Voices of the South is the performing chorus of the Central Alabama Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. They claim a deep heritage of talented men and chapter accomplishments as they draw men from across central Alabama to the joy of good singing and the preservation of an American art form. Voices of the South placed second in the Dixie District Chorus Contest for 2013. An ice cream social will be held for all ticket holders at the Pell City Center ice cream parlor‚ in the lobby just before the performance
In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious.
Despite earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpins’ other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: first-born Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents.
Amid the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
Founded with the first concert on Nov. 2, 1980, the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra has always been based in Birmingham, although some of the players come in from outlying communities. The Orchestra performs at least once a season outside the city.
With ages ranging from 15 to 80, the most veteran members of the Orchestra have played in the Birmingham Civic Symphony; the youngest are students. The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra is bound together by a passion that leads to working on concert materials well before rehearsals for the sake of the music.
Although the Orchestra includes many physicians, dentists, professors and several band teachers, most have studied their instruments seriously in university music departments and at conservatories before finding other sources of daily income.