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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Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor
Saturday 1/31
Bruch Violin Concerto in G Minor 01/31/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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"

Jazz Essentials: Bebop feat. Branford Marsalis
Tuesday 2/03
Jazz Essentials: Bebop feat. Branford Marsalis 02/03/2015
$39.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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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.

Camille Armstrong Scholarship Stepshow
Saturday 2/07
Camille Armstrong Scholarship Stepshow 02/07/2015
$0.00, 10.00, 12.00, 15.00, 20.00, 25.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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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 w/ The Machine
Saturday 2/07
The Music of Pink Floyd w/ The Machine 02/07/2015
$27.00, 37.00, 47.00, 60.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

Jung Trio
Thursday 2/12
Jung Trio 02/12/2015
$, 20.00, 26.40, 27.93, 32.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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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.

Coffee Concert: Triumphant Trumpet
Friday 2/13
Coffee Concert: Triumphant Trumpet 02/13/2015
$19.00, 27.00, 33.00
SHOW 11:00am
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Triumphant Trumpet
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 | 11 a.m.
Christopher Martin, trumpet
TAMBERG: Trumpet Concerto
HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat

Triumphant Trumpet
Friday 2/13
Triumphant Trumpet 02/13/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

Triumphant Trumpet
Saturday 2/14
Triumphant Trumpet 02/14/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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
Tuesday 2/17
Contemporary Visions 02/17/2015
$12.00, 24.50, 27.20, 32.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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 the Next Room
Wednesday 2/18
In the Next Room 02/18/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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.

In the Next Room
Thursday 2/19
In the Next Room 02/19/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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.

In the Next Room
Friday 2/20
In the Next Room 02/20/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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.

The Clever George Washington Carver
Saturday 2/21
The Clever George Washington Carver 02/21/2015
$9.00, 9.20, 9.65, 11.00, 20.00
SHOW 10:00am
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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.

The Clever George Washington Carver
Saturday 2/21
The Clever George Washington Carver 02/21/2015
$9.00, 9.20, 9.65, 11.00, 20.00
SHOW 11:30am
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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.

In the Next Room
Saturday 2/21
In the Next Room 02/21/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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.

Classical Masters: Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons"
Saturday 2/21
Classical Masters: Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" 02/21/2015
$, 12.00, 14.00, 16.14, 16.25, 20.00, 23.25, 24.00, 24.50, 25.60, 27.20, 28.00, 32.00, 33.50, 41.00, 48.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Music from Vivaldi’s Seasons
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 : 7:30
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 & Alice's Restaurant
Saturday 2/21
Arlo Guthrie & Alice's Restaurant 02/21/2015
$45.50, 54.50, 63.50
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

In the Next Room
Sunday 2/22
In the Next Room 02/22/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 2:00pm
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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.

Beethoven Pastoral Symphony
Friday 2/27
Beethoven Pastoral Symphony 02/27/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

Beethoven Pastoral Symphony
Saturday 2/28
Beethoven Pastoral Symphony 02/28/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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
Friday 3/06
San Fermin & Ellis Ludwig-Leone 03/06/2015
$19.00, 24.00, 27.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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“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!”

Aaron Neville Duo
Saturday 3/07
Aaron Neville Duo 03/07/2015
$43.50, 52.50, 61.50
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

Rodgers & Hammerstein
Saturday 3/07
Rodgers & Hammerstein 03/07/2015
$24.00, 39.50, 49.00, 62.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Monday 3/09
Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays 03/09/2015
$5.00, 8.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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

Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Tuesday 3/10
Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays 03/10/2015
$5.00, 8.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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!

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Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Wednesday 3/11
Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays 03/11/2015
$5.00, 8.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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!

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Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Thursday 3/12
Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays 03/12/2015
$5.00, 8.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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!

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Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Friday 3/13
Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays 03/13/2015
$5.00, 8.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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

Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays
Saturday 3/14
Twelfth Annual Festival of 10 Minute Plays 03/14/2015
$5.00, 8.00
SHOW 2:00pm
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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!

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Classical Masters: Appalachian Spring
Friday 3/20
Classical Masters: Appalachian Spring 03/20/2015
$, 12.00, 14.00, 16.14, 16.25, 20.00, 23.25, 24.00, 24.50, 27.20, 28.00, 32.00, 33.50, 35.60, 41.00, 48.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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.

The Wailers
Friday 3/20
The Wailers 03/20/2015
$37.50
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

Nikolai Lugansky
Saturday 3/21
Nikolai Lugansky 03/21/2015
$5.00, 15.00
SHOW 4:00pm
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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 & William Brittelle
Thursday 3/26
Wye Oak & William Brittelle 03/26/2015
$21.00, 25.00, 29.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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.

Monday 3/30
The Joshua Show 03/30/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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