music

The “Top 40 Democracy” of Popular Music

From the January 2015 Desktop News | A former music critic, Dr. Eric Weisbard has always been interested in connecting the dots of popular culture. When critics began talking about “rockism,” the idea of rock as a biased way of valuing some music and not others, and “poptimism,” the idea that commercial music of all… Read more »

Steppenwolf keyboardist brings recording studio to UA

Michael Wilk’s fondest memory as the keyboardist with John Kay and Steppenwolf is not selling 25 million records, nor is it touring with such equally legendary performers as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, or Deep Purple, all of which he has done. Rather, his fondest memory involves a large crowd and about 100,000 Styrofoam cups. It… Read more »

Gulf Shores Is “All Shook Up”

From the June 2014 Desktop News | In its 11th season, SummerTide Theatre will be shaking things up this summer in Gulf Shores, where The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre company will present All Shook Up by Joe DiPietro. Performances will run June 6-July 4 Tuesdays through Sundays beginning at 8 p.m. at the George C…. Read more »

UA in Prestigious Shakespeare Festivals

From the April 2014 Desktop News | Nicholas Burroughs is an actor with a plan. Burroughs, a senior majoring in musical theatre, has been invited to perform at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival after he graduates in May. “I feel extremely honored to be working with such a famous theatre,” said Burroughs, a native… Read more »

Quartet Places First in Competition

From the April 2014 Desktop News | Four School of Music students recently won the quartet competition at the Southeast Horn Workshop, a workshop held annually with about 350-400 attendees from all major institutions throughout the Southeast. The students, all undergraduates, competed against undergraduate and graduate students from Louisiana, Kentucky, Virginia, Florida and all states… Read more »

Realizing the Dream Features Legend

From the January 2014 Desktop News | Grammy winner John Legend will be the featured guest at The University of Alabama’s annual Realizing the Dream program. He will present a lecture beginning at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Concert Hall of Moody Music Building on the UA campus. The University of Alabama has hosted… Read more »

Fall Spectrum Concert This Friday

Free performance highlights talents of music school This Friday faculty and students of the School of Music will collaborate in the fall Spectrum concert, a showcase of UA’s best musicians. Expect everything from classical to jazz selections, all highlighting the immense talent of UA music students and faculty. The concert will culminate in an appearance by… Read more »

Artistically Fit

Undergraduate music class plans interactive concert The University of Alabama School of Music hosts hundreds of concerts each year in the Moody Music Building, featuring a wide spectrum of musicians and musical styles. The variety of genres and diversity of performers is great — but a concert held this month promises to bring something new… Read more »

Making Music in New College

New College course takes a hands-on approach to music history Students are making music in New College — but not in the traditional sense. The students enrolled in Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar’s NEW 490 Handmade Sounds: A Hands-on History of Electronic Music are following the evolution of electronic sound by creating their own music. “The… Read more »