UAB's Alys Stephens Center & BMR : An Evening with Robert Ellis

December 18th, 2014

UAB's Alys Stephens Center & BMR : An Evening with Robert Ellis

Robert Ellis is the kind of songwriter who only comes along once in a great while. With his first two albums, a promise was made. With his new record, The Lights from the Chemical Plant, that promise has been delivered and fully realized. The music, like the artist, refuses to accept the confines of a box, and burns white-hot from the inside out. But what seems even more striking about this record, this musician, even at a first glance, is that feeling of unyielding authenticity. http://www.groundcontroltouring.com/artists/robert-ellis

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A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol

December 19th, 2014 - December 20th, 2014

A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol

Join the Cratchets, Tiny Tim, all the Spirits, and of course Ebenezer Scrooge in his journey toward redemption and enlightenment. This delightful play is adapted and directed by beloved ASC staff member and ArtPlay teaching artist Jerry Sims, whose popular original productions include Yuletide in Dogtown, Alice's EVEN BIGGER Tea Party, and Down the Yellow Brick Road. Come early to enjoy holiday treats and more!

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Handel's Messiah

December 20th, 2014

Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah Sat, Dec 20, 2014 : 7:30 pm Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center Jory Vinikour, conductor HANDEL: Messiah Beethoven once called Handel “the greatest composer that ever lived.” Handel’s Messiah has become the world’s the most popular choral work, delighting audiences every holiday season.

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New Year's Eve: A Viennese Celebration

December 31st, 2014

New Year's Eve: A Viennese Celebration

New Year’s Eve: A Viennese Celebration Wed, Dec 31, 2014 : 6 pm Alabama Theatre Christopher Confessore, conductor Lisa Vroman, vocalist Ring in 2015 with waltzes, operatic selections, and a glass of bubbly.

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Andrew Tyson

January 8th, 2015

Andrew Tyson

His debut CD, a recording of the complete Chopin Preludes, was released in October 2014 on the Zig-Zag Territories label. » At the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competition, Tyson won Fifth Prize and the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded to the pianist chosen by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder. This prize brought three performances of Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 2 with the Hallé Orchestra, which were so acclaimed that he was re-engaged to perform with the orchestra last season and this season. » After early studies with Dr. Thomas Otten of the University of North Carolina, Tyson attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Claude Frank. He later earned his Master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School with Robert McDonald, where he won the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano.

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Coffee Concert: Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony

January 9th, 2015

Coffee Concert: Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony

Mendelssohn Scottish symphony Fri, Jan 9, 2015 | 11 a.m. Mei-Ann Chen, conductor PRICE: Dances in the Canebrakes MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3, Scottish

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Ravel Piano Concerto in G

January 9th, 2015 - January 10th, 2015

Ravel Piano Concerto in G

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Fri & Sat, Jan 9 & 10, 2015 : 8 pm Mei-Ann Chen, conductor Cédric Tiberghien, piano PRICE: Dances in the Canebrakes RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3, Scottish Drawing from Gershwin’s jazzy popularity and Mozart’s elegance, Ravel’s concerto echoes American jazz and, in a ravishing slow movement, old Viennese lyricism.

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Reflect & Rejoice: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18th, 2015

Reflect & Rejoice: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reflect and Rejoice: A Tribute to DR. Martin Luther King, JR. Sun, Jan 18, 2015: 3 pm Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stevens Center The Aeolians Of Oakwood University The powerful voices of the Aeolians of Oakwood University join the orchestra in our yearly concert, celebrating the legacy and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

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20th Century Masters: Copland and Enescu

January 27th, 2015

20th Century Masters: Copland and Enescu

20th Century Masters: Copland and Enescu Tue, Jan 27, 2015 : 7:30 pm Samford University Brock Hall Featuring Daniel Szasz and his wife, pianist Alina Voicu COPLAND Nocturne and Ukulele Serenade for violin and piano COPLAND Sonata for violin and piano ENESCU Sonata no. 2 for violin and piano ENESCU Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 arr. for violin and piano Sponsored by Diane and Herb Rossmeisl

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Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor

January 30th, 2015 - January 31st, 2015

Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor

Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor Fri & Sat, Jan 30 & 31, 2015 : 8 pm Conductor: Chrisstopher Confessore Chloë Hanslip, violin Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2 Op. 72a Bruch: Violin Concerto in G Minor (Chloe Hanslip, violin soloist) --intermission-- Schubert: Symphony in B minor "Unfinished"

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Jazz Essentials: Bebop feat. Branford Marsalis

February 3rd, 2015

Jazz Essentials: Bebop feat. Branford Marsalis

Hosted by UAB Artist-in-residence Eric Essix, The Essentials is the ASC’s innovative series devoted to honoring the rich history of jazz. » Join us for the third installment of The Essentials as we continue our journey exploring bebop. » The evening begins with a survey of the unique history of bebop, the music, and the artists – led by Essix and featuring NEA Jazz Master and renowned award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis. » The second half of the evening features a performance by Marsalis as he leads one of the finest jazz quartets assembled. » This three-time Grammy Award winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music. Marsalis founded the label in 2002 and continues to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists.

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The Music of Pink Floyd w/ The Machine

February 7th, 2015

The Music of Pink Floyd w/ The Machine

The Music of Pink Floyd with The Machine Sat, Feb 7, 2015 : 8 pm Alabama Theatre You’ll wish you were here! Don’t miss what is hailed as the most faithfully replicated sounds and experience of Pink Floyd in concert when the ASO shares the stage with The Machine.

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Jung Trio

February 12th, 2015

Jung Trio

Hailed for its soul-stirring, captivating performances of artistry, The Jung Trio “is a spectacular group with wonderful musicality at their fingertips,” (Ezra Laderman, composer and Dean Emeritus of Yale University). The trio has established itself as one of the most notable rising young ensembles of today. » This classical group is comprised of Canadian sisters Jennie (pianist), Ellen (violinist), and Julie (cellist), each of whom contribute their own warmth and impassioned sensibility to the collaborative force. The trio has appeared in concerts all across North America and around the world, and its performance of Dvorak Piano Trio Op. 67 is pristine. » The first half of the evening will consist of single movements of the piano trio by Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. The second half by Dvorak, Ravel, and Shostakovich. » The trio's initial successes include top prizes at the Canadian Music Competition and the CIBC National Music Festival.

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Coffee Concert: Triumphant Trumpet

February 13th, 2015

Coffee Concert: Triumphant Trumpet

Triumphant Trumpet Fri, Feb 13, 2015 | 11 a.m. Christopher Martin, trumpet TAMBERG: Trumpet Concerto HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat

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Triumphant Trumpet

February 13th, 2015 - February 14th, 2015

Triumphant Trumpet

Triumphant Trumpet Fri & Sat, Feb 13 & 14, 2015 : 8 pm Christopher Martin, trumpet TAMBERG: Trumpet Concerto HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Haydn’s brilliant Concerto for Trumpet stands at the summit of the majestic instrument’s solo pieces. One of America’s greatest brass virtuosos, Martin is principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.

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Contemporary Visions

February 17th, 2015

Contemporary Visions

Contemporary Visions Tue, Feb, 17, 2015 : 7:30 pm Samford University Brock Hall Contemporary works for woodwind trio and piano trio by Dorman, Ewazen, and Auerbach

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In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

February 18th, 2015 - February 22nd, 2015

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

In late 19th Century Middle Class America, "female problems" were often dismissed as "hysteria." Enter Dr. Givings, who treats the symptoms with a strange new electric-powered box! Ruhl's play is a fanciful, compassionate and truly "stimulating" study of sexual liberation. Partial Nudity, Sexual content, Adult Situations and Themes.

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ArtPlay Presents: Celebrate! Make It Happen

February 21st, 2015

ArtPlay Presents: Celebrate! Make It Happen

Join the multitalented young actors of ArtPlay’s “Make It Happen” Performing Ensemble as they celebrate the life of Alabama’s own Dr. George Washington Carver. » This entertaining and educational play is written and directed by ArtPlay’s own Alicia Johnson-Williams. » Through poetry, song and dance, The Clever Dr. George Washington Carver, is a snapshot tribute of this remarkable man, his life, and his legacy. » While no story can truly encapsulate his infinite contributions to science and agriculture, this performance will offer a wonderful introduction to his life and work. The Clever Dr. George Washington Carver is sure to educate and entertain audiences of all ages.

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Classical Masters: Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"

February 21st, 2015

Classical Masters: Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"

Music from Vivaldi’s Seasons Sat, Feb 21, 2015 : 8 pm Samford University Brock Hall Daniel Szasz, Violin VIVALDI: Winter from The Four Seasons BENCE-MUK: Transylvanian Seasons (World Premiere) The Vivaldi paints a portrait of the winter where strings with trills describe the cold, arpeggios harken of a whipping wind, while a series of abrupt chords suggest stamping feet and running to get warm.

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Arlo Guthrie & Alice's Restraunt

February 21st, 2015

Arlo Guthrie & Alice's Restraunt

Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour is a unique multi-media show, the likes of which his fans have never seen before, and it is coming to the ASC! Guthrie has been known to generations as a prolific songwriter, social commentator, master storyteller, actor, and activist. » He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher/artist Woody Guthrie. Arlo Guthrie has become an iconic figure in folk music in his own right with a distinguished and varied career spanning over 50 years.

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Beethoven Pastoral Symphony

February 27th, 2015 - February 28th, 2015

Beethoven Pastoral Symphony

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.

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San Fermin & Ellis Ludwig-Leone

March 6th, 2015

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.

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Rodgers & Hammerstein

March 7th, 2015

Rodgers & Hammerstein

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.

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Aaron Neville

March 7th, 2015

Aaron Neville

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.

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