Alabama Symphony Orchestra 2014-2015 Season Guide


Coming up: We have something for all musical tastes.


Concert names, repertoire, and artists below subject to change.
Rachmaninoff  Symphony No. 2 Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Symphony in the Summer

Coffee Concert
Rachmaninoff
Symphony No. 2

Friday, May 29, 2015 | 11 a.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Michael Morgan, conductor



RACHMANINOFF
:
Symphony No. 2


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Rachmaninoff
Symphony No. 2

Friday, May 29, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Michael Morgan, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

PROKOFIEV:
Piano Concerto No. 3
RACHMANINOFF:
Symphony No. 2


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Special Event
Symphony in the Summer
Birmingham Railroad Park
Friday, June 5, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 | 6 p.m.


Kick off the summer in musical style with three days of FREE concerts. Be serenaded under the stars with the beautiful music of your Alabama Symphony Orchestra.


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Symphonie Fantastique Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 Rune Bergmann

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Symphonie Fantastique
Friday, September 12, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 | 8 p.m.

Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Carlos Izcaray, conductor

DUKAS: The Sorcerer's Apprentice
MACMILLAN: Confession of Isobel Gowdie
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique


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Coffee Concert
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Friday, September 19, 2014 | 11 a.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Rune Bermann, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

ZIVKOVIC: Serenade for Strings
RACHMANINOFF:
Piano Concerto No. 2


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Tchaikovsky &
Rachmaninoff

Friday, September 19, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 8 p.m.

Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Rune Bergmann, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

ZIVKOVIC: Psalm XIII (World Premiere)
RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 2, Little Russia


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The Hit Men

Symphony 30

Cirque de la Symphony

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The Hit Men
Friday, September 26, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Samford University's Wright Center

Former members of hit acts including Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Critters, Jim Croce, Carly Simon and more, playing music which has transcended generations.


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Special Concert
Symphony 30 Concert + Picnic
Sunday, September 28, 2014 | 5 p.m.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Bring your family, picnic blankets, and lawn chairs to our annual picnic with the proceeds benefiting the ASO's family and education programs. Dinner will be provided in the price of the ticket as well as a symphony concert including family favorites.






Special Concert
Cirque de la Symphonie
Sunday, October 5, 2014 | 3 p.m.
Samford University Wright Center

 

An exciting new production designed to bring the magic of cirque to musical halls. An elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque performances witnessed anywhere, showcasing many of the best artists in the world, with the skilled musicians of the ASO.


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Dvorak Symphony No. 8

Russian Passion: An Evening of Tchaikovsky Act of Congress

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Dvorak Symphony No. 8

Friday, October 10, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

MENDELSSOHN: Hebrides Overture
WALTON: Violin Concerto
DVORAK: Symphony No. 8


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Russian Passion: An Evening of Tchaikovsky
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Samford University's Brock Hall

TCHAIKOVSKY
Melodie for violin and piano
Nocturne for cello and piano
Piano Trio in A minor op. 50

Sponsored by
Joe & Lavonne Sanders


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Act of Congress
Friday, October 17, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Alabama Theatre

With a timeless blend of tight harmonies, vintage instrumentation, and deep musical roots, Act of Congress, consistently voted as one of the "must see live acts of Alabama," returns to play once more with the ASO.


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American Voices: ASO Chorus Fall Concert Brown Conducts Beethoven Brown Conducts Beethoven Eroica

Special Concert
American Voices:
ASO Chorus Fall Concert

Friday, October 24, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Samford University Reid Chapel

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus presents it's third annual evening of soaring choral music in beautiful Reid Chapel.


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Coffee Concert
Justin Brown Conducts Beethoven
Friday, October 31, 2014 | 11 a.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Justin Brown, conductor


BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica


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Justin Brown Plays Mozart
Friday, October 31, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 2014 | 8 p.m.

Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Justin Brown, conductor and piano

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 24
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica


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Ann Hampton Callaway Sings Streisand Schumann Symphony No. 3 Rhenish Barber Cello Concerto

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Ann Hampton Callaway
Sings Streisand

Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Samford University's Wright Center

Platinum award-winning singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates the iconic music of one of America's most powerful and enduring musical artists, singing timeless classics from five decades of Barbra Streisand's multi-faceted career.


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Coffee Concert
Schumann Symphony No. 3 Rhenish
Friday, November 21, 2014 | 11 a.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Maximiano Valdes, conductor


GINASTERA: Pampeana No. 3
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3


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Barber Cello
Concerto

Friday, November 21, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 2014 | 8 p.m.

Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Maximiano Valdes, conductor
Jay Campbell, cello

GINASTERA: Pampeana No. 3
BARBER Cello Concerto
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 3


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ASYO Fall Concert Christmas with Michael W. Smith ASYO Galleria Holiday Show

ASYO
Fall Concert
November 22, 2014 | 3 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center


Kick off the youth orchestra with a bang in this pre-Thanksgiving feast for the ears, conducted by Dr. Blake Richardson.

MOZART: Overture to The Magic Flute
BERNSTEIN: Three Dances from On The Town
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 From the New World


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Christmas with Michael W. Smith
Friday, December 5, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Samford University's Wright Center

Platinum pop and worship artist Michael W. Smith brings his creative passion for music which comes alive like film scores, with sweeping cinematic statements, rich melodies, an emotional range, along with musical twists.



Presented by the ASO and Samford University.


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ASYO Holiday Concert
December 14, 2014 | 2 & 4 p.m.
Riverchase Galleria Mall, Hoover, Alabama

Ring in the holidays from the Galleria Mall, whether there for shopping or to catch a little musical magic of the season.


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Handel's Messiah New Year's Eve: A Viennese Celebration Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 Scottish

Classical Masters
Handel's Messiah
Saturday, December 20, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Jory Vinikour, conductor
Emily Fons, soprano
Abigail Fischer, alto
Aaron Ferguson, tenor
Mischa Bouvier, bass

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Messiah

Handel's Messiah is not eligible for subscriber exchanges. Though this concert is now part of the Classical Masters series, it is still considered a Special Event. We apologize for any confusion.


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Special Event
New Year's Eve: A Viennese Celebration
Wednesday, December 31 | 6 pm
Alabama Theatre
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Lisa Vroman, vocalist


Ring in 2015 with waltzes, operatic selections, and a glass of bubbly.


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Coffee Concert
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 Scottish
Friday, January 9, 2015 | 11 a.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

PRICE: Dances in the Canebrakes
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony
No. 3, Scottish


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Ravel Piano  Concerto in G<empty> REFLECT AND REJOICE: A Tribute to DR. Martin Luther King, JR. 20th Century Masters: Copland and Enescu

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Ravel Piano
Concerto in G

Friday, January 9, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 10, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Cédric Tiberghien, piano

PRICE: Dances in the Canebrakes
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 3, Scottish


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REFLECT AND REJOICE: A Tribute to DR. Martin Luther King, JR.
Sunday, January 18 | 3 pm
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Michael Morgan, conductor
The Aeolians Of Oakwood University



The powerful voices of the Aeolians of Oakwood University join the orchestra in our yearly concert, celebrating the legacy and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.


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20th Century Masters: Copland and Enescu
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Samford University's Brock Hall
Daniel Szasz, violin
Alina Voicu,
piano

COPLAND Nocturne for violin and piano
COPLAND
Ukelele Serenade for violin and piano
COPLAND Sonata for violin and piano (Andante semplice-Lento-Allegretto giusto)
ENESCU The Fiddler, from Impressions from Childhood for solo violin
ENESCU Ballade for violin and piano
ENESCU arr. Harmon Romanian Rhapsody #1 for violin and piano


Sponsored by
Diane and Herb Rossmeisl


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Brahms Symphony No. 4 The Music of Pink Floyd  with The Machine Triumphant Trumpet

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Bruch Violin Concerto in G minor
Friday, January 30, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 31, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Chloë Hanslip, violin

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 2
BRUCH: Violin Concerto in G minor
SCHUBERT: Unfinished Symphony (in Brian Newbould's 4-movement completion)


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The Music of Pink Floyd
with The Machine

Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Alabama Theatre

You'll wish you were here at this concert if you miss what is hailed as the most faithfully replicated sounds and experience of Pink Floyd in concert when the ASO shares the stage with The Machine.


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Coffee Concert
Triumphant Trumpet
Friday, February 13, 2015 | 11 a.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Christopher Martin
, trumpet


TAMBERG: Trumpet Concerto
HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 (movements 3 and 4 only)


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Triumphant Trumpet Contemporary Visions Music from Vivaldi's Seasons

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Triumphant Trumpet
Friday, February 13, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Carlos Izcaray, conductor
Christopher Martin
, trumpet
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

TAMBERG: Trumpet Concerto
HAYDN: Trumpet Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4


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Contemporary Visions
Tuesday, February, 17, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Samford University's Brock Hall
Daniel Szasz, violin
Craig Hultgren, cello
James Sullivan, oboe
Kathleen Costello, clarinet
Tariq Masri, bassoon
Smith Williams, piano

LANDERS Next Year's Valentine (world premiere) for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, cello and piano (2014)
ESMAIL Zinfandel for unaccompanied bassoon (2010)
LAZARESCOU Le Reve de Ballerina for violin, cello, clarinet and piano
BRANDON Sea Quartet for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano (2009)
DORMAN Tree-yO! for violin, cello and piano (1996)
PREVIN Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano (1994)


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Classical Masters
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
Saturday, February 21, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Samford University's Brock Hall
Alan Pierson, Conductor
Daniel Szasz
, Violin


VIVALDI: The Four Seasons
RUEHR : Shimmer
HAYDN: Symphony No. 44, Trauer


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Beethoven Pastoral Symphony ludwin-leone Rodgers & Hammerstein

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Beethoven Pastoral Symphony
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Jacomo Bairos, conductor
Daniel Szasz, violin

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6 Pastoral
PIAZZOLLA: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
MARQUEZ: Danzon No. 2


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The Wells Fargo Classical EDGE
San Fermin & Ellis Ludwig-Leone
Friday, March 6, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Ellis Ludwig-Leone, composer
Christopher Confessore
, conductor


IVES: The Unanswered Question
LANG: Dance (from Are You Experienced)
SAN FERMIN: Lament for V.G.
SAN FERMIN: The Cave
MUHLY: Order of Operations
LUDWIG-LEONE: ASO Commission/World Premiere

 

SAN FERMIN FULL BAND SHOW


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Rodgers & Hammerstein
Saturday, March 7, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Samford University's Wright Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Teri Dale Hanson, singer
Jeremiah James, singer

SELECTIONS FROM
Carousel
The King and I
Oklahoma
The Sound of Music
South Pacific
State Fair


From critically acclaimed shows on stage to the silver screen, come hear the songs you know and love from America's most influencial musical theatre writing team.


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Appalachian Spring ASYO Side-by-Side Wye Oak

Classical Masters
Appalachian Spring
Friday, Marh 20, 2014 | 7:30 p.m.
Samford University's Brock Recital Hall
Rune Bergmann, conductor
Warren Samples, cello


COPLAND: Appalachian Spring
BOCCHERINI: Cello Concerto in B-Flat
MOZART: Symphony No. 39


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ASYO
Side by Side
with the Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Blake Richardson, Conductor


Christopher Confessore, ASO Resident Conductor and Special Guest

Moody Hall at The University of Alabama



The Wells Fargo Classical EDGE
Wye Oak with
William Brittelle

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor


Wye Oak and Brooklyn composer William Brittelle collaborate on orchestral re-imaginings of Wye Oak songs. Members of the band will join the ASO on stage.


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Carlos Izcaray The Seven Last Words of Christ Carmina Burana

Special Concert
Season Preview
Friday, March 27, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Carlos Izcaray, conductor


MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4 in A major, op.90
HANDEL Suite No.2 in D major, HWV 349, from Water Music BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, op.62
BRAHMS Symphony No.3 in F major, op.90
DESENNE Palenkumbé
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.1 in G minor, op.13 (Winter Daydreams; Rêverie d'hiver)


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The Seven Last Words of Christ
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Reynolds-Kirschbaum Recital Hall
Alys Stephens Center


HAYDN The Seven Last Words of Christ for string quartet


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Carmina Burana
Friday, April 10, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Caitlin Lynch, soprano
Ryan Belongie
, tenor
Corey McKern
, baritone
ASO Chorus

Samford University A Cappella Choir
Samford University Chorale

UAB Concert Choir
Red Mountain Theatre Company Children's Chorus


GUETTEL: The Light in the Piazza Overture
RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome
ORFF: Carmina Burana


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bryce dessner Roberta Flack Springtime Symphony

The Wells Fargo Classical EDGE
Bryce Dessner
(from The National)

Friday, April 17, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center



Bryce Dessner, known for his work with indie group The National, curates an evening with the ASO. The diverse program will feature two of Dessner's own compositions, including St Carolyn by the Sea, a concerto for 2 guitars with Dessner as a soloist.


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Roberta Flack
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 8 p.m.
BJCC

Internationally hailed as one of the greatest songstresses of our time, GRAMMY Award winning Roberta Flack remains unparalleled in her ability to tell a story through her music. with a full symphony!


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Special Event
Springtime Symphony
Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 3 p.m.
Avondale Park


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The Music of John Williams from the Movies of Steven Spielberg Reading Session ASYO Spring Concert

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The Music of John Williams from the Movies of Steven Spielberg
Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Samford University's Wright Center
Christopher Confessore, conductor
ASO Chorus


Selections From
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Jaws
Hook
Jurassic Park
Saving Private Ryan
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
E.T.
Catch Me if You Can
1941


Experience the magic of music and cinema created by two great maestros of the movies, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, with scores from films conducted by the ASO's very own maestro, Christopher Confessore.


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Special Event
Reading Session
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | 2 p.m. - 4. p.m.
Alys Stephens Center, Jemison Concert Hall
Christopher Confessore, conductor
Hannah Lash, Host

In this special afternoon, new compositions will be read in their entirety and discussed between Chris on stage with the musicians and Hannah in the audience with the composers. After the session, the orchestra will depart and Hannah, Chris, and the composers will participate in an extended discussion/workshop. The composers are (in no particular order):
Timothy Luke Smith: 781 Beats for Orchestra
Allen Molineux: Trifles
Jonathan Hoffman: Fly by Night
Adam Scott Neal: Object

The event is free and open to the public.

ASYO
Spring Concert
Saturday, May 9, 2014 | 2 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Blake Richardson, conductor

     
Rachmaninoff  Symphony No. 2 GBMEA  

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BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 1
Friday, May 8, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 8 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center
Andreas Delfs, conductor
Jeremy Denk
, piano

BRAHMS: Tragic Overture, op. 81
BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 3
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68


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Special Event
GBMEA Festival
Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 1 - 5 p.m.
Jemison Concert Hall, Alys Stephens Center


Greater Birmingham Music Education Alliance (GBMEA), regional summer music festival including musicians from Music Opportunity Program and Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama with support from the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

 

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