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Christmas at Belmont 2021

"Christmas at Belmont" with hosts Michael W. Smith & CeCe Winans in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 26, 2019.
"Christmas at Belmont" with hosts Michael W. Smith & CeCe Winans in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 26, 2019.

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Recorded in the new 1,700-seat Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Belmont’s campus, “Christmas at Belmont” 2021 features nearly 650 Belmont University students performing holiday favorites, traditional carols and festive tunes. This year’s show opens with nighttime aerial views of the Nashville skyline and then moves to shots of Belmont’s new venue.

The performance includes 15 student musical groups, among them the Belmont Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale (traditional choir) and Jazzmin (vocal jazz ensemble) performing a variety of genres. The students will be joined by faculty members from Belmont’s School of Music.

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The concert begins with a stage full of students performing an arrangement of “Carol of the Bells” that includes a bit of a medley of holiday tunes. Standout performances in a night of beautiful music include a bluegrass rendition of “It’s Christmastime Again,” a Gospel rendering of “Go Tell It on the Mountain/Glory to God” and a version of “¡Navidad!” by the Percussion Ensemble that’s full of verve and syncopation – and a couple of musical surprises. Choral pieces, orchestral music and show tunes round out the performance.

“The hope of Christmas is perfectly reflected in so many songs of the season, and I look forward with great anticipation to showcasing the talents of our students in front of a national television audience,” said Dr. Greg Jones, Belmont University’s president. “We are honored to continue our nearly two-decade partnership with Nashville Public Television to produce this timeless holiday broadcast.”

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Recorded in early December with an invitation-only audience in attendance and COVID-19 protocols in place.