The nightly jazz concerts at New Orleans’ Preservation Hall are the stuff of legend. These musical ambassadors of the bona fide Big Easy have toured since 1963, continuously bringing both new musicians and fans into their fold; they have performed and recorded with Carlos Santana, the Grateful Dead, Harry Connick, Jr., Dr. John, and Pete Seeger, and have appeared at the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, the White House, and Coachella in recent years. A recipient of the 2006 National Medal of Arts, Preservation Hall Jazz Band is dedicated to preserving and perfecting a genuine American art form, and knows how to have a large time doing it!
Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade
Barber | Second Essay for Orchestra
Barber | Toccata Festiva
Saint-Saëns | Symphony No. 3
With its innocence and sincerity, Steven Spielberg’s 1982 sci-fi fantasy set hearts aglow. Thanks in large part to the sensitive orchestral score by John Williams, the story of Elliott and his unusual friend captured the imaginations of millions and became a cultural phenomenon. Grab some popcorn, settle in, and share the magic with the whole family as we screen the original film — and perform the soundtrack live with full orchestra – in this one-of-a-kind film concert spectacular.
To walk through the doors of U. G. White Mercantile in downtown Huntsville is to step into the living history of Alabama; nearly every fixture in the store has a story to tell. This afternoon’s Casual Classics performance celebrates our state’s rich storytelling heritage: Alabama’s most treasured wordsmiths and yarn-spinners will entertain and enlighten you, while the musicians of the orchestra perform underscores drawn from the chamber works of composers such as Bernstein, Barber, Dvořák, and William Grant Still.
Strauss | Don Juan
Schumann | Cello Concerto
Strauss | Don Quixote