Odom Jr., Stewart Copeland of The Police, Ben Folds, Kenny G and more. Lopez-Yañez will appear with the National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and will make return appearances with the Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and Utah Symphony.
As a producer, composer, and arranger, Lopez-Yañez’s work can be heard on numerous albums including the UNESCO benefit album Action Moves People United and children’s music albums including The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard, winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Hollywood Music and Media Awards, Family Choice Awards and Kokowanda Bay, winner of a Global Media Award as well as a Parents’ Choice Award where Lopez-Yañez was lauded for his “catchy arrangements” (Parents’ Choice Foundation).
General Director & Co-Founder
Jessica Slais is the Vice President of Artistic Administration at the Nashville Symphony, overseeing the programming of classical, pops, and special concerts, and collaborating on concert planning and other presentations at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Previously, Slais was the Vice President of Artistic Planning at the Omaha Symphony, where she developed numerous original pops shows in addition to managing the programming of six concert series. Before taking up the role of artistic planner, she was acting general manager for the 2010/11 season. Slais started her orchestra career as a music librarian and served as head librarian at the Omaha Symphony for twelve seasons.
Jessica was a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and studied clarinet performance at Concordia College, Moorhead MN.