Author: Kevin Lee

Grammy nominee makes Mobile rounds

Get ready, Mobile. Your symphony is bringing heady company to town with a nod toward historic composers and an eye on musical frontiers. The occasion is Mobile Symphony Orchestra’s “Winter Romance” concert on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.). Included on the varied bill are Romantic Era masters Wagner, Korngold and Tchaikovsky. A work by the second of that trio features one of MSO’s special guests, violinist Philippe Quint. MSO Music Director Scott Speck shares a momentous history with Quint in this setting. “He is one of the world’s finest violinists and was...

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Keyboardist headlines MOJO

The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will kick off 2017 with a performance by keyboardist Cedric Brooks at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.) on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. It will be Brooks’ first appearance with the 15-year-old jazz society. Brooks began playing while still a high schooler in his native California. He relocated to the Mobile area just over 20 years ago. “My influences are Stevie Wonder, George Duke and Herbie Hancock. I’ve played a lot of gigs on the western end of the central Gulf Coast and up in Memphis,” Brooks said. He will...

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Mobile actor Evans assuages cancer scare

When Chicago actor Steve Evans shared ominous medical news on social media, it sent waves through the Mobile theater community. An actor, writer and comic, Evans traded his native Azalea City for the windy one in the last decade to further his theatrical career. A Jan. 4 Facebook posting revealed Evans had been diagnosed with small-cell carcinoma and announced a fundraising effort to help with related expense. Replies to the post showed he continues to have a base of friends and colleagues throughout Mobile’s creative community. When Artifice spoke with Evans on Jan. 5, his characteristic humor showed a...

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Theater news aplenty

Love the theater? Opportunity is plentiful the next few weeks. Joe Jefferson Players will hold auditions for their production of Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” on Jan. 16-17, 6:30 p.m., at JJP (11 S. Carlen St.). The play will be directed by Joe Fuselli and staged March 17 through April 2. Audition forms, character descriptions, attached monologues and a rehearsal/performance schedule can be found at You can also call 251-471-1534. Those same dates, Chickasaw Civic Theatre will hold auditions for “Mobile Home, Sweet Home” by Pat Cook, author of the comic Harry Monday murder mysteries. The tale...

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Chamber music duos make Mobile better

Commingling and collaboration are a key aspect of Mobile. Land meets water. History meets future. Tradition meets innovation. In a couple of weeks, a proven Azalea City cultural entity unites a pair of gifts for the community. That’s when cellist Robert deMaine and pianist Orion Weiss will form the centerpiece of the Alma and Anthony Fisher Memorial Concert of Mobile Chamber Music’s current season. “These two musicians perform together occasionally, yet getting them both here required working with two managements. It was a challenge,” Mobile Chamber Music programmer Dan Silver said. When they meet onstage at the University of...

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