University of Mobile Performing Arts Series Season Tickets on Sale Now

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University of Mobile Performing Arts Series Season Tickets on Sale Now

Season Includes Jazz, Opera and popular Christmas Spectacular

 

MOBILE, Ala. – Season tickets are on sale now for the upcoming University of Mobile Performing Arts Series. The 2016-2017 season includes a variety of musical performances ranging from the iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra to a collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan. This year, the popular Christmas Spectacular holiday musical extravaganza will be held at a new location.

The UM Performing Arts Series is presented by students and faculty in The Roger Breland School of Music and the School of Worship Leadership.

Bruce Earnest, associate dean and associate professor of music and musical theatre, said the comprehensive performing arts series takes audiences on a musical journey “from the splendor of Christmas Spectacular and Secret Garden to the comedy of the Gondoliers, to jazz, musical theatre, and the beauty of the Duruflé Requiem.”

“Our mission compels us to strive for excellence in performance and musical scholarship, and our students are an inspiration,” said Earnest “We are grateful for the support of our audiences and community.”

Season tickets are available now online at www.umobile.edu/pas or by contacting UM Box Office Director Shadoe Valentin at 251.442.2383 or svalentin@umobile.edu. Season tickets are $100. A dessert reception for season ticket holders is held prior to each performance that takes place at Saraland Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for individual events may be purchased beginning Sept. 1 at itickets.com and are available at the door for each performance.

UM Performing Arts Series includes:

 

  • University of Mobile Jazz Band presents “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School, 1115 Industrial Pkwy., Saraland, Alabama 36571.

University of Mobile Jazz Band brings back the iconic tunes of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, featuring some of Frank Sinatra’s most notable works such as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “My Way,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” University of Mobile Jazz Band is directed by Kenn Hughes, associate professor and director of instrumental studies. Beginning Sept. 1, individual tickets are $10 at itickets.com and at the door.

 

  • Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers,” Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School, 1115 Industrial Pkwy., Saraland, Alabama 36571.

This 12th collaboration between composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W.S. Gilbert tells the story of two charming Venetian gondoliers, Giuseppe and Marco, who are informed that, due to an error of identity when they were young boys, one of them is the heir to the throne of Barataria. This fun and light-hearted comic opera is directed by Dr. Patrick Jacobs, director of opera and associate professor of music. Beginning Sept. 1, individual tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students with a valid student ID. Tickets available at itickets.com and at the door.

  • Christmas Spectacular, Nov. 17, 18, 19 at 6:45 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 3:45 p.m. at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, 4255 Cottage Hill Road, Mobile, Alabama 36609.

One of the largest Christmas productions on the Gulf Coast is performed at a new location this year at Cottage Hill Baptist Church. Christmas Spectacular is listed as one of the top 25 things to do in Mobile, Alabama during the Christmas season. Many of University of Mobile’s 22 performing ensembles are showcased, including Voices of Mobile, Impact, RamCorps, Sounds of Mobile and Welsh Revival. More than 200 students, guest artists and faculty perform timeless presentations of Christmas sacred and secular classics, with fun for the whole family. Beginning Sept. 1, individual tickets range from $5 to $35 at itickets.com and at the door. ***Due to the popularity of this event, it is strongly encouraged to purchase your tickets well in advance. ***

 

  • Night of the Classical Masters, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., location to be determined.

University of Mobile Chorale and Symphony performs “Requiem” by Maurice Duruflé, Opus 9. A favorite among singers and audiences, the Duruflé Requiem is as powerful and popular as those of Fauré, Mozart and Brahms. The performance is directed by Dr. Al Miller, dean of The Roger Breland School of Music and the School of Worship Leadership, and guest conductor Dr. Scott Wright, general director of Mobile Opera. This is a free event; a freewill love offering may be taken.

 

  • UM Jazz Band presents “Sacred Swing,” March 25 at 7 p.m. at Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School, 1115 Industrial Pkwy., Saraland, Alabama 36571.

University of Mobile Jazz Band performs a lively presentation of hymns, spirituals and Gospel music that includes familiar tunes such as “Amazing Grace,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “When The Saints Go Marching In” and “As David Danced.” University of Mobile Jazz Band is directed by Kenn Hughes, associate professor and director of instrumental studies. Beginning Sept. 1, individual tickets are $10 at itickets.com and at the door.

  • “Saviour: A Modern Oratorio” is set for April 8 at 6:45 p.m. and April 9 at 3:45 p.m. at Dauphin Way Baptist Church, 3661 Dauphin St., Mobile, Alabama 36608.

“Saviour” is an inspiring narrative of the Christian faith that fuses classical musical styles with contemporary forms. The story, from creation through resurrection, is a picture of God pursuing His people. This beautiful event features the instrumentalists and vocalists of University of Mobile’s Roger Breland School of Music and School of Worship Leadership. This is a free event.

 

  • University of Mobile Musical Theatre Program presents “The Secret Garden,” April 22 at 7 p.m. and 23 at 2 p.m. at Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School, 1115 Industrial Pkwy., Saraland, Alabama 36571.

This enchanting musical by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon contains some of the most beautiful music written for the stage. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle in Britain, Archibald Craven, who lives in a sad prison of regret. Mary’s love begins to change the empty manor house and the discovery of a once-beautiful garden, leads the audience to a touching story of love and redemption. The performance is directed by Bruce Earnest, associate dean of The Roger Breland School of Music and School of Worship Leadership, and associate professor of music and musical theatre. Beginning Sept. 1, individual tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students with a valid student ID. Tickets available at itickets.com and at the door.

 

  • Spring Spectacular, April 30, at 7 p.m. at Redemption Church, 1251 Industrial Pkwy., Saraland, Alabama 36571.

Spring Spectacular is an annual showcase of many of University of Mobile’s 22 performing ensembles. The concert closes out the Performing Arts Series and spotlights some of the highlight performances of the past season. Beginning Sept. 1, individual tickets are $10 at itickets.com and at the door.

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. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 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.

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Trey Taulbee

Trey oversees all facets of the university’s creative process, including photo, video, design, print and digital media. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM and his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University. Prior to his current role, Trey worked in enrollment services and student life. Additionally, Trey co-owns a photography business with his wife, Michelle, specializing in wedding and portrait photography. He lives on Alabama’s eastern shore with Michelle, son, Jack and dogs Cammie & Malone.