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Sept. 30, 2008

Birmingham-Southern Fine Arts Society dishes up annual Starlight Supper

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern College Fine Arts Society welcomed nearly 300 current and prospective members to its annual Fine Arts Society Starlight Supper Sept. 21 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 arts season.

Participants were welcomed by Angela Comfort, chair of the BSC arts council, who also announced committee chairs including Dr. Don Stewart, Elisebeth Bashinsky, Lucy Tutwiler, and Melinda Underwood.

Comfort also recognized those providing significant sponsor-level monetary contributions to support fine and performing arts at the college this year, including Joan Jacobson, last year's Arts Council chair; Peter and Pamela Holby; Rick and Candace Love; alumni Kathryn and Leon Waters; and alumni Jennifer and Thomas Waters. Contributions by the Waters, along with State Farm Insurance, will enable the college to once again present master classes in voice, piano, composition and choir this year, all open to the public.

BSC President David Pollick was introduced by BSC acting provost Wayne Shew. Pollick gave a brief update on college activities and also thanked the Fine Arts Society members for their continued loyalty and devoted support.

Shew then introduced BSC fine and performing arts faculty and student performers and praised the talented students and dedicated faculty and staff for their commitment to excellence.

Student performances for the evening included: Timothy Beenken, a senior vocal performance major from Vestavia, singing “Pierrot's Tanzlied” by Erich Korngold, accompanied by Dr. Virginia Dismukes; Hannah Ellington, a junior voice major from Pelham singing “Song to the Moon” by Antonin Dvorak, accompanied by Dismukes; and musical theatre majors Michael Seward from Spanish Fort and Christina Johnson from Montgomery, singing “Tonight” from “West Side Story,” also accompanied by Dismukes.

Past arts council chairs and their guests in attendance were Gera and David Comfort, Martha and Carroll Hastings, Shirley and Calvin McCulloh, Kathleen and George Petznick, Ginger and Art Sharbel, and Pat Weil. Among others attending were Martha Moore Sykes, Pat Fresk, Deborah and Robert Callahan, Ella McCain, Harriet Yeilding, Suzanne and Perry Roquemore, Mary Johnson Butterworth and Chuck Butterworth, and Millie and Billy Hulsey.

Members of the Fine Arts Society become season ticket holders to arts events on the BSC campus. Benefits of membership include advance ticket purchases; invitations to theatre opening night events, 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. For more information about the BSC Fine Arts Society or to join, visit or call 205-226-4921.

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