BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- After Sept. 15, 1963, the four girls killed in the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church were suspended in time and memory, never to grow up.
Kevin Turner, director of the UAB Gospel Choir, wanted to give them back their voice. He wrote a song imagining the girls as grown women, singing about what they might have become.
When UAB senior music major Ralph Marion went to bed on Sunday, January 22, 2012 he never imagined having to go through a devastating tornado that literally would rip his family's home from around them. Ralph, a former UAB drum major, parents Ronald and Bethanne, and brother Ryan were able to walk out of the basement of their three-level home miraculously without a scratch. Their home, however, including the cars, furniture, and clothing, didn’t fare as well.
What do you get when you combine four Birmingham musicians with a passion for percussion? An Iron Giant. Iron Giant Percussion was formed when students Sam Herman, Brett Huffman, Seth Noble and Justin Wallace collaborated. Brett and Seth recently graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in music. Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a Concentration in Music Technology. Sam is a senior Music Technology major. The UAB Department of Music presented them in concert at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center on January 17, 2012.
They first collaborated in 2010 for Seth Noble’s Young Performing Artist Program recital at UAB. They performed together again in spring 2011 for the Sanspointe Dance Company in Birmingham. As they prepared, talk of forming their own percussion quartet became more frequent, with the ultimate goal of performing an entire concert on their own.
UAB Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence Yakov Kasman will be featured in two performances of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with French Orchestre Lamoureux and conductor Emmanuel Leducq-Barome. The first performance takes place at Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Sunday, January 29, followed by a second performance in Rungis at the Theatre de Rungis, Sunday, January 31. Yakov Kasman is a Silver Medalist of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and concertizes throughout the world with orchestras, as a recitalist, and as a collaborative pianist.
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