ASC Commissions Birmingham

 

New Orleans, Chicago, New York … every great city has music written in its honor. This year, the ASC wants YOU to write a song or compose a piece of music about living in Birmingham! Your work could be one of 12 selected to be performed at an all-day music festival at the ASC on June 21, 2014. Three performers – selected by audience members and a panel of judges – will win $1,000 and studio time at UAB to record their songs. Share your talent with the world and help us celebrate the Magic City with the first annual Make Music Birmingham Day!

BEGINNING JANUARY 21, 2014

IT’S all ABOUT BIRMINGHAM. IT’S all ABOUT THE MUSIC

 

The Top 12 Finalists are... 

Chris Copeland - "Find My Way"

Joshua Vasa - "City of Steel"

India Ramey – "Rusty City" 

Raquel Lily – "Birmingham" 

Wilder Adkins – "Side By Side"

Wisdom Bibbs - "Birmingham, Alabama (Home of the Magic Land)" 

Jason Brouwer – "Magic City Mines" 

Mandi Mapes – "Birmingham" 

The Southern Lights – "Rainey Day in Birmingham" 

Eric Latham and David Bibbs – "Abracadabra (Magic City At Night)" 

A.D. Howard – "Birmingham Keeps Calling Me Home"

Bob Marston -  "Real Magic, Good People"

 

 

 

 

 

THE IMPORTANT DATES:

JAN.

21

project begins

APR.

21

submission deadline

MAY

21

finalists announced

What You Need To Know To Submit an Entry

 

   THE SPECIFICS:
  • All entries will be judged by local arts and music industry experts. 12 finalists will be selected and announced on May 21 on the ASC's Facebook Page.

 

  • Experts will work with the finalists to prepare for recording and a performance on June 21.

 

  • Each finalist will receive a $250 stipend to perform a short set – including the Birmingham song – live.

 

  • Three winners will be announced on June 21st at Local. 

 

  THE NITTY-GRITTY:
  • All genres and instruments are eligible – from classical and jazz to rap and country, and everything in between.

 

  • The song must be an original piece written about the Magic City and your experience living here.

 

  • A video of any production quality (even a smartphone) must be submitted to the Alys Stephens Center email via YouTube link. Only one per person/group. Email submissions to makemusicbham@uab.edu. The deadline for submissions is April 21.

 

  • If your song includes lyrics, please plan to submit those as well. We may also request a copy of the score.

 

 

 

LOCAL » JUNE 21

LOCAL will showcase the finalists in a FREE, all-day, outdoor event at the ASC where the three winners will be announced. 

 

The Experts:

Eric Essix

UAB Department Of Music Instructor

Essix Music Group/Essential Recordings President

 

Yotam Haber

Composer, director of MATA Festival

 

Bobby Horton

Musical historian, composer

 

Kimberly Kirklin

Director, ArtPlay

 

Scott Register

Reg’s Coffeehouse host, Birmingham Mountain Radio

 

Jessica Simpson

Owner, Artistic Endeavors, LLC. 

 

Chris Confessore

Resident Conductor, Alabama Symphony Orchestra 

 

Carla Jean Whitley

Managing Editor, Birmingham magazine

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The Vagina Monologues at UAB
Tuesday 3/31
The Vagina Monologues at UAB 03/31/2015
$10.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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Celebrate womanhood with the annual presentation of the Vagina Monologues. Support the V-Day Foundation and Birmingham Crisis Center's Rape Response by attending this cultural event. Classic monologues detailing the plight of women facing adverse situations while celebrating female empowerment.

The Seven Last Words of Christ
Tuesday 3/31
The Seven Last Words of Christ 03/31/2015
$12.00, 24.50, 27.20, 32.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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

Avenue Q
Wednesday 4/08
Avenue Q 04/08/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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?

Avenue Q
Thursday 4/09
Avenue Q 04/09/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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?

Avenue Q
Friday 4/10
Avenue Q 04/10/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 2:00pm
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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?

Avenue Q
Friday 4/10
Avenue Q 04/10/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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
Friday 4/10
Carmina Burana 04/10/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

Avenue Q
Saturday 4/11
Avenue Q 04/11/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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
Saturday 4/11
Carmina Burana 04/11/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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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.

Avenue Q
Sunday 4/12
Avenue Q 04/12/2015
$12.00, 15.00
SHOW 2:00pm
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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?

UAB Gospel Choir Spring Concert
Monday 4/13
UAB Gospel Choir Spring Concert 04/13/2015
$5.00, 7.00
SHOW 7:00pm
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Bryce Dessner
Friday 4/17
Bryce Dessner 04/17/2015
$24.00, 29.00, 34.00
SHOW 7:30pm
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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.

Roberta Flack
Saturday 4/18
Roberta Flack 04/18/2015
$, 0.00, 50.00, 60.00, 70.00, 85.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Roberta Flack
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 : 8 pm
BJCC Concert Hall
Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award-winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music with a full symphony!

California & Montreal Guitar Trios
Saturday 4/18
California & Montreal Guitar Trios 04/18/2015
$34.50
SHOW 8:00pm
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The ASC is known for bringing unique artists to Birmingham, and this performance is no exception. » The evening will feature six virtuoso guitarists from California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3) performing arrangements of classical works and innovative takes on rock standards. Can you imagine surf music next to psychedelic, classical music next to Spaghetti Western themes, and Pink Floyd next to Bach? This performance is sure to be a delightful experience for any music enthusiast. » Collectively, they represent four countries and fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-six-string “phenomensemble.” » In a pleasantly surprising way, CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3'’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trio’s fret boards chase the other’s original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, jazz, and classical music.

Diana Krall
Monday 4/20
Diana Krall 04/20/2015
$71.50, 85.50, 99.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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We are honored to have Diana Krall return to the ASC to showcase her latest album, Wallflower – a tremendously refreshing and collaborative effort that reflects Krall in a gorgeous new light. » This five-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist and vocalist is one of the most accomplished and distinctive musicians in the world today. Respected far and wide as a wildly successful recording and performing artist, Krall remains a true musical force. At any given moment she could be producing Barbra Streisand’s new album, serving as musical director/arranger for Paul McCartney, or hitting the road for a good cause with Neil Young. » Krall has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist of the last 30 years, establishing herself as one of the most beloved performers of her generation, one whose recordings thus far have earned her nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums.

A DANCEe Wild Rumpus
Sunday 4/26
A DANCEe Wild Rumpus 04/26/2015
$9.00, 9.20, 9.65, 11.00, 20.00
SHOW 2:00pm
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Creativity? Check! Curiosity? Check! Then the time has come for the Wild Rumpus to start, and ArtPlay knows just whom to call to help it commence! » Known for her innovative choreography that fuses a multitude of different dance disciplines, Elizabeth Ross with DanceE, Birmingham’s Contemporary Dance Company, brings her exciting original work to the Alys Stephens Center stage. »
An additional sensory friendly performance of this show is planned from 7-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the ASC. Presented by ArtPlay and KultureCity, the sensory friendly performance will feature a friendly, supportive environment for an audience of families and friends with children or adults who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues.
Please visit to learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-wild-rumpus-tickets-16390075156

The Music of John Williams from the Movies of Steven Spielberg
Saturday 5/02
The Music of John Williams from the Movies of Steven Spielberg 05/02/2015
$14.00, 27.00, 39.50, 57.00, 70.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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The Music of John Williams from the movies of Steven Spielberg
Sat, May 2, 2015 : 8 pm
Christopher Confessore, conductor
The ASO Chorus
Samford University’s Wright Center
Experience the magic of music and cinema created by two great maestros of the movies, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, with film scores conducted by the ASO’s own maestro, Christopher Confessore, and featuring the ASO Chorus.

Steve Winwood
Saturday 5/02
Steve Winwood 05/02/2015
$81.50, 95.50, 109.50
SHOW 8:00pm
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For more than four decades, Steve Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock ‘n’ roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements. Winwood burst into prominence in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group and since that time his celebrated skills as a composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist have developed an impressive catalog of popular music. Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s, Winwood found success, including co-founding the popular British-group Traffic and creative partnerships with Cream guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker. » 1977’s solo debut Steve Winwood signaled a bold new artistic direction, with landmark solo albums including the Grammy Award winning Back In The High Life and Roll With It. Winwood’s solo career has yielded a rich catalog of popular songs including “Back In The High Life,” “When You See A Chance,” “Valerie,” and “Higher Love”.

Julia Bullock
Thursday 5/07
Julia Bullock 05/07/2015
$, 20.00, 30.40, 33.18, 37.50
SHOW 7:00pm
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Winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition and the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, soprano Julia Bullock has been hailed by The New York Times as an “impressive, fast-rising soprano … poised for a significant career.” » Bullock has performed the title roles in the Juilliard Opera productions of Massenet’s Cendrillon and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, to rave reviews. » This season, she reprises the title role in Henry Purcell’s The Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellars at the Perm Opera House, and at English National Opera. » In 2013, she made her San Francisco Symphony debut in West Side Story, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas; an album of the concert is available on the orchestra’s label. » She is pursuing her Artist Diploma with Edith Bers at The Juilliard School.

Brahms Symphony No. 1
Friday 5/08
Brahms Symphony No. 1 05/08/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Brahms Symphony No. 1
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano

Fri & Sat, May 8 & 9, 2015 : 8 p.m.

BRAHMS: Tragic Overture, op. 81
BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 3
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68
Continuing the tradition of crowd-pleasing piano concertos, Bartók's remarkable piece features driving rhythms and hammered chords softened by folksy charm and wit.

Saturday 5/09
ASYO Spring Concert 05/09/2015
$7.00, 10.00, 15.00
SHOW 2:00pm
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Brahms Symphony No. 1
Saturday 5/09
Brahms Symphony No. 1 05/09/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Brahms Symphony No. 1
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano

Fri & Sat, May 8 & 9, 2015 : 8 p.m.

BRAHMS: Tragic Overture, op. 81
BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 3
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68
Continuing the tradition of crowd-pleasing piano concertos, Bartók's remarkable piece features driving rhythms and hammered chords softened by folksy charm and wit.

Dr. John
Saturday 5/16
Dr. John 05/16/2015
$45.50, 54.50, 63.50
SHOW 8:00pm
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Join us for MARDI GRAS in MAY as we present a true icon of American culture, the incomparable Dr. John. This performance will feature a career retrospective including his biggest hits as well as music from his most recent release, The Spirit of the Satch, Dr. John’s tribute to the late Louis Armstrong. » Dr. John’s musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, and Frankie Ford. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album Gris-Gris, introducing to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock, and Creole roots.

Coffee Concert: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Friday 5/29
Coffee Concert: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 05/29/2015
$19.00, 27.00, 33.00
SHOW 11:00am
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Rachmaninoff
Symphony No. 2
Fri, May 29, 2015 | 11 a.m.
Michael Morgan, conductor
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Friday 5/29
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 05/29/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Fri & Sat, May 29 & 30, 2015 : 8 pm
Michael Morgan, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2
Few symphonies are as lush, stormy, and defiantly emotional as Rachmaninoff’s Second, with its hypnotic, long-limbed themes and minor key harmonies.

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Saturday 5/30
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 05/30/2015
$24.00, 34.00, 49.00, 69.00
SHOW 8:00pm
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Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Fri & Sat, May 29 & 30, 2015 : 8 pm
Michael Morgan, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2
Few symphonies are as lush, stormy, and defiantly emotional as Rachmaninoff’s Second, with its hypnotic, long-limbed themes and minor key harmonies.