Belmont University Offers Free Christmas Concerts

Belmont University announces a Christmas gift to the Nashville community with five free concerts that are open to the public, as well as the nationally televised airing of annual holiday music spectacular “Christmas at Belmont.”

The first concert is Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. with the Faculty Brass Quintet playing in the McAfee Concert Hall. The Nashville Children’s Choir’s annual holiday concerts will follow on Friday, Dec. 7 with performances at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the McAfee Concert Hall.

The Belmont Camerata Musicale will offer its annual presentation of “A Camerata Christmas - Baroque and Bluegrass,” including a holiday tradition featuring Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and a sing-along with Kathy Chiavola and fiddler Tammy Rogers-King, on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belmont Mansion.

The Christmas Eve Carillon Concert concludes the series on Monday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. at the campus Bell Tower, located just off the corner of Belmont Boulevard and Portland Avenue. The concert features Music Professor Richard Shadinger playing traditional Christmas music on the tower’s 42-bell carillon.

Of course, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without the annual “Christmas at Belmont” special, performed in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center last December. PBS will provide a national broadcast on Friday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. (CST) of the 2011 performance, which featured nearly 700 students and faculty from the School of Music and was hosted by country artist and Tony-nominated Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy. Check local listings for additional air times. In Middle Tennessee, Nashville Public Television (NPT-Channel 8) will air it on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m. (CST).

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About Belmont University

Ranked No. 5 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the seventh consecutive year as one of the top “Up-and-Comer” universities by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of approximately 7,300 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs, With more than 80 areas of undergraduate study, 22 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon.

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