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Jan. 6, 2014

Music Department plans concert to benefit Philippine typhoon victims

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Music Department at Birmingham-Southern will host a benefit concert for victims of the deadly typhoon in the Philippines.

"Alabama Sings!" will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Hill Recital Hall on campus and will feature some of the state's finest classical singers. BSC President Gen. Charles C. Krulak will give opening remarks at the event.

Admission is free; donations are requested. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which ravaged the central Philippines in November.

The concert will feature solo performances by 15 professional singers well known to local audiences, including BSC faculty members Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, Jeff Kensmoe, and Jennifer Bryant. Also performing will be Won Cho, Laura Harbison Doss, Emily Herring, Joseph Hopkins, Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, Sharon Lawhon, Diane McNaron, Chris O'Rear, Gloria Parvin, Jennifer Roth-Burnette, Melanie Williams, and Charles Wood. The group will present a varied program that includes works from popular operas, musicals, and oratorios, along with art songs and classical jazz. Accompanying pianists include BSC Conservatory of Music faculty member Virginia Dismukes, Chase Cooper, Lucy DeSa, Dan Lawhon, Laurie Middaugh, and Diana Preoteasa.

The concert is sponsored by the Alabama Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (ALANATS). Institutions represented include Birmingham-Southern College, UAB, Samford University, University of Montevallo, University of Alabama, the Alabama School of Fine and Performing Arts, and Gadsden State Community College.

According to the United Nations, 6,155 people were confirmed dead after Typhoon Haiyan, 1,785 are still missing, and 4.1 million remain displaced—making it the island nation's deadliest natural disaster on record.

Musicians across the United States are continuing to support disaster relief for victims of the typhoon through benefit concerts. "Alabama Sings!" is pleased to be a part of these national efforts to help those in need.

For more information about the concert, call (205) 226-4950 or (205) 226-4960.

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.