Thursday, April 7, 2011

Local Music Events I would Go Hear in the Next Few Days If I Weren't Exhausted from My Children and I Might Just Go Anyway

The biggest deal is going to be the Verdi Requiem being performed by a combination of the Auburn University and Tuskegee University choirs, the Arts Association of East Alabama Civic Chorale and the Auburn Community Orchestra. That's a lot of singers. Here's a good OA News article about it by Ed Enoch.

It quotes Phillip Preston, my piano teacher from when I was like 10-12. He now directs the Arts Association of East Alabama. He says, "This is by far the largest undertaking we have tried by marshaling local forces...This is on a scale that we have never attempted before.”

It will be Sunday at 3:00 at First Baptist Opelika, and it's free. Here's the AU music calendar page on the event.

Also, tonight, there's an AU student senior piano recital by Meredith Szabo who had some really nice moments when she played at the museum last week. It would be worth hearing, and is early (6:00 - event page).

And there are a ton of events--like, every single night--coming up this month on the AU music calendar as the school year comes to a close.

Jazz-wise, I'm playing tonight at 7:00 with the Auburn Knights at their performance for the Tallassee Jazz Fest. Piccolo in Auburn will have saxophonists this weekend. La-Roy Bodiford plays tomorrow night (Friday) and Kenyon Carter on Saturday. They play 8-11.

If you're up for the short drive, what could be a really special show is the Columbus State University faculty jazz quartet playing at The Loft in Columbus tomorrow (Friday) from 7-9 Eastern time. You won't see it on The Loft's online calendar due to technical problems. That's one I'd like to hear. CSU's music program is really growing. I've heard some great things from the students and faculty there.

I do have plans to be at the New-Orleans-themed Art in the Garden tomorrow night at the Jule Collins Museum of Fine Art. Snakebite Six, a traditional jazz band from Columbus will be playing and a ton of other stuff will be going on--food, garden exhibits...oh, and George Rodrigue of blue dog art fame!

You might see me out there. I'll be the tired one.

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