The Department of Music student ensembles consist of about 100 music majors and approximately 100 more students from many other majors, representing all colleges and schools at UAB, says Chair Patrick Evans, D.M.
Eric ZuberThis fall, the UAB Piano Series will present Eric Zuber on Sunday, Oct. 23. On the program are works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. Zuber rose to international acclaim in 2007 after winning the Gold Medal in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. More prizes followed in Seoul and Sydney in 2008, Dublin in 2009, at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master and Cleveland International Piano Competitions in 2011, at Honens in 2012, and another Gold Medal at the Boesendorfer International Piano Competition in 2013. He was awarded the Arthur Rubinstein Prize by The Juilliard School, and has twice received the Gina Bachauer Prize at Juilliard. The UAB Gospel Choir will present “The Classics” at its 21st anniversary concert, on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Alys Stephens Center. Directed byKevin P. Turner, the evening will feature songs that have stood the test of time. Turner guarantees this concert will have the audience singing along with the choir from start to finish.
Continuing the Department of Music’s collaboration with Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, the fourth Chamber Music @ AEIVA on Thursday, Nov. 17, will feature a concert in the gallery in conjunction with the exhibition “Luis Cruz Azaceta: War and Other Disasters.” The free Chamber Music @ AEIVA event includes a reception at 5 p.m., followed by a concert at 5:30 p.m. On the program are Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Trio No. 2, to be performed by Yakov Kasman, piano; Pei-ju Wu, violin; and Laura Usiskin, cello; and Kurt Weill, “Walt Whitman Songs,” to be performed by Patrick Evans, baritone; and Chris Steele, piano.
UAB Opera will present “Amahl and the Night Visitors” on Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, in the Alys Stephens Center. The opera, written by Gian Carlo Menotti, is the story of a crippled shepherd boy who tells his mother he has seen an enormous star with a long tail. His mother believes he is lying and grows angry; but a knock at the door reveals three kings who have come with gifts, seeking a newborn child. Amahl offers his crutch as an additional gift, and suddenly finds that he can walk. He leaves with the kings to pay homage to the child who has healed him. Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, DMA, directs the production.
Christmas at the Alys, an annual choral celebration which began in 2001, has welcomed thousands of young choral singers from schools throughout the Birmingham community to perform together with UAB Choirs. This year, the event is set for Monday, Dec. 5, and will feature traditional holiday favorites and standard choral classics.
UAB Department of Music’s fall performance season:
UAB Choirs in concert, 7 p.m., in Southside Baptist Church, 11th Avenue South at 19th Street. Conducted by Brian Kittredge. A donation of $5 is suggested. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.
Sunday, Oct. 23
UAB Piano Series presents Eric Zuber, 4 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall. Hailed as an “irresistibly fluid” and “illuminating” pianist by The New York Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer, Zuber is established as one of the leaders of a new generation of American pianism. On the program are works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff. Read more at www.ericzuberpiano.com. Tickets are $15; $5 for students through grade 12 and UAB employees; free to UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.
UAB Brass Chamber Ensembles in concert, 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Featuring Blazer Trumpets, Trombone Choir, Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and other brass student ensembles. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visitwww.uab.edu/cas/music.
UAB Gospel Choir presents “The Classics” at 21st anniversary concert, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall. Directed by Kevin Turner. Tickets are $7 general admission; $6 for UAB students, faculty and staff; and $6 each for groups of 20 or more with advance purchase. Call 205-975-2787 for ticket information. Call 205-934-7376 or visitwww.uab.edu/cas/music.
Chamber Music @ AEIVA, reception at 5 p.m., concert at 5:30 p.m., in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Continuing the Department of Music’s collaboration with AEIVA, the fourth Chamber Music @ AEIVA features a concert in the gallery in conjunction with the exhibition “Luis Cruz Azaceta: War and Other Disasters.” On the program are Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano Trio No. 2, to be performed by Yakov Kasman, piano; Pei-ju Wu, violin; and Laura Usiskin, cello; and Kurt Weill, “Walt Whitman Songs,” to be performed by Patrick Evans, baritone; and Chris Steele, piano. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.
Thursday, Nov. 17-Friday, Nov. 18
UAB Opera presents “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” 7:30 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Sirote Theatre. Written by Gian Carlo Menotti, directed by Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk. Tickets are $10, $15 and $20, with $5 tickets available for any college student with an ID or anyone under 18. Advance purchase tickets are $10 each for groups of eight or more. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.
UAB Music’s Christmas at the Alys, 7 p.m., in UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall. Featuring the best of traditional holiday favorites and standard choral classics, the event is a celebration for the entire family. Directed by Brian Kittredge. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for all students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets. Call 205-934-7376 or visitwww.uab.edu/cas/music.
The 18 large-scale photographs were made in response to two studio lighting assignments given during recent Light Capture courses taught by Professor of Photography Sonja Rieger, MFA.
“The class is what I consider the keystone to the photography program,” Rieger said. “It teaches students to really understand light. Although students work in the studio for the majority of the class, they gain an enormous appreciation of the power of natural light as well.”
Included in the display are a group of active portraits, pictures that contain a sense of dynamism and may include interpretations of motion through the use of flying and jumping or wind and water. While working on the assignment, students researched works by artists and commercial photographers like Lois Greenfield, who for decades photographed the New York experimental dance movement scene for the Village Voice.
Other works featured in Heritage Hall are taken from a portrait lighting assignment for which students use various lighting styles including broad, short, butterfly, clamshell and Rembrandt techniques.
“Through this assignment, I challenge students to make a portrait that is not just technically effective, but one that also enters into an engaging aesthetic dialogue,” Rieger said.
This has been a wonderful project because it has been a priority to infuse CAS buildings with students’ presence and artistry, says Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Robert E. Palazzo, Ph.D.
“Displaying these photographs communicates that we are a diverse and talented community, and displays the creativity of our students,” Palazzo said. “Our current and prospective students can see themselves reflected in the faces of their peers as they move through the lobby of Heritage Hall. They can see our inclusiveness, our creativity, our good will and our lighthearted sense of fun.”
Participating photographers are Erin Croxton of Montgomery; Amber Nicole Gomez of Birmingham; Ala Majed Ismail of Tulkarm, Palestine; Hua Perry of Hunan Province, China; Daniel Senko of West Palm Beach, Florida; Leita Turner of Pinson; and Laura Wilkerson (UAB class of 2015) of Montgomery.
Performance that will change your world: Talented young artists in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Theatre will create and perform in five main-stage plays, plus tour group shows around the state.
Theatre UAB's production of "Spring Awakening"This season, Theatre UAB will present productions of “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Vinegar Tom,” “The Real Inspector Hound,” the 14th annual Festival of 10-Minute Plays and “A Little Night Music.”
Theatre UAB’s 2016-2017 season of plays was selected to provide the finest performance opportunities for the students in the department, says Chair Kelly Allison, MFA.
“The enrollment in the Department of Theatre has significantly increased in the past three years and now includes the largest number of out-of-state students in the history of the department,” Allison said.
That growth necessitates greater consideration of cast size and creating performance opportunities for theater and musical theater majors.
“This is a very talented group of artists who allow us to present works to the community that are both challenging and entertaining,” Allison said.
Each show is cast almost entirely from the student body. Between 40-50 students usually perform in the shows, with a crew working in costume construction, lighting, props and more, numbering 50-60 students. That means that each show averages about 100 students participating, which is roughly the number of the department’s majors. Theatre UAB offers more than 500 opportunities each year for student writers, actors, technicians, running-crew members, stage managers, dramaturgs or directors, and more than 100 opportunities each year for students to design scenery, costumes, lighting or sound.
“A Little Night Music,” music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Valerie Accetta with musical direction by Carolyn Violi. Shows at 7:30 p.m. April 5-8 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Sirote Theatre. Winner of four Tony Awards, this entrancing musical explores the tangled web of affairs of actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her. Hilariously witty with heartbreaking moments of adoration, regret and desire, “A Little Night Music” features Sondheim’s haunting melody “Send in the Clowns.” This play has adult themes. Tickets are $15 and $20, $6 for students, and $10 for UAB employees and senior citizens. For tickets, call 205-975-2787 or go to www.AlysStephens.org. Visit Theatre UAB online at www.uab.edu/cas/theatre.
In addition to the department’s main-stage productions, 19 students participate in Theatre UAB Tour Groups. The student tour groups travel to schools, retirement homes and community centers on Fridays throughout the school year. Last season, the Theatre UAB Tour Groups performed 84 shows in 24 cities in 12 counties, and entertained more than 16,000 people.
This season’s tour shows will include Kids on The Block’s “Kids Are Different!” a puppet show about building empathy through understanding; “Jack & The Beanstalk”; Theatre UAB Cabaret presents “Girl Power!” which showcases the best of girl groups; and Theatre UAB Shakespeare Company with “Othello, The Moor of Venice (abridged).” For information and booking, call Theatre UAB Tour Groups at 205-934-3237.