Showcasing Culture - Theatre, Ballet, Symphony & More
The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame makes its home in the historic Carver Theatre for the Performing Arts. Upon entering the Carver Theatre, the Museum can be seen through the etched window with the famous music and lyrics of Birmingham native Erskine Hawkins' "Tuxedo Junction". The museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the museum is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the accomplishments of the likes of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins and the music that made them famous. Within this fine musical collection, visitors travel from the beginnings of boogie woogie with Clarence "Pinetop" Smith to the jazz space journeys of Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Space Arkestra.
The Alabama Theatre was built in 1927 by Paramount Studios as an Alabama showcase for Paramount films. It was used primarily as a movie palace for 55 years, with the exception of the annual Miss Alabama pagent and the weekly Mickey Mouse Club. In 1987, the owners of the facility declared bankruptcy and the theatre was purchased by Birmingham Landmarks Inc., a non-profit corporation.
The new Alabama Theatre for the Performing Arts hosts many live events, as well as films. Each year the Theatre hosts over 300 events attended by a half million Birmingham area citizens.
For more than 70 years, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra has served Central Alabama, providing quality performances of varying styles of music and presenting some of the finest guest performers of the day. The outstanding musicians of the ASO have brought to life some of the worlds most treasured musical masterpieces as well as introduced listeners to exciting new works and composers.
The Alabama Ballet began in 1981 as an outgrowth of the Birmingham Civic Ballet, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Ballet and Ballet Alabama.The company consists of 17 professional dancers and 18 apprentices from all areas of the United States, and abroad.
In an April, 1996 article, The New York Times called the company "first class" with "striking staging," "confident partnering" with "dancers who show off a brilliant clarity and detail with their footwork."
Opera Birmingham is committed to creating the finest opera productions, developing local and regional talent through competition & exposure to major artists and to preserving the operatic art form through community-wide education and outreach.
IWI is a privately held wine distributor based in Birmingham, Alabama. We feature one of the most diverse and extensive wine portfolios in the southeastern United States, with emphasis on wines chosen for quality and value.