We know Nashville is a great music town, and sometimes we want to shout it out to the world — “there’s SOOOO much going on here! More than you even know!” That’s what makes our biannual production of Christmas at Belmont so dear to our hearts. Produced by NPT locally and taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the show is broadcast to PBS stations throughout the nation. It’s a chance for Nashville to take the national stage and showcase the amazing talent being brewed right here in Music City. This year’s special, which airs on Wednesday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. and again locally on December 24 at 9:00 p.m., will be hosted by the incomparable multi-Grammy award winner Trisha Yearwood. Yearwood will be joined by more than 400 student voices, the Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir for a holiday program of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.
Other notable holiday programming this month includes the venerable Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes (Wednesday, December 2, 7:00 p.m.); the locally produced Christmas with the Annie Moses Band (Wednesday, April 9, 8:30 p.m.); Trans-Siberia Orchestra: Ghosts of Christmas Eve (Thursday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.); and Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell and Edward Hermann (Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m.).
Outside of holiday programming, there’s plenty of music shows this month to get you excited. One show in particular that I’m looking forward to is Nashville’s own Janis Ian, Live from Grand Center on Tuesday, December 8 at 8:30 p.m. (rebroadcast Thursday, December 10 at 10:30 p.m.). Ian has had extraordinary career since composing her breakthrough hit “Society’s Child” at the age of 15 in the late 1960s. The show will air as part of our special December membership drive, and during the breaks, yours truly will be chatting with Ian about her career, the Grand Center show and more. Plus, you’ll have a special opportunity to join Ian at an intimate living room concert right here at NPT in January. Be sure to tune in!
Liza’s at the Palace, Sinatra’s at Carnegie Hall and rock and roll takes over the Ed Sullivan Show … it’s another great month of music programming on NPT.
Read the Rest of the NPT Music Monthly December 2009 on the wnpt.net news page. It’s the complete listing of all the music programming coming to NPT this month, including all the above mentioned artists, plus Celtic Woman, Jim Brickman, Kings of Leon, Faith Hill, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster and plenty more. Subscribe for free at wnpt.net. Tell your friends!