Saturday, March 6, 2010

Musician Bobby Horton performs at Alys Stephens Center to support statewide reading campaign

The Big Read: Alabama Reads The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain comes to the Alys Stephens Center this month. A Musical Afternoon with Bobby Horton and Mark Twain will be featured on Sunday, March 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Popular musician Bobby Horton will entertain audiences with music and stories of Twain’s years growing up along the Mississippi River. A collaborator with musical-comedy trio, Three On A String, Horton has also produced and performed music scores for ten Ken Burns films, including a documentary on Mark Twain.

The performance is designed to promote the statewide literacy campaign, The Big Read: Alabama Reads, which encourages citizens to read Mark Twain’s classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The book was chosen to correspond with the Alabama Department of Tourism’s Year of Small Towns and Twain’s 175th birthday. The statewide literacy campaign launched in February and will conclude in April.

Tickets are available now at the Alys Stephens Center by visit or phone at 205-975-2787, as well as online. Tickets for adults are $10, and tickets for children under 13 are $5.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

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