Birmingham Art Music Alliance
2005-2006 Concert Series

The BAMA Players | The Thelema Trio | Aural and Visual Arts in Space | Keyboard Birmingham
Bentley Pollick/Hultgren Duo Electric | BAMA Mix | Gallimaufry | Montevallo Woodwind Quintet

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance Season will kick off with a concert by THE BAMA PLAYERS, Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at 7pm at the Moonlight Music Cafe - 628 Montgomery Hwy. in Vestavia. The BAMA Players, the resident performing ensemble of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance was formed to present new music by Alabama composers, throughout the southeastern United States. The BAMA Players just successfully completed their second annual tour, extending BAMA�s reach well beyond Birmingham�s city limits, with engagements in Little Rock, Pensacola, Cullman, Talladega, Mobile, and Montgomery.  This casual three-set concert will present works by Alabama composers Lori Neprud-Ardovino, Kurt Carpenter, Michael Coleman, Dorothy Hindman, James A. Jensen, and Brian Moon. top

At 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 BAMA will host THE THELEMA TRIO in Hill Recital Hall on the campus of beautiful Birmingham-Southern College. The Thelema Trio is a young, exciting ensemble from Belgium that specializes in contemporary classical music. Exploring the very limits of the saxophone, clarinet, and piano, Thelema has a unique sound, ranging from an orchestral lushness to the energy and power of modern jazz and rock.  Founded in 2003, the ensemble has premiered works in Japan, Peru, and throughout Europe. The program on this concert will feature works composed by Monroe Golden, Jenna Lyle, William Price, and several European composers. The Trio is made up by Ward De Vleeschhouwer, piano; Peter Verdonck, saxophone, and Marco Antonio Mazzini on clarinet. For more information on the Trio visit their website. top


The Birmingham Art Music Alliance will present one of their most intriguing concerts to date, with their presentation of AURAL AND VISUAL ARTS IN SPACE, Monday, November 14, 2005 at 7:30pm in the Birmingham-Southern College Planetarium. This unique concert combining sight and sound will include two soundfile/videomontage works by Michael Angell,  Travelougue-Italy and Reverie­Starscape; Krazy for soundfile by Raymond Calhoun; Kurt Carpenter's Night Sky Clear for female choir and sundry musicians; a spontaneous performance by improviser LaDonna Smith; Reform for flute, soundfile, and animation by Monroe Golden, John Burns, and Patricia Thompson; and Merry Widows, a collaborative work by cellist Craig Hultgren and Birmingham guitar maven Davey Williams.  This concert will be part of Electroacoustic Month activities, an international celebration of electroacoustic music. top

KEYBOARD BIRMINGHAM will highlight modern music for black-and-white keys with some of the best local keyboard artists, including Adam Bowles, Kurt Carpenter, Kathryn Fouse, Ellen Tweiten, and others.  Hear works for piano duo by Cynthia Miller and Ed Robertson, a solo piano work by Samford student Joel Davis, Dorothy Hindman's Swell for organ, and works for piano with other instruments by Kurt Carpenter, and Shane Lamb. This concert will be held in Wright Recital Hall at Samford University, Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 7:30pm. top

BENTLEY POLLICK/HULTGREN DUO ELECTRIC: Instrumental and electronic fireworks will rain down on Alabama, Monday, February 27, 2006 as violinist Karen Bentley Pollick, First Lady of Birmingham-Southern College, and cellist Craig Hultgren ignite a duo concert of new music. The program will feature virtuoso instrumentals along with a premiere of a new electroacoustic work created in Sweden by BSC composer Charles Norman Mason who won the Rome Prize this year.  Also, Neil Rolnick from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY will add spectacular electronic processing to the soundscape.  This concert will be held in Hill Recital Hall at Birmingham-Southern College and will begin at 7:30pm. top

The Children�s Dance Foundation will be the venue for BAMA MIX, a rare, eclectic program of original collaborations between composers, dancers, writers, and video artists.  The concert will be presented Saturday, March 11, at 7:30pm, and will include music by Kurt Carpenter, Raphael Crystal, Monroe Golden, James A. Jensen, Charles Norman Mason, Cynthia Miller, and William Price; poetry by Linda Frost; choreography by Mary Horn, Deborah Mauldin, and Michelle Whittington/Sanspointe Dance Company; and video by Michael Angell, with participation by many other local artists. For more information, call 322-6737. Click here for directions to CDF. top


The Birmingham Art Music Alliance in partnership with ARTBURST will present GALLIMAUFRY, a diverse program of chamber music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, possibly the warmest venue in Birmingham for hearing acoustic music.  Included on this concert are Brass Quintet by Michael Angell, Hymns to the Night (narrator and piano trio) by Robert Boury, Tuba Talk II (tuba and piano) by Michael Coleman, Mono Dia (cello and soundfile) by Veselin Nikolov, the premiere of The Theodore Haddin Songbook for mezzo-soprano and piano by James A. Jensen, a premiere for piano written for Anthony Pattin by Ed Robertson, and a new work for flute and computer by Cincinnati composer Mara Helmuth. This concert will be held Sunday, April 2, 2006 at 7:00pm. top

And to close out the season, BAMA will present the MONTEVALLO WOODWIND QUINTET on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be performed in the Davis Music Building on the campus of the University of Montevallo. The accomplished Montevallo Woodwind Quintet (flutist Lisa Wienhold, oboist James Sullivan, clarinetist Lori Neprud-Ardovino, hornist Kevin Kozak, and bassonist Jack Sharp) will perform an entire program of works by Alabama composers, including quintets by Joseph Landers, Monroe Golden, William Price, and Jim Jensen. top

Ticket Information:
Season subscriptions are $36, single tickets are $6, and student tickets are $3. Students who attend the host school, college or university are admitted free. Season subscriptions can be purchased online here. Single tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the concert.