PERFORMING ARTS

December at the Nashville Symphony

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 1 Symphony Place. Ticket packages may be purchased from the Patron Services hotline at (615) 687-6401. Season ticket holders receive added benefits! Concerts this month: Dec. 1: The Drifters, Coasters & Platters Sing Holidays & Hits.* Dec. 5-7: Kellie Pickler in Music City Christmas with the Nashville Symphony. Dec. 7: Join Frosty, Rudolph and Santa’s elves for kids of all ages at the Holiday Spectacular & Sing-Along. Dec. 8: Dave Barnes Presents a Very Merry Christmas with Special Guests.* Dec. 9: Drew and Ellie Holcomb’s Neighborly Christmas.* Dec. 10: Michael W. Smith: Christmas with the Nashville Symphony with special guest Marc Martel. Dec. 12: John Williams’ score performed live while Home Alone in Concert is shown on the big screen. Dec. 15: Celebration Concert Tours: 1st Annual Music City Carol Sing.* Dec. 19-22: Guerrero Conducts Handel’s Messiah with the Nashville Symphony & Chorus. Dec. 23: Sing! An Irish Christmas – Keith and Kristyn Getty and Friends.* Dec. 28: Viva Las Vegas with Frankie Moreno.* (*Presented without orchestra.) Check the website for locations and dates. For concert tickets, call the box office at (615) 687-6400 between 10 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday or 10 am and 2 pm Saturday.
nashvillesymphony.org

December at the Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North. This stellar venue is a six-time winner of Pollstar’s Concert Theatre of the Year award and 2012, 2010 and 2008 Academy of Country Music’s Venue of the Year. This month’s outstanding lineup: Dec. 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28: Opry at the Ryman; Dec. 4, 5: Brett Eldredge GLOW Live; Dec. 8. 9: Andrew Peterson: Behold the Lamb of God; Dec. 11, 12, 15-19, 22, 23: Amy Grant & Vince Gill Christmas at the Ryman; Dec. 24: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker; Dec. 29: Robert Earl Keen; Dec. 30, 31: Old Crow Medicine Show.Buy tickets at Ryman box office,
ryman.com, ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster outlets or call (615) 458-8700.

Nightly – Live Music at Rudy’s

Rudy’s Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street. Nashville’s only jazz club features live music, a New Orleans inspired menu, local brews, and tipsy cocktails. rudysjazzroom.com

Saturday Mornings – Kidsville Story Time

The Parthenon, 2500 West End Avenue. Kids 12 and younger will explore a different weekly theme and create a related piece of art. Free Parthenon admission and materials included, 11–11:45 am. kidsvilleonline.org

Sunday Afternoons – Jazz Sundays

Tennessee Brew Works, 809 Ewing Avenue. Enjoy live jazz every Sunday from 2–6 pm. tnbrew.com

Sunday Evenings – Bluegrass Jam

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. Free admission on Sunday evening at Nashville’s premiere listening room for bluegrass and roots music. “Cold beer, hot pickin’ and friends you won’t meet until you get here.” Showtime 8 pm. stationinn.com

Tuesday Evenings – Acoustic Pickin’ Party

Centennial Black Box Theater, 211 27th Avenue North. Bring an acoustic instrument and join the circle, 7–9 pm. All styles of music, including originals. Great for developing chops, and learning new tunes. Bring a couple tunes you’d like to play and an open mind. Ages 12–up. nashville.gov

Every Thursday – Jazz on the Ave

Minerva Avenue, 1002 Buchanan Street. A weekly live music soirée hosted by saxophonist Joe Johnson, featuring some of Nashville’s best musicians, bands and vocalists. minervaavenue.com

Thursday and Friday Evenings – Music at the Frist

Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway. Enjoy a free early evening of music in the Cafe or Grand Lobby, 6 pm. fristartmuseum.org

Thursday and Saturday Mornings – Storytime at the TN State Museum

TN State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. For children 3 to 6 years old, Storytime in the Children’s Gallery will include a book reading and craft or other activities. Free, 10:30–11 am (except for holidays). tnmuseum.org

December 1, 4, 7, 8, 14, 15, 18, 20-22, 24, 26-29 – Auntie Claus

Nashville Children’s Theatre, 25 Middleton Street. Sophie Kringle’s mysterious and glamorous great aunt serves Christmas cookies at teatime, even in July! Her penthouse glitters with Christmas lights all year long. There’s also that secretive “business trip” every year around the holidays. Determined to get to the bottom of Auntie Claus’ eccentric ways, Sophie embarks on an adventure that leads straight to the heart of the holidays. Recommended for children in grades 3-8. nashvillechildrenstheatre.org

December 1, 5-7 – The Last Season

Darkhorse Theater, 4610 Charlotte Avenue. In fall 1946, the “Montgomery Black Kings” baseball team are back to back champions in the Negro Leagues and Jackie Robinson is in the Major Leagues representing black baseball players. Although proud of Jackie, many of the Kings have skills equal and even better. Childhood dreams of “What if”’ or “Why not” looms in these locker rooms in this story of how The Kings became the champs.
darkhorsetheater.com, kennieplayhousetheatre.com

December 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-27 – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

All of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, come to life in this adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. gaylordopryland.com

December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22 – Patrick Barlow’s A Christmas Carol

Andrew Johnson Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. The Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future journey through time to remind an iron-hearted Scrooge what Christmas is truly about. This thrilling adaptation by Patrick Barlow brings Charles Dickens’ most beloved characters to life using five actors, imaginative props, and mesmerizing design. nashvillerep.org

December 3, 10 ,17 – The Doyle and Debbie Show

Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South. This hilarious love letter to the country music community and its stars is hysterical, and the music is finely-crafted. The two stars, Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton, have the acting and singing chops to carry it all off beautifully. Tickets: $20, 7 pm.
doyleanddebbie.com

December 4 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway. The multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group returns with all-new staging and effects in the unforgettable show that started it all, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.” bridgestonearena.com

December 4, 7, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21 – The Music of Nashville: A Magical Journey

Texas Troubadour Theatre, 2416 Music Valley Drive; The Nashville Palace, 2611 McGavock Pike. Join the incredible cast and band in a historical 60 year ride through some of Nashville’s biggest hits, and the stories behind them! From Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George & Tammy, Conway & Loretta, Kenny & Dolly, through Wynonna, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, this show brings exciting entertainment unlike any other. Performed by hot up-and-coming artists who are backed by a fantastic first-call Nashville band, they will bring you to your feet! Tickets available online, day of show or call (615) 730-8962.

themusicofnashville.com

December 5-8, 12-15, 19-22 – It’s a Wonderful Life

The Larry Keeton Theatre, 108 Donelson Pike. The theater presents thrilling performances for family audiences and scrumptious dining at an affordable price. Follow George Bailey’s life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, as we journey with him to discover whether life matters at all. Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, this adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor, and pathos of the original, making it a new holiday classic for devotees and newcomers alike. thelarrykeetontheatre.org

December 5-8, 12-14, 19-21 – A Tuna Christmas

Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, 8204 Highway 100. Nashville’s original barn and most unique dining and entertainment experience offers a premium buffet and professional theater. In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. chaffinsbarntheatre.com

December 6-8, 12-15 – 12 Dates of Christmas

Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Ginna Hoben’s side-splitting one-woman play opens with Mary, visiting her family at home in Ohio for Thanksgiving. While watching the Macy’s Parade, she spots her fiancé in New York kissing another woman! Mary’s stumbles back into the weird, creepy, absurd and comical dating world, and finally discovers a new perspective on life and love. twtp.org

December 6-8, 11-15, 18-21 – White Christmas

112 2nd Avenue South, Franklin. This nostalgic musical celebrates “The Greatest Generation” as two WWII veterans and showbiz stars follow a duo of singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge – which just happens to be owned by their former army general. pull-tight.com

December 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29 – Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Jamison Theater in The Factory at Franklin. This family-fun musical will delight audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. Fully equipped with an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love, this production will transport you back to a time of fairy tales and fairy godmothers!
studiotenn.com

December 7 – Mellotron Variations

OZ Arts Nashville, 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle. Join these influential musicians in a visual installation that evokes beautifully trippy light shows. This retrocool and immersive celebration of the electro-mechanical plastic instrument that is as fun to play as it is to listen to – with an amazing creative quartet of Pat Sansone, John Medeski, Robby Grant and Jonathan Kirkscey. ozartsnashville.org

December 7 – Sharing Live Music, Lighting Up Lives!

3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill. Ring in the holiday season with friends and family at Music for Seniors’ annual benefit concert featuring Joseph Wooten & the Hands of Soul. 3rdandlindsley.com

December 7-8, 13-15, 20-23 – Nashville’s Nutcracker

Andrew Jackson Hall, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Usher in the most wonderful time of the year with Music City’s favorite holiday tradition – The Nutcracker returns to delight both the young and young-at-heart. Join Clara and her magical friends on a journey through a spectacular dreamland. Concept, story treatment and choreography by Paul Vasterling. nashvilleballet.com

December 12, 14, 15 – Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Theater Complex, 2112 Belmont Boulevard. Three actors will perform dozens of characters including Scrooge, the Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty, George Bailey, Yukon Cornelius in this zany celebration of all of America’s holiday traditions. Free cookies and hot cocoa, door prizes, a gift exchange, side-splitting laughs, and holiday spirit! nashvilleshakes.org

December 12-15 – The 8th Annual Winter Concert

The Theater Bug, 4809 Gallatin Pike, New Life Baptist Church. Come join 55+ of Nashville’s talented young performers for a night of music, dance and fun in our 8th annual Winter Concert. thetheaterbug.org

December 12-15, 18-22 – Aladdin and His Winter Wish

James K. Polk Theater, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick Street. Helped by the magical Genie, Aladdin meets and falls in love with the Princess and later has to save her from the clutches of the evil magician Abanazar. With his hopeless brother Wishee Washee alongside him, will Aladdin defeat the evil magician and make all of his dreams come true
tpac.org

December 13-15 – Amahl and the Night Visitors

Noah Liff Opera Center, 3622 Redmon Street. Three traveling kings stop for the night at the humble home of a shepherd boy and his mother. As the precocious Amahl entertains the peculiar guests, he learns that true generosity of heart can be a miracle in itself. An added holiday bonus is Pepito, a heartwarming new one-act opera. Young marrieds Camila and David visit a local rescue shelter and meet Pepito, an older, forgotten shelter dog with a giant heart. Sung in English with projected English titles. nashvilleopera.org

December 15 – Motown For Kids Holiday Celebration

City Winery Nashville, 609 Lafayette Street. Move, play and sing while listening to classic rock in a sensory-friendly environment. Core audience is ages 10 and under. therockandrollplayhouse.com

December 16-17, 22-23, 28-29 – It’s a Wonderful Life

Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin. George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years. franklintheatre.com

December 19 – Poet’s Corner Featuring John Hart

Scarritt Bennett Center, Vanderbilt University. Join fellow poetry enthusiasts for a monthly reading by a featured local poet. Free, open to the public. scarrittbennett.org

Art Crawls

Spend your evening at an art crawl! Area galleries offer rare opportunities to view diverse exhibitions featuring many genres of artwork. Some venues present live music, and many serve complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres. These monthly gatherings are an opportunity to meet the artists, buy and support their work.

December 6 – Downtown Franklin Friday Art Crawl

Charming shops and galleries, live music and refreshments make Franklin a great place to be 6–9 pm. franklinartscene.com

December 7 – Downtown Nashville Saturday Art Crawl

Fifth Avenue of the Arts, Historic Arcade, Eighth Avenue, Broadway. The festive atmosphere and participating venues welcome you to galleries open 6–9 pm, with trolleys making a continuous loop 6–10 pm. nashvilledowntown.com/play

December 7 – Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston

Minutes from downtown, Wedgewood/Houston is rich with art and music culture. Check out groundbreaking art from the artist run spaces on Chestnut Street to the commercial galleries on Hagan Street along with popups, beginning at 6 pm. am-wh.com

December 14 – East Side Art Stumble

East Nashville. Galleries, businesses, and studios stretch across the neighborhoods of East Nashville and Inglewood. Saturday event from 6-9, rain or shine. eastsideartstumble.com

December 28 – Jefferson Street Art Crawl

The crawl happens up and down Jefferson, starting at the Garden Brunch Cafe near Rosa Parks and ending at One Drop Ink Tattoo at Jefferson and 28th. The monthly event engages community and highlights art along this historic art corridor as well as the North Nashville Community. facebook.com/jsactn