2015 VIVA HEALTH Starlight Gala
Starring Jay Leno
Starring Jay Leno
Finalist will be selected May 20 and asked to perform at LOCAL on June 20
Saturday, March 7 at 8pm
Friday, March 20 at 8pm
Beethoven Pastoral Symphony Fri & Sat, Feb 27 & 28, 2015 : 8 pm Jacomo Bairos, conductor Daniel Szasz, violin BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral PIAZZOLLA: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires MARQUEZ: Danzón No. 2 Beethoven’s ode to nature is a masterpiece of simplicity and sincerity – it remains timeless, depicting life of the countryside.
“San Fermin & Ellis Ludwig-Leone - San Fermin & Ellis Ludwig-Leone Fri, Mar 6, 2015 : 7:30 pm San Fermin’s Ellis Ludwig-Leone – the ASO’s Sound Investment Composer-in-Residence for 2014-15 – has been commissioned to write a new 12-minute orchestral piece. Stay for the second half which will feature San Fermin in concert. AFTER PARTY – Join us at Parkside Café immediately following the concert! Your Classical EDGE ticket will gain you entry to the After Party where you can meet Ellis Ludwig-Leone, members of San Fermin, ASO Musicians and hosts from Birmingham Mountain Radio and enjoy HAPPY HOUR DRINK PRICES ALL NIGHT LONG!”
Rodgers & Hammerstein Sat, Mar 7, 2015 : 8 pm Samford University’s Wright Center From critically acclaimed shows on stage to the silver screen, come hear the songs you know and love from America’s most influential musical theatre writing team.
The ASC is proud to have the legendary Aaron Neville Duo performing on the Jemison Stage! This intimate performance will include classic doo-wop hits from the album, My True Story, as well as some of Neville’s most popular tunes. » With My True Story, Neville revisits the music he grew up with, and adds a few new spins along the way. Neville’s first release for Blue Note Records is a collection of doo-wop numbers performed in his utterly inimitable vocal style, and co-produced by Blue Note President Don Was and Keith Richards. » The selections on the album include classics by such giants as Little Anthony and the Imperials (“Tears on My Pillow”), Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (“Work with Me, Annie”), and the Drifters (“Money Honey,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment”). To Neville, though, these songs weren’t just the soundtrack to his youth; they became the underpinning for the music he has created across five decades. » “I attended the university of doo-wop-ology,” he says.
Brevity is the soul of cutting edge comedy and drama in this yearly festival of original work created within the Department of Theatre. Eight new short plays are performed for the first time on any stage. it's a rollercoaster theatrical experience you're certain to remember! Adult Language and Themes
Appalachian Spring Sat, Mar 20, 2015 : 7:30 pm Samford University Brock Hall Christopher Confessore, conductor Warren Samples, cello COPLAND: Appalachian Spring Suite BOCCERINI: Cello Concerto in B-flat HAYDN: Symphony No. 94, Surprise Copland’s gentle, jazz-influenced style falls easily on the ear, and his distinctive sound led to what’s now our national idiom heard for over half a century, both in the concert halls and at the movies.
Reggae music has never stopped evolving, but for millions of fans from around the world, it’s still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and The Wailers. Their heartbeat rhythms have inspired so much of what’s followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the “one-drop” reggae sound. » The history of the band during Marley’s lifetime is well known. Apart from Marley, The Wailers have performed with international acts such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, as well as reggae legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. Their most recent collaborators include Kenny Chesney, Eve, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. They’ve also completed numerous tours over the years, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe, including ground-breaking performances in Africa and the Far East.
Lugansky has performed to sold-out audiences at UAB in 2009 and 2012. He is considered one of the world’s great interpreters of piano repertoire and receives high praise for his concerts, recitals and chamber music performances around the world.
Wye Oak with William Brittelle Thu, Mar 26, 2015 : 7:30 pm Wye Oak and Brooklyn composer William Brittelle collaborate on orchestral re-imaginings of Wye Oak songs. Members of the band will join the ASO on stage. For the second half, the orchestra departs and Wye Oak plays its own set.
The Seven Last Words of Christ Tue, Mar 31, 2015 : 7:30 pm Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall Alys Stephens Center HAYDN The Seven Last Words of Christ, for string quartet
Winner of the Tony Awards' "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book, Avenue Q is a hilarious, sweetly satiric coming-of-age parable performed by puppets alongside human actors! When Princeton, a young college graduate, embarks upon his first New York adventure, he soon learns life is not like Sesame Street where he was told he was special and could achieve anything. Indeed he is no more special than anyone else! In his shabby apartment building, Princeton meets a colorful array of characters the help define his purpose in life. And...did we mention...PUPPETS?
Carmina Burana Fri & Sat, Apr 10 & 11, 2015 : 8 pm Christopher Confessore, conductor Caitlin Lynch, soprano Daniel Shirley, tenor Corey McKern, baritone ASO Chorus GUETTEL: Light in the Piazza Overture RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome ORFF: Carmina Burana From movie soundtracks and TV commercials to the concert hall, Carmina Burana is a monster hit. The rowdy chorus and sublime songs never fail to delight an audience.
Bryce Dessner (From The National) Fri, Apr 17, 2015 : 7:30 pm Bryce Dessner, known for his work with indie group The National, curates an evening with the ASO. The diverse program will feature two of Dessner’s own compositions, including St Carolyn by the Sea, a concerto for 2 guitars with Dessner as a soloist.
Roberta Flack Sat, Apr 18, 2015 : 8 pm BJCC Concert Hall Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award-winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music with a full symphony!
The ASC is known for bringing unique artists to Birmingham, and this performance is no exception. » The evening will feature six virtuoso guitarists from California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) performing arrangements of classical works and innovative takes on rock standards. Can you imagine surf music next to psychedelic, classical music next to Spaghetti Western themes, and Pink Floyd next to Bach? This performance is sure to be a delightful experience for any music enthusiast. » Collectively, they represent four countries and fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six-string “phenomensemble.” » In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3'’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trio’s fret boards chase the other’s original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, jazz, and classical music.
We are honored to have Diana Krall return to the ASC to showcase her latest album, Wallflower – a tremendously refreshing and collaborative effort that reflects Krall in a gorgeous new light. » This five-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist and vocalist is one of the most accomplished and distinctive musicians in the world today. Respected far and wide as a wildly successful recording and performing artist, Krall remains a true musical force. At any given moment she could be producing Barbra Streisand’s new album, serving as musical director/arranger for Paul McCartney, or hitting the road for a good cause with Neil Young. » Krall has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist of the last 30 years, establishing herself as one of the most beloved performers of her generation, one whose recordings thus far have earned her nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums.
Creativity? Check! Curiosity? Check! Then the time has come for the Wild Rumpus to start, and ArtPlay knows just whom to call to help it commence! » Known for her innovative choreography that fuses a multitude of different dance disciplines, Elizabeth Ross with DanceE, Birmingham’s Contemporary Dance Company, brings her exciting original work to the Alys Stephens Center stage. » Sometimes comical, sometimes tender, this dance party tells stories of adventure, imagination, and the wild terrain of the human heart. » Perfect for families, our Wild Rumpus will have you roaring for more.
The Music of John Williams from the movies of Steven Spielberg Sat, May 2, 2015 : 8 pm Christopher Confessore, conductor The ASO Chorus Samford University’s Wright Center Experience the magic of music and cinema created by two great maestros of the movies, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, with film scores conducted by the ASO’s own maestro, Christopher Confessore, and featuring the ASO Chorus.
For more than four decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock ‘n’ roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements. Winwood burst into prominence in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group and since that time his celebrated skills as a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist have developed an impressive catalog of popular music. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, Winwood found success, including co-founding the popular British-group Traffic and creative partnerships with Cream guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. » 1977’s solo debut Steve Winwood signaled a bold new artistic direction, with landmark solo albums including the Grammy Award winning Back In The High Life and Roll With It. Winwood’s solo career has yielded a rich catalog of popular songs including “Back In The High Life,” “When You See A Chance,” “Valerie,” and “Higher Love”.
Winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition and the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, soprano Julia Bullock has been hailed by The New York Times as an “impressive, fast-rising soprano … poised for a significant career.” » Bullock has performed the title roles in the Juilliard Opera productions of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, to rave reviews. » This season, she reprises the title role in Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars at the Perm Opera House, and at English National Opera. » In 2013, she made her San Francisco Symphony debut in West Side Story, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; an album of the concert is available on the orchestra’s label. » She is pursuing her Artist Diploma with Edith Bers at The Juilliard School.
Copland’s Billy the Kid Fri & Sat, May 8 & 9, 2015 : 8 pm Jeremy Denk, piano ENESCU: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 1 BURHAMS: ASO Commission (World Premiere) COPLAND: Billy the Kid Suite The action both begins and ends out on the prairie where Copland paints an evocative portrait of Billy’s life story. From adolescence, to his short infamous career, and finally being hunted as an outlaw.