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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Hansel & Gretel
Friday 11/07
Hansel & Gretel 11/07/2014
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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Fri, Nov 7, 2014 : 7:30 pm
A MASTERWORKS
SUBSCRIBER-ONLY EVENT!
Hansel & Gretel in Concert
Justin Brown conducts the complete Engelbert Humperdinck opera with a starry cast. A one-night special performance only for Masterworks subscribers!

Women of War
Wednesday 11/12
Women of War 11/12/2014
$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.

*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
Thursday 11/13
The Assad Brothers 11/13/2014
$49.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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Fusing classical, jazz, and Latin stylings, Sergio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity, and expression.

Women of War
Thursday 11/13
Women of War 11/13/2014
$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.

*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.

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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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.

*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.

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.

Women of War
Saturday 11/15
Women of War 11/15/2014
$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.

*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.

UAB Gospel Choir 19th Anniversary Fall Concert
Monday 11/17
UAB Gospel Choir 19th Anniversary Fall Concert 11/17/2014
$6.00, 7.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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UAB Gospel Choir directed by Kevin P. Turner: 19th Anniversary Fall Concert. 7:00 p.m., Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall. Tickets are $7 general admission; $6 for UAB students, faculty and staff; and $6 each for groups of 20 or more (advance purchase required).

Women of War
Wednesday 11/19
Women of War 11/19/2014
$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.

*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.

UAB Opera presents The Elixir of Love
Thursday 11/20
UAB Opera presents The Elixir of Love 11/20/2014
$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).

Women of War
Thursday 11/20
Women of War 11/20/2014
$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.

*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.

Coffee Concert: Schumann Symphony No.3 "Rhenish"
Friday 11/21
Coffee Concert: Schumann Symphony No.3 "Rhenish" 11/21/2014
$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
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish

Women of War
Friday 11/21
Women of War 11/21/2014
$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.

*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.

UAB Opera presents The Elixir of Love
Friday 11/21
UAB Opera presents The Elixir of Love 11/21/2014
$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
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.

Women of War
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.

*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.

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.