DEC. 10, THE UAB DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC PRESENTS
“CHRISTMAS AT THE ALYS,” FEATURING SEVEN CHOIRS
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Awaken the spirit of Christmas Dec. 10 with “Christmas at the Alys,” an annual celebration of Christmas music presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Music and area choirs.
Tickets are on sale now for the event, which takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. S. Tickets are $12. Call 205-975-2787 for tickets.
A grand selection of old and new Christmas favorites are on the program. Performing are the UAB Concert Choir, UAB Women’s Choir, UAB Men’s Choir and UAB Chamber Singers, directed by Philip Copeland, D.M.A.; as well as the Jefferson State Community College Singers, directed by Jessica Hall; Hewitt-Trussville High School Choir, directed by Nick Cummins; and Shades Valley High School Choir, directed by Heather Cantwell.
Many Christmas favorites will be performed, including Vaughan Williams’ “Wassail Song, “Carol of the Bells,” “Fum, Fum, Fum” and “Silent Night.”
The choir, led by Copeland, will combine on Wohlgemuth’s “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” an anthem based on a fourth-century chant. Copeland is in his sixth year of teaching at UAB where he is director of choral activities.
Last year’s UAB Concert Choir performed at the Southern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, a first for a UAB ensemble. Copeland and the UAB Choirs also recently performed Mozart’s “Solemn Vespers” in New York’s Carnegie Hall. In July 2007, UAB Choirs will travel to Germany, Austria and Italy and compete in the 46th International Competition of Choral Music in Gorizia, Italy.