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Belmont Celebrates Christmas by Offering Free Events to the Public

Student perform at Christmas at Belmont in December 2015

Belmont University celebrates Christmas and announces its Christmas gift to the Nashville community with a number of free events that are open to the public, as well as the televised airing of the annual holiday music spectacular, “Christmas at Belmont.”

The Nashville Children’s Choir, a premiere choir for singers ages 8-18, will perform their annual concert of traditional Christmas music at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 in McAfee Concert Hall. The choir is in residence at Belmont and is part of the Belmont Academy, a pre-college music program.

Belmont Camerata will offer its annual presentation of “A Camerata Christmas,” a holiday celebration that includes the Corelli Christmas Concerto and bluegrass-style carols on Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belmont Mansion.

The University’s Christmas concert series will conclude with the annual Christmas Eve Carillon Concert, held on Saturday, December 24 at 2 p.m. at the campus Bell Tower, located just off the corner of Belmont Boulevard and Portland Avenue. Continuing a tradition begun during the Ward-Belmont days, the concert features traditional Christmas music played by Professor of Music Richard Shadinger on the tower’s 42-bell carillon, one of five carillons in Tennessee.

Of course, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without the annual “Christmas at Belmont” special. A presentation of last year’s performance, featuring 700 students, faculty and staff musicians from the School of Music and hosted by award-winning country recording artist Kathy Mattea, will be shown in Middle Tennessee by Nashville Public Television (NPT-Channel 8) on Thursday, December 22 at 8 p.m. (CST). Check local listings for additional air times in other parts of the country.

For a behind-the-scenes look at last year’s performance, click here.