A Unique Perspective On Concert Photography From A Blind Music Fan, Ahmad Zaghal

20 View/Post Comments Baldwin Pops performed on stage at a previous concert. (Submitted by Jeanne Fitzgibbons) The City of Orange Beach will be hosting a free concert featuring the Baldwin Pops Concert Band. The event will be held Oct. 20 from 4:306:00 p.m. on the lawn behind the Orange Beach Senior Center & Library, located at 26251 Canal Road. This will be the Pops fifth year to hold a concert in Orange Beach. For this event, both the Senior Center and Library will be open, making for easy access to those who may use wheelchairs or walkers. Plenty of restroom facilities will be available. The Senior Center & Library are located on Wolf Bay and offer a waterfront view with beautiful sunsets this time of year. For the past four years the concert has been held at Waterfront Park, which is only a few hundred feet from this years venue. The location has been changed due to construction at the Coastal Arts Center. These improvements will allow the grounds to better accommodate events like this in the future. Parking will still be available at Waterfront Park for the Pops Concert.

Concert to feature new, familiar pieces

I thought there was some kind of stage here, he says. But my friends are pretty honest. Theyll tell me, Oh, you got a bunch of pictures of the ceiling. When his subjects dont elude the frame entirely, theyre often truncated, decapitated or abstracted into blurry smears of pixels. The least successful images become the most successful. Which is beautiful. And hilarious. Its a totally funny idea, Zaghal, 31, says. And now people are taking it more seriously. And thats great. Maybe there is a point to this! Point or no point, Zaghal is dedicated to pursuing this project some thing he refers to as both a joke and an experiment. He attends roughly 20 concerts a month, always arriving in time to snag a spot up front. Once the band gets started, he hoists his iPhone to his ear and listens. Screen-reading software tells him when hes selected the camera function. Then, he points and shoots. If theres nobody to chat with between sets, hell caption the images and post them to Instagram straight from the gig. That isnt the case at last Tuesdays Rocketship show.

An artisan gives finishing touches to an effigy of demon king Ravana in preparation for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh October 8, 2013. The effigies are burnt during the festival which commemorates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil. REUTERS/Ajay Verma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Both the symphonic band and concert band are composed of both music and non-music majors who underwent a competitive blind audition in order to participate. The upcoming concert is not only an opportunity for students to enjoy a performance put on by their peers, but a chance to highlight the musical talents of several UA students. The concert will showcase the talents of many students from various backgrounds, ages, majors and experience, as well as highlight musical selections that are vibrant, aggressive, soulful and fun, Todd said. With their performance, the two bands seek to engage people of all musical preferences, from contemporary pop to rock to classical, while simultaneously dispelling the connotation associated with symphonic and concert bands. When people hear the terms symphonic band and concert band, they automatically think of older, classical music, Randall Coleman, associate director of bands and conductor of the symphonic and concert bands, said. This presents a challenge since most college students prefer to listen to new songs on the radio. However, I think our program successfully encompasses many different musical tastes by providing fast-paced, contemporary music thats easy to listen to. Similarly, Todd said the symphonic bands and concert bands are much more relatable than most people realize. They are not limited to older music, and students will be surprised to find that many of the pieces in the concert will be familiar to them. This concert will provide sounds that are familiar and recognizable, as well as some that are new and different, Todd said. The overarching goal of the concert is to promote the Alabama symphonic band and Alabama concert band, and by extension the music program as a whole. The concert allows the bands an outlet for their hard work, and ticket sales will benefit the music program.