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Chick Corea & Bela Fleck in Concert

Chick Corea & Bela Fleck in Concert

Friday, October 02, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck, two master songwriters, musicians, and band leaders meet in a historic duet of piano and banjo. The Grammy-winning duet combine Corea and Fleck’s classic tunes with the music from their Grammy-winning album The Enchantment! With a mix of jazz and pop standards, crossing a myriad of genres, from jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco and gospel, this will be a casual, intimate evening with two legends from different musical worlds.

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Kathleen Battle in Concert

Kathleen Battle in Concert

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center

Kathleen Deanna Battle is an American operatic light lyric soprano known for her distinctive vocal range and tone.

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Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman

Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Montgomery Performing Arts Center

Global music sensation Celtic Woman brings its 10th Anniversary World Tour across North America in 2015. The enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish, classical and contemporary favorites in the group’s unforgettable signature style. The 10th Anniversary World Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women - three angelic vocalists and dazzling Celtic violinist accompanied by a full band, bagpipers, and Irish dancers whose talent and charisma bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.

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Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 2015

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8 PM

Dothan Civic Center

Perhaps the moment when Mannheim Steamroller achieved mainstream success was when they released their first Christmas album in 1984 “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas”. The album was the band’s first to make it on the Billboard 200 album chart and it has been certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA. The songs on the album were almost all traditional Christmas songs presented in a synthpop oriented way and the album is one of the best selling Christmas albums in the US. In 1988 the group released “A Fresh Aire Christmas”, which followed the tradition of their symphonic pop presentation. This album surpassed their first Christmas album in sales and is one of the best selling Christmas albums of all time.

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Events Around Alabama

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YWCA seeking Americorps participants

YWCA AmeriCorps Program Recruiting Members BIRMINGHAM, AL., Aug. 5, 2015 --- The YWCA Central Alabama’s “Building Communities,Bettering Lives” AmeriCorps program is recruiting members for the 2015-16 program year. Men and women from Alabama and around the country are invited to apply for the one year of full-time capacity building and direct service benefitting the YWCA and its non-profit partner agencies. The program year starts on September 1, 2015 and concludes for all members on August 12, 2016. Interviews are currently underway. The 40 members will receive $1,000 a month (before taxes), health insurance, student loan forbearance, child care subsidy and an education award at the end of service in the amount of $5,730. Interested applicants should apply online at or contact Angela Moore at Positions are still available in the following areas: child development, after-school enrichment, environmental empowerment, neighborhood and academic advancement, service to those experiencing homelessness, mentoring and self-esteem initiatives, and support for victims of domestic violence.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

The Essentials, Vol. 4 Latin Jazz featuring Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band

Hosted by UAB Artist-in-Residence Eric Essix, The Essentials is the ASC's innovative series devoted to honoring the rich history of jazz. The fourth installment will explore the complex, multinational musical fusion known as Latin jazz. The evening begins with a survey of the history of Latin jazz, the music, and the artists - led by Essix and legendary percussionist Poncho Sanchez. The second set features Grammy-winner Sanchez with his fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa, and other infectious grooves colliding and churning in a fiery swirl with dazzling results. Get your tickets now for an evening of colorful, rousing entertainment and fascinating music education guaranteed to enrich and enliven the experience even more.

September 12, 2015 - 9am-12pm

Read and Romp

Come to Learning Tree Park, 4831 Court V in Ensley on Saturday, Sept. 9 for this FREE event for families with children ages 3-5. Free children's books, games and fun! See PBS Kids characters Super Why and Princess Pesto in person!

Saturday, 19 September, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Recovery with Style Fashion Show

On September 19th 2015, at 6pm Pearson Hall will present the event "Recovery with Style Fashion Show and Silent Auction. The event will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in the South Meeting room G. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults, and $10 for children. Please join us for an evening of fun, fashion and food as we celebrate National Recovery Month. All proceeds will benefit, Pearson Hall, Zukoski Center and Olivia's House. Fashions are provided by Adrienne's Essentials.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Indigo Girls at Alys Stephens

If you were in college during the 1980s, you probably saw the Indigo Girls in some small, smoke-filled basement pub and were convinced you'd stumbled into folk duet heaven.On September 23, you'll have an opportunity to take a walk down memory lane as the duo treats you to old favorites like "Closer to Fine" and "Galileo," and introduces you to new classics from their June 2015 release, One Lost Day. We hope you will join us for this memorable musical treat.

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM

ARTPLAY Parlor Series featuring young concert artist Gleb Ivanov, Pianist

The ASC is proud to treat our patrons to Gleb Ivanov, an internationally accomplished young pianist The New York Times said "is a cut above the usual, a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning. Ivanov was a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, appearing as soloist under the famous maestro with the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic. Ivanov performs a wide range of concerto repertoire, from Mozart to Rachmaninoff and has appeared with orchestras throughout Europe and the U.S. Ivanov won First Prize in the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He was recognized by the Jack Romann Special Artists Fund of YCA and made his New York debut in 2006 at Carnegie's Zankel Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center. In recognition of impressive career achievement, Ivanov was awarded the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, which brought his Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall.

October 19 - 21, 2015

GlobalFest at Alys Stephens

Visit the lobbies of UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center on October 19, 20, and 21 for FREE hour-long celebrations of art and culture! GlobalFest will feature three free lunchtime events. MON,OCT 19 » The Japanese Arts of Origami & Music: Create and learn about the delicate art of origami and listen/learn about Japanese music. TUES, OCT 20 » Hindu Temples: Discover the Secrets in Stone Journey to the temples of India and uncover the mysteries hiddenin the ancient architecture. WED, OCT 21 » Celebrate Día de los Muertos - Day of the Dead: Learn about the rich traditions and culture of this fascinating Mexican holiday.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Huntsville Walk to Defeat ALS

The Huntsville Walk to Defeat ALS is just around the corner and we need your help. ALS - the disease that stole Lou Gehrig's life - steals more than 30,000 American lives every year. Please join us on Saturday, October 31st at 10 am in the heart of Research Park at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Gather your family and friends to walk together in the fight against ALS followed by a picnic style celebration. Registration is free and easy -go to or call 800.664.1242.

Monday, November 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Chris Thile at Alys Stephens

The ASC is thrilled to welcome back American virtuoso mandolinist Chris Thile for a solo evening of flawless musicianship and mind-blowing exploration - from bluegrass to Bach and back again. Tickets for this special evening will go almost as quickly as Thile's fingers on his mandolin strings. Don't wait!

Thursday 12 November - Sunday 15 November 2015

Fairhope Film Festival

Mark your calendars for November 12th-15th, and get ready for four days of brilliant, entertaining and award-winning films screened throughout our beautiful little town on the Bay. Our selection committee has been hard at work throughout this past year, attending some of the world’s best film festivals and reviewing hours of innovative and creative films as part of our mission to deliver the Best of the Best in filmmaking. The four festival venues, within walking distance of each other, will be located in the famous, flower-filled downtown area—considered Carmel by the Bay–convenient to restaurants, hotels, locally owned shops and the town bluffs, which boast sweeping views of the 413 square mile Mobile Bay. The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly–will be selected for appreciative audiences. Although the festival will pull out all the stops, Southern-style, to host opening and closing events and parties, the emphasis will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings both in person and via live electronic transmission. The people of the Gulf Coast have always loved a good story. Meet us on our front porch this fall to catch a bay breeze and 70 select tales you won’t forget.

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM

George Benson at Alys Stephens

It's been four decades since the legendary George Benson has graced a Birmingham stage, just one of the many reasons his ASC performance is a must-see. "On Broadway," "Give Me the Night," and "This Masquerade" are also three very good reasons you should get your tickets now. George Benson's inaugural ASC show is sure to be a full house so get your tickets now!

Sat. Dec. 5, 2015 at 3:00 and 5:00 PM; Sun. Dec. 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Yuletide in Dogtown

The dogs are back in town for this ArtPlay/ASC favorite holiday production! Join Spike, Fifi, Scotty, and Beauregard on this interactive musical adventure created by local playwright - and the ASC's very own - Jerry Sims, as his Dogtown pups learn the true meaning of the holidays. Yuletide in Dogtown is a great performance for everyone- especially kids. After the show, be sure to stick around. There will be an opportunity for your family to shake hands . well, uh . paws with these pups immediately following the show! What a "pawfect" treat for the holidays!

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Holiday Soul: Eric Essix and 5 Men on a Stool

If you're looking to get in the groove of the holidays, you shouldn't miss "Holiday Soul" at the ASC. Back by popular demand, this harmonious holiday celebration features UAB Artist-in-Residence Eric Essix along with Atlanta supergroup 5 Men on a Stool. Following the success of their last show, Essix will once again perform his hand-picked collection of soulful "songs of the season" with bandmates Hank Stewart, Antonio Allen, Melvin Miller, and Leonard Julien III. These fine gentlemen will also treat patrons to a handful of favorites from the group's time-tested, listener-approved set list. No strangers to the UAB's Alys Stephens Center and Birmingham, 5 Men on a Stool also shared the stage with Eric in 2013 as part of his "Evolution" concert. Together they have played venues throughout the U.S., performing their own unique blend of jazz, gospel, R&B, and spoken word. "Holiday Soul" is a unique musical experience guaranteed to fill the whole family with joyful, soulful holiday spirit.

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