Free February

Whew – it’s going to be a great month!

Here are a dozen events in the Nashville area worth investing your time in February 2018. Continue reading “Free February”

Holiday Savings Time and the Hunt for Christmas Spirit

I’ve finally mastered the fact that Daylight Savings Time has been expanded (it only took me 8 years to adapt!) – but I’m struggling to embrace that the holiday season now starts well before Thanksgiving, and extends into mid-January.

14 – Boxing Day

I recall that Boxing Day had its origins in England, as a day when the household staff could take a day off to spend with their families. For the occasion, they would carry boxes of leftovers from the fancy Christmas meal.

For me, Boxing Day has another meaning – putting away Christmas decor into boxes for storage. It’s a dreaded, but necessary task – and I find that it’s best tackled straight away after Christmas. I put some bluegrass music on the stereo and managed to get almost everything put away in three hours.

As I worked, I munched on the last of our Moravian Cookies and looked back on this year’s collection of holiday memories. My heart is filled with Christmas Spirit. Continue reading “Holiday Savings Time and the Hunt for Christmas Spirit”

Go to College – Free (or Inexpensive) Entertainment in Nashville

Many local students actually will have successful musical careers – so it’s especially appealing (and cost-effective) to catch their performances now!

When I landed a small part as the housekeeper in my college’s production of “Night Must Fall,” I fantasized that audience members would recall that performance after I’d launched a successful career in Hollywood. Students in the Music program at Belmont University probably have similar fantasies as they perform for audiences on campus. The difference is that many Belmont students actually will have successful musical careers – so it’s especially appealing (and cost-effective) to catch their performances now! The same can be said of students at other local universities, of course – here’s a sampling of upcoming college events that sound like fun.

The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt recently completed construction and installation of a Dobson pipe organ. This Sunday, February 8 (3pm), organist Carl Smith will present “An Introduction to the Blair School’s New Pipe Organ” in the Turner Recital Hall. The first part of the event will be an informal discussion of the organ’s design and musical characteristics, with numerous musical illustrations. This will be followed by a formal 45-minute recital on the organ, which will include music by Couperin, Bach, Brahms and others. A reception will follow the recital, with an opportunity to meet the organ builder. The event is free and open to the public.

Tennessee State University’s Department of Music has scheduled a Faculty Jazz Concert for Thursday, February 12 (7pm) in the Goins Recital Hall at the Strange Performing Arts Building. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Lipscomb University Department of Theatre is presenting “Seussical – A Fantastical, Magical, Musical Extravaganza” on selected dates between February 13-22 in the Collins Alumni Auditorium. Ticket prices range from $17 (public) to $5 (student), and are currently on sale.

The Belmont University Bluegrass Ensemble is giving a concert on Thursday, March 5 (7:30pm) at the Massey Concert Hall. The Bluegrass Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary material, and has performed at a variety of locations including the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Ryman Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Belmont Musical Theatre is presenting “All Shook Up” – an American Jukebox Musical featuring Elvis Presley music and a 1950’s era story based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – March 20-29 at the Troutt Theater. Ticket prices range from $10 (regular adult) to $5 (senior and student), and are currently on sale.

Enjoy!