8:46am

Tue November 20, 2012
Classical

Nashville Caroling Company to Present 'Songs of Christmases Past'

The Nashville Caroling Company will add Victorian cheer to the holiday season with special performances in November and December at Cheekwood Mansion and Green Hills Mall.

      *  The popular quartet will present their "Songs of Christmases Past" caroling concert from 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Cheekwood Mansion, 1200 Forrest Park Drive in Belle Meade.

      *  Green Hills Mall shoppers will hear renditions of classic carols from 10-1 p.m. on selected Wednesdays (Dec. 5, 12 and 19) and from 2-5 p.m. on selected Fridays (Nov. 16 and 30; Dec. 7, 14 and 21).  Green Hills Mall is located at 2126 Abbot Martin Road in Green Hills.

      The Nashville Caroling Company's "Songs of Christmases Past" concerts feature a cappella performances of holiday classics such as "Silent Night", "The First Noel", and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". The quartet, which was founded in 2008, is known for its breathtaking mix of unaccompanied soprano, alto, tenor and bass vocals.  Although the act specializes in sentimental Christmas classics, it's not uncommon to hear a rendition of the children's sing-along, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer!".

      The group's repertoire was specially arranged for four-part harmony by composer and Broadway conductor Jeff Lisenby.  The singers will be dressed in authentic Dickens-style top hats, coats, ties and dresses designed by Nashville costumer Pam Lisenby.  

      The "Songs of Christmases Past" show at Cheekwood will occur in the mansion's drawing room, which is adorned with 20-foot high ceilings, marble floors, chandeliers, and fine art.

      "We plan to perform carols that the Cheeks would have sung in their home during the 1930s," said group co-founder and vocalist Jaclyn Brown.

      The Nashville Caroling Company features a dozen singers who rotate in fours (quartets) from show to show.  Members include Sam Allen (lead singer/No Other Name), Jaclyn Brown (quartet co-founder/host of "Chick Singer Night Nashville"), Erica Haines (quartet co-founder/Belmont University music faculty), Ryan Greenawalt (background singer/Lady Antebellum Christmas album), Erica Haines (singer-actor/"Zinghopper" on PBS), Jeff Lisenby (conductor and musical director/Broadway), Jenny Slate Lee (singer-actor/Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach), Will Sevier (music minister/Hermitage United Methodist Church), Adam Smith (lead singer/Krystal Keith), Jennifer Akers (singer/Matt Davenport Productions), and Sarah Valley (Christian Recording Artist/Lifeway).

            "Most cities have carolers that will sing for you," noted group co-founder and singer Erica Haines.  "But where else can you find truly musical performers than in Nashville? We don't just sing songs that everyone already knows.  We make them original with new arrangements and crowd participation and interaction. There is always something new to hear and see."

            "I love caroling with NCC," said singer Jenny Slate Lee.  "It is the best feeling to make someone smile and spread a little Christmas cheer. That is what the season is all about."

            "When we sing, all we see is smiles," said Jennifer Akers.

            The quartet also has performed at holiday events hosted by Hilton Hotels Corp., HCA Healthcare, the Tennessee Titans, Sumner Crest Winery, National Healthcare Corp., F&M Bank, Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Vanderbilt Unviersity, Lipscomb University, Macy's Department Store, Richland Country Club, and Faith Freewill Baptist Church in Columbia, Tenn.

      All of the Nashville Caroling Company's performances are free.  Paid Cheekwood admission is required on Nov. 24.  For Cheekwood ticket information, visit http://www.Cheekwood.org.  To learn more or to book The Nashville Caroling Company, call (615) 491-4766, send an email inquiry to reservations@thenashvillecarolingcompany.com, or visit http://www.TheNashvilleCarolingCompany.com.