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Birmingham-Southern Fine Arts Society dishes up annual Starlight Supper
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College Arts Council welcomed nearly 300 current and prospective members to its annual Fine Arts Society Starlight Supper Sept. 16 at the B&A Warehouse in downtown Birmingham. The membership party, which featured entertainment by BSC fine and performing arts students, served to usher in the upcoming fine arts season.
Participants were welcomed by BSC Provost Dr. Kathleen Murray. Adelia Patrick Thompson, vice president for institutional advancement at BSC, greeted guests on behalf of Arts Council chair Joan Jacobson, and announced Arts Council committee chairs including Susan Dasher, Ann Johnson, Pat Nix, Tammy Rowe, Darla Sellers, and Kaye Wooten.
BSC President Dr. David Pollick, accompanied by First Lady Karen Bentley Pollick, was introduced by Murray. He thanked the Fine Arts Society members for their continued loyalty and devoted support of the college's outstanding arts programs.
Introductions of BSC fine and performing arts faculty and student performers were announced by Murray, who praised the talented students and dedicated faculty for their commitment to excellence and to the arts community at the college and in Birmingham. Faculty included Charles Mason, BSC professor and chair of the Department of Music; Pamela Venz, BSC professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History; Alan Litsey, BSC professor and acting chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance; and Mira Popovich, BSC professor and director of dance.
Student performances for the evening included: Karen Young, a master of music in voice major from Huntsville, singing “La Canzone di Doretta” from “La Rondine” by Giacomo Puccini, accompanied by Virginia Dismukes, BSC piano and conservatory faculty; Timothy Beenken, a junior vocal performance major from Vestavia, singing Mozart's “Non piu andrai” from “Le Nozze di Figaro,” accompanied by Dismukes; Amanda Kramer, a junior theatre major from Alabaster, and Laura Spurgeon, a sophomore theatre major from Phenix City, presenting the slide presentation “BSC Goes to Scotland: The Miss Julie Project;” Gannon Love, a first year musical theatre major from Montgomery, performing “They Call the Wind Maria” from “Paint Your Wagon” by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, accompanied by Dismukes; a dance performance DVD presentation including excerpts from the Spring Dance Performance 2007; and a student-produced DVD presentation promoting the BSC fine and performing arts programs, produced by Erin Ritchie, a 2006 BSC graduate.
Past Arts Council chairs and their guests in attendance were Sheila and Mike Atchison, Peggy and Michael Balliet, Gillian Beavers, Gera and David Comfort, Martha and Carroll Hastings, Shirley and Calvin McCulloh, Audrey and Stu Lindquist, Kathleen and George Petznick, Ginger and Art Sharbel, Pat Weil, and Martha and Fletcher Yeilding. Among others attending were Jimmie Hess, John Lovin, Ella McCain, Sandra and Terry Oden, Carolyn and John Stadtlander, and Carolyn and Don Smallwood.
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.