Small Talk: Michael McDonald kicks off Knox’s smorgasbord of musical performances
by Donna Barton
Small Talk
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Knox underwriters for the Michael McDonald concert and patron reception included, left to right, Phil Webb, Art and Toni Hathorn, Anthony Humphries, Patty King, Greg Brown and Dr. Buddy Vandervoort.Submitted photo
Knox underwriters for the Michael McDonald concert and patron reception included, left to right, Phil Webb, Art and Toni Hathorn, Anthony Humphries, Patty King, Greg Brown and Dr. Buddy Vandervoort.Submitted photo
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When popular entertainer Michael McDonald closed his Oct. 17 sold-out concert with “Taking it to the Streets,” the Knox Concert Series audience was taking it to the aisles of the Anniston Performing Arts Center with a standing ovation. Thus began the 68th season of the series, which includes a tantalizing variety of food for the ears, spiced with a touch of international classical fare and blended with a harvest of the best in country and gospel. It truly is a musical feast for all tastes.

New Knox Board Chairman Phil Webb graciously welcomed the packed house, thanking both volunteers and patrons for their support of the series with a special note of thanks to concert underwriters.

Five-time Grammy winner McDonald transported the audience to the 1970s with hits from the Doobie Brothers, as well as Motown classics of the 1960s. He also performed Eric Clapton’s “If I Could Change the World,” the 1997 song of the year written by Tommy Sims, a Nashville bass player who also happened to be part of the unbelievable ensemble of musicians accompanying McDonald. It was quite a moment to remember.

The underwriters’ largess spilled over into a fine post-concert reception for patrons and volunteers at NobleBank’s beautiful main office on Quintard Avenue. More than 150 guests entered through a white tent filled with candlelight seating and an outdoor refreshment area for beverages.

In the atrium, patrons were greeted by directors and management officers of the bank as well as concert underwriters including NobleBank & Trust President Anthony Humphries, Art and Toni Hathorn, Patty King from the Sunny King Automotive Group, Phil and Denise Webb of Webb Concrete & Building Materials, Greg and Dee Brown from B.R. Williams Trucking, Inc. and Dr. Buddy and Martha Vandervoort of Anniston Orthopaedic Associates, P.A.

The essence of fall filled the lobby with an impressive centerpiece arranged by Evans Flower Shop, featuring a large assortment of flowers in autumn shades and surrounded with festive pumpkins, gourds and candles.

The Classic on Noble fare included assorted cheeses and Italian meats served with a variety of crackers, pork tenderloin and smoked sausage sliders, mini pizzas, pita chips and dips. For dessert, guests enjoyed iced doughnuts, rock candy and a unique sweet treat created from breakfast cereals.

Speaking of delicious spreads, the other musical dishes on the Knox Buffet for 2013-14 include the Haifa Symphony Orchestra from Israel, Vince Gill performing with Amy Grant, and the legendary Smokey Robinson.

As an appetizer to the rest of the Knox Season — and a 32-year holiday tradition in its own right — the Alabama Ballet will perform George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. For ticket information, call Pam McKenzie at 256-832-4554, or visit online at www.knoxconcertseries.org.

Save the Date

Iron Bowl fans won’t want to miss Pep Rally Night on Tuesday, Nov. 26, beginning at 5:15 p.m., at Quintard Mall. The food court will be decorated in orange and blue and crimson and white, and various mall merchants have donated a variety of gift merchandise for a silent auction to benefit the United Way of East Central Alabama.
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