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Montgomery, Alabama, Has a Rich Musical Heritage

You might not realize a musician is from Alabama.

And you may be surprised what musicians called Montgomery home.

Do you recognize these 5 musicians from Montgomery?

  • Nat King Cole – famous performer and song writer;
  • Eddie Floyd – Rhythm & Blues singer,
  • Melvin Franklin – with the Temptations,
  • Toni Tennille – of Captain & Tennille to name a few.
  • Tommy Shaw – Guitarist from Styx

Wikipedia has a central organizing page on ‘Musicians from Montgomery, Alabama‘ where an alphabetical list of over 30 musicians if you’d like to see some more.

There are great songs about Montgomery as well.

Songs about Montgomery include:

  • “Alabama Nova” by The Mountain Goats,
  • “Angel from Montgomery” by John Prine,
  • “Midnight in Montgomery” by Alan Jackson,
  • “Montgomery County Breakdown” by Eddie Stubbs,
  • “Montgomery In The Rain” by Stephen Young,
  • “Montgomery To Memphis” by Billy Montana,
  • “Seven Bridges Road” By Steve Young

Classical Music in Montgomery is Performed by:

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra 

The MSO performs concerts throughout the year at the Davis Theater  and offers a free outdoor Pops concerts annually at outdoor venues in Montgomery.  They also sponsor two ongoing Fellowships – one in violin and one in cello – which bring in professional musicians from around the world.  And in addition to performing with the symphony, the Fellows perform solo recitals at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (link to http://mmfa.org/).

Chamber Music in Montgomery

The Montgomery Chamber Music Organization brings in world class chamber music ensembles from around the US, Europe, Russia and the Far East.

Typically four performances are scheduled throughout the year and the quality is no less than the best of what can be found in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Groups in the MCMO programs in Montgomery include:

  • the Julliard String Quartet,
  • the Tokyo String Quartet,
  • the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble from London,
  • the Emerson String Quartet,
  • the St. Lawrence String Quartet,
  • the Schumann String Quartett,
  • the Jerusalem Quartet,
  • the Hermitage Piano Trio

and the list goes on and on spanning back over the many years since the organization’s founding in 1960.

Learning an instrument in Montgomery is very achievable too.

Taking music lessons on instruments from the grand piano to the banjo is possible in Montgomery.  Music can be learned here from private tutors all the way up to the formal academic levels of music found in Montgomery’s Colleges and Universities.