From a Spirit press release: On Saturday, June 11, folks in Alabama will be treated to an evening of Broadway favorites when Spirit from Jacksonville State University joins the Alabama Symphony Orchestra for a performance at the historic Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge. "Broadway Under the Stars" is part of the Alabama Symphony's Music at McClellen concert series, for which the ASO performs classical and light favorites in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Families and friends with picnic dinners will relax on the grass in lawn chairs and on blankets as Spirit opens the evening with a concert performance of their 2005 musical program, "The Spirit of Broadway." The corps will light up the night with a dazzling array of familiar melodies by George M. Cohan, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, Leonard Bernstein and many more. Spirit's program concludes with selections from the hit show, "Wicked." The Alabama Symphony, under the baton of Christopher Confessore, will be joined by Birmingham's own Kristi Tingle-Higginbotham and performers from Summerfest Musical Theatre in a concert filled with songs from popular shows, including "Gypsy," "Annie Get Your Gun," and "Cats." The orchestra will also present selections from "Wicked." "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our program with new friends,"
explains Spirit executive director Ken Bodiford, "We're also pleased to be able to expose our kids to the talented members of the Alabama Symphony." Spirit director Dr. Jim Batcheller agrees. "Through this partnership we'll be able to bring drum corps to some folks who may not have been previously aware of it. At the same time we'll be bringing a part of our audience - some for the first time - to the ASO. That we're playing some of the same material only makes that connection stronger!"
The grounds open at Longleaf Park (also known as Duck Pond Park) at the former
Fort McClellan in Anniston, Ala., at 6 p.m. Spirit's performance will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m, with the Alabama Symphony's performance to follow at 8 p.m. For directions and additional information, visit .