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  • BELMONT UNIVERSITY MASSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 1900 Belmont Blvd Nashville, TN, 37212 United States (map)

Join Nashville Ballet’s Outreach & Education Department and the Belmont University School of Music for a FREE performance of the children's ballet, Emperor & the Nightingale.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen, Emperor & the Nightingale tells the story of the Emperor of China and a songbird, who teaches him that some things are not meant to be caged, and that the strongest friendship can be found through freedom. 

This performance is FREE, open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Pre-registration is requested, as seating is limited. It will also include a short interactive, educational program following the ballet aimed at getting guests up and moving, as well as teaching them about ballet.

This unique partnership between Nashville Ballet and the School of Music is made possible by a Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission (MNAC) Creation Grant.

Please note:

Ticketing is now OPEN. Please click here to reserve tickets. 

This is a FREE event. Due to venue capacity, advance reservations are strongly recommended.  

There is an eight (8) ticket limit per household. Reservations violating this limit may be returned without notice. 

This event is Will Call Only.  Guests will check in at Belmont’s Massey Performing Arts Center starting at 12:30 p.m.  Reserved seats must be claimed by 1:45 p.m.

Seating is NOT guaranteed.  Reserved seats not claimed by 1:45 p.m. may be released to a waiting list.

Should advance reservations reach capacity, guests may sign up on a waiting list at the door starting at 12:30 p.m. the day of the performance.


There are several lots near the Massey Performing Arts Center (16 on the campus map) off Belmont Boulevard.  Guests may also find parking in the Curb Garage on Bernard Avenue (27 on the campus map).

Campus Map: 

Click here for the Belmont Campus map.

Earlier Event: October 3
Later Event: October 5