The UAB Department of Foreign Languages and the Alliance Française of Birmingham will hold a recital and a lecture in English on Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the UAB Hulsey Center for the Arts, 950 13th St. South, Room 105.
The program, titled “Couperin to Poulenc: French Keyboard Music through the Centuries,” will be performed by Jody Coombs, piano instructor at the Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts at Birmingham-Southern College. Coombs will perform pieces by various composers and explain the stylistic changes that occurred over time, and help the lay listener learn to distinguish one style from another. The program is free and open to the public.
Coombs is a native of Mobile. She began studying French when her daughter fell in love with a Parisian. Coombs received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Alabama. Today, Coombs teaches private lessons through Birmingham-Southern’s Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts, and is the organist at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church.