Alabama School of the Arts to Present ‘Songs for a New World’ on Dec. 7

Rivers Brunson News

MOBILE, Ala. – The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile will present an intriguing theatrical concert, “Songs for a New World,” on Dec. 7. The performance will take place at University of Mobile in Ram Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

Dr. Bruce Earnest, assistant vice president of academic affairs and director of musical theatre, will direct the piece. Musical director is Julian Jones, a student in UM’s new Doctor of Musical Arts program and teaching assistant in vocal performance and pedagogy.

“Songs for a New World” was written and composed by Jason Robert Brown and premiered off Broadway in 1995.

Earnest said, “Directing this piece has been a dream of mine for 20 years. ‘Song for a New World’ is a musical journey about the choices we make when we are faced with adversity or change. How we choose to respond to difficulty and loss impacts others. I believe we need to face life challenges with hope, strength and the character of Christ.”

Earnest said the show is a musical theatre song cycle and is considered a paradigm-changing work for male and female musical theatre singers or “belters.”

“Robert Brown’s commitment to dramatic text, vocal style and lush piano accompaniments are also critical elements of post-modern musical theatre,” Earnest said.

Jones added, “Jason Robert Brown has created a piece which focuses on both the individual and the whole. He brilliantly shows the gravity of life’s joy and pain by bouncing between personal and historical milestones, showing each person’s reality tied with the next.”

Tickets to this performance are $15 and can be purchased at or at the door.

University of Mobile offers a variety of performing arts degrees in the Alabama School of the Arts. For more information, visit or call 251.442.2222.


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.