A More Convenient Season: World Premiere

This September, Hope Takes the Stage.  Will You Join Us?

 

A More Convenient Season
World Premiere

featuring the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, four of Birmingham's most talented young soloists, an all-female chorus composed of members of the region's most beloved community choirs including Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Choir, Tuskegee University Choir, Mississippi State University Choir, & many others; an original film from award-winning director David Peterson, and an electronic music component created by innovative artist Philip White

 

Commissioned by architect and philanthropist Tom Blount, produced by the Alys Stephens Center. Sponsored by Betty and John McMahon, Friends of Cornerstone School and UAB Medicine.

On September 21, the ASC presents the largest commissioning project in the Center’s history with the premiere of a new work by composer Yotam Haber, commissioned to commemorate the Civil Rights Movement events of 1963. 

The work, titled "A More Convenient Season," derives its name from the text of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail."

"… who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than
absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

Like no performance we’ve experienced before, the work can best be described as “soaring.” Every word the chorus sings comes from FBI files and oral histories from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s archives. The accompanying film is created from home movies and news footage of the time. The music, performed by an orchestra and a live electronic artist, is stirring and emotional. Yet all of the work’s voices come together for a message of beauty and hope. The piece exemplifies the power of the arts to tell our stories, connect us, and give us hope for the future.

The chorus sings, “How far is far?” … “How high is high?”

Guggenheim fellow and accomplished composer Yotam Haber found inspiration for those words through repeated visits to Birmingham over the last two years. The culmination of Haber's listening to oral histories, learning from foot soldiers, speaking with historians, and browsing through files and artifacts in the Birmingham Public Library Archives has resulted in this immense work. Choirmaster David Harris comments, “I can’t underscore enough how powerful this music and this project is. I believe it’s one of the most important choral pieces for at least a decade, or more, and that we will hear more about it for years  to come.”

In 2014, the Alys Stephens Center will also premiere this work on the West Coast in a performance featuring the CalArts Orchestra at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre).


ArtPlay Composers Workshop: Monday, Sept. 16, 4pm, Jemison Concert Hall.

ArtPlay Meet the Artist School Show: Thursday, Sept. 19, 10am, Jemison Concert Hall.

 

Birmingham News article about A More Convenient Season

Performances

  • Saturday, September 21, 2013 · 8 PM
    A: $60.50 · B: $49.50 · C: $37.50 · tickets

Venue

  • Jemison Concert Hall

 

ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Yotam Haber was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee - his music is informed by those places. He received the 2007-2008 Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize and a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Recent commissions include two works for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor; and new works for Gabriel Kahane, Alarm Will Sound; 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Festival; the Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble l’arsenale; JACK Quartet, Cantori New York, and the Berlin-based Quartet New Generation. He is currently collaborating with MacArthur Prize Fellow Anna Schuleit on a large-scale project of 104 piano pieces inspired by 104 paintings, drawn from stories by the Austrian writer Thomas Bernhard. Haber is the artistic director of MATA, the non-profit organization founded by Philip Glass, that has, since 1996, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works by young composers from around the world. His music is published by RAI Trade.

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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!

Adult Language and Themes

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!

Adult Language and Themes

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!

Adult Language and Themes

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!

Adult Language and Themes

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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