A&S in the News- April 9-15, 2016

  1. Capstone Song Initiative promotes UA composers
    Crimson White – April 10
    WHAT: Capstone Song Initiative. The audience will hear works performed by UA students, faculty and guest artists … The audience will also be able to appreciate “works for the intimate space of the recital hall,” said David Tayloe, assistant professor of voice in the School of Music. “So many composers are focused on dramatic works, and works for the stage that we often forget about smaller mediums.” “People should come to this event to hear new compositions that are accessible, and audience friendly… There will be songs that range from emotional, to hilarious, to uncomfortable, to beautiful. It is not a formal event, rather a relaxed environment for people to explore the works of contemporary composers,” Tayloe said.
  2. Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps
    Tuscaloosa News – April 11
    The Blue Knights are a competitive drum and bugle corps based in Denver, Colo. Members audition in the fall and begin learning productions in the spring. Bryce Allen, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama and a member of the Million Dollar Band, said he is one of four UA students who are members of the Blue Knights. He said being a part of the Blue Knights includes not only learning and rehearsing the music but also rigorous physical training. Allen’s contrabass bugle weighs about 37 pounds. The 150 members of the Blue Knights tour all over the country for more than two months during summer.
  3. University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research Uses 3D Technology to Rebuild the Past
    3DPrint.com – Dec. 20
    It’s interesting to think about how much technology is used to look back in time, so to speak. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that it’s possible to see back millions of years in space, but on a more earthbound level, technology is able to make even ancient history clearer and more tangible than ever before. 3D technology, in particular, allows us to restore ancient objects and even rebuild things that no longer exist. 3D printing and scanning are just part of the arsenal of technology used by the University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research (OAR) to bring the past into the present.
  4. Serving up tradition: Sassafras Food Festival celebrates local, personal food cultures
    Crimson White – April 11
    The pages of a cookbook turn, the oven clicks on, a pleasant aroma fills the room and things start to feel just like home. For Lauren Cardon’s class, these experiences will be on display this weekend at the Sassafras Food Memories Festival. Cardon, a University of Alabama professor, teaches English 455, an English class where the theme of the coursework this semester is focused primarily on food. Teaming up with Sassafras, a local non-profit organization centered on bringing the community together, students from Cardon’s class will be presenting recipes and narratives based on memories of food. “Our theme this semester is ‘Discourses of food: Growing, cooking and consuming.’ All semester, the students have been reading and blogging about different writings on food and writing papers on foods themselves,” Cardon said.

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