From September 15, 2005...
I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry, the local arts community responds to Hurricane Katrina. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra opens its new season with a world premiere. And the jazz-gospel sounds of "Overfloe". After this round-up of arts news.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, there's been an urgent call for assistance for those displaced by flooding and destruction. The local arts community has responded in force, holding benefit performances and, in some cases, "adopting" Louisiana and Mississippi-based artists affected by the storm. Frank Thompson reports.
There's no doubt that hurricane relief has been on the minds of many in the wake of the disaster. And what better way to help the Katrina victims AND stifle those hunger pangs than checking out the Holy-Trinity, Holy-Cross Greek Orthodox Church for some - OPA! - Greek food. This year's 33rd annual Greek Food Festival features dancing, homemade jewelry, all sorts of Greek kitsch and, oh yeah, lots and lots of authentic Greek food. WBHM's resident Greek, Steve Chiotakis recorded some of the preparations... and has this audio postcard.
The sounds of preparations for this year's Greek Food Festival, as recorded and produced by WBHM's Steve Chiotakis -- or in Greek, (so-TEE'-rees) (hyo-TAH'-kees). The festival is underway right now and runs through Saturday night at downtown's Greek Orthodox Church: 307 19th Street South. For more information, check out the Tapestry section at WBHM-dot-ORG.
The Alabama Symphony Orchestra opens the 2005-2006 season this weekend with a concert featuring guest conductor David Alan Miller. The program includes works from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff which are probably familiar to most concertgoers. But the ASO will also play a world premier by composer Michael Torke - the Suite from The Italian Straw Hat. Torke, who will be in the audience, spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall. He talked about what it means for a city and an orchestra to stage a world premier...
What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.
Four years ago, when a local musician was having a tough time of it, her friends and family banded together to lend a hand. They were all musicians in their own right and pieced together a Gospel-Jazz band that has endured. Not just endured, prospered! In July the group, called OverFloe , was featured on Bobby Jones' Gospel Artist Spotlight on satellite radio's "The Word Network". OverFloe has recently released its debut CD. The title track is "O Positive". De'Lon Charley and Steve Myers are with the band. (AUDIO MONTAGE) Gospel-Jazz band OverFloe plays the Barber Motor Sports Museum September 22nd. You can find more information about OverFloe and downloads from their new CD "O Positive" on our website, wbhm.org.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell is the point main for featured musicians and Francesca Rosko compiles our community calendar. Additional reporting this week from Frank Thompson and Steve Chiotakis, and production assistance from our new interns: Jenny Rozen, Jonathan Glass and Tommy James. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!
Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.