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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

August - May, Bham: Alys Stephens Center FREE "Meet the Artist" Series

“Meet the Artist” Series
ArtPlay 2013/2014 Season

These one-hour performances allow the Alys Stephens Center to share the arts with students and aspiring young artists by experiencing the thrill of a live performance in a world-class performing arts center. Performers will engage students with anecdotes about their professional training and provide insight into the pieces they perform and the instruments they play. Free curriculum guides are provided to further the experience.

School reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Curriculum Guides are available for all “Meet the Artist” programs via email. Performances fill up months in advance. In order to accommodate as many students as possible we request that you only make reservations if you are sure you can attend. Last-minute cancellations keep others from participating in our free educational performances. If you must cancel, please do so no later than three weeks prior to the performance date. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Cicily Parnas, Cello
August 29, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 4th and up
Jemison Concert Hall
Cicely Parnas made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo, to a rave review in The New York Times. Other concerto engagements include the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Vermont Symphony under Jaime Laredo and a tour of France performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under John Axelrod.

Winning numerous prizes from the age of thirteen, she won the 2011 Artistic Excellence Award and First Prize in the Cello Concerto Competition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today Series.

In Duo Parnas, she frequently performs and records with her sister, violinist Madalyn Parnas, and has concertized in the Parnas/Serkin Trio with pianist Peter Serkin. Duo Parnas has performed Saint-Saëns’s La Muse et le Poète with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under Randall Fleisher, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at the El Paso Pro-Musica Festival under Lawrence Loh, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra under David Alan Miller, with which they also played Vivaldi’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. Duo Parnas’s most recent album on the Sheffield Lab label is In Real Time, which includes 21st century works by Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen. They also recently recorded composer Brian Fennelly’s Fantasia Concertante on Albany Records with the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, comprised entirely of digital orchestral instruments.

Granddaughter of the illustrious cellist, Leslie Parnas, Cicely Parnas started playing the cello at age four and made her concerto debut at eleven with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. She has studied with cellist Peter Wiley, and earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She currently attends the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she works with Sharon Robinson. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1712 Giovanni Grancino violoncello.

“A More Convenient Season” &nb sp; featuring Yotam Haber and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra
September 19, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 4th and up
Jemison Concert Hall
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1963 

Through the commissioning of a new work, UAB's Alys Stephens Center and philanthropist Tom Blount are calling on the healing power of the arts to commemorate an event that became a turning point for the entire world. An event that changed us all. 

On September 15, 1963, a box of dynamite exploded on the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, a central meeting place for leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Four children were killed and nearly two dozen people were injured. This project is an evening-length commission commemorating the 50th anniversary of this tragic event, reflecting on where we've come as a society, and celebrating the spirit of hope that Birmingham's struggles have inspired in countless human rights movements around the world. The ASC is developing and producing community events and performances for the week of Sept. 15, 2013, to honor the memory of the four girls and engage the community through the healing power of the arts. The culminating event of that week will be the world premiere of a new work co-commissioned by the Alys Stephens Center and philanthropist Tom Blount. 

The work, written by acclaimed composer Yotam Haber, will feature the Alabama Symphony Orchestra led by guest conductor Damon Gupton and the 16th Street Baptist Church Choir combined with children from across Birmingham. It will incorporate historical sound recordings from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute's Oral History Project and will be digitally mastered by Philip White. This project explores not only the tragic event itself, but also larger issues of extremism that cross boundaries of civil rights, race and religion. The effects of the bombing in 1963 and the Civil Rights Act it spurred can still be seen in human rights movements around the world, and the events in Birmingham serve as a springboard in the struggle for equality for all. The events and performance in 2013 will offer a time of community reflection on the past, evaluation of the present and hopeful dialogue about the future. 

The piece, "A More Convenient Season" is named from the text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
"…who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

In Spring 2014, The Alys Stephens Center will also premiere the work on the West Coast in conjunction with Cal Arts and featuring the Cal Arts Orchestra at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theatre.)

Eric Essix Presents Evolution
September 20, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 3rd and up
Jemison Concert Hall
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist church bombing, UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center is developing and producing community events and performances the week of September 15, 2013, to engage the community through the healing power of the arts. 

As a cultural center that unites UAB and the Birmingham community, we believe the events and performances in 2013 will offer a time of community reflection on the past, evaluation of the present, and hopeful dialogue about the future. Our commissioned performances during this week of remembrance will uplift hearts, encourage souls, and bring peace to minds as we look back. 

Who better to commemorate 1963 than Birmingham Native and Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee Eric Essix. Essix will perform songs from his landmark 20th recording titled Evolution, a musical diary that examines the progress of Birmingham over the past 50 years and into the future. A guitarist with intimate personal, family, and community connections to the subject matter, Essix has produced and recorded songs that have a direct connection to the Civil Rights Movement for more than a decade: 

2000 – For Four (An original composition dedicated to the girls who died in the bombing) 
People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield) 
2004 – Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round (march anthem) 
2005 – Abide With Me (a ten-song collection of Negro spirituals and hymns) 
2009 – We Shall Overcome and Shuttlesworth Drive (An original composition dedicated to the late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth) on Essix's Birmingham album. The latter was a #1 contemporary jazz hit that stayed in the top 5 of the national jazz radio charts for more than 20 weeks. 

Essix has solidified plans to present Evolution in several contexts, especially ones that are educational, including The Alabama State Council on the Arts Touring Artists Program and performances in conjunction with the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition, Essix will tour Los Angeles and other West Coast cities with the Alys Stephens Center, and he will tour internationally with the Birmingham Sister Cities Program.

Yuletide in Dogtown
December 19, 2013 // 10 AM & 1 PM
Recommended Grades: Kindergarten and up
Sirote Theater
The dogs are back in town for this “ArtPlay Presents” holiday favorite! Join Spike, Fifi, Scotty, and Beauregard on this interactive musical adventure created by local playwright Jerry Sims, as his pups learn what the holidays really mean.

Jerry Sims has a real knack for making interesting characters come to life. He has written a number of “ArtPlay Presents” originals. With takes on classics such as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and A Christmas Carol, his shows have offered families, not only a wonderful time at the theatre, but also an educational experience as well. There is theatre where you sit back and watch and then there are shows like Dogtown that are participatory and really gets the students involved. Now are you ready to go to the dogs?

Join us for this holiday treat and enjoy the fun! Your family will even have a chance to shake “paws” with these pups immediately following the show! It’s the pawfect treat for the holidays.

Kasman Duo, Piano
February 7, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 3rd and up
Jemison Concert Hall

Yakov Kasman’s debut in America in 1997 as Silver Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg.

Since his American debut, he has given concerts in the United States, South America, Europe, Russia and Asia, including recitals in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, St. Paul, Atlanta, and Birmingham. He has appeared as soloist with more than sixty orchestras including the Buffalo, Oregon, Pacific, Syracuse, Memphis, Miami, Ft. Worth, Nashville and Alabama symphonies, Athens State Orchestra, the Orchestre de Lille and Orchestre Philharmonique de Montpellier in France, the Singapore Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Orquestra Simfonica de Baleares (Spain), Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea) and the Moscow Philharmonia Orchestra.

Mr. Kasman has fifteen studio CD recordings on the Calliope label. His two CD set of the recordings of the complete sonatas of Prokofiev was awarded the “Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Academie du Disque” in France in 1996. Other CDs include solo works by Haydn, Scriabin, Stravinsky, and Rachmaninov. The International Piano Quarterly magazine recommended his CD of Moussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” as one of 14 equally ranked best in a survey of recordings over the past 75 years. His recording of Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1, and Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings, released in 2000, received the “Choc du monde de la musique” award in France, is rated highest for artistry and sound quality by Classics Today.com, and referred to as “superlative” in the American Record Guide. He has also recorded two CDs with Harmonia Mundi, the most recent one with the Pacific Symphony includes Piano Concerto No. 2 by Lukas Foss, released in 2001. In 2003 he completed a recording of all of the Scriabin piano sonatas and in 2004 recorded an All-Tchaikovsky CD featuring “The Seasons” and Grand Sonata in G-Major (Rated 10/10 by ClassicsTodayFrance.com in December 2005). In 2007 he completed a four-CD set of the chamber music of Shostakovich with the Talich Quartet on the Calliope label.

Mr. Kasman is also active as a teacher and adjudicator. He is a jury member of the Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano), International Piano Competition in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (Kiev), the Corpus Christi International Competition, "Merzlyakovka invites friends" All-Russian Piano Competition in Moscow, Kalinnikov International Piano Competition in Orel and for four years has judged the Rocky Mountain Amateur Piano Competition (Colorado Springs). He has been guest artist and faculty at the Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (Fort Worth), and for several years at the International Summer Music Academy in Kiev.
Recent engagements include performances with National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, "Kiev Soloists" Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, KBS Orchestra in Seoul, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Canada and a performance with Orchestre Lamoureux at the Theatre de Champs Elysees in Paris, France as well as master classes in Japan.
Born in the city of Orel, near Moscow, Mr. Kasman began his piano studies at the age of five. A graduate and postgraduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and previously a professor of piano at the Music College of the Conservatory, he is now the Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. His students are winners of regional, national and international competitions.

“Make it Happen” Performing Ensemble’s Celebration of Black History
February 10, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 3rd and up
Jemison Concert Hall
Something amazing happens in the hands of young actors at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. ArtPlay’s “Make It Happen” Performing Ensemble (MIH), under the direction of Alicia Johnson, is comprised of local high school students who have researched and written and will perform this wonderful production celebrating Black History Month. This performance is packed with memorable songs, spoken word, and dances that only MIH can bring to life. Through the voices of the past and the present, the ensemble tells a story that not only inspires but also educates.

Ailey II
March 17, 2013 // 10 AM
Recommended Grades: 4th and up
Jemison Concert Hall
Your students will be amazed with the dances that only Ailey II offers. Ailey II inhabits the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of some of the world’s leading choreographers. This performance is not just for dancers, but for any classroom looking to be inspired.

Jenny Hayes
Education Coordinator
1006 19th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205