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Memphis Moments

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Memphis College of Art Holiday Bazaar

Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Memphis Symphony League Luncheon

Stories and Photos by Bill Bannister, Gaye Swan and Emily Adams Keplinger.


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Cocktails and Conversation

Attendees of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) were invited for a special pre-show event called “Cocktails and Conversation”. The jazzy sounds of the Brennan Villines Trio filled the center’s lobby and provided an upbeat ambience while guests enjoyed a chance to mix and mingle prior to the performance. Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe provided nibbles of pita chips with hummus and Taziki dips while local favorite mixologist Brad Pitts worked his liquid magic at the bar. Keeping everyone on their toes, Pitts crafted a specialty cocktail called a “Sugar Plum Fizz.” The libation was a delicate mixture of plum liqueur, brandy, simple syrup, sorghum bitters and lemon peel. “The pre-show event was very well received,” said Michelle Byrd, GPAC Public Relations and Marketing Director. “Patrons appreciated the opportunity to gather prior to enjoying Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s wonderful company, which is internationally famous for pushing boundaries in contemporary dance with its bold repertory and virtuosity.”


Memphis College of Art

Holiday Bazaar Preview Party

Red and green lights illuminated the exterior of Rust Hall on the Memphis College of Art campus, setting a cheerful tone for the school’s 67th annual Holiday Bazaar. MCA students dressed festively as elves welcomed attendees to the Preview Party where guests had the opportunity to purchase artwork and crafts created by MCA students, faculty and alumni, and other local artists, during the event’s opening hours. Over 90 artists participated in the event, which is touted as Memphis’ original and longest-running art bazaar. The event was a fundraiser for the school and offered the public a chance to own works by the “Best of the Best in Memphis.” Proceeds from the Holiday Bazaar were split, with a portion going to the artists and a portion benefiting the MCA Scholarship Fund.


Memphis Music Hall of Fame

Honoring Legendary Artists

Some of the biggest names in music gathered at the Cannon Center, near the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, where in 1951 Sam Phillips delivered its primal scream over the airwaves. It was a sound that spread across the world. And the impact still reverberates, as the 2017 Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees were announced. Funkmaster Bootsy Collins, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and 2017 Americana Artist of the year John Prine took to the stage to honor this year’s inductees. The honorees included some truly legendary artists — Roy Orbison, Cowboy Jack Clement, Maurice White, Cassietta George, Frank Stokes, The Memphis Horns, Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love and Irvin Salky, founder of Beale Street Music Festival. Each inductee took their rightful place in Memphis music history that night. This year marked the first time that all the Hall of Fame inductees were honored posthumously. It was a night that everyone lucky enough to be there will never forget.


Memphis Symphony League Luncheon

Music, Music, Music

Members of the Memphis Symphony League and their guests gathered at the Memphis Hunt and Polo Club for a luncheon celebrating music. The event was hosted by Dr. and Mrs. William Long and coordinated by Billie Jean Graham. Eula Horrell, President of the Memphis Symphony League, welcomed the crowd and introduced Lura Turner who sang “God Bless America” as the Invocation, accompanied by Marie DeBacco. Peter Abell, CEO and President of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, greeted attendees, then members of the league modeled beautiful fashions from Betty Hays Boutique while Babbie Lovett served as commentator. “New treatments for materials make for easy-to-wear fabrics,” said Lovett. “This season’s fashions feature adornments like grommets, fringe, and sequins, even for daywear.” Robert Moody, Artistic Director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by Tom Bryant, delighted the crowd as he sang several songs for a musical finale.