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MTSU unwraps 'Joys of the Season' arts gifts to community Dec. 3

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- MTSU's Tucker Theatre will be full of the "Joys of the Season" once again Sunday, Dec. 3, when the university unwraps its special holiday gift of the arts for the community.

The popular event, now in its third year, will begin at 4 p.m. Dec. 3 to showcase music, art, theater and dance created by MTSU students and faculty, says H. Stephen Smith, a longtime voice professor in the School of Music and interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, which presents "Joys of the Season" each year.

Tucker Theatre is located inside the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building. A campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap.

General admission tickets are $10, and children in grades K-12 and seniors age 55 and up can attend for $5 each. MTSU students can attend free with a current ID.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.mtsuarts.com. Tickets also will be available at the Tucker Theatre box office an hour before curtain time.

"Our premier ensemble in the School of Music, the MTSU Wind Ensemble, will start off with a rousing performance," Smith said, "and then our special guest, (men's basketball coach) Kermit Davis, will be reading 'The Night Before Christmas,' as he did last year. He's back by popular demand, and he's promised to bring some elves with him."

The event also will feature artwork by MTSU students that attendees can purchase.

"Joys of the Season" launched in 2015 as a way to showcase the college's performing and fine arts departments and to express the university's gratitude for decades of community support. Proceeds from the concert and all fine art sales will once again benefit MTSU Arts, which the College of Liberal Arts founded in 2011 to support public performances and exhibits by the Department of Art, Department of Theatre and Dance, and the School of Music.

MTSU Arts performances are sponsored by Ascend Federal Credit Union.

"It's something that we feel is fun for the entire family, something they can bring their children or grandchildren to," Meredith Kerr, liberal arts development director, said of "Joys of the Season."

"There'll be some different acts that will appeal to the older crowd as well. You'll find yourself singing along to your favorite holiday classics and laughing; it'll bring a smile to your face."

You can watch a special video message from Davis about this year's event at https://youtu.be/Jxu7cJXrN9U.

For more information about the show and about MTSU Arts, visit http://www.mtsuarts.com. To learn more about MTSU's College of Liberal Arts and its varied programs, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/liberalarts.

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