Samford University's Leslie Stephen Wright Fine Arts Center once again will be the home for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Red Diamond SuperPOPS! Series for 2012-13. The Wright Center will host six of the Symphony's pops concerts, featuring the melding of popular music with the playing of the Alabama Symphony, according to Sean Wright, Samford's director of venue management.
All ASO SuperPOPS! concerts begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for all Symphony events can be purchased by calling (205) 975-2787 or by going online to alabamasymphony.org. Season passes are currently available starting at only $138.
The 2012-13 SuperPOPS! Series begins Friday, Nov. 2 with "A Broadway Romance," led by acclaimed music director Ted Sperling.
Saturday, Dec. 8, Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie returns after their "terrific performance" in 2011, Wright said.
The new year begins with a celebration of the music of Ray Charles on Saturday, Jan.12, featuring rhythm and blues sensation Ellis Hall.
Broadway star Linda Eder will join the Symphony on Saturday, March 2, followed by pop music legend Neil Sedaka performs on Saturday, April 20.
The SuperPOPS! Season will conclude with a tour through southern rock with Sweet Home Alabama Symphony on Saturday, May 4.
Wright said he is "incredibly pleased" to be partnering with the Symphony again this season. "It's just a wonderful opportunity for Samford to bring these world-class artists onto campus. We feel like this is the perfect venue for the SuperPOPS! Series and we are happy to provide a home for the Symphony."
A complete list of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Red Diamond SuperPOPS! Series at the Wright Center:
A Broadway Romance
Friday, Nov. 2
Two talented vocalists and music director Ted Sperling bring you an evening of Broadway's best romantic songs. Maestro Sperling is hands down the leading music director and orchestrator working both on and off Broadway today, with Tony and Drama Desk awards to prove it.
Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie
Saturday, Dec. 8
The exceptional cirque artistes of Cirque de la Symphonie amazed the audience when they performed with the ASO in the 2011 season. Now they return with a holiday-themed show that will delight the whole family. Aerialists will fly overhead and acrobatic feats will be performed to classical masterpieces and your favorite seasonal tunes. Great for ages 8 and up, or anyone who's still a kid at heart during the holidays.
The Music of Ray Charles with Ellis Hall
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
Ray Charles himself crowned Ellis Hall his protege and successor in the R&B world, and Hall hasn't stopped singing since. Blind since 18, he has turned his love of music into an enduring career both onstage with groups like Tower of Power and behind the scenes as a voice for a California Raisin and Uncle Grizzly on Sesame Street. Spend an evening with Hall and the ASO in celebration of legendary American music icon Ray Charles.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
From her debut on "Star Search" in the 1980s to a breathtaking star turn in Broadway's "Jekyll & Hyde" and her acclaimed solo albums, Linda Eder has justified her reputation as one of the best contemporary vocalists in any genre. She'll join the ASO for a night of classic show tunes, jazz standards and torch songs, like her world famous versions of "Someone Like You," "Vienna" and "I Am What I Am."
Saturday, April 20, 2013
With 500+ songs to his credit, dozens of number one hits and millions of records sold, it's hard to overestimate the influence Neil Sedaka has had on American pop music. He first hit fame just out of his teens as a singer and songwriter in the 1960s and has had musical successes in every decade since. Now, Birmingham audiences have a chance to hear the man who has had the country humming tunes like "Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do," "Love Will Keep Us Together," and "Where The Boys Are" for 55 years.
Sweet Home Alabama Symphony
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Guest conductor Jeffrey Reed takes the ASO on a trip through the best of Southern and classic rock, from The Allman Brothers to Led Zeppelin and much more. Special guests The Rewinders will be on hand to participate in this concert.