200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

The Alabama Bicentennial Commission and Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (MSO) are making beautiful music together to commemorate Alabama’s bicentennial. For its upcoming Jubilee Pops Concert, the symphony will showcase music about Alabamians, performed by Alabamians.

In this celebration of native soundscapes, Steve Murray, Alabama Bicentennial Commissioner and Director of the Alabama Archives and History has been invited serve as co-emcee of the evening with Maestro Thomas Hinds.

“The MSO’s annual Jubilee Pops Concert is a highlight of the year for us at the Archives, and especially meaningful with this year’s focus on our state’s bicentennial,” said Murray. “We are proud to partner in this musical celebration of Alabama.”

Though Alabama will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019, plans are already underway to make this anniversary something very special through local and statewide events and programs. The three-year commemoration, called ALABAMA 200, officially began in May 2017 with a launch in Mobile and integrates Alabama’s two years as a territory before declaring statehood in 1819. In 2018, the focus is on “Honoring Our People” and “Sharing Our Stories” in 2019, themes that serve as gateways for all Alabamians to join the commemoration and build partnerships to memorialize the occasion.

“The Symphony has partnered with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, and a number of other community partners to amplify the tone and
timbre of the celebration of Alabama’s rich cultural heritage,” said Blake Thomas, Executive Director of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to the familiar sounds of big bands and Hank Williams, concert-goers have a special treat in store. “As a bonus for all that are in attendance, Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th Fighter Wing has generously agreed to do a fly-over for this extra special event, weather permitting,” said Thomas.

The Jubilee Pops Concert is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for the event which takes place on the lawn of the State of Alabama Archives and History. For more information about the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, call 334-240-4004 or visit www.montgomerysymphony.org.