THE ARTS ASSOCIATION OF EAST ALABAMA PRESENTS
Sammy Miller and the congregation
The Opelika Center For The Performing Arts
SAMMY MILLER AND THE CONGREGATION ARE ON A MISSION TO PUT THE GENEROSITY BACK INTO JAZZ AND BRING ART BACK TO THE PEOPLE.
WE PLAY JOYFUL JAZZ—MUSIC THAT FEELS GOOD. IT IS A STYLE THAT ENTERTAINS, ENRICHES, BUT MOST OF ALL UPLIFTS.
A native of Los Angeles, Grammy nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that "feels good" as a drummer, singer and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. While independently the band members have performed/recorded with notable artist including Wynton Marsalis, O.A.R, Iron and Wine, Joshua Redman, Lee Fields, Jason Moran at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl they have opted to stick together to create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world.
SAMMY MILLER, DRUMS
SAM CRITTENDEN, TROMBONE
BEN FLOCKS, TENOR SAX
ALPHONSO HORNE, TRUMPET
DAVID LINARD, PIANO
MOLLY MILLER, GUITAR
JOHN SNOW, BASS
Season Ticket holders will have the same seats for each performance. The Series subscription package costs much less than purchasing the shows individually.
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The Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir was founded in 1932 by Jan Kühn, a distinguished singer, director and choirmaster. Originally founded for the needs of the Czech Radio in Prague, the choir gained notoriety and in 1952 became part of the Czech Philharmonic, and remained so for forty years.
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—Seen and Heard International
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—Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review - Recital at Carnegie Hall
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