Belmont University celebrates Christmas and announces its Christmas gift to the Nashville community with a number of free concerts 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 performances were held on Dec. 6 and featured the premiere youth choir’s (for singers aged 8 – 18) renditions of traditional Christmas music.
Belmont Camerata offered its annual presentation of “A Camerata Christmas,” including a holiday tradition featuring Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and a sing-along with Kathy Chiavola and fiddler Tammy Rogers-King, on Monday, Dec. 8 in the Belmont Mansion.
The University’s Christmas concert series will conclude with the annual Christmas Eve Carillon Concert, held on Wednesday, Dec. 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. An encore presentation of the December 2013 performance, which featured 700 students, faculty and staff musicians from the School of Music and was hosted by opera singer Denyce Graves, was shown in Middle Tennessee by Nashville Public Television (NPT-Channel 8) on Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. (CST). Check local listings for additional air times in other parts of the country.
To watch the 2013 Christmas at Belmont performance online, click here.