Eric Essix performing Evolution

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Featuring 5 Men On A Stool and vocalist Tracy Hamlin


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist church bombing, UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is developing and producing community events and performances the week of September 15, 2013, to engage the community through the healing power of the arts.

Evolution is the title of the landmark 20th CD by Eric Essix, which musically charts the spiritual growth and healing of Birmingham 50 years after the events that energized the Civil Rights Movement in 1963. The local native and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame member will debut Evolution as part of the Alys Stephens Center's September 2013 commemoration of those historic events – including the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church – which forever changed our nation. On this recording, Essix's guitar fronts contemporary jazz arrangements supported by traditional jazz instrumentation throughout most of the set. Along with six new compositions –all written by Essix – are covers of a handful of well-known songs by various popular artists. "With this project, I definitely wanted to, of course, acknowledge the past but also highlight the amazing progress we've made over the past 50 years," says Essix, who is also co-founder of the annual Preserve Jazz Festival in Hoover. "Birmingham is my home. I have seen the segregation of the past and the tremendous growth of this city first hand, and I'm proud of where we are today and of the strength and resolve of the people here." Joining Essix for this concert will be the dynamic ensemble 5 Men on a Stool and vocalist Tracy Hamlin. You won't want to miss this evening of remembrance, celebration, and healing.

 

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Who better to commemorate 1963 than Birmingham Native and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Eric Essix. Essix will perform songs from his landmark 20th recording titled Evolution, a musical diary that examines the progress of Birmingham over the past 50 years and into the future. A guitarist with intimate personal, family, and community connections to the subject matter, Essix has produced and recorded songs that have a direct connection to the Civil Rights Movement for more than a decade:

2000 – For Four (An original composition dedicated to the girls who died in the bombing)
People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield)
2004 – Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round (march anthem)
2005 – Abide With Me (a ten-song collection of Negro spirituals and hymns)
2009 – We Shall Overcome and Shuttlesworth Drive (An original composition dedicated to the late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth) on Essix's Birmingham album. The latter was a #1 contemporary jazz hit that stayed in the top 5 of the national jazz radio charts for more than 20 weeks.

When Essix is not on stage, he serves as artist coordinator at UAB's Alys Stephens Center and an instructor of jazz studies and music technology in UAB's Department of Music.

ArtPlay Meet the Artist School Show: Friday, September 20, 10am Jemison Concert Hall.

 

 

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$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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$6.00, 8.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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*DISCLAIMER*- Please note Theatre UAB's Women of War contains strong adult themes & violent sexual imagery. Theatrical haze, and strobe lighting will be used in the production.

The Assad Brothers
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$49.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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Women of War
Thursday 11/13
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$6.00, 8.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Women of War
Friday 11/14
Women of War 11/14/2014
$6.00, 8.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand
Friday 11/14
Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand 11/14/2014
$27.00, 39.50, 57.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 : 8 pm
Samford University’s Wright Center
Platinum award-winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the iconic music of one of America’s most powerful and enduring musical artists, singing timeless classics from five decades of Barbra Streisand’s multi-faceted career.

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Saturday 11/15
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$6.00, 8.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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This original work explores the complexities of the human impulse to engage in warfare and the determination and strength needed to recover. Through music, dance and text, this compelling piece presents the perspectives of both victor and victim as they examine the causes and effects of war. touching on such subjects as post-traumatic stress, loss of homeland, survival and defeat, Women of War examines the male and female experience.

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UAB Gospel Choir 19th Anniversary Fall Concert
Monday 11/17
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$6.00, 7.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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Women of War
Wednesday 11/19
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$6.00, 8.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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UAB Opera presents The Elixir of Love
Thursday 11/20
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$10.00, 15.00, 20.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Women of War
Thursday 11/20
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$6.00, 8.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Coffee Concert: Schumann Symphony No.3 "Rhenish"
Friday 11/21
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$19.00, 27.00, 33.00
SHOW 11:00am
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Schumann Rhenish
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 | 11 a.m.
Maximiano Valdés, conductor
GINASTERA: Pampeana No. 3
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Friday 11/21
Women of War 11/21/2014
$6.00, 8.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Friday 11/21
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$10.00, 15.00, 20.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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UAB Opera presents The Elixir of Love by Donizetti (sung in English), directed by Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, and conducted by J. Paul Dease. 7:30 p.m., Alys Stephens Center, Sirote Theatre. Tickets are $10, $15 and $20, with $5 tickets available for any college student with an ID or anyone under 18. $10 each for groups of 8 or more (advance purchase required).

Barber Cello Concerto
Friday 11/21
Barber Cello Concerto 11/21/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Barber Cello Concerto
Fri & Sat, Nov 21 & 22, 2014: 8 pm
Maximiano Valdés, conductor
Jay Campbell, cello
GINASTERA: Pampeana No. 3
BARBER Cello Concerto
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish
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Saturday 11/22
Women of War 11/22/2014
$6.00, 8.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 2:00pm
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This original work explores the complexities of the human impulse to engage in warfare and the determination and strength needed to recover. Through music, dance and text, this compelling piece presents the perspectives of both victor and victim as they examine the causes and effects of war. touching on such subjects as post-traumatic stress, loss of homeland, survival and defeat, Women of War examines the male and female experience.

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Saturday 11/22
ASYO Fall Concert 11/22/2014
$7.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 3:00pm
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Barber Cello Concerto
Saturday 11/22
Barber Cello Concerto 11/22/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Barber Cello Concerto
Fri & Sat, Nov 21 & 22, 2014: 8 pm
Maximiano Valdés, conductor
Jay Campbell, cello
GINASTERA: Pampeana No. 3
BARBER Cello Concerto
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish
Barber’s natural melodic gifts are evident in his soaring Cello Concerto. The deeply spiritual Rhenish Symphony was Schumann’s awestruck reaction to seeing the Cologne Cathedral in the bright morning sun, as well as an homage to his hero, Bach.

Christmas at the Alys
Monday 12/01
Christmas at the Alys 12/01/2014
$5.00, 8.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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Christmas at the Alys. 7:00 p.m., Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall. $8 general admission and $5 for all students.

Christmas with Michael W. Smith
Friday 12/05
Christmas with Michael W. Smith 12/05/2014
$, 25.00, 35.00, 45.00, 60.00, 75.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Christmas with Michael W. Smith
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 : 8 pm
Samford University’s Wright Center
Platinum pop and Christian worship artist Michael W. Smith brings his creative passion for music to the ASO, which comes alive with sweeping cinematic statements, rich melodies, an emotional range, along with musical twists.

Holiday Soul: Eric Essix and 5 Men On A Stool
Sunday 12/07
Holiday Soul: Eric Essix and 5 Men On A Stool 12/07/2014
$36.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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The Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center presents , “Holiday Soul” featuring UAB Artist In Residence, Eric Essix, performing with Atlanta super group, 5 Men On A Stool! For the first time ever, Eric performs a soulful collection of “songs of the season” with bandmates Hank Stewart, Antonio Allen, Melvin Miller and Leonard Julien III, as well as favorites from the groups time tested set list. No strangers to the Alys Stephens Center and Birmingham, 5 Men On A Stool shared the stage with Eric in 2013 as part of his “Evolution” concert and together they have played venues throughout the U.S. performing their own unique blend of jazz, gospel, R&B and spoken word.

UAB's Alys Stephens Center & BMR : An Evening with Robert Ellis
Thursday 12/18
UAB's Alys Stephens Center & BMR : An Evening with Robert Ellis 12/18/2014
$20.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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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

A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol
Friday 12/19
A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol 12/19/2014
$11.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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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!

A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol
Saturday 12/20
A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol 12/20/2014
$11.00
SHOW 11:00am
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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!

Handel's Messiah
Saturday 12/20
Handel's Messiah 12/20/2014
$39.00, 49.00, 64.00, 79.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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.