History Museum gains sponsor
More locals will have access to their cultural past thanks to Wind Creek Hospitality’s $50,000 sponsorship of the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.). The gracious offer allows the museum to offer free admission to all visitors on the first Sunday of each month, starting July 7. It’s expected to continue for a year.
“A day of free admission is so important to making the museum accessible to all,” museum Director Meg Fowler said in a statement.
The museum is open 1–5 p.m. on Sundays.
“It is an honor to see our Creek culture on display at the [museum]. We are grateful for this sponsorship opportunity to share the Poarch Creek heritage,” said Danielle Martin Sanspree, Wind Creek Hospitality public relations specialist and Poarch Creek Indian tribal member.
Of the 117,000 objects in the museum’s collection, 352 relate to Native American history and include items like pottery shards, stone tools and arrowheads.
For more information, go to historymuseumofmobile.com.
Mobile university prof wins prize
University of Mobile professor Kadisha Onalbayeva was named winner of the 2019 Glad Robinson Youse Composition Competition by the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). The director of piano studies at the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile won for her solo piano composition “Think … Together.”
NFMC is is the largest nonprofit organization in America that promotes and supports American music, performers and music education.
Onalbayeva was also invited to teach classes at National Kazakh Conservatory in Kazakhstan as part of its 75th-year celebration. She gave a May 18 recital in the conservatory’s Big Hall.
She was also invited to be an adjudicator for the V Mukhan Tulebaev International Competition for Professional Conductors and Vocalists in Kazakhstan in late May. She was the sole representative from the U.S. judging in the competition.
Pops on bluff for Fairhope Fourth
The Baldwin Pops band will perform its Independence Day concert at Fairhope’s Henry George Park at 7 p.m. The show will be shared with the 151st Army Band from Montgomery. The ensembles will perform separately and combined.
The Pops selections will include John Wasson’s “American Fanfare,” David Gorham’s “The Banner Yet Waves,” Ira and George Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band” and others.
Combined bands will perform “America the Beautiful,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and others, which will accompany the 9 p.m. fireworks display. The concert is free.
Guests should bring chairs or blankets. Picnic suppers encouraged. A “checkered tablecloth award” will be presented to the most interesting picnic setup.
It is sponsored by the city of Fairhope and a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
For more information, call 251-987-5757, go to baldwinpops.com or its Facebook page.
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