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As he watches the political unrest in his native country grow, the Venezuela-born conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Carlos Izcaray, is turning to a familiar place in search of solace and hope: music.

Style Blueprint

Today’s gorgeous and talented models, Yifan Zhou, Kathleen Costello and Hillary Tidman are three of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s female musicians.


The Decorators’ ShowHouse is an event benefiting Alabama Symphony Orchestra that started 43 years ago. Each year, a house gets an interior design makeover, and decorators have the opportunity to showcase their work. Visitors can buy tickets ahead of time or at the door, and refreshments are available as they browse through the house. The ShowHouse decorators also will host seminars throughout the event

Broadway World

The thunderous shake felt over the weekend was not weather related. It was due to two legendary works of music performed by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra at UAB's Alys Stephens Center. If you hold a misconception of classical music not being palatable, I encourage you to visit the next offering of Alabama Symphony Orchestra and have your mind blown.

Bham Now

When “The Rite of Spring” premiered in Paris in 1913, the uproar of the audience made history. What will the Stravinsky composition make you do? Find out with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, January 18 and 19, 7PM, at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. Also on the bill: five Birmingham choirs join the ASO players to deliver “Carmina Burana” with mammoth force.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

The ASO is proud of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra members who made the 2019 All State Orchestra. They perform on Sunday, February 10, in Auburn.

Iron City Ink

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will present two powerful 20th-century masterpieces in one special concert.

BHam Now

It’s a holiday spectacular brimming with the spirit of the season. Check out Bham Now’s five top reasons to get tickets to Home for the Holidays. The performance, which is part of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Red Diamond SuperPOPS series, takes place Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m. at the Samford University Wright Center. Tickets range from $27 to $62.

Classical Voice America

A decade ago, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and its support group, Sound Investment, began a fruitful coalition that has produced annual composer residencies in this Southern city. Three works by Paul Lansky, two of them ASO commissions, were premiered, and in 2009-10, Lansky, the Princeton-based composer whose music previously centered on electronic and computer music, became ASO’s first composer-in-residence. Since then, the Sound Investment program has worked to ensure that premieres, commissions, and composers are embedded in each season.


Every year, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra features an up-and-coming composer and commissions a work. This season, that composer is Alabama native Martin Kennedy. Thursday night, the orchestra gives the world premiere of Kennedy’s Forest Dark and Stars Above. Kennedy spoke with WBHM’s Michael Krall about his approach to composing. Their conversation began with Kennedy describing the piece and features some of Kennedy’s other music.