Fairhope is steadily growing and the Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak St.) is growing right along with it. ESAC’s exterior “capital campaign” renovations are set to begin, starting with a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m.
According to ESAC’s website, the campaign is aimed at bringing mechanical and electrical systems into greater efficiency, renovating the façade and entrance, improving handicapped access and other matters. A general plan can be glimpsed on its web page.
Members and representatives of donor organizations will be at the event, including the Fairhope Single Tax Corp., the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and the A.S. Mitchell Foundation.
According to the fundraising totals on the ESAC site, $254,919 has been donated and matched by a $200,000 grant. That leaves the center just $45,091 short of its $500,000 goal.
Chamber Music hosts string quartet
At first glance, the Attacca String Quartet looks like they’re barely out of the academy. However the fresh-faced foursome certainly has accolades that reveal a worldly talent level.
Since forming at Juilliard in 2003, they have served as the 2011-13 Juilliard Graduate Resident Quartet and the 2014-15 Quartet in Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They have played Wolf Trap, Carolina Performing Arts, Converse College, Bologna Performing Arts, Florida Keys Concert Association, Garmany Chamber Music Series, Lyrica Chamber Music and Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts in New York.
Their most recent album was hailed by The New York Times and The Boston Globe and pulled in the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association and the Lotos Prize in the Arts from the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
Mobile Chamber Music brings them to Mobile for a concert Sunday, Nov. 12, 3 p.m. at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the University of South Alabama campus. The program includes Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 2 in A minor and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 15 in A minor.
Tickets cost $20 and are available at Satori Coffee House (4072 Old Shell Road) or at the door. For more information, call 251-476-8794 or visit mobilechambermusic.org.
Christmas Spectacular tix on sale
The University of Mobile’s 15th annual Christmas Spectacular is set for Nov. 16-19 at Cottage Hill Baptist Church (4255 Cottage Hill Road). The holiday season tradition features an orchestra of more than 50 student and professional musicians who accompany approximately 200 UM singers with selections ranging from classical sacred to contemporary Christmas music.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 6:45 p.m. Sunday matinee is at 4 p.m.
Tickets sell briskly and range from $5 to $45, with discounts for groups of 20 or more.
For more information, call 251-442-2383 or go to umobile.edu.