January 31, 2008...
In 1498, Holy Roman Emperor Archduke Maximillian I of Austria decreed that there should be an ensemble of young boys to sing at solemn mass. That first group of 12 boys evolved into the Vienna Boys Choir and they've been a fixture of Austrian culture ever since. Today, the 100 plus members of the Vienna Boys Choir are divided into four groups that tour about 10 weeks each year. They'll perform a program of mostly folk songs Sunday afternoon at Birmingham's Alys Stephens Center. Before the concert, the Birmingham Boys Choir will warm up the audience with a performance in the lobby. I asked Ken Berg, Choirmaster of the Birmingham Boys Choir, why the blended voices of young boys is so appealing.
This weekend conductor Justin Brown pulls double duty with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. In the first half of the program Brown is the soloist and conductor in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5. In the second half, Brown conducts the ASO in Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Even though the program contains two staples of the classical music repertoire, the concert opens with "Soundings" by Elliott Carter. Justin Brown spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall...
What would you do if, in a span of a couple hours, your entire world came crashing down around you? You found out family secrets that should have remained secret and your lazy, small-town night suddenly turns deadly? That's the premise of "Hiding Behind Comets" - the latest production at Birmingham Festival Theatre. WBHM's Tanya Ott spoke with director Stephen French.
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You may have not heard of the Anniston band Motel Matches, but singer and guitarist Ryan Hughes believes you soon will. They refer to their sound as up-tempo rock with a mixture of punk and other influences. The band recorded its first full length CD "So Long, Longevity" in 2006 and have been busy playing live shows, frequently in Birmingham. This is their song "Whatever It Takes". (AUDIO MONTAGE)
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help this week from Islara Vazquez and Coleman Lipsey. Next week on the program, the challenges of being a young performer. I'm Greg Bass and we'll see you next week.