March 1, 2010

Smokey Robinson.

Thursday, April 15

Parisii Quartet, 7 p.m. in UAB's Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $35; $20 for students. Call 205-975-2787 or go to Formed in 1984 by four prize-winning graduates of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, the Parisii won early acclaim with its triumphs at major competitions, including Banff (1986) and Munich (1987). Noted for its performances of distinctive repertoire of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, the quartet has distinguished itself with award-winning recordings of intriguing works by such French composers as Menu, Pierné and Tailleferre. Of recent note are recordings of the 16 string quartets of Darius Milhaud, which won the Grand Prix Charles Cros. On the program for their Alys Stephens Center show: "Quartet No. 4, Op. 46" by Darius Milhaud, "Quartet in G minor, Op. 10" by Claude Debussy and "Quartet in D Major" by César Franck. Part of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society Series and sponsored by the Birmingham Chamber Music Society, Jeanne Hutchison, Burr & Forman, Ben and Jessica Johnson, Alabama State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Birmingham News, WBHM and Viva Health.

Saturday, April 17

ASC Kids' Club Presents "The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll" with Ron Bourdages, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in UAB's Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $8. Call 205-975-2787 or go to Come dressed as a favorite rock 'n' roll performer for a costume contest after each show. Join ASC Kids' Club artist Ron Bourdages as he guides kids and adults on a musical journey through time to discover the sounds that inspired musicians to create the sound known as rock 'n' roll. This fun and educational performance is sure to have everyone singing along. Sponsored by Jane Stephens Comer, The Birmingham News and Viva Health.

Saturday, April 24

Smokey Robinson, UAB's Alys Stephens Center's Viva Health Starlight Gala, 7 p.m. at the center, 1200 10th Ave. South. Call 205-975-2787 or go to Legendary "King of Motown" Smokey Robinson will be the spotlight performer this year at UAB's Alys Stephens Center Viva Health Starlight Gala. The Viva Health Starlight Gala is Birmingham's premier black-tie event and the most elegant celebration benefiting the arts. The evening combines a live performance by one of the world's most talented artists with festivities that include a pre-performance reception, music and entertainment, and a post-performance dinner for patrons. Two ticket packages are available for this black-tie evening. Sponsored by Viva Health, The Birmingham News and WBHM.

About UAB's Alys Stephens Center

UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is one of the Southeast's premier performing arts centers, hosting the best in international, national and local performance. Home to the UAB departments of Theatre and Music and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the ASC also presents its own season, bringing the world's best music, dance, theater, comedy and family entertainment to Alabama.