Davis Theatre season opens with Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Bobby Horton | Arts & Culture
The 2012-2013 season at Troy University’s Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts will commence on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., with a special performance by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra featuring composer and music historian Bobby Horton.
“Alabama: Here We Stay” is a collaborative performance project between the ASO and Horton that intertwines music and history by telling stories of the Civil War through the songs and music of the era. Horton, of the musical-comedy trio Three on a String and one of the country’s leading authorities on music of the Civil War era, worked closely with the ASO to create a program that tells stories of soldiers from Alabama, both Confederate and Union, through the music they loved.
The ASO and Horton toured the state last year with the concert to celebrate the “Year of Alabama Music” and honor the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
“The show is a musical journey through the 19th century and it was a natural fit for Bobby Horton and the ASO to collaborate on an educational program that pays tribute to this state and its rich musical history,” said Al Head, director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, one the sponsors for the show.
The concert includes traditional songs of the Civil War including “Rose of Alabama,” “Tombigbee River,” “The Battle of Shiloh,” and “Home Sweet Home.” Through a combination of music, storytelling and audience participation, communities all over the state learned about Alabama’s role in the Civil War and the lasting impact of music on the human spirit in the past, present and the future.
Tickets for the performance are $10 and can be purchased by calling the theatre office at (334) 241-9567.
The Davis Theatre is located in downtown Montgomery at 251 Montgomery Street. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.
“Alabama: Here We Stay” is sponsored by TROY, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Power Company, the Alabama Department of Education and the Alabama Tourism Department.
The Davis Theatre 2012-2013 Season will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with a concert by multi-platinum recording group Air Supply.
Source: Troy University Office of University Relations