Water damage at the Saenger Theatre has forced the Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) to move its season opening concert to the Mobile Civic Center Theater (401 Civic Center Drive). Performances of “¡Olé!, The Music of Spain and Cuba” will still be Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2:30 p.m. All tickets will be honored.
“While crews are busy repairing the Saenger, MSO staff members are working to make sure this temporary move will be easy and effortless for our patrons,” MSO President and CEO Celia Mann Baehr said in a statement. “Current tickets will work just fine. We’re keeping it simple and have changed the Civic Center’s numbered rows to letters to match the Saenger.”
Extra ushers will be on hand to assist as needed.
The program features Cuban pianist Aldo López-Gavilán and is filled with tributes to Latin music, including Gershwin’s “Cuban Overture,” de Falla’s “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.”
Historic horns at MOJO anniversary
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) will mark their 18th anniversary with a survey of music performed and composed by notable trumpeters in jazz history. Among those featured are Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown and many others.
Trumpeter Roger Villines will lead a quintet of Bob Maksymkow (woodwinds), Camara Kambon (keyboard), Steve Gilmore (bass) and Jimmy Roebuck (drums).
The celebration gets underway on Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m., in Bellingrath Hall at Central Presbyterian Church (1260 Dauphin St.). Admission includes a light jambalaya dinner and beverage bar.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
Locals receive cultural grants
Two grants from the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) focus on Mobile County’s rich musical heritage.
The Mobile Chamber Music Society received a grant for Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” at Eastern Shore Art Center. The composer created the piece after viewing Viktor Hartmann’s watercolors and drawings at a Russian academy.
Art historian Dr. Robert Bantens will speak about Hartmann’s work on Oct. 19 at the Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak Ave., Fairhope). Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev will perform Mussorgsky’s composition with projected images of the art.
AHF also helped fund “Roots on Record: An Educational LP and Symposium on American Roots Music” for the University of South Alabama’s English department.
To preserve and promote the folkways of American roots music, the organization will produce 500 copies of a 10-track, vinyl LP featuring live listening-room performances.
The records will be distributed at a University of South Alabama public event featuring musical performances, a presentation on the role of roots music in democratic exchange and audience participation.
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