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Hilltop Singers Season Finale

May 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Hill Recital Hall

The Birmingham-Southern College Hilltop Singers, under the direction of Dr. Lester Seigel, BSC Joseph Hugh Thomas Professor of Music, will present its season finale Monday, May 15.

The finale will include diverse hits of vocal jazz. Featured selections will include solos by graduating BSC seniors.

The public is cordially invited to attend the concert, and admission is free.

BSC has many gateways for you to experience the cultural life of the campus, including its enriching visual and performing arts program. The college hosts art exhibitions, musical concerts, and theatre productions throughout the year. Check out the balance of our 2016-17 season of events here.

Spring Band Concert
May 1 at 7 p.m.
Hill Amphitheatre
Enjoy a free, family-friendly performance by the BSC Jazz and Symphonic Bands. Food trucks, world instruments, plus photos and music from around the globe will bring an international flair to a fun evening.

Provost’s Forum Series
May 2 at 11 a.m.
Norton Theatre
Dr. Bernadette Mullins, professor of mathematics at BSC, will talk about “Marginally Speaking: Applying Calculus to Business.”

Guest Speaker
May 4 at 11 a.m.
Stephens Science Center, room 130
Physicist James Tucker, director of materials research at Southern Research, will discuss “The James Webb Space Telescope.” The talk is hosted by BSC’s Physics Department.

Opera Workshop
May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Hill Recital Hall
Students singing in BSC’s Opera Workshop will perform Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief. The piece was originally designed as an opera for radio, but was later adapted for the stage.

Medicinal Chemistry Guest Speaker Series
May 5 at 9:30 a.m.
Stephens Science Center 336
Join the CH418 Medicinal Chemistry class when they present their next guest speaker in a series of talks by professional scientists and researchers. Dr. Philip Morris, senior scientist at Evonik, will speak on “Drug Delivery using Biodegradable Polymers.”

SoCo Spring Concert
May 5 at 9:30 p.m. and May 6 at 9 p.m.
Hilltop Village Clubhouse
This year's SoCo spring concert, sponsored by BSC’s Quest II student programming board, will feature Trotline, a country/southern rock cover band, on Friday. Saturday will feature BSC senior Henry Crosby DJ'ing, along with headliners Raury and Sage The Gemini.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah
May 7 at 3 p.m.
Canterbury United Methodist Church
The BSC Concert Choir and Canterbury UMC will join the Alabama Symphony Orchestra to perform Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” The performance will be conducted by Prof. Lester Seigel. Mendelssohn’s monumental dramatic work, based on the stories of the prophet Elijah, is considered one of his greatest compositions and is known as one of Western music’s masterpieces. A host of BSC current students and alumni will be among the soloists in this performance.

Gospel Choir Spring Concert
May 7 at 5 p.m.
Bruno Great Hall
Everyone is invited to join the One-A-Chord Gospel Choir for its annual spring concert. The choir is under the direction of Richard Taylor.

Southern Chorale Spring Concert
May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Hill Recital Hall
The Southern Chorale of Birmingham-Southern College will perform under the direction of BSC Professor of Music Dr. David J. Smith.

Juried Student Exhibition
May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Durbin Gallery
BSC's annual Art Student League Juried Student Exhibition will be on display during Honors Day, featuring the best student work across artistic mediums. This year's juror is Dennis Harper, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.

Student-Directed One Acts
May 17-18 at 7:30 p.m.
College Theatre/The Underground
The BSC theatre program will present two evenings of uproarious and often unpredictable drama and comedy, as presented by first-time student directors as a part of the requirements for Theatre 403, a directing and stage management course. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

May 26 at 3 p.m.
Bill Battle Coliseum
At the Capping ceremony, which precedes Commencement, members of the Class of 2017 receive his or her cap--from a parent, grandparent teacher, mentor or friend--as a mark both of significant academic achievement and of a lifelong commitment to the love of learning.

May 26 at 11 a.m.
Canterbury United Methodist Church
Baccalaureate---a special service of prayers and song recognizing the graduates and their families--has long been part of Commencement Weekend. This special event acknowledges the importance of faith in our academic community and ritualistically marks the ending of college from a religious perspective. Baccalaureate is rooted in BSC’s historical foundations in the Methodist tradition, but is inclusive and welcoming of other faiths.  The Baccalaureate speaker is Rev. Becca Stevens, an author, speaker, Episcopal priest, social entrepreneur, and the founder and president of Thistle Farms, a social enterprise run by women healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

May 27 at 9 a.m.
Bill Battle Coliseum
BSC Professor of Art and Art History Dr. Timothy Smith will address the BSC class of 2017. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a President’s Reception on the Academic Quad.

Memorial Day Observance
May 29
Classes and administrative offices are closed.

*All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.