Music

“West Side Story” Presented by Briarwood Christian School

March 26, 2018

Education Extra Students from Briarwood Christian School recently took to the stage to perform the classic musical, “West Side Story,” under the direction of Mrs. Lee Eady.  “It’s a rather large and difficult production but the kids like to be challenged,” says Eady. “I also like that there is a great lesson the kids and …

Symbols of Faith in The Lion King

February 26, 2018

Featured Image Photo Credit: Deen van Meer For Broadway actress Martina Sykes, The Lion King is a direct representation of the parable of the Prodigal Son. Simba loses himself in a moment of despair, then remembers his identity as child of the One True King on a journey back to the Pride Lands, with Rafiki as …

A Piece of Jugtown History at Magnolia Festival

February 25, 2018

Cool Stuff Jugtown, Ala. changed its name to Gardendale, Ala. in 1906. Why? Find out when you attend the 17th Annual Magnolia Festival at the Gardendale Civic Center on April 21. Plus, you will have an opportunity to see an original jug claimed to be made in the Jugtown factory from 1873-1876. The jug was …

Samford University Center for Worship and the Arts

February 23, 2018

Education Extra National Platform for Youth Ministry & Worship Ministry: Center for Worship and the Arts Through programs, research, and scholarship, the Center for Worship and the Arts is creating a national platform for conversations about the relationship between youth ministry and worship ministry. Based at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., the Center is run …

New $1.1 Million Grant to Help Support Samford’s Center for Worship and the Arts

January 18, 2018

Education Extra Samford University has received an additional $1.1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to further the work of the Center for Worship and the Arts. Housed in Samford’s School of the Arts, the center is advancing the conversation about teenage worshippers and teenage worship leaders. The founding director of the Center for Worship and the Arts, …

The GIFT of Music

December 11, 2017

Music Notes “Mom, thanks for letting me quit piano lessons when I was a kid!”… said no one ever! Actually, I can’t count the number of times I’ve had someone bemoan the fact that they quit taking piano or voice or [insert your instrument of choice here] lessons as a child. In elementary and junior …

Christmas in Four-Part Harmony at the Lyric

November 20, 2017

Music Notes  The award-winning men’s a cappella chorus, Voices of the South, will perform their 18th annual Christmas show, “Christmas at the Lyric, “December 9 at 7 p.m. As the name reflects, the performance will be at the beautifully restored downtown Birmingham Lyric Theatre and will include a wide variety of great Christmas music. A …

My Story My Song: Birmingham’s Cheryl McWhorter

October 27, 2017

Music Notes Birmingham gospel recording artist, Cheryl McWhorter, recently released her new single titled “No More.” The single was co-produced by Birmingham composer, Lincoln Byron Morgan Thomas and is meant to bring consciousness to the problem of domestic violence.  A percentage of the proceeds from the single will be donated to safehouses across the country. …

Live Gospel Music including Jimmy Davis

September 23, 2017

Music Notes Enjoy a great day of Gospel Music at the First Annual North Jefferson Gospel Fest at Black Creek Park in Fultondale October 28. Among the performers will be multi-award winning Southern Gospel singer and songwriter, Jimmy Davis (www.jdea.org) from Pilot, Va. Davis has received more than 30 awards (CGMA, AMG, Emmy) for his …

Reaching Kids for Christ Through Music

August 24, 2017

Music Notes With the help of about 50 volunteers and community donations, Rev. Daniel M. Cason and his wife Gwendolyn invited nearly 300 children to their 21st Annual Summer Music Camp- free of charge. The two-week camp allowed children, who would not otherwise have the chance, to learn from music professionals and grow in their …