New Work by William Price Selected for NYC Festival

william_price_sThe New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival wants “WOOSH.” The new work by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Assistant Professor of Music William Price, D.M.A., has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 festival.

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival is set for April 2-6, at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, New York University (NYU) in Manhattan and at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the best electroacoustic music and video art from around the world.

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Marching Blazers Win International Band Competition In Ireland

uab_band_s_irelandThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Marching Blazers Band won the International Band Competition held in Limerick, Ireland, Monday, March 18, 2013.

The Marching Blazers were invited to Ireland by the mayor of Dublin to perform in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday. The group of 120 band members left Dublin early Monday for the two-hour drive to Limerick, where they competed against 17 other international bands, including bands from Germany, Canada, Italy and the United States. After a cold, rainy and sleeting Sunday in Dublin, the band members shed their rain ponchos and showed off their green and gold uniforms on a sunny Monday in Limerick, said Director Sue Samuels, Ph.D.

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Marching Blazers Traveling to Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day parade

marching_bandThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Marching Blazers will pack their green and gold for a trip to the Emerald Isle March 14-21.

The mayor of Dublin, Ireland, Andrew Montague, last year invited the Marching Blazers to perform for the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day parade. After raising more than $100,000, 120 members of the 200-member band are going. They will march and perform in the two-hour parade on March 17 in front of an estimated 500,000 people. At least 17 bands from across the U.S., Canada, Germany, Italy and Ireland will march in the parade.

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UAB Singers Represent at the Alabama National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)

vocalnats2013UAB singers represented very well recently at the Alabama National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions in Tuscaloosa. Over 360 students competed in the annual state competition. Pictured here (from left): Dominique Hector placed third in sophomore college men musical theatre; Mary Katherine Whatley placed third in junior college women classical division and was a semi-finalist in junior college women musical theatre; Jake Preston Hemminger placed second junior college men classical division and first in junior college men musical theatre; Nole Jones placed second in both freshman college men and freshman college men musical theatre; Shane Bloemetjie placed second in senior college men classical division.

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Kasman to perform at Canadian festival and UAB faculty recital

yakovkasmannobordernewUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Professor of Piano Yakov Kasman will perform with theKitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada, Feb. 22-23, 2013. Kasman will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for the symphony’s Tchaikovsky Festival.

“While everybody knows his most popular Concerto No. 1, his second concerto is less known, but the music is just as fantastic,” Kasman said. “Orchestras usually ask me to play the first concerto, so this is a wonderful opportunity for me to perform that great piece.”

The UAB Department of Music will present Kasman in a UAB faculty solo recital, with the participation of his daughter Aleksandra Kasman as guest pianist, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall of UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. He will perform works by Brahms and Rachmaninoff. The recital is free and open to the public. Call 205-934-7376.