Dolly Parton Announces Symphony Orchestra-Backed Tour, but She Won't Perform.

Your local venue may host Dolly Parton's music. Dolly Parton, 78, unveiled Threads: My Songs in Symphony on May 23, a live event with an orchestra performing her hits and footage of the "Jolene" singer singing and sharing tales.  

Parton co-produced Threads: My Songs in Symphony with Schirmer Theatrical and Sony Music Publishing and had David Hamilton arrange her songs for orchestra. She will not perform live at the events.  

"I’m just so excited to share my songs and the stories behind them in this beautiful new way," said the Grammy winner. "Threads: My Songs in Symphony is like a journey through the heartstrings of my life."  

"Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," "I Will Always Love You" and others will be featured in the Nashville Symphony's March 20, 2025, presentation at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.  

Threads will tour after its first performance. "I hope we can take it far and wide to symphony orchestras everywhere," he said. Schirmer Theatrical president Robert Thompson said:  

"We're honored to bring Dolly Parton's artistry, music, life, and legacy to symphonic audiences. In this unprecedented symphonic storytelling experience, orchestras worldwide will sing Dolly's songs for the first time."  

That takes time and energy, and I've done it my whole life. Staying home with my hubby is my preference. We're getting older, so I don't want to be gone for four or five weeks. "Something may happen," she said.   

If I were gone and someone needed me, I would feel bad. It would hurt me if I had to abandon a tour if someone got sick at home and needed me and I had to leave the fans."  

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