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UAB Pianist Yakov Kasman Lights the Hall with Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue"

yakov090812The Maestro’s Ball, the gala fundraiser that opens Alabama Symphony seasons, is mostly about style.

Patrons decked out in formal wear, a gourmet dinner, and a flow of monetary contributions annually help to sustain an orchestra that is thriving musically on a relatively meager budget. This year’s affair, hosted by Kelly and Lee Styslinger, brought in $686,985.


UAB's Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk Appointed Governor of Alabama Chapter of NATS

Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, Director of UAB Opera, has been appointed the Governor for the Alabama chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her duties will include coordinating the Artist Award competition for the chapter, serving as co-chair of the state membership of NATS, and serving on the board of Southeastern Regional NATS.


UAB Trumpet Ensemble Performs at International Trumpet Guild

trumpets_storyThe UAB Trumpet Ensemble performed the past Spring at the prestigious International Trumpet Guild Conference, which was held May 23-26, 2012 at Columbus State University. The ensemble is directed by UAB Department of Music faculty James Zingara, D.M.A., and Steve Roberts, D.M.A.


UAB Music Department Alum Lonnie Parsons Receives Rave Reviews as the "Pianoman"

Lonnie_Parsons_Pianoman_SmallBy Alec Harvey -- The Birmingham News 

["Pianomen," at the Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham through April 29; 251-1206; Review gets four out of five stars.]

“Pianomen” really isn’t a play. It’s not theater.

It’s more like a chance for a guy to sit down at the piano, tell us a few stories about his life and, mainly, sing the songs of Billy Joel, Elton John, Barry Manilow and others while three of his friends sing back-up.

Thank goodness that guy is Lonnie Parsons, one of the most talented guys around when it comes to playing the piano and singing. And it doesn’t hurt that his talented trio of friends is made up of Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, Jan D. Hunter and Amy Johnson.


UAB Jazz Ensemble and Music Tech Major Micah Braxton Winners at Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Festival

Micah_Steve_TrophiesCongratulation are in order as The UAB Jazz Ensemble takes the first place award (Band of Distinction) at the 2012 Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student Jazz Band Festival. The annual competition is held in Birmingham, AL at the historic Carver District, which serves as home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. The UAB jazz program is headed by Dr. Steve Roberts. UAB music technology major Micah Braxton  won the Outstanding Soloist award for his performance on drums with the UAB Jazz Combo and the UAB Jazz Ensemble. Held annually, the competition included college jazz programs from throughout the state of Alabama and Mississippi.