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The Birmingham Music Club 2022 Season
Season Sponsors - Carolyn and Thad Long 
Buy any 4 tickets and receive an automatic 10% discount. 

 Tickets available online HERE 

 or call 205-253-1313


June 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2022
The Merry Widow
Our 7th Annual Birmingham Music Club Operetta Production
Harrison Theatre, Samford University
Friday June 3, 2022, 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 4, 2022, 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinee, June 5, 2022, 2:30 pm
Tickets $40 (Students $20)

 Savor Franz Lehar’s classic light opera, ever a favorite, with colorful characters, comedy, dancing,

and exquisite, memorable songs!  Wonderfully talented cast and beautiful orchestra.
Kristin Kenning, Director and Brian Viliunas, Conductor

 Sponsored by Wyatt & Susan Haskell

Sponsoring Partners:
Dr. Chandler & Jane Paris Smith
The Guild of the Birmingham Music Club
More Details Here
Cast List, Production Team, and Orchestra


Tickets available online HERE 

 or call 205-253-1313

(For assistance with Socially-Distanced Seating, please call.) 

  Buy any 4 tickets and receive an automatic 10% discount.



Saturday, May 14, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Doors Open At 9:30 am 

The 2nd Annual Magic City Clarinet Festival

 University of Montevallo Center for the Arts
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tickets $25

 Join clarinetists and music lovers from far & wide at University of Montevallo’s sparkling new state-of-the-art

Center for the Arts!  Enjoy the workshops, vendors, competitions, camaraderie, and a marvelous day of
fine performances on the newly dedicated Rebecca J. Luker Stage.
Brian Viliunas, Artistic Director
Sponsored by Dr. Andrew Duxbury
More Details 

Schedule of Classes & Performances 



Sunday, April 24, 2022, 2:30 pm


The Parlor Concert featuring
Mike Moss, Solo Guitar
 The Clubhouse on Highland
Sunday, April 24, 2022, 2:30 pm
Wine & Cheese Reception (2 pm & at intermission)
Tickets $30 – limited to 50 seats!

 Our traditional Parlor Concert stars exceptional guitarist Mike Moss.

 Mesmerizing and delightful, you won’t believe there is only one person playing, but it’s true!

 Sponsored by Michael J. & MaryAnne Freeman

 Tickets available online HERE 

 or call 205-253-1313


March Show Canceled:

10th Annual Young People's Concert

Maestro Explores TV Music
 Alabama Theatre
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
9:30 am & 12:30 pm
Tickets $5
We regret to announce that we have had to cancel our March 16
Young People's Concert due to COVID concerns for the school children.
  It has been rescheduled for October 19, 2022.

 At this new concert in our high-energy series for children, Maestro Ron Bourdages

takes a close look at the music of TV shows through the years.  Fun for everyone!

(For more details click HERE.) 

Lead Sponsor: Anonymous
Sponsoring Partners: Jemison Investments and Your Name Here



 February Show Canceled: 

 Love at the Lyric: The 313th Army Jazz Combo 

with opening act To Sondheim with Love 
 The Lyric Theatre
Sunday, February 13, 2022, 2:30 pm
FREE CONCERT – Limited Seating
Masks Requested; Socially Distanced Seating Available
Tickets are Free - Reserved Seat Tickets Required

 We regret to announce that we have decided to cancel our February production
due to COVID concerns, for audience and artists alike.
Our 6th Love at the Lyric opens with a heartfelt vocal tribute to Stephen Sondheim,
followed by the 313th Army Jazz Combo with a lively salute to Valentine’s Day! 
Title Sponsors: The Guild of the Birmingham Music Club
Sponsoring Partners: Your Name Here




Saturday, August 7, 2021:

Birmingham Music Club presents
The Magic City Clarinet Festival
Brian Viliunas, Artistic Director
at the Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd.  35203 
Saturday, August 7, 2021
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sponsored by Dr. Andrew Duxbury 
Organized by Birmingham Music Club orchestra conductor Brian Viliunas,
this all-day festival will bring clarinetists of all ages to Birmingham
for masterclasses, performances, vendors, camaraderie, and fun!

And, you don't have to be a clarinetist to enjoy this event -
EVERYONE will love the live performances -
just come on out and savor some wonderful live music!

See an advance copy of the PROGRAM
Read more about the performers and presenters HERE.

There will be 12 performances during the day, according to the following schedule:



10:30 Brian Viliunas, clarinet with Brad Diamond , tenor and Laurie Middaugh, piano

11:00 Marissa Stanfill, clarinet with piano accompaniment

11:30 Lori Ardovino, clarinet with The LeBaron Trio (Laurie Middaugh, piano and  Melanie Williams, soprano)

12:00 Brad Whitfield, clarinet

12:30 Osiris Molina, demi-clarinet

 1:00 Katrina Philips, clarinet with Laurie Middaugh, piano

1:30 Meghan Merciers, clarinet with Trio Leo (Whitney O'Neal, flute and Karen Cantrell, piano)

2:00 Lisa Oberlander, clarinet with Laurie Middaugh, piano

2:30 Columbus State University Clarinets

3:00 Michael Saddekni, clarinet with Chuck King, trumpet; Tony Lombardo, banjo; and Leah Pogwizd, bass 

3:30 313th Army Band Clarinets

4:00 Alabama Winds


 There will be also be 12 classes during the day, according to the following schedule:


10:30  313th Army Band - So you want to have a career in the military?

11:00  Wolfgang Lohff - How to find a good instrument or optimize your own

11:30  Brian Viliunas - The Checklist Manifesto

12:00 Michael Saddekni - Learning Jazz Improvisation

12:30 Lisa Canning - Developing a Portfolio Career in Music: How to make a living doing a few things in music you love to do

1:00 Lori Ardovino - "Switching to bass clarinet: helpful hints and tips"

1:30 Don Prater - Woodwind Doubling for Single Reeds and Flute

2:00 Brad Whitfield - Audition Success: from All State to professional auditions

2:30 Osiris Molina - It's Not You, It's Me: Fostering a Healthy Relationship With Your Mouthpiece

3:00 Katrina Philips - Creating an Optimal Clarinet Sound: a Look at Embouchure, Breathing, Tonguing and Reeds

3:30 Meghan Merciers - Repertoire: accompanied and unaccompanied

4:00 Lisa Oberlander - Focus on the Fundamentals in Your Repertoire


See an advance copy of the PROGRAM.

Read more about the performers and presenters HERE.



All Attendees are welcome to attend and/or participate in any of the Masterclasses.

  In addition, this event will include an incredible opportunity to participate as the student/performer

in a performance master class with some of the clarinet professors attending.

  If you are interested in auditioning to be the student/performer for a master class, please

 submit a YouTube video introducing yourself and an example of you playing a solo or étude.

  Please send the link to Brian Viliunas at bviliuna@samford.edu.


Vendors representing Gadsden Music, Lohff and Pfeiffer,

Collins Hornworks, Rodriguez Musical Services,
Rovner ligatures, Alabama School of Fine Arts, and more, will be on hand.

Vendor Booths are $100 each, and we still have a few available.
Please email BrianViliunas@gmail.com for more information.
Please note that no food or drink is currently available at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
We'll have a list of restaurants within walking distance, and
Big Daddy's Bar-B-Q Food Truck will be nearby.

For the latest information about COVID safety precautions
at the Birmingham Museum of Art, please click here.


 Attendee Ticket $50*

 *Promo Code Discounts - Save with these Promo Codes!
Individual Attendee Tickets are only $30 with Promo Code Listen&Learn

Buy 4 or more and your tickets are only $25 each, with Promo Code BUY4 
Parents & Chaperones will be admitted free of charge.
Just register at the Birmingham Music Club Table when you arrive,
to receive your lanyard & Parent/Chaperone Badge.




Sponsored in part by



Still Available for Viewing
(Tip: when you get there, fast forward 6:32 minutes in, to the start of it.)
Birmingham Music Club presents
Sweethearts in Song
Directed by Kristin Kenning

 Live-Streamed from the Lyric Theatre
Birmingham, Alabama
via YouTube & Facebook, Free-of-Charge
(see links & instructions below)
Sunday, June 6, 2021
2:30 pm CDT
Enjoy some of the greatest love songs of all time, performed by
genuine sweethearts, singing to each other, and for you!
Songs by Sigmund Romberg, Franz Lehar, Irving Berlin,
Mozart, Sondheim, Gershwin, and more!
◊ Terrance Brown & Tiffany Bostic-Brown
◊ Won & Kyoung Cho
◊ Evan & Carin Gunter

Accompanied by Music Director John Robertson
Directed by award-winning Light Opera Director Kristin Kenning

Live-Streamed Free-of-Charge

Live-Streamed Video Links & Instructions:

To access the concert video using Facebook

1) Go to https://www.facebook.com/bhammusicclub/live_videos/ 

2) You don't need a Facebook account or a password to watch it here.

3) Make sure your computer's sound is on.

4) When you get there, fast-forward to 6:32 minutes in, when the show begins.


The concert was also simulcast by the Lyric Theatre on Facebook.com/LyricTheatre 

and the Alabama Theatre on Facebook.com/theALTheatre.


To access the concert on YouTube

1)  Click this link https://youtu.be/XYRxudAYlSU

2) You don't need a YouTube account or a password to watch it here.

3)  Make sure your computer's sound is on.

4)  Fast-forward to 6:32 minutes in, when the actual show begins.


If you watch YouTube on your TV, via Roku for example, or YouTube.com/tv

1) Go to Search, and key in SWEETHEARTS IN SONG.  (It may bring up some similar titles, but you'll be able to spot it from the header.)

2) Once you've selected it, hold down your fast-forward key until you get to 6:32 minutes in, when the show actually begins. 


To see the Program Song List, click HERE.

To see Bios of the Artists, click HERE. 

To see the Virtual Program, click HERE.


As there will be no revenue from ticket sales,
this live-streamed concert is 100% reliant on donations.
Please consider joining our Lead Sponsors,
Wyatt & Susan Haskell
in helping to make this event possible.

The Birmingham Music Club is a 501c3 nonprofit, and
100% of your donation will go to paying the artists and renting the Lyric Theatre for this event.
Especially given the challenges for artists and theaters this past year, you can be sure that
ALL contributions are VERY MUCH needed and appreciated.

To contribute online, Click Here or go to our "Contribute" tab above, or contact
Warren Page, Development Manager
Phone: 205-999-6339    Email: Warren@BhamMusicClub.org

Also Sponsored By



Birmingham Music Club Presents

The Live-Streamed Parlor Concert

featuring CHOKO AIKEN, Piano
and her Jazz Combo
July 26, 2020, 3:00 pm

Sponsored by
Michael J. and MaryAnne Freeman

Also Sponsored by
Alabama State Council on the Arts
Lyric Fine Arts Theatre

Live-streamed at

Originally scheduled for April 19 as our traditional
Parlor Concert at the Clubhouse on Highland,
we first rescheduled it to Sunday, July 26, hoping
it would be safe to have gatherings by then.
But since it is not, we have changed it to a
Live-Streamed Concert!
Same artists, same concert program, same date,
but you will now be viewing it from
the comfort & safety of your own home.
You do not need a ticket to view this concert.
Original Ticketholders have already received
an e-mail message with special instructions.

With a Donation of $25 or more to the Birmingham Music Club,
receive a gift of an exclusive Souvenir DVD of the concert.

We also encourage you to support the
Lyric Fine Arts Theatre
Alabama Public Television. 
The concert will also be simulcast on YouTube.
To view it on YouTube Click Here.

The musicians:
Choko Aiken on Piano and Pianaca
Steven Roberts on Trumpet
Gary Wheat on Tenor Saxophone
Pei-Ju Wu on Violin
Abe Becker on Bass
Michael Glaser on Drums
The program: 

Clair De Lune by Claude Debussy (arranged as Bossanova)

 Für Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven (arranged as Swing)

 Gymnopédie No.1 by Erik Satie (arranged as a Jazz Waltz)

 Jupiter by Gustav Holst ( arranged as 4/5 Swing)

 Pavane by Gabriel Fauré (arranged as Slow Ballade/ Bossa)

 Piano Concerto No.2,  in C minorOp. 18,  by Sergei Rachmaninoff  (arranged as Intro-Up Swing-Bossanova-Med Swing)

 Satin Doll by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and Johnny Mercer. (Med Slow Swing)

 Take the A Train by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (Med Up Swing)

 Little Sunflower by Freddie Hubbard (Latin)

 Movin' Up by Sharon Harris (Shuffle – Med Swing to upbeat Swing)

What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss (Pianica solo by Choko Aiken) 


 Victor Herbert's The Red Mill

Victor Herbert's The Red Mill
A Birmingham Music Club Light Opera Production
Has been canceled
due to the Pandemic
- Friday, June 5, 2020, 7:30 pm
- Saturday, June 6, 2020, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, June 7, 2020, 2:30 pm
Alys Stephens Center's Sirote Theatre
1200 10th Avenue South
Reserved Seating:  $35 adults, $15 Students 
Info for Current Ticket Holders Here 

We are so sorry that we had to cancel this production!
  We were all very much looking forward to it,
whether behind the scenes, backstage, onstage,
in the orchestra pit, or in the audience!

  While most of the work done so far won't come to fruition,
one beautiful thing we can share is the artwork
of our Art Director, Mark Marquis.
(above; even though he had to add "canceled" to his creation.)
Everyone please stay well, and hopefully
we'll all be back for a great season next year!


Love at the Lyric: Maestro Loves Mardi Gras
A concert for the whole family
Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2:30 pm
The Lyric Theatre
1800 3rd Avenue North 
Reserved Seating: $30 & $25 adults, $15 &$10 students
Click HERE to Order Tickets Online  

 Click HERE to Order Tickets Online 

Season Tickets are only $50 each (2 for $100) and include both
Love at the Lyric: Maestro Loves Mardi Gras and The Red Mill.
To order by phone, please call
Randi Bourdages, Ticket Coordinator, at 205-253-1313.
For more information, please email her at BhamMusicClub@gmail.com
For ongoing announcements, please sign up below to make sure we have your email address, and also
"Like" our Facebook Page facebook.com/BhamMusicClub. 


Birmingham Music Club
The Young People's Concert
Maestro Goes to MARDI GRAS
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Alabama Theatre

Live Orchestra and singers
Featuring music from in and around New Orleans

Tickets only $5 per student.
Teachers and chaperones - Free.

For reservations, email BhamMusicClub@gmail.com
 or call/text 205-253-1313 
A Note to Teachers -
The 9:30 show usually sells out first.  
If your group needs to come to that show,
please email BhamMusicClub@gmail.com right away.

Sponsored by The Daniel Foundation, Jemison Investments, The Alabama State Council on the Arts,
the Caring Foundation of BlueCross BlueShield Alabama, and the Support the Arts License Tag Fund
Poster Design by Mark Marquis


Past Performances 2018-19 Season

Birmingham Music Club
JUNE 7-8-9, 2019
Birmingham Music Club
presents the Gilbert & Sullivan Classic
H.M.S. Pinafore
at the
Alys Stephens Center's Sirote Theatre
1200 10th Avenue South 35205
Friday June 7, 2019, 7:30 pm
Saturday June 8, 2019, 7:30 pm
Sunday June 9, 2019, 2:30 pm
Reserved Seating $35, Students $15 

A Birmingham Music Club Production 

Order HMS Pinafore Tickets Here:
(Friday and Saturday performances were fantastic!  But if you missed them, you still have 1 more chance.)
Tickets also available through the Alys Stephens Center Box Office
975-ARTS (205-975-2787)

Past Performances 2019 Season 

Vaudeville Variete 

Sunday, February 24, 2:30 pm at the Lyric Theatre

An old-fashioned, top-notch, fun-filled, and talent-packed variety show!
  Don't miss a chance to see all these Birmingham Stars
together on the stage of the beautiful, historic Lyric Theatre!

Louise Beard as Master of Ceremonies,  The Birmingham Sugar Babies,
Jan Hunter,  Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, Bill Bugg, Won Cho,
Junior League of Birmingham Choral Group, The Ramblers, Vicki Hallman, 
Sam Banana & The Bunch,  Rob Robinson, Hortense,  Sweet Licks Dixieland Band, 
 City Lights, Joell Regal, Maurice Nix, Jamarius Lambert, Lara Vickery, and Ron Bourdages



Welcome to our 2019 Season!
Click below to order tickets online.*

 *The Parlor Concert Featuring Rebecca Rafla IS SOLD OUT!
(April 28, 2019, at the Clubhouse on Highland) 
 You may call or text 205-253-1313,
or email BhamMusicClub@gmail.com
to be put on a waiting list,
in case there are any cancellations. 

2019 Season



 Past performances, 2018 Season




Birmingham Music Club and Patty McDonald present  


  Great Moments of Light Opera Over the Centuries

 A Birmingham Music Club Production

In Conjunction with The Mayor’s Office and the Alabama 200: Bicentennial Celebration

Directed by Kristin Kenning

- Friday, June 8, 7:30 pm

-Saturday, June 9, 7:30 pm

 - Sunday, June 10, 2:30 pm

Alys Stephens Center's Sirote Theatre

1200 10th Avenue South, 35205

Reserved Seating:  $35 adults, $15 students


Beautiful, memorable songs and production numbers from the deeply romantic

to the wildly humorous - all from two centuries’ worth of wonderful Light Operas.

  Incredible singers and a fantastic live orchestra bring all to life, in a way that only

our treasured and award-winning light opera director Kristin Kenning can envision and achieve!

To order by phone, please call 205-975-2787 (ASC Box Office).
For more information, please call/text 205-253-1313 (Birmingham Music Club).



Order Friday Night Tickets Here

Order Saturday Night Tickets Here

Order Sunday Matinee Tickets Here





Featuring the Daniel Szasz & Friends String Quartet

Sponsored by Michael J. and MaryAnne Freeman

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:30 pm

The Clubhouse on Highland

2908 Highland Avenue South, 35205

General Admission, Limited to 88 seats, All seats $25


Parlor concerts have the special feel of earlier days of the Birmingham Music Club,

and the Clubhouse on Highland is the perfect setting.

  For our Parlor Concert this year, symphony concertmaster

Daniel Szasz has put together an international and amazingly versatile string quartet,

to play a very special, educational, entertaining, and unforgettable program for us!

There will also be wine & cheese refreshments before the concert and during intermission,

sponsored by Carolyn Van Laare & John Quenelle, and presented by Jane Hicks.



** Tickets Now on Sale! **

  If you prefer to order by phone, please call 205-253-1313.

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2:30 pm

The Lyric Theatre

1800 3rd Ave North, 35203

Reserved Seating:  $30 & $25 adults, $15 students


  Award-winning pianist DREW MAYS has created another beautiful new program

 especially for this Birmingham Music Club concert!


Can you believe it?  It’s our 3rd Annual “Love at the Lyric” Concert!  

The thrilling concert by Drew Mays on Valentine’s Day in 2016

 was one of the very first events to be held in the beautiful, historic, newly restored Lyric Theatre.

    It was such a wonderful experience, we decided to present “Love at the Lyric” as an annual event,

 to be held on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day each year.

  Last year, The Warblers performed a fabulous “Love at the Lyric” concert,

and this year, Drew Mays returns on piano, with a beautiful, all-new program for us!


(Drew Mays is better known to many as Birmingham's beloved Ophthalmologist, Dr. Mays!) 


Heartfelt Appreciation to our Sponsors:

The Guild of the Birmingham Music Club

Gloria Narramore Moody

Alabama Piano Gallery and Steinway & Sons

Jemison Investment Company, Inc.

Cameron and Scott Vowell

Jim Snow and Associates

Three 7 Capital

Patrick Cather

Charles Collat 





Past performances, 2017 Season -----
On June 9 & 11, 2017,
The Birmingham Music Club
Patty McDonald
 Naughty Marietta
A Light Opera by Victor Herbert, directed by Kristin Kenning
Alys Stephens Center's Sirote Theatre
1200 10th Avenue South
Friday, June 9, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 2:30 pm

  Reserved seats $35 (students $15)

For assistance, please call or text the Birmingham Music Club at 205-253-1313,
or email us at BhamMusicClub@gmail.com
On Sunday, April 23, 2017, 2:30 pm
The Birmingham Music Club
Michael J. and MaryAnne Freeman
The Parlor Concert Featuring
Ron Shinn, Piano and Brian Viliunas, Clarinet
The Clubhouse on Highand
2908 Highland Avenue, 35205 
General Admission, all seats $20, limited to 88 seats
Complimentary Wine and Cheese Refreshments
 and Iced Tea
beginning at 2:00
Sponsored by Carolyn Van Laare and John Quenelle,
and presented by Jane Hicks
For more information, please call or text
the Birmingham Music Club at 205-253-1313,
or email us at BhamMusicClub@gmail.com 

---- other past performances ----
---Our 2014 - 2015 Season---
Young People's Concert - Maestro Goes to Motown
Samford University Wright Center
October 15, 2014, 10am and 1pm


---- past performances ----

---Our 2014 - 2015 Season---

William DeVan

World-Class Pianist

Throughout his career, acclaimed international concert pianist and former Birmingham-Southern College Artist-in-Residence, Dr. Devan has also made classical music accessible to young people with his Classics for Children Piano Series and master classes he has led at the Alabama School of Math and Science in Mobile, the Avondale School in Birmingham and the Savannah, Georgia Arts Academy.

Devan is the first American winner of the "Vianna da Motta" competition in Lisbon, Portugal and recipient of two Mellon Foundation grants; he is co-author of Schumann: Solo Piano Literature, a comprehensive guide to the piano works of Robert Schumann and contributing author of A Symposium for Pianists and Teachers: Strategies to Develop the Mind and Body for Optimal Performance; Devan received his BA and MA from the Julliard School of Music and holds a Konzertexamen diploma from the Hochschule Fur Musik and Theater in Hanover, Germany. 



Maestro goes to Motown


This region-wide collaboration, created by BMC Executive Director, Ron Bourdages, features an 18-piece orchestra of professional and student musicians from diverse musical backgrounds including ASFA, UA, UAB, Birmingham-Southern College, Lawson State Community College and the Birmingham Heritage Band. The show will educate and inspire more than 2,000 students, their teachers, and all artist participants. It will promote cross-cultural conversations, celebrate performing artists with Alabama roots, and preserve the state's cultural heritage. (Public performance, Hoover Library, Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.)

Terrance Brown & Tiffany Bostic-Brown

with the members of The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra


What a special evening! The Music Club returns to the intimate and elegant Clubhouse On Highland with a special presentation of a husband and wife opera singing team. Both Terrance & Tiffany have powerful, exciting voices!
 Seating is limited to 100, so order your tickets today!

Dr. Terrance Brown, professional opera/ concert singer and Director of Vocal Studies and Opera at the University of North Alabama, received his Bachelor of Music at Samford University and his Doctor of Musical Arts from LSU. An internationally recognized concert and operatic artist, Brown recently appeared as a soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra; he also sang Brahms' Requiem with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Honors include: regional finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New Orleans and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards. 

 Brown's wife, Soprano Tiffany Bostic-Brown, also a UNA faculty member, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia Commonwealth University; and her Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees at LSU. She has been recognized internationally as a concert artist, recitalist, and operatic artist. Performance credits include: the mother in Hansel and Gretel, Micaëla in Carmen, First lady in The Magic Flute, and many more.  Dr. Bostic-Brown made her Carnegie Hall debut in spring 2012.

Desert Song

Dorothy Jemison Day Theater at ASFA

Memorial Day Weekend, 2015