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Nov. 7, 2006

Birmingham-Southern First Lady wins Just Plain Folks Music Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College First Lady and violinist Karen Bentley Pollick was awarded first prize at the Just Plain Folks 2006 Music Awards for an instrumental album recorded with pianist Bruce Hanifan.

Their album “Ariel View: Tone Poems for Violin and Piano” was announced Best Instrumental Album at the music awards show on Nov. 4 at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, Calif.

“Ariel View” is a recorded selection of tone poems for violin and piano from Hanifan and Bentley Pollick. This CD evolved out of spontaneous improvisations into gentle songs that capture the ethereal spirit of Ariel, Shakespeare's supernatural prankster from “The Tempest.” Most of the titles can be found within the play.

The Just Plain Folks Music Awards, founded by Brian Austin Whitney as an informal way to recognize member music submitted throughout the year, has grown to become the largest music awards program in the world. For the 2006 awards, 350,000 songs and 25,500 albums in more than 70 genres from 100 countries were received. For a complete list of 2006 winners, go to

“Ariel View” is available online at and at the Birmingham-Southern College Bookstore, Laser's Edge in Homewood, or the Alys Stephens Center gift shop.





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