2016 Rhythm & Muse Gala

rhythm-muse-fThe Guild of the Birmingham Music Club will host its Grand Gala on January 30, 2016, at Vestavia Country Club, to raise funds for our prestigious music scholarship program and the Birmingham Music Club Concert Series. Following the success of last year’s event, this year’s event will feature a Patron’s Party, Cocktail Dinner and Reception, a silent auction, performance by our honoree, Dawson Hull, announcement of auction winners, and dancing to City Lights.


Program Agenda

6pm – 6:45pm Patron’s Party

6:45pm – 8:15pm Cocktail Dinner & Reception & Silent Auction

8:15pm – 8:35pm Silent Auction Tables will close one every 5 minutes until all 4 are closed. An announcement will be made at each interval.

8:35pm – 9:05pm Dawson Hull, pianist performs

9:05pm – 9:30pm Linda Cooper will start announcing the winner of each item.

9:30pm – 10pm Dancing to the band City Lights, socializing, payment processing


Ticket Prices

Grand Piano $2,500.00 – Title Sponsorship of Merrill Lynch Patron’s Party, one (1) table for ten (10) people to Gala Cocktail Dinner Party and ten (10) Merrill Lynch Patron’s Party, special recognition in the Program, ten (10) drink tickets. Premiere seating.

Percussion $1,000.00 – Title Sponsorship of Gala Honoree/Table Captain, One (1) table for 8 people to Gala Cocktail Dinner Party, four (4) Merrill Lynch Patron’s Party Tickets, special recognition in the Program, and 8 drink tickets. Premiere seating.

Keyboard $500.00 – Two (2) tickets to Gala Cocktail Dinner Party, two (2) Merrill Lynch Patron’s Party Tickets, and two (2) drink tickets. Premiere seating.

Strings $175.00 – One (1) ticket to Gala Cocktail Dinner Party, one (1) Merrill Lynch Patron’s Party Ticket, and drink (1) drink tickets.

Gala Patron $125.00 – One (1) ticket to the Cocktail Reception, one (1) drink ticket.

Friend $100 – One (1) ticket to the Gala Cocktail Dinner Party

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Judy Anderson at wittichen51@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit the Birmingham Music Club Guild Scholarship Fund and the Birmingham Music Club Concert Series.


Silent Auction Items

President's Wine Collection, assembled by Pat Grant Momentaker Photography package, donated by Angie Holder Antique Tabletop Mirror/Storage - donated by Julie Thurber Cancun Paradise Vacation, 5 night stay at the Westin Resort & Spa with Airfare for 2 Cookie Decorating for Kids or Adults, donated by Betsy Cooper Patio or porch statue of an angel holding a bowl, donated by Dande'Lion Shop Alabama Autographed Football, Nick Saban 2011 National Championship football, autographed by players and coaches, LSU vs AL 14K Gold Loops necklace 2 Tickets to LSU vs. Auburn Yellow Ceramic Basket, donated by Marsha Drennen Cancun Coastal Adventure for 2, 4 nights at Westin Resort & Spa, RT airfare for 2, Parasailing, Snorkeling Catamaran Cruise Two Sheffield Silverplate Candlelebra Skeet Shooting for 2 at Selwood Farms Long Weekend in New York, 3 night stay at Midtown Hilton, RT airfare for 2, 2 tickets to a Broadway Show of your choice, dinner Pampered Chef square bread tube Square Black Onyx and Diamond necklace Pampered Chef scalloped bread tube Round black onyx and diamond necklace, donated by Judy Anderson New York Night on the Town travel package (2 nights at the Grand Hyatt, RT airfare for 2, 2 tickets to a Broadway Show of your choice) 2 Tickets to the Alabama vs Auburn Game Metal Cat Sculpture, donated by Judy Anderson Metal Bird Cage Pampered Chef Heart-shaped Bread Tube Highlands Bar & Grill Gift Certificate, dinner for two, donated by Frank & Pardis Stitt The Limoges Porcelain Box book Jade Bead on Copper Wire Necklace, donated by Judy Anderson Ceramic tray made by Maralyn Wilson, donated by Judy Anderson Grand Bohemian Hotel Gift Certificate Framed Botanical Print, donated by Arceneaux Gallery Dinner for 4 at The Club Dinner for 4 at The Summit Club, donated by Lu Moss Children's Gift Box, includes craft items, $50 Smith's Variety Gift Card, puzzles, crayons, stickers, and more Dinner for 2 at Botega Cafe, donated by Frank & Pardis Stitt Auburn Football autographed by Coach Malzahn Antique Botanical, donated by Jim Drennen Antique Botanical, donated by Jim Drennen $500 Gift Certificate to Simmon's Sporting Goods, donated by Duke McCaa, Clay Simmons Phonerestore Gift Certificate, donated by Tom & Kelly Lamkin Beauty Basket containing $50 Sephora Gift card and free makeover, Chanel perfume, Fresh lip gloss, face cream, facial mask, and more.  Stained glass art named "Duet" by the artist Greta Carmichael.
New York Night on the Town travel package (2 nights at the Grand Hyatt, RT airfare for 2, 2 tickets to a Broadway Show of your choice)

Dawson Hull to Perform at 2016 Gala

Dawson Hull

Dawson Hull

Dawson Hull graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he earned his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. Prior to Peabody, he graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano and Theory/Composition. He has studied piano with Alice Adams Jackson, Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd, Dr. Thomas Hecht, Marian Hahn. He was the 2003 recipient of the Betty H. Miller/Betty Sue Shepherd Scholarship.

Dawson has appeared as soloist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Samford University Orchestra, Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, and the Omulgee Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed for the Warner Robins Concert Association.

As a composer, he has written orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo works under Dr. Ronald Boud, Dr. James Jensen, and Bob Burroughs. Choirs of Samford and other professional chamber ensembles have premiered his compositions. Dawson frequently performs solo and chamber recitals throughout the mid-south and has most recently appeared in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Awadagin Pratt, Enid Katahn, Santiago Rodriguez, and Yakov Kasman.

During his time at Peabody, he was a Music Theory Graduate Assistant, Minister of Music at The Church on Warren Avenue and Artistic Director of the Warren Fine Arts Academy of Music. Dawson was the Minister of Instrumental Music and Director of the Conservatory of Music at The Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins, GA until he recently moved to Germantown, TN where he serves as Pastor of Instrumental Worship Arts at Germantown Baptist Church and will also begin work on his Doctorate Degree in Piano at the University of Memphis.

Dawson and his wife, Taneea, who is also a graduate of Peabody, have 2 children, daughter, Brylee, and son, Brayden Amadeus, who was born on Mozart’s birthday.

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2015 Scholarship Winners

2015 BMCG Scholarship Winners

Lawren Brianna Ware, second-place winner, pianist, and Lynda Little, pianist accompanist, seated, with Grace Elbert, pianist, Evan Woods Gunter, baritone, and Conrad Shaw, tuba player

1st Place Scholarship Winners

University of Alabama freshman, Grace Elbert, performed a Haydn sonata on the piano. She was awarded the Mildred Volentine Green Piano Scholarship.
Baritone Evan Woods Gunter, a Samford University student, performed a piece from Mozart’s, “The Magic Flute”. He was awarded the Penelope Cunningham Voice Scholarship. Lynda Little was his accompanist.
Conrad Shaw performed Monti’s “Czardas” on the tuba. He was awarded the Stuart Mims Instrumental Scholarship and the Walter Sechrist Best Performer Award. His accompanist was Lawren Brianna Ware.



2nd Place Scholarship Winners
Lauren Jones, Voice, University of Montevallo
Lawren Brianna Ware, Piano, Samford University
Marilyn Liu, Instrumental(Cello), University of Alabama

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