‘Christmas Down Home’ Tour Includes Return to Belmont Mansion

The return – after more than a decade – of David Alford and Paul Carrol Binkley’s much-loved rendition of Truman Capote’s “A Christmas Memory” to Belmont Mansion is a highlight of this year’s Christmas Down Home tour.

The collection of yuletide stories, memories and music features actor/director/writer Alford (who now plays Bucky Dawes on the ABC TV series Nashville), composer/performer/music director Binkley and their very talented colleagues Kahle Alford, Erin R. Ramsey, Brad Albin and Toni Ferguson. The widely-acclaimed production includes selections from writers like Ogden Nash and T.R. Pearson, acoustic bluegrass-style settings of traditional holiday favorites like “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “Children Go Where I Send Thee,” “O Holy Night” and more.

Christmas Down Home starts its holiday run Dec. 15-16 with 7:30 p.m. shows in Springfield, Tenn. at Burdett’s Tea Shop (www.burdettsteashop.com). Tickets ($45 in advance, $50 at the door) include a delectable dessert buffet and can be purchased by calling (615) 384-2320.

On Dec. 17 the troupe will perform in the Austin Peay State University Music/Mass Communications Concert Hall (www.apsu.edu/music/facilities) in Clarksville, Tenn. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($25 general admission, $15 Military or APSU student) are available by calling (615) 628-9100 or online by clicking here. A portion of the proceeds that night will benefit APSU’s Mabry Legacy Campaign.

Then it’s on to Belmont Mansion (www.belmontmansion.com) Dec. 18-22 with 7:30 p.m. shows. Tickets ($38.50) are once again available by calling (615) 628-9100 or online by clicking here.

For more information on Christmas Down Home and the artists that present it visit www.christmasdownhome.com.

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About Evans Donnell

Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman’s “The People vs Larry Flynt” among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (www.americantheatrecritics.org).