The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra is once again partnering with the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers for the annual Family Discovery Concert – set for Monday, March 5.

Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra will present their annual Family Discovery Concert featuring a story by Lemony Snicket on March 10. This year, children of all ages will help a detective solve the mystery of The Composer is Dead with music by Nathaniel Stookey and story by Lemony Snicket. Joey Lay of The Actor’s Charitable Theater will bring the role of the detective to life and help children learn how the orchestra works together to solve the mystery. Hometown legend Demondrae Thurman will conduct the TSO, bringing his vibrant style to the stage for this enchanting performance.

The Tuscaloosa Symphony’s 2016-2017 season will get underway on Monday, Sept. 19, with the concert “Orchestral Splendor” at 7 p.m. in the Moody Music Building Concert Hall on the University of Alabama campus. This marks the TSO’s 28th season, and it’s going to be the best yet, according to Executive Director Jenny Mann. 

The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra will give its final concert performance of the 2015-2016 season at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9 at the Moody Concert Hall. 

The final performance, “A Salute to the Bard: Celebrating Shakespeare,” commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare with a harmonious connection between words and music. It will feature a performance by actor and poet Frank Oden, including his critically acclaimed beat poetry rendition of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, as well as poetry set to Daniel Kellogg’s Pyramus and Thisbe.  

The Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra’s annual Family Discovery Concert will be held on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. at Moody Concert Hall. Carnival Spectacular will be this year’s theme, highlighting Camile Saint-Saen’s “Carnival of Animals.”  

Adam Flatt will conduct and narrate the TSO concert, and the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers choreographed the event.  

TCD Artistic Director Jenna Wilson said the event presents a unique opportunity for area dancers. 

“Due to cuts in arts funding around the country in recent years, it has become increasingly rare, even for professional companies, to perform with live music,” Wilson said. “The opportunity for our dancers to collaborate with the Tuscaloosa Symphony is not only unique but a wonderful gift as well.” 

The Tuscaloosa Symphony Guild will host the TSO’s Instrument Petting Zoo at 5 p.m.

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