Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM

From January 13, 2005...

I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry... WBHM's new weekly arts and culture show, where we shine the spotlight on Alabama's artists, actors, musicians and other creative folks. On today's program a preview of this weekend's Martin Luther King concert collaboration. The music ranges from Wagner to African spirituals. And, what does too much training do to young voices? But first, the Producer's Note from our producer, Tanya Ott.

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This Sunday, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and The Alys Stephens Center team up for a musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior. Called "Reflect and Rejoice", the concert features the ASO with guest conductor Leslie Dunner who's currently the principal conductor of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. WBHM's Mike Morgan sat down with Dunner to talk about the music and the celebration of Dr. King's life.

Leslie Dunner interview

Mike Morgan, talking with ASO guest conductor Leslie Dunner. This weekend's concert also features 22-year-old cello prodigy Patrice Jackson and the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir, which was formed to provide music during Birmingham's Annual Martin Luther King Unity Breakfast. The choir has more than 100 members, ranging in age from 20 to 70-plus. If you're musically bent, the choir is an open membership choir, there's no audition, all the directors request is that you can carry a tune!



Speaking of carrying a tune -- You're right! Those voices you're hearing are NOT the Unity Choir. It's the Birmingham Children's Choir. Comprised of 2nd through 8th graders, the group has been performing in Birmingham for several years and recently took the show on the road with a week of concerts in Hawaii. A tour of Ireland is planned for next year. Julie Skasdem founded the choir seven years ago. She talks with WBHM's Tanya Ott.

Julie Skasdem interview

Julie Skasdem of the Birmingham Children's Choir, talking with Tanya Ott. The choir is auditioning new members each Tuesday night this month. For more information on the choir, the auditions and to listen to more of their music, visit us online at w-b-h-m-dot-org.



Southern culture is made up of a hodge podge of histories and heritages. Nowhere is this more evident than in Louisiana, where the French and Spanish colonial empires collided. Caught up in that clash of titans were Native Americans and African slaves. An Alabama woman, nationally known for her work in the field of genealogy, has written a novel that revolves around that culture clash.

Isle of Canes is the story of the Metoyer family of Cane River. It unfolds over several generations, beginning with a slave woman's determination that she, and her offspring, be more than just chattel. WBHM's Rosemary Pennington spoke with author Elizabeth Shown Mills.

Elizabeth Shown Mills interview

Author Elizabeth Shown Mills, talking with Rosemary Pennington about her book Isle of Canes.



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Each week we close our show with a local musician. This week it's Birmingham favorite Dan Sartain. It's been said Sartain "sings like some bastard son of Johnny Cash, who grew up in a Nintendo age? like some slacker Leonard Cohen come to disrupt your modern haze with some raw, stripped down rock." This is Sartain?s "Flight of the Finch" off the new compilation CD "Low Dose Exposure", which features 34 Birmingham-area bands. Low Dose Exposure is released by Skybucket Records. You can download this song and learn more about all the musicians you hear on Tapestry on our website. W-B-H-M-dot-ORG. Click on the Tapestry tab. Thanks for joining us! I?m Greg Bass.