It wasn’t terribly long ago that a regular feature of Mobile cultural life was a monthly get-together where arts world denizens would convene casually on the reg. All were welcome to a different arts venue each time for a laid-back happy hour filled with gnoshing, imbibing and disciplinary cross-pollination.
Now Art After Hours will return on an every-other-month basis. The next is slated for Feb. 27, 5:30-7 p.m. at Sway Gallery (10 S. Conception St.). Attendees can enjoy complimentary wine, beer samples from Oasis Texas Brewing Co. and light appetizers while they learn about the local arts scene.
For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.
February MOJO highlights youngsters
Carrying forward with a desire to ensure the longevity of jazz into the future, the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will highlight the efforts of local youngsters with their latest event, “The Next Generation: Passing the Legacy Torch.” It unfolds Monday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. in Bernheim Hall of the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.).
The evening features the ensemble work of The Jazz Studio, a project of the Mobile Big Band Society under the direction of Hosea London. They will be joined by the Davidson High School Jazz Band Septet under the direction of Jeremy Messer.
PowerLines Poetry Troupe will also perform.
Admission is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or visit mobilejazz.org.
MSO Two of a Kind welcomes guest pair
Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey is fresh off a year of exhilaration after picking up the highly sought award last year for his live recording with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. On February’s closing weekend, Mobilians will have Bailey all to themselves when he joins the Mobile Symphony Orchestra at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.).
The show’s title — “Two of a Kind” — refers to the inclusion of another distinctive talent in special guest conductor André Raphael. Together they will lead the charge through a rich display of classical sounds that opens with Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet.”
Bailey will join the orchestra for Franz Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2, a rarely heard work that will make its Mobile debut under Bailey’s bow.
The program will conclude with Edward Elgar’s celebrated “Enigma Variations,” a series of vivid musical portraits of his closest friends.
Tickets range from $15 to $75 and can be purchased by calling 251-432-2010, online at mobilesymphony.org or at the MSO box office (257 Dauphin St.). Student tickets cost $10.
Through the MSO Big Red Ticket program sponsored by Alabama Power, students in grades K-12 can attend the Sunday performance free when accompanied by a paying adult.
More details are online at mobilesymphony.org.
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