It’s Christmas Concert Time! Save the dates!
Believe it or not, but it is time to think about and make plans to attend Christmas concerts in Wightman Chapel here at Scarritt Bennett Center. We have an exciting schedule with talented musicians. All concerts are one-half hour in length and begin at 1:00 PM.
DECEMBER 8 Nashville in Harmony
Nashville in Harmony is a city chorus for people of all sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Don Schlosser the group has established itself as a premier musical performance organization and was voted by readers of The Nashville Scene as Music City’s “favorite chorus.” The mission of the chorus is to use music to build community and create social change.
DECEMBER 12 Maggie Becker, songwriter and vocalist
Margaret Becker is an award-winning Artist who has spent her career connecting with people through words and music. A native New Yorker; Margaret moved to Nashville shortly after college to pursue music and was signed by EMI/Sparrow records. She’s sold over 2.8 million records, received four Grammy nominations, four Dove Awards, seven SESAC Artist of the Year awards, and has had 21 number one singles.
DECEMBER 13 Emmanuel Legrair, vocalist
Emmanuel, has with his brothers released an album, been featured in several works and concerts produced by the Summit Choral Society and The Akron Symphony’s Gospel Meets Symphony. In 2012, he performed the role of ‘Sportin’ Life’ in Akron Symphony’s production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and was then featured in Akron Symphony’s Opera’s Greatest Moments where he sang portions of La Traviata and Otello. Other performances include the Tuscarawas Symphony’s Gospel Extravaganza, and as ‘Jean-Marc’ in Paul: A Musical Journey, a musical adaptation the life of the Biblical figure, Paul. He has also offered background vocals to numerous local and national recording artists such as Jennifer Mekel and the Grammy-Award winning artist, Swoope (Collision Records).
Since moving to Nashville in 2013 and completing graduate school at Vanderbilt in 2015, the allure of Music City has been calling. He is happy to share his gifts with all audiences in hopes of connection through music.
DECEMBER 14 Kelli Cox, jazz pianist
Kelli Cox has been playing professionally since she was fifteen and has performed with many artists including Bobby Vinton, Les Elgart, LeAnne Rimes, Richard Marx and Jon Hendricks. She has her own sextet, The Kelli Cox Collaborative, who released their debut cd in 2012 and is currently the commercial piano instructor at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.
DECEMBER 15 “Mary’s Song,” a musical and poetic look at The Magnificent as found in the gospel of Luke
Featuring Connye Florance, Biff Fink, Sam Levine, John Arrn, Steve Lindsey, Kevin Madill, and Tieranny Woods. Original music, two piano improvisation, dance, vocal and instrumental music. Mary’s song is about praise, joy, freedom, justice and peace.
DECEMBER 16 Polly Brecht, organist
Polly is the Organist and Music Associate at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville and staff accompanist at the Blair School of Music. She holds degrees in piano and organ performance as well as the Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, and a Doctorate in organ performance and a certificate in harpsichord from Florida State University. She does extensive performing, was Associate Professor of organ, harpsichord and theory at Middle Tennessee State University and is a faculty member at the Blair School.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS TODAY.
Joyce D. Sohl has been Laywoman-in-Residence since 2009 as a full-time volunteer. She retired as CEO of United Methodist Women in 2004. She is the author of 4 books, a teacher, retreat leader, writer and non-professional musician. Here at the Center her work is in the area of Spirituality & the Arts with such programs as Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers & All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, and quarterly retreats and art exhibits.