Christmas at Belmont

Christmas at Belmont

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Christmas at Belmont 2019 with hosts Michael W. Smith and CeCe Winans and Belmont University students in Nashville, Tenn.

Credit: Courtesy of Sam Simpkins, Belmont Univ.

Grammy-winning musician Michael W. Smith and celebrated gospel artist CeCe Winans are the guest artists for the 2019 holiday concert recorded in Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. 

The festive production features nearly 800 musicians and performers, including Belmont University students, Belmont School of Music faculty and the Nashville Children’s Choir. Christmas at Belmont premieres on WXXI-TV on Monday, December 23, at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Among the groups to be featured in this year’s edition of Christmas at Belmont are the University Symphony Orchestra, Belmont Chorale, Percussion Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Jazz Ensemble and Bluegrass Ensemble, as well as mass choir. The performance includes both classic holiday music such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” as well as festive seasonal songs like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “White Christmas.” Smith performs his song “The Promise” and Winans sings a beautiful rendition of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” Later, the hosts perform a duet of Smith’s “Christmas Day” featuring the Nashville Children’s Choir.

Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher said Belmont is delighted to have Winans and Smith, both former Belmont trustees, serve as guest performers for this year’s Christmas at Belmont. “These artists have been longtime supporters of the University and our students,” he said. “We’re incredibly grateful for our partnership with Nashville Public Television that brings the tremendous talent of our world-class School of Music to a national audience.”

The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists over the course of her astonishing career. She has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame. In addition, she has been named a Trailblazer of Soul by BMI and has garnered multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards and more. Winans has sold more than 5 million albums in the U.S., topping the gospel charts repeatedly while crossing over with hits like “Count On Me,” her duet with Whitney Houston from the multiplatinum ‘Waiting To Exhale’ soundtrack.