Dolly Parton Announces Tour Featuring Her Songs Backed by Symphony Orchestras — but She Won't Be on Stage

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'Threads: My Songs in Symphony' is co-produced by the country icon, who's "excited to share my songs and the stories behind them in this beautiful new way"

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Dolly Parton's music may be coming to a venue near you.

On May 23, the country icon, 78, announced Dolly Parton's Threads: My Songs in Symphony, a live performance featuring an orchestra performing her hits alongside videos of the "Jolene" artist singing and sharing stories behind the music.

Parton will not appear on stage in-person or perform live during the shows, though she did co-produce Threads: My Songs in Symphony alongside Schirmer Theatrical and Sony Music Publishing, while David Hamilton arranged her songs for orchestra.

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

Classics including "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," "I Will Always Love You" and more will be featured in the production, which launches March 20, 2025, with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in the Tennessee capital.

After the first performance, Threads will be expanded into a tour. "I hope we can take it far and wide to symphony orchestras everywhere," added Parton.

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Robert Thompson, president of Schirmer Theatrical, said of the upcoming shows in a statement: "Bringing the genius, music, life and legacy of Dolly Parton to symphonic audiences is an honor for us. Audiences will hear for the first time Dolly’s songs performed by orchestras worldwide in this innovative symphonic storytelling experience."

Todd Ellis, director of licensing and strategic marketing at Sony Music Publishing, also said of Threads in a statement: "It's an incredible honor to represent the popular and influential song catalog of Dolly Parton. We Couldn't be more excited for fans to immerse themselves in her music and experience her songs in such a new and imaginative way."

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Parton has previously explained why she doesn't plan to tour in the future, telling Pollstar in 2022, "I do not think I will ever tour again, but I do know I’ll do special shows here and there, now and then. Maybe do a long weekend of shows, or just a few shows at a festival. But I have no intention of going on a full-blown tour anymore."

"I’ve done that my whole life, and it takes so much time and energy. I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband. We’re getting older now, and I don’t want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time. Something could happen," she said at the time. "I would not feel right about that, if I were gone and somebody needed me. Or I would feel bad if I had to leave a tour if somebody got sick at home and needed me and then I had to walk out on the fans."

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