Artists in Action: Alabama Symphony Orchestra to play Oxford
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Star
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It will be a time to celebrate both the long-established and the new. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will play in a newly built theater May 17 when the orchestra, featuring multi-instrumentalist Bobby Horton, performs in the new Oxford Performing Arts Center. It is the first event to be held in the center at 100 Choccolocco St. The night of music, “Alabama: Here We Stay,” begins at 7:30 p.m. and is coordinated by the Oxford Arts Council.

The entertainment will be a combination of live music, storytelling and audience participation. Among the songs played will be “Rose of Alabama,” “Tombigbee River” and “Home Sweet Home,” according to Theresa Haynes, treasurer of the Oxford Arts Council.

Bobby Horton, who was born and raised in Birmingham, has produced and performed music scores for 10 PBS films, two films for A&E and 16 films for the National Park Service.

The approximately 1,200-seat theater was added on to an existing building built around 1910 as a school, according to Rani Welch, director of the center. Later, it was used as a municipal building and now it has been renovated for an arts center. The large rooms upstairs may be used for meetings and, possibly, art exhibits, Haynes said.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and may be purchased at BB&T, Noble Bank and Trust, Cheaha Banks and the Oxford Civic Center.

Ticket holders are invited to a reception from 6-7 p.m. in the center before the concert.

The event is sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Department of Education and Alabama Power.

Auditions for talent show

There is a large pool of performing ability in this area, and individuals throughout the community will have a chance to prove it in the upcoming Anniston’s Got Talent competition, part of Anniston’s 130th birthday celebration this summer.

Singers, actors, bands, comedians, dancers, magicians, cheerleaders, choirs and other novelty acts are welcome to compete for cash prizes. General auditions will be held at McClellan Theater on Sunday, June 2. The final competition is Friday, July 19, at the Anniston Performing Arts Center. The hours for both auditions and competition will be announced later.

Download an application from Facebook. For complete information, visit www.annistonsgottalent. The entrance fee is $20 and must be sent in with the application by May 24.

Applicants do not need to be residents of Anniston or Calhoun County to participate. The competition is funded by the City of Anniston with assistance from CAST Theatre. All acts must be safe and contain no profane language.

Mini works of art at JSU

They are small works of art, only the size of a dollar bill, but the interest was big among people at the exhibit opening May 2 in Hammond Hall Gallery on the JSU campus. Viewers who came to see the art at the 34th Annual Mini-Works on Paper lingered and conversed over the intricate works that fascinated them most. Works like the colorful “The Other Side of Oz” justified the close curiosity and did not disappoint viewers.

The most-asked question throughout the reception was a good indicator: “Are these for sale?” And, yes, they are.

The show, a competition which features artists from all over the United States, will be up through May 30.

Strokes of the brush and pen, the click of the camera, and other artistic tools such as the laser and pencil make it a varied show. Regional artists include Katrina Collins, George Cox, Rose Tolliver-Munfor and Raula Peeples.

The Best of Show Award went to Jason Stout of Martin, Tenn., for his pen and ink, “Liberty’s Gaze.” First prize went to Robin J. Samiljan of Swampscott, Mass., for her nature painting, “Pathway.”

The JSU Department of Art Purchase Award went to Katrina Collins of Riverside, for her layered pen and ink, “Crows.” And Recollected Books awarded its Purchase Prize to the artist of an encaustic — a form of painting with wax — to Robin J. Samiljan, who entered “Morning Mist.”

Everyone is invited to see the exhibit.

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