- SOE professors named co-directors of association
- BFA student works featured in one-week show at UAB Visual Arts Gallery
- Grant enables UAB Hospital staff to feed underprivileged moms of newborns
- Military man coming to UAB for first time, graduates Saturday
- UAB’s College of Arts and Sciences to honor distinguished alumni and friends
- ‘Tis the season of giving — UAB launches holiday blood drive
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- ASC presents Take 6, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Dec. 15
- Leeth named UAB School of Medicine assistant dean for strategic planning
- Coping with holiday grief
- New water plan saves big money
- Campus police offer holiday safety tips
- Alys Stephen Center Screens Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago
- Hospital feeds underprivileged new moms
- UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents Yo-Yo Ma Dec. 6
Birmingham’s Eric Essix debuts ‘Evolution’ to the city Sept. 19
Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (ASC) will present Birmingham’s own Eric Essix as he premieres his 20th landmark album, “Evolution,” as part of the ASC’s September 2013 commemoration of the historic Civil Rights events of 1963 in Alabama.
“Evolution” musically charts the growth and healing of his hometown after events including the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which energized the U.S. Civil Rights Movement 50 years ago and forever changed the nation. The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame member will perform with Atlanta-based 5 Men on a Stool and vocalist Tracy Hamlin. The show is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall, 1200 10th Ave. South. Tickets are $38.50; visit the ASC online at www.alysstephens.org or call 205-975-2787.
On “Evolution,” Essix’s guitar fronts contemporary jazz arrangements supported by traditional jazz instrumentation. Featured are six new, original compositions by Essix, plus hand-picked covers, including “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “This Little Light of Mine.”
“With this project, I definitely wanted to, of course, acknowledge the past, but also highlight the amazing progress we’ve made over the past 50 years,” Essix said. “Birmingham is my home. I have seen the segregation of the past and the tremendous growth of this city first-hand, and I’m proud of where we are today and of the strength and resolve of the people here.”
ArtPlay will present a Meet the Artist School Show with Essix and hundreds of area schoolchildren at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall. When Essix is not on stage, he serves as artist coordinator at the ASC, as well as an instructor of jazz studies and music technology in UAB’s Department of Music. Essix is co-founder of the annual Preserve Jazz Festival in Hoover
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist church bombing, the ASC is developing and producing community events and performances for the week of September 15, 2013, to engage the community through the healing power of the arts.