FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 20, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College Arts Council welcomed about 250 current and prospective members to its annual Fine Arts Society Starlight Supper Sept. 17 in the BSC Norton Campus Center Bruno Great Hall. The membership party, which featured entertainment by BSC fine and performing arts students, served to initiate the upcoming fine arts season.
Participants were welcomed by Dr. Charles Mason, BSC professor and chair of the Department of Music.
Barbara Moore, Arts Council chair, greeted guests and fellow executive committee members including co-chair Joan Jacobson, Lynn Burgess, Elaine Clark, Susan Dasher, Martha Gorham, Gail Parrish, Jan Rooney, and Nan Russell.
BSC President Dr. David Pollick, accompanied by First Lady Karen Bentley Pollick, was introduced by Dr. Alan Litsey, professor of theatre. Pollick and Provost Dr. Kathleen Murray both praised the dedicated faculty and talented students for their commitment to the arts both at the college and in the community. They also thanked Arts Council members for their continued loyalty and support of the college's program, which is second to none.
Introductions of BSC fine and performing arts faculty and student performers were announced by Mason, Pamela Venz, BSC assistant professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Michael Flowers, BSC professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Mira Popovich, BSC professor and director of dance.
Student performances for the evening included: John-Mark McGaha, music major, singing “O vin, dissipe la tritess” from “Hamlet,” accompanied by Idabell Gay; Sirena Wang, piano performance and business major, playing Chopin's “Ocean Etude” in C Minor, Opus 25 No. 12; Christina Johnson, musical theatre major, performing “Much More,” accompanied by Martin Landry, musical theatre major; Michael Seward, musical theatre major, performing “Run Away With Me,” accompanied by Landry; the Hilltop Singers, directed by BSC Hugh Thomas Professor of Music Dr. Lester Seigel, performing “Steppin Out” and “Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes”; dance performance DVD presentation including excerpts from the Student Choreography Workshop 2006; and the introduction of a promotional DVD of BSC arts programs, produced by Erin Ritchie, a 2006 BSC graduate.
Past Arts Council chairs in attendance were Gillian Beavers, Don and Pat Cosper, Lyndra Daniel, Martha Hastings, Shirley McCulloh, Betty McMahon, Kathleen Petznick, Marion Phillips, Carole Rose, Ginger Sharbel, Kay Wooten, and Martha Yeilding.
Dr. Gil Wideman and his wife, Frances Wideman, were recognized and congratulated by Pollick on celebrating 57 years of marriage. The couple attended the preview supper with their grandson, James Watters, who is a freshman at BSC.
Members of the Fine Arts Society become season ticket holders to all art, dance, music, and theatre events on the BSC campus. Benefits of membership include advance ticket purchases; invitations to theatre opening night dinners, lectures, and other campus events and programs; and a subscription to the Birmingham-Southern College Arts Calendar newsletter. Membership is available at the member, patron, or benefactor level.