Ensemble concerts, solo recitals offered in 2023 by UAB Department of Music

On the schedule are pianists Clayton Stephenson and Rachel Breen, guest artists, plus a variety of faculty recitals featuring art songs, chamber works and more.
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Enjoy performances by student, faculty and guest musicians this spring presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Music.

The Department of Music, in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, presents recitals and concerts each fall and spring semesters — and many of the performances are free and open to the public.

Purchase tickets now for the UAB Piano Series performance by Clayton Stephenson at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22; pianist Rachel Breen will close the series with a performance on Sunday, March 26. Guest artist recitals will include Prema Bhat, Indian classical vocalist, on Feb. 19, and Caitlan Jones, percussion, on April 2; both of those performances are free. 

Most performances are held in the Hulsey Center for the Arts’ Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall and UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. For the latest information about performances, check the UAB Campus Calendar, contact the UAB Department of Music at 205-934-7376 or visit uab.edu/music.

Upcoming performances include:

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UAB Piano Series featuring Clayton Stephenson, piano, 4 p.m. UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Stephenson, a finalist in the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform a program of works by Scriabin, Bach, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Egon Petri, Art Tatum and George Gershwin. Tickets are $15; $5 for students through grade 12 and UAB employees; free to UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 or visit AlysStephens.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Department of Music Faculty Potpourri, 12:20 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Performances by the faculty members of the UAB Department of Music. Free admission.

Sunday, Feb. 5

UAB Department of Music Faculty Recital: Patrick Evans, baritone, and Yakov Kasman, piano, with James Zingara, trumpet, and Mary DelGobbo, cello, 5 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Featuring oratorio arias by Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn, as well as Kurt Weill’s “Four Whitman Songs” and theater songs by Bernstein and Weill. Free admission.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Department of Music Student Recital, 12:20 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. A recital by student music majors in performance. Free admission.

Sunday, Feb. 19

UAB Department of Music Faculty Recital, “Korean Tapestry: Art Songs Composed by Korean Women,” featuring Won Cho, bass, Kyoung Cho, soprano, and Eun-Hee Park, piano, 2 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Free admission.1203643360058510.iQyWV9679YBz6XqFwHWo height640 Prema Bhat

Friday, Feb. 24

UAB Department of Music Faculty Recital: Emily Jaworski Koriath, mezzo-soprano, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. A program of 21st century chamber works for mezzo-soprano, with UAB faculty and members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Free admission.

Sunday, Feb. 26

UAB Department of Music Wind Symphony and Symphony Band in concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Directed by Sean Murray and Cara Morantz and featuring a diverse program of traditional wind band masterworks and contemporary settings. Free admission.

Sunday, March 5

UAB Clarinet Symposium concert, 2 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Featuring clarinetists of all ages and abilities. Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music. Free admission.

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UAB Department of Music Faculty Recital: “Something Old and Something New,” featuring Denise Gainey, clarinet, and Yakov Kasman, piano, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Featuring solo and chamber works past and present. Free admission.

Thursday, March 9

Chamber Music @ AEIVA, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. concert, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Chamber Music @ AEIVA is a free concert series that connects music with the art on display at AEIVA to present quality chamber music in an engaging, inviting environment. Free admission.

Saturday, March 11

UAB Department of Music Jazz Summit concert, 3 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Free admission.

Thursday, March 23

UAB Department of Music Faculty Recital: “An Evening of Art Songs,” featuring compositions by Craig Brandwein, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Free admission.

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UAB Department of Music Piano Series featuring Rachel Breen, 4 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. American pianist Rachel Breen has been awarded top prizes at the Honens International Piano Competition, the Beethoven International Competition in Vienna, the Georges Cziffra International Competition and the Nuova Coppa Pianisti International Competition, among many others. She was selected as the 2021-23 National Federation of Music Clubs’ Young Artist in the United States, and received the 2021 Kurt Alten Prize at her university in Hanover, Germany. Tickets are $15; $5 for students through grade 12 and UAB employees; free to UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 or visit AlysStephens.org.

Monday, March 27

UAB Department of Music fourth annual PRISM Concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. This all-department concert features faculty and student solo and ensemble performances ranging from classical and gospel to jazz and computer music, as well as everything in between. Tickets are $25 general public; $15 for UAB employees; free to all UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 or visit AlysStephens.org.

Saturday, April 1

UAB Department of Music Guest Artist Concert, Prema Bhat, Indian classical vocalist, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Free admission.

Sunday, April 2

UAB Department of Music Guest Artist Concert: Caitlan Jones, percussion, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Free admission.

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UAB Department of Music Jazz Ensemble in concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Directed by Steven Roberts. Free admission.

Wednesday, April 5

UAB Department of Music Brass Ensembles in concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Free admission.

Thursday, April 6

UAB Department of Music student senior recital: Emily Howell, horn, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Free admission.

Monday, April 10

UAB Department of Music Percussion Ensemble in concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Directed by Gene Fambrough. Free admission.

Tuesday, April 11

UAB Department of Music Honors Recital and Awards Convocation, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Free admission.

Wednesday, April 12

UAB Department of Music Jazz Combos and Guitar Ensemble in concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Directed by Steven Roberts and Carlos Pino. Free admission.

Thursday, April 13

UAB Student Young Performing Artist Program recital, featuring Mary Elisa Wagner, piano, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Wagner is a student of Yakov Kasman. Free admission.

Friday, April 14

UAB Department of Music Steele City Band Concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Free admission.

Sunday, April 16

UAB Department of Music Piano Studio and Piano Ensemble in concert, 4 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Directed by Yakov Kasman and Tatiana Kasman. Free admission.

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UAB Department of Music Gospel Choir in concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Directed by Reginald Jackson and featuring traditional and contemporary gospel music. Tickets are $10; free for UAB students. Call 205-975-2787 or visit AlysStephens.org.

Tuesday, April 18

UAB Department of Music Wind Symphony and Symphony Band in concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. Directed by Sean Murray and Cara Morantz, and featuring a diverse program of traditional wind band masterworks and contemporary settings. Free admission.

Wednesday, April 19

UAB Department of Music Computer Music Ensemble in concert, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Directed by Matthew Scott Phillips, Ph.D. Free admission.

Thursday, April 20

UAB Student Young Performing Artist Program Recital: Elizabeth Chojnacki, piano, 7 p.m. in UAB’s Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Chojnacki is a student of Yakov Kasman. Free admission.

Friday, April 21

UAB Department of Music Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Spring Choral Concert, 7 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church. Directed by Brian Kittredge and Elizabeth Fisher, directors.

Free admission.