This new law could help Birmingham’s performing arts organizations survive COVID + how you can help

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra and ASO Choir before COVID
Oh what a spectacle: a full choir, a full symphony and a full house. Photo via The Alabama Symphony Orchestra

On Tuesday, September 1, from 9PM-midnight, look for the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Iron City, The Alabama Theatre + The Lyric lit up in red. Together with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO), they’re joining other theaters and event venues across the continent for the #RedAlertRESTART campaign. The goal? To shine a light on the industry’s current COVID-related struggle.

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Alabama Ballet, ASO + more host first Birmingham Arts Drive-In July 30-31

Get ready for a night of performances with some of Birmingham’s most beloved performing arts organizations. Photo via ASO on Facebook

On July 30 and July 31, multiple Birmingham performing arts organizations are joining forces to bring a night of inspiring sights and sounds to the Magic City with the first Birmingham Arts Drive-In. If you’ve missed the performing arts as much as we have, keep reading to find out how you can see the show—plus, more ways to support the arts in Birmingham today.

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Exclusive interview with Conductor Carlos Izcaray on the future of the ASO

ASO Conductor Carlos Izcaray. Photo via the ASO

If you’re a fan of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra like we are here at Bham Now, you may have been wondering what they’re up to right now, and what their plans are for the future. We reached out to Conductor Carlos Izcaray to find out more.

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Get groovin’ + movin’ at the Tchaik 5K Virtual Race—sign up now

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And the bass keeps runnin, runnin. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now.

Symphony fanatics, it’s time to trade your evening wear for a pair of gym shorts, because we’re taking this performance to the track. Over the week of May 23-30, when the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) was scheduled to perform, they are hosting a virtual 5K paired with a playlist featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Find out more, and register now for $35 per adult or $25 for children and students.

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Don’t miss ASO’s captivating performance of Mozart’s Requiem. 15% off with code MOZARTNOW

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ASO’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem is coming up March 6 & 7. Photo courtesy of ASO

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is bringing to life the mystery, suspense and drama of Mozart’s Requiem on March 6 and 7. You don’t want to miss this one—get 15% off your tickets today with code MOZARTNOW. 

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Leap into The Nat King Cole Songbook Feb. 29 at Samford’s Wright Center. 20% off with code DATENIGHT.

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Denzal Sinclaire, vocalist. Photo courtesy of ASO

Nat King Cole—many of us could recognize this American icon’s soft baritone voice anywhere. Now Birmingham has the chance to enjoy a great selection of some of Nat King Cole’s greatest hits when Denzal Sinclaire joins the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) on February 29. Get tickets now for 20% off with code DATENIGHT. 

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Celebrate love with Tango, Flamenco & More! Feb. 14-15 with Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Save 15%.

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Tango, Flamenco + more! Photo courtesy of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Get ready for a night of passion with Tango, Flamenco, and More! on the first Valentine’s Day of the new decade.  Alabama Symphony Orchestra will hold two concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 14 and 15, 7PM at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. There’s also a Friday Coffee Concert at 11AM. Get tickets now, and save 15% off with code TANGONOW. 

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Don’t miss Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20 and Home for the Holidays Dec. 21 in Birmingham. 15% off with code BHAMHOLIDAY

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ASO Chorus singing Handel's Messiah
ASO Chorus. Photo supplied

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has two unforgettable holiday concerts that you don’t want to miss. With either of these shows, your Christmas in Birmingham will have the best soundtrack ever —you’ll definitely leave with a song in your heart.

Whether you come to Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20, Home for the Holidays Dec. 21, or both, you’re sure to leave with holiday cheer to spare. Use code BHAMHOLIDAY for 15% off tickets to both shows.

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7 Cyber Monday deals to support Birmingham businesses from home

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A year pass to The Birmingham Zoo is a great and unique gift for the kids in your life this holiday season. Photo from The Birmingham Zoo Facebook page.

Every year as Black Friday rolled around, I used to be torn between staying cozy in bed or going out and braving the cold and crowds at The Summit. Then I learned about Cyber Monday, and now I stay in worry-free. But what about if you want a deal from a local Birmingham store?

Don’t leave your house yet, because we’ve scoured the internet and found deals you can purchase from the comfort of your couch while still supporting a local business. Here are seven Birmingham businesses offering online deals this Cyber Monday.

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7 reasons to go see Ghostbusters in Concert with the ASO Oct. 25, 7PM at Samford’s Wright Center. Use code GHOSTNOW for 25% off

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The original Ghostbusters. Photo supplied

If you missed the 35th anniversary showing of Ghostbusters, never fear. You can check out the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Ghostbusters in Concert.

It’s at 7PM on October 25 at Samford’s Wright Center. Tickets range from $15-80. Use code GHOSTNOW and get 25% off your tickets here.

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Join the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for Birmingham Does Broadway on Friday, Sept. 20. WIN tickets to SuperPOPS!

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The Alabama Symphony Orchestra brings Broadway to Birmingham, September 20. Image via ASO

If you like big show musicals, you’re going to love the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s first event of their SuperPOPS! series; Birmingham Does Broadway at Samford University Wright Center on Friday, September 20. Get tickets HERE (use discount code: BWAYNOW to get 15% off)

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Journey to Paris at the 2019 ASO Maestro’s Ball September 6, 6PM at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center

Carlos Izcaray, Randall Woodfin and others enjoying a previous year's Maestro's Ball.
ASO Maestro Carlos Izcaray, Mayor Randall Woodfin and others at a previous Maestro’s Ball. Photo supplied

If you love the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, you need to know about the 2019 Maestro’s Ball. It’ll be an evening of food, drinks, music and more Friday, September 6, 6PM at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.

If you know you want to go, click here, go to Maestro’s Ball, and click on the black “More Info” button to email for tickets.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Carlos Izcaray on why Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 is special. See it performed this weekend at the Alys Stephens Center (May 31, and June 1)

Alabama Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Carlos Izcaray. Photo courtesy of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Whether you’re an avid fan of the orchestra, or you’ve never been to see one before, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard Beethoven. What is perhaps one of the most famous and greatest orchestral symphonies of all time, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9., is being performed by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham this weekend (May 31, June 1). Bham Now spoke with ASO Music Director, Carlos Izcaray, to find out why this piece of music is so special.

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