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  • Indigo Girls set to perform at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on Sept. 23
    The duo will perform classic hits and songs from their latest album “One Lost Day.”

    Photo credit: Jeremy CowartAmerican folk rock music duo Indigo Girls will take the stage at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Concertgoers will have an opportunity to take a walk down memory lane as the duo performs old favorites like “Closer to Fine” and “Galileo” and introduces new classics from their June 2015 release, “One Lost Day.”

    The Indigo Girls began playing small shows in the 1980s. With 12 studio albums, three live records, numerous Grammy nominations and awards, gold and platinum certifications, and decades of touring, the Indigo Girls remain relevant and just as perfectly matched vocally as when they first took to the stage.

    Consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, the pair first met as fifth- and sixth-graders in Decatur, Georgia, and began singing together during high school. Originally billed as Saliers and Ray, they adopted the name Indigo Girls during their undergraduate days at Atlanta’s Emory University. The Indigos were attending classes by day and performing as an acoustic duo in local clubs by night when they made their first recording in 1985 with the single “Crazy Game/Everybody’s Waiting (for Someone To Come Home),” which they issued on their own label, followed by an EP and, in 1987, their first full-length LP, “Strange Fire.”

    Tickets are $45.50, $55.50 and $63.50. Student tickets are $21. For more information, call 205-975-2787 or visit

    The duo has stood the test of time. More than 30 years later, with their husky voices and intimate, poignant lyrics, they are still going strong. While many artists who launched their careers in the 1980s have slipped from our collective memory, the Indigo Girls are still writing and recording, championing a number of social and environmental causes, and filling halls with devoted, multigenerational audiences. The iconic duo continues to challenge itself creatively, over and over again, adding to their body of work.

    Opening for the Indigo Girls is Georgia native Hannah Thomas. An up-and-coming artist, Thomas has shared the stage with the Indigo Girls before, along with other acts such as Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band. Thomas was named best country act in the Georgia Lottery’s All Access Music Search in 2011.

    The UAB Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is located at 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $45.50, $55.50 and $63.50. Student tickets are $21. For more information, call 205-975-2787 or visit

  • Lace up for Blazer Fun Run/Walk
    Join UAB Employee Wellness for the annual Blazer Fun Run on Sept. 19.

    Join UAB Employee Wellness for the annual Blazer Fun Run Sept. 19.The fifth annual Blazer Fun Run/Walk, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, offers faculty, staff, students and alumni the opportunity to get physically fit and learn about all the health resources, services and benefits available at UAB. Participants can walk, jog or run the 2-mile course, which begins near the Bell Building parking lot, followed by a post-walk event on the UAB Campus Green.

    The event, hosted by UAB Employee Wellness, will culminate with a celebration on the UAB Campus Green featuring live music, family games and other activities. Individuals who want to participate can register as part of a team, which will represent departments throughout UAB. The UAB team with the most participation will be awarded a prize from UAB Employee Wellness.

    To find out more information or to register online, visit the official Blazer Fun Run/Walk page

  • Kasman takes first place at International Keyboard Institute and Festival
    UAB junior Aleksandra Kasman outplayed 33 talented pianists to win first place at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.

    Out of a talented international pool of 33 pianists, University of Alabama at Birmingham junior Aleksandra Kasman took the top prize at the 2015 International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City on Aug. 2.

    Kasman is a music major in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music and a member of the UAB Honors College’sUniversity Honors Program. She studies piano with her father, UAB professor and artist-in-residence Yakov Kasman.

    The International Keyboard Institute and Festival is a summer piano festival that offers two weeks of concerts, masterclasses and lectures, and is open to student participants as well as the public. Students from around the world are given the opportunity to study with faculty and artists, participate in masterclasses, and attend concerts and lectures given by some of the world’s best-known pianists and scholars.

    Kasman was accepted into this highly competitive event as a Piano Arts North American Competition scholarship winner. Participants who attend the festival for two weeks are eligible to compete for $10,000 in the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Awards. The MacKenzie Awards support and recognize the artistic endeavors of participants in the festival and encourage excellence and dedication. 

    The rigorous, four-day competition is held in three rounds, with a total of one hour and 20 minutes of playing, or a full concert program. Kasman was named one of four finalists out of 33 participants and went on to win first place.

    “The International Keyboard Institute and Festival gave me the opportunity to make valuable connections with other participants from all over the world,” Kasman said. “It was an honor to learn from professors of the highest caliber and some of the biggest names in piano, including festival founder and director Jerome Rose.”

    Kasman’s goal for the next two years is to compete in even bigger competitions and move on to graduate school after completing her studies at UAB.

    “I hope to go on to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees,” Kasman said. “The great thing about music is that there are so many things you can do: performing, teaching, masterclasses, workshops, recording. I have entertained the thought of possibly going into music administration. I am also interested in conducting.”

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