UAB Music to present “Musical Extravaganza” concert March 16
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Music will present “Around the World in 80 Minutes: A Musical Extravaganza,” featuring UAB bands, choirs, ensembles and soloists, at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Hosted by Fox 6 WBRC news anchors Sarah Verser and Mickey Ferguson, performers will include many of UAB’s award-winning faculty and student ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Computer Music Ensemble, Opera Workshop, recording artist and jazz guitarist Eric Essix, international operatic bass-baritone Won Cho, and sensational faculty-student piano duo Yakov and Aleksandra ‘Sasha’ Kasman.
The concert will take place in the Jemison Concert Hall of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Funds raised will support UAB Department of Music student scholarships and ensembles. Tickets are $48, $36 and $24. Student tickets are $10. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org for tickets. For group ticket purchases, call 205-934-7376.
UAB Concert Choir releases new CD, “Unceasing Love”The University of Alabama at Birmingham Concert Choir recently released a new CD on Jan. 28, to help fund the choir’s trip to the eighth World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, in July.
The CD, “Unceasing Love,” is be available for $10 at digital outlets including iTunes and Amazon. The UAB Departmnent of Music has copies of the CD for sale in person and via the department’s online store for that same price. Included on the CD are highlights from live performances on the choir’s past two regional tours, which included trips to Knoxville, Tenn., Philadelphia, Pa., Virginia Beach, Va., and Greenville, S.C. The repertoire includes a variety of styles with pieces by Lotti, Mendelssohn, Rheinberger, and American composers Paulus, Gjeilo, Whitacre, Ticheli, Dawson, Hogan and more.
UAB Music Profiles Alum Matthew McKinney - '05Matthew McKinney is a 2005 graduate of the UAB Music Technology program. In 2008 he received a Master’s degree in Music Technology from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. He recently obtained an additional Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Montevallo. Matthew presently serves as an instructor in the computer lab at Jemison Elementary School, Adjunct Instructor of Music Technology at the University of Montevallo, and Director of the University of Montevallo Community School of Music.
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