A diverse new season filled with some of the most moving and talented artists and performances the world has to offer is set to kick off in September, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Explore the new season online and purchase tickets at AlysStephens.org, or call the center’s Box Office at 205-975-2787. When you become an ASC season subscriber, choose three or more shows to create your own package and save 15 percent on the total price; UAB students, faculty and staff can save 25 percent. UAB student tickets are $10 for most shows. UAB staff and faculty can get discounted tickets and ticket packages.
Click on the artists below for full performance details. Additional educational and free events with the artists may be announced.
The Alys Stephens Center’s 2017-2018 season of performances includes:
Friday, Sept. 15
Sheila E, world-class drummer and percussionist, 8 p.m. Tickets are $59, $49 and $39.
Friday, Sept. 22
Ballet Hispánico, with an all-Latina choreographed engagement, 8 p.m. Tickets are $45, $35 and $25.
Thursday, Sept. 28
Jazz pianist prodigy Joey Alexander and his trio in “The Essentials Vol. 6: The Future of Jazz,” hosted by Eric Essix, 7 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Thursday, Oct. 12
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Grammy-winning salsa and Latin jazz band, a ¡Celebración! free outdoor event, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 13
Robert Cray, Blues Hall of Fame singer/guitarist/songwriter, 8 p.m. Tickets are $59, $49 and $39.
Thursday, Oct. 19
The Triplets of Belleville, a live cinema-concert recreation of the classic animated French film, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Sunday, Oct. 29
David Holt, Grammy-winning Southern folk musician/storyteller, 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 students/children.
Friday, Nov. 3
An Evening with Bruce Hornsby, solo, 8 p.m. Tickets are $68, $58 and $48.
Sunday, Nov. 5
Emmylou Harris, 7 p.m., with pre-show dinner, special Alys Stephens Center member pricing. Meet-and-greet package or VIP package available. Call 205-975-2787 for package purchases. Performance tickets are $76, $66 and $56.
Friday, Nov. 10
Dionne Warwick, 8 p.m. Tickets are $76, $66 and $56.
Sunday, Nov. 12
Modigliani Quartet, part of the Salon Series, performing Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Dvořák, 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 with on-stage seating and VIP reception; $35 choral balcony seating.
Friday, Nov. 17
Illusionist Kevin Spencer, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 students/children. A sensory-friendly performance is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 18.
Sunday, Dec. 10
Holiday Soul with Eric Essix and friends, 7 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Ballet Memphis, Alabama Dance Festival, presenting “I Am” with four commissioned pieces, 8 p.m. Tickets are $45, $35 and $25.
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
“Sing to Freedom: Music and Stories of the Underground Railroad” featuring Reggie Harris, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 students/children.
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
David Finckel, cello, and Wu Han, piano, part of the Salon Series, performing “The Passionate Cello,” a program of works by Beethoven, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Grieg, 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 with on-stage seating and VIP reception; $35 choral balcony seating.
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, due to the size of this production, this Center performance will be at the BJCC Concert Hall, 7 p.m. Tickets are $76, $56, $36 and $28.
Friday, Feb. 16-Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Kid Koala’s “Nufonia Must Fall – Live!” based on the graphic novel. A live animation film with live music, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Michael McDonald, 7 p.m. Tickets are $85, $72 and $59.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Third Coast Percussion, with drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco and UAB Percussion, in residence, featuring the world premiere of an Alys Stephens Center commissioned piece, 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Marc Broussard St. Patrick’s Day Show, 8 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter and activist, 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. (A free lecture will be presented by UAB’s Institute for Human Rights at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22).
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Jerusalem Quartet, part of the Salon Series, performing a program of Mozart, Janacek and Beethoven, 5 p.m. Tickets are $55 with on-stage seating and VIP reception; $35 choral balcony seating.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Victor Wooten Trio, featuring legendary bass player Wooten, Dennis Chambers, drums, and Bob Franceschini, saxophone, 7 p.m. Tickets are $40.
April 19-21, 2018
Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE in residence, with performances 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $45, $35 and $25; all tickets $25 on opening night.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Brooklyn Bhangra band Red Baraat, free IndiaFest outdoor concert, 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, star of the Alys Stephens Center’s Viva Health Starlight Gala. Alys Stephens Center member tickets to Ma’s concert are $150. General public tickets are $175 now; tickets will increase to $200 from Oct. 1, and to $250 from Jan. 1. All tickets to the 2018 Viva Health Starlight Gala starring Yo-Yo Ma include an elegant pre-performance cocktail reception and seating for the performance.
Friday, May 11, 2018
Funk, soul and jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker, 8 p.m. Tickets are $40.
Saturday, May 12-Sunday, May 13, 2018
“Down the Yellow Brick Road,” a family-fun adaptation of the timeless classic, performances at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 12 and at 3 p.m. May 13. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 students/children.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
LOCAL 2018, outdoor festival celebrating all things Alabama, 5 p.m. Free.
Friday, June 22-Saturday, June 23, 2018
SESSIONS Singer/Songwriter series, a showcase of local singer-songwriters, 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.
UAB faculty may purchase $25 tickets; but a limited number of $25 tickets are available for most performances.