As part of the Alabama Symphony's Sounds for Summer series, both shows bring contemporary musical entertainment to the ornately gilded, classy venue. The Act of Congress and Three on a String show tickles tiny earhammers with modern bluegrass and genre-spanning hits. Or hear Country's Hit Makers: Behind the Hits, which packs a 15-song set with recent country billboard toppers such as "Cowboy Casanova" and "American Honey." Both shows are conducted by Christopher Confessore, the ASO's principal pops conductor.
Established as a humble community orchestra more than 30 years ago, the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra has swelled in string, horn, and percussion stature on the shoulders of talented musicians led by their new, accomplished conductor, Adam Flatt. In their Valentine's pops concert, Paul Houghtaling and the university's Opera Theatre join Maestro Flatt, who will summon the most romantic notes from the violins' strings, the French horns' brass valves, and the whistling elves that live under the hardwood stage. The evening's program aims its quivered bow at a host of classical favorites from operatic and Broadway scores. The French Quarter of 19th-century Paris will douse listeners with sophisticated insouciance when pieces from Puccini's La Boheme spill their symphonic sounds. The tropics of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific will gently billow past ears before they hear music from Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate.
Winners of the 2010 Southern Professional Hockey League President’s Cup, the Huntsville Havoc face a new season of fast-paced puck-handling and loyally rowdy fans. With a reputation for playing inevitably exciting hockey, center Glenn Detulleo, goalie Dan McWhinney, and the rest of the team use their collective talent to propel the game, rather than resorting to marathon body checks or diabolical mind games. Mezzanine seats give fans a comprehensive view of every smoke-trailed slap shot, pulchritudinous power play, and wild zamboni stampede. Bring a lifelong hockey fan or your second head along for a night of intense fun as you watch the Havoc express-mail presents to the nets of the Surge, Riverhawks, or Ice Bears.