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2023 is gearing up to be an interesting yr at the BJCC, with dozens of fascinating occasions currently announced for the Spring time. From USFL kickoffs to concerts, comedy exhibits, theatre performances and additional, you’ll find a enormous wide range of items to choose from at the BJCC.

To study much more about the expansion of the Uptown Leisure District and forthcoming gatherings at the BJCC, we spoke with Mark Patrick, Govt Director of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

About Mark Patrick and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra


No matter whether you’re new to classical new music or a common attendee, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (ASO) has a clearly show for you. The group was fashioned in 1921 and—aside from a shorter closure in the 1990’s—has operated constantly considering the fact that then. From regular orchestral performances to classical interpretations of popular pop albums, the proficient musicians with the ASO always set on a display to bear in mind.

Mark Patrick / Alabama Symphony Orchestra / BJCC
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A lot of the ASO’s yearly programming is coordinated by the organization’s Govt Director, Mark Patrick. Mark was put in as Executive Director in 2021, but commenced working with the firm in 2004. Above the years, he held various roles inside the firm, such as Phase Supervisor, Common Manager, Director of Operations and now Executive Director.

Looking at Uptown Improve

Uptown Jazz
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In his two decades with the ASO, Mark has been in a distinctive position to witness the advancement of Birmingham’s Uptown Enjoyment District.

“When I very first started with ASO, Uptown appeared a good deal diverse than it does now. Now, the space has grown into various accommodations, multiple celebration areas and a assortment of dining establishments and bars that have been included in modern yrs. It is a fully distinct landscape.”

Mark Patrick, Director, Alabama Symphony Orchestra

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For those of us who aren’t strangers to Birmingham, it is straightforward to get the Uptown Entertainment District for granted. Nonetheless, there are often items to do in Uptown—including food items & consume selections like Eugene’s Scorching Rooster and Uptown Cantina as effectively as leisure at Uptown Jazz Lounge and TopGolf.

“In my experience, it’s definitely essential for a metropolis like Birmingham to have an area wherever men and women can appear alongside one another in advance of and immediately after large events like concert events. It is this sort of a flexible place, with the newly-renovated Legacy Arena, Metropolis Walk and of course the new Protecting Stadium. One particular of the great things about the BJCC complicated is that it has multiple venues that can take care of any sized output. A place like this lets site visitors to get a chunk although they wait for website traffic to die down or provides them a chance to walk by way of the downtown place and see what it has to offer you.”

Mark Patrick, Director, Alabama Symphony Orchestra

See the Alabama Symphony Orchestra at the BJCC

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“Now that the ASO has resumed standard live performance programming, the comments I have listened to from our patrons relating to the BJCC and the Uptown Leisure District has been wonderful. I consider individuals are really astonished at the accessibility to parking, the friendliness of the team below and just what a fantastic practical experience it is all round.”

Mark Patrick, Director, Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Want to see the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in live performance? The ASO has several remarkable functions lined up at the BJCC, like:

  • Residence for the Holiday seasons with the ASO Chorus — December 9, 2023
  • The Songs of Pink Floyd — March 16, 2024
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ in Live performance — April 20-21, 2024

“The Alabama Symphony Orchestra workforce is enthusiastic for several approaching performances we have prepared at the BJCC. We have several demonstrates lined up wherever we perform the new music for the Harry Potter films, and we anticipate executing all of all those films about the future 5 or six years. You never want to miss out on it!”

Mark Patrick, Director, Alabama Symphony Orchestra

The BJCC has a comprehensive lineup of performances going on now—get your tickets these days.

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