2015 Winter/Spring Season
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Finalist will be selected May 20 and asked to perform at LOCAL on June 20
Don't miss the third installment of The Essentials, hosted by Eric Essix
Thursday, February 12 at 7pm
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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.
The 25th Annual Camille Armstrong Scholarship Stepshow features rhythmic stepping from various fraternities and sororities competing for cash prizes. The proceeds from the show benefit a scholarship endowed to aid students studying in the criminal justice field. Exciting performances rivet the crowd as they cheer on their favorite organizations.
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.
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.
Triumphant Trumpet Fri, Feb 13, 2015 | 11 a.m. Christopher Martin, trumpet TAMBERG: Trumpet Concerto HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 : 8 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.