Mobile Country Music Association

In the begining...December of 1983, Jack Cardwell, Helen Bozeman, Marguerite (Fanny Bell) Martiniere, Boots Barnes, Jackie Cardwell and Mamma Cardwell were eating together at Hardee's on Highway 43 in Saraland, Alabama. They had just left Jernigan's Hardware Store in Saraland where they had just broadcast an all day celebration celebrating Jack Cardwell's 20th anniversary in radio.

Just as old friends usually do they began to reminisce about days gone by, when they all played music together. They talked about how nice it would be to have a reunion with all the musicians and entertainers who had worked with them in the past. Helen and Jack did not let the conversation end at Hardee's. During the next few months Jack, Helen and Johnny Bozeman kept talking and planning the reunion. Helen and Johnny spent many hours on the telephone locating their old friends. Many had moved away. Some had gone into other fields of work. When they had finally located every name on the list they set a date for June l, 1986 for the reunion. All the invitations were mailed with directions to the Bozeman's home in Fairhope...

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Mobile Opera

Mobile Opera Guild Auxiliary (the eighth in the nation to be affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera Guild) provided an outlet for the countless volunteers whose support throughout the company's history has been so vital to its success. In addition to mainstage productions, programs of opera excerpts were presented throughout a five-state area, establishing the company's long-standing commitment to arts education in the schools and communities of Alabama and the Gulf Coast. Following the death of its founder in 1971, the leaders of Mobile Opera continued to kindle the operatic fire ignited by "Madame Rose", ennobling her efforts through the establishment of the vocal scholarship competition which bears her name and awards over $5,000 annually.

The emergence of Katherine Willson ensured the security of the company's future, overseeing the company's growth and expansion as the company's Production Coordinator and General Manager. During the company's 1995/1996 season, Mrs. Willson was elected the first female President of the Board, celebrating Mobile Opera's 50 th Anniversary Season and her own distinguished thirty-five year commitment to Mobile Opera. Under the guidance of Pelham "Pat" Pearce, Mobile Opera continued to earn notoriety for both the quality of its productions and its innovative programs dedicated to education and community outreach.

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Montgomery Symphony Orchestra

For more than 30 years, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra has played a key role in Montgomery's artistic community. Through the years, many people have given generously of their time, talent and resources to ensure that residents of Montgomery's River Region and the state of Alabama have the opportunity to hear great orchestral works performed.

The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra began in 1976 under the direction of First United Methodist Church Music Director John Dressler who originally organized the group to accompany the church's choirs. Wind, brass and percussion players were recruited and a close relationship was developed with the City of Montgomery's Parks and Recreation Department through the efforts of Joanna Bosko, the city's Cultural Arts Supervisor and a member of the orchestra. The MSO rehearsed at the church and as it grew, began to offer concerts in the community. Maestro Dressler guided the young orchestra with great success and retired from the podium in 1979.

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Montgomery Chamber Music Organization

Success is a journey. A journey of half a century for MCMO, distinguished for its concerts of artistic virtuosity, dedicated to excellence in chamber music performance. What a privilege to share this passion with Montgomery and the River Region. We thank YOU our subscribers for making this journey a joyful reality!

Our Jubilee Season showcases the variety and excitement that chamber music offers today. The Series opens with the Juilliard String Quartet, long considered the standard of excellence in chamber music. This group appeared on MCMO's 1960 season and has since returned 9 times to thrill our audiences. Our Matinee Concert presents the exciting Newstead Trio and their unique programming. The magnificence of the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin comes to us from Russia's capital and we conclude with the vivid and articulate playing of the Belcea Quartet from London.

We invite you to celebrate this Jubilee Season. Join us for a Champagne Gala following the Juilliard, a Tailgate Party preceding the Sunday Matinee performance and a Jubilee Anniversary Reception after our final concert. All of this to celebrate the fun and beauty of chamber music as we launch MCMO into our next 50 years!

*All concerts held at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts


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708 37th St S
Birmingham, AL 35222
(205) 326-3248

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