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May 14, 2009...

Justin Brown

This weekend marks the end of the 2008-09 season of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra -- and they're capping it off with a Masterworks concert featuring Beethoven's 8th and 9th symphonies. It also concludes the orchestra's three-year cycle of performing all nine Beethoven symphonies. WBHM's Michael Krall spoke with conductor Justin Brown about the upcoming concert and about the ASO's symphonic journey through these works...

Justin Brown interview...

Music Time cover You know that feeling you get when you're trying to remember the lyrics to a song ...a song you should know, but just can't quite recall? The right words make all the difference (LISTEN) The stakes were pretty low in the movie Bull Durham. But when you're singing to your kids, you might just be passing along those wrong words to future generations. (LISTEN)

Now there's something to help you out with those children's classics. Jenny Denson and her sister-in-law Robyn Dupuis have recorded a series of children's classics CDs. Denson tells WBHM's Tanya Ott how the project began.

Interview with Jenny Denson...

The first CD in the series, 55 Children's Classics, won a Parents' Choice Award. When we interviewed WBHM staffers for this story, we discovered a hidden talent. Not only does Morning Edition host Andrew Yeager know most of the words to most of the children's classics, but he's got a few "less traditional" gems ready to go as well. (LISTEN) Andrew, perhaps we'll leave the singing up to you!

Once A Pond A Time logo

Students at Shades Valley Theatre Academy in Irondale work hard-they appear in several productions throughout the year. Some of them are well-known plays. Others are new works, including Once A Pond A Time, written by director and teacher Roy Hudson, with music by David McNeeley. It's a musical fable about young people searching for love in a time of war. Even though the school year is winding down, Shades Valley is getting ready to take Once A Pond A Time on the road...to Scotland. In August, the school will represent Alabama at the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh. Today you'll hear from Roy Hudson and several of the students who bring his new play to life.

Once A Pond A Time...

Roy Hudson, Caroline Page, Reid Watson, and Katie Wesler. All are part of Shades Valley High Theatre Academy's production of Once A Pond A Time. There's benefit performance next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Samford Theatre.

Birmingham Park Players

If you're a theatre company that performs Shakespeare in the park, this Spring has got to make you nervous. It's been raining almost daily and the forecast doesn't look much better this weekend. That's why Birmingham's Park Players are holding their breath. Their "Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" opens this weekend at Homewood Park. One thing they've got going for them? The show is broken up into snippets of scenes, so they could take a "rain break" if necessary.

"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" was London's longest-running comedy. It's a high-speed, roller coaster romp through all of the bard's plays...and it's NOT recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems or a tendency for motion sickness.

Shakespeare at 100 mph...

Actors Clay Boyce, Stephen French and D. Connor McVey. Weather permitting, Park Players production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) runs through next Saturday at Homewood Park.

Earlier in the show we talked about remembering kids songs. Now, here's another test of your musical memory. Remember this song from the fall of 2001? How about this one? Not ringing any bells, huh?

This is 3rd Faze. That's f-a-z-e. They were a girl group created by none other than former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy. They were used to promote a health and wellness road show for teenagers produced by HealthSouth. But Scrushy had bigger plans for the group. He wanted to turn 3rd Faze into the next big thing. They recorded an album and opened for Britney Spears on her 2002 tour.

But the limelight proved fleeting for the three young women of 3rd Faze. The group disbanded after federal agents raided HealthSouth's headquarters in 2003. 3rd Faze was back in the news this week, during Richard Scrushy's civil trial. Attorneys representing HealthSouth shareholders say Scrushy lavished 3rd Faze with company funds-including 40-thousand dollars for breast augmentation surgery.

Copies of 3rd Faze's one and only album can be found on the internet. The asking price? Around 60 cents.

Tapestry is produced by Bradley George and Michael Krall, with help this week from Tanya Ott. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.

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