The Grand Ole Opry will add a series of Thursday night performances featuring classic country songs performed by veteran artists and newcomers. The Opry Country Classics shows will begin next year with the Thursday performances scheduled March 26-June 18 and Sept. 10-Oct. 29. The shows are in addition to the Opry's current schedule of Tuesday, Friday and Saturday performances. In recent years, Opry executives have grappled with the problem of continuing to present older stars and classic country music while attempting to meet fans' demands to see more contemporary acts. "We are pleased to introduce this new show that celebrates country music's incredible legacy by showcasing its most familiar and beloved songs performed by the legends that made them famous as well as rising stars," said Grand Ole Opry Group president Steve Buchanan.