September 14, 2018

UAB Music presents free concerts, recitals this fall

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A new season of musical performances has just been announced at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The performances are presented by the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Music and feature students, faculty and guest artists.

Most performances take place in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall and Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Nearly all the performances are free, and those that are ticketed help support the department.

Student ensembles in the department feature more than 100 music majors and approximately 150 more students from many other majors, representing all undergraduate colleges and schools at UAB, says Chair Patrick Evans, D.M. Ensembles include the Concert Choir, Jazz Combo, Marching Blazers, Gospel Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Computer Music Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Brass Chamber ensembles, Faculty Brass Quintet and more.

For more information, visit the UAB Department of Music online at www.uab.edu/cas/music.

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Saturday, Sept. 15

UAB All-Star Band Day, Legion Field. An estimated 200 outstanding high school band students will perform with the UAB Marching Blazers at the UAB Football game. The event is open to all high school marching band members, including woodwinds, brass, percussion, color guard, majorettes, and dancers or drill team members. 

Wednesday, Sept. 19

UAB Student Recital featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Free. Call 205-934-7376 or visit www.uab.edu/cas/music.

Wednesday, Sept. 19

UAB Music faculty recital “A Trumpet Recital in Three Acts,” featuring James Zingara, trumpet and Chris Steele, piano, 7 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital, 950 13th St. South. Act One will feature traditional solo trumpet works by Arthur Honegger, Robert Starer and Pietro Baldassare. Act Two will highlight new works for trumpet including an unaccompanied piece by Paul Osterfield, and the world premiere of “Blue Butterfly” for flugelhorn and mixed media by UAB music instructor Craig Brandwein. The final act will feature performances by the UAB Chamber Trio (the world premiere of Andrew Wilson’s “Jennycliff Bay”) and by the UAB Brass Quintet (Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story Suite”). Free.

Wednesday, Sept. 26

choir 2018UAB Music faculty potpourri recital, 12:20 p.m., in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. A variety of performances from members of the UAB Department of Music faculty. Free.

Thursday, Oct. 4

UAB Faculty Brass Quintet First Thursday concert, noon, UAB Hospital Atrium. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 7

UAB Voice Studio recital, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free.

Thursday, Oct. 11

UAB Music Jazz Faculty Quintet Second Thursday concert, noon, UAB Hospital Atrium. Free.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

UAB Wind Symphony/Symphony Band concert, "Dances We Dance," 7 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Directed by Cara Morantz and Sean Murray. Free.

Friday, Oct. 19         

UAB Fall Choral Collage, 7 p.m., Southside Baptist Church. The UAB Fall Choral Collage will feature UAB's Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Gospel Choir performing a variety of repertoire, largely from the contemporary choral tradition. Highlights include two world-premiere performances: a setting of the “Ave Maria” text by Richard Burchard and an arrangement of the traditional African-American spiritual “Bound For Canaan Lan’” by Stacey V. Gibbs. Other works by notable composers such as Casals, Gjeilo, Ešenvalds, Arnesen and more will also be included. The concert is free and open to the public.

sofya webSofya Gulyak opens the 2018-2019 UAB Piano Series.Sunday, Oct. 21

UAB Piano Series concert featuring Sofya Gulyak, 4 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Russian pianist Gulyak was awarded the first prize and the Princess Mary Gold Medal in 2009 at the 16th Leeds International Piano Competition, the first woman in the history of the competition to achieve this distinction. Gulyak has performed with dozens of orchestras around the world. She is professor of piano at the London Royal College of Music. Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 for students through grade 12 and UAB employees, and free to UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

UAB Music Student Recital, featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free.

Canceled, to be rescheduled: Thursday, Oct. 25    

UAB Music guest artist recital: Mars Hill University faculty Jennifer Pederson, soprano, and Misti Theisen, flute, 7 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 27

UAB Music lecture/recital: “Korean Women’s Voices,” with Won Cho, bass-baritone, Kyoung Cho, soprano, and Chris Steele, piano, 4 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. UAB Voice Professor Cho will present a lecture/recital on Korean art songs by leading Korean women composers with guest artist Kyoung Cho of University of South Florida. This event, with audio/video samples and live performance, will celebrate the release of Cho’s new recording and introduce the music of Korean women composers in historical, social and cultural context. Free.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

cho webGuest artist Kyoung ChoUAB Music presents “Traveling with Friends,” 7 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Clarinetist Denise Gainey, pianist Yakov Kasman and cellist Laura Usiskin present a program of music from Argentina, Italy, Germany and the United States. On the program are works by Guastavino, Gershwin, Burgmüller and Rota. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 1

UAB Faculty Brass Quintet First Thursday concert, noon, UAB Hospital Atrium. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 1

Concert: Birmingham Art Music Alliance, 7 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. The UAB Department of Music, in conjunction with the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, will present The Blair Collective, an ensemble of music faculty from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, including saxophonist Brian Utley, bassoonist Peter Kolkay, percussionist Ji Hye Jung and pianist Melissa Rose. The program will feature new works of music by Monroe Golden, Mark Lackey, Tom Reiner and UAB Associate Professor of Music William Price. For ticket information, call 205-934-8056.

Monday, Nov. 5

UAB Percussion Ensemble in concert, 7 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Sirote Theater, 1200 10th Ave. South. The UAB Percussion Ensemble celebrates the number six with a concert of six (mostly) sextets. The program includes “Six” by Ivan Trevino, “Escape” for six triangles, a sextet titled “the day after,” and the classic “Fanfare for Tambourines” by John Alfieri. Led by Gene Fambrough. Ironically, admission is free and not $6.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

UAB Student Recital featuring advanced students in the Department of Music, with Chris Steele, pianist, 12:20 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

trumpet playersUAB Brass Chamber Ensembles concert, 7 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 8

UAB Music Jazz Faculty Quintet Second Thursday concert, noon, UAB Hospital Atrium. Free.

Monday, Nov. 12

UAB Music Jazz Combo concert, 7 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Free.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

UAB Music Jazz Ensemble concert, with guest artists the Jacksonville University Jazz Ensemble, 7 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Sirote Theatre, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free. A tornado hit JSU’s campus March 19, causing major damage to music facilities at the university and leaving the jazz ensemble musicians without their normal performance venue. The JSU jazz ensembles are led by Andy Nevala, and UAB’s jazz ensembles are led by Steve Roberts. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 15   

Chamber Music @ AEIVA, gallery viewing at 5 p.m. and concert at 5:30 p.m., in UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. Enjoy free art, music and refreshments when the UAB Department of Music and AEIVA partner to bring a concert that connects chamber music with the visual arts. The concert features UAB faculty. Free.

Thursday, Nov. 15   

sean murray calendarUAB Computer Music Ensemble concert, 7 p.m. UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Led by Matthew Bryant. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 1       

UAB Music High School Honor Bands concert, 2 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free.

Sunday, Dec. 2          

Birmingham Youth Wind Symphony concert, 2 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Sirote Theater, 1200 10th Ave. South. Led by Cara Morantz and Sean Murray. Free.

Sunday, Dec. 2

UAB Piano Studio and Piano Ensembles Recital, 7 p.m., UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Featuring the students of Yakov Kasman and Piano Ensembles directed by Tatiana Kasman. Free.

Monday, Dec. 3        

Christmas at the Alys, 7 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Christmas at the Alys, an annual choral celebration that began in 2001, has welcomed thousands of young choral singers from schools throughout the Birmingham community to perform together with UAB choirs. Featuring traditional holiday favorites and standard choral classics. Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for all students. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets.

Tuesday, Dec. 4        

UAB Commercial Music Ensemble concert, 7 p.m. UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. Led by Craig Brandwein. Free. 

Saturday, Dec. 8

christmas alysUAB Music High School Honor Bands concert, 3 p.m., UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Free.

Thursday, Dec. 13    

UAB Music Jazz Faculty Quintet Second Thursday concert, noon, UAB Hospital Atrium. Free.