Duke Symphony Orchestra returns to Beaufort

Longtime Beaufort Memorial Hospital volunteers to chair the hospital fundraiser

Drum roll, please…

The Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation recently announced that Steve and Vicki Mix have agreed to serve as honorary chairs for the Foundation’s annual Duke Symphony Orchestra Concert on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Steve and Vicki have been longtime supporters of both Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Duke University and have been involved in the concert throughout its 11 year run.

Steve and Vicki Mix are seen with the butterfly display they donated to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
Steve and Vicki Mix are seen with the butterfly display they donated to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

“We always enjoy the concert as well as hosting some of the students at our home that weekend,” says Vicki. “My husband, my daughter, son-in-law and my sister-in-law are all graduates of Duke so it’s easy — and special — for us to bond with the students. We are proud of the Duke students for volunteering their talents to our cancer program and our hospital, so it’s really a win-win.”

Proceeds from the concert support BMH’s Healing Arts Program at the Keyserling Cancer Center and in the main hospital.

As a special treat this year, the USCB chorus will join them on two of the pieces.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” said Vic Varner, USCB music instructor and choral director. “How often do you get to have a 60-piece orchestra backing you up?”

Steve and Vicki are no strangers to Beaufort Memorial. In addition to helping make the Duke Symphony Orchestra Concert a success, they have co-chaired the Valentine Ball and been loyal supporters of the BMH Foundation. Vicki has served on the board of the foundation, following in Steve’s mother’s footsteps. Today, Steve works in the hospital’s outpatient rehab program. An avid lepidopterist (butterfly collector), Steve even donated his breath-taking display of South American butterflies to BMH’s Healing Arts Program.

“We knew the perfect place in the hospital for the butterfly display,” said BMHF Executive Director Alice Moss. “The piece hangs in our Women’s Imaging Center for patients and guests to enjoy while they wait; it is unique, beautiful and soothing.”

Steve and Vicki are hoping the community will turn out to support this year’s concert at USCB’s Center for the Arts. Conductor Harry Davidson returns with over 60 Duke students to perform works of well-known and emerging classical composers.

“The conductor really engages the audience,” says Vicki. “It adds a lot when he gives you background on the composer and the history of a piece before it is performed. We know this will be a special evening.”

General admission tickets are $35. Patron tickets start at $75 and include premium seating and an invitation to the post-concert conductor’s reception. To purchase tickets, visit www.bmhfoundationsc.org or call 843-522-5774.


Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation will present the 11th Annual Duke Symphony Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. March 22 at USCB’s Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St.

One of the foundation’s biggest fundraisers of the year, the much-anticipated event benefits Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Keyserling Cancer Center and its Healing Arts programs.

Duke Orchestra Director Harry Davidson will lead the 60-piece ensemble through a two-hour program of classical works by well-known and emerging composers. Once again this year, the USCB University Chorus will make a guest appearance, joining the young musicians on at least one of the evening’s selections.

General admission tickets to the concert are $35. Patron tickets are $75 and include premium seating and a conductor’s reception following the concert at the home of Frances and David Cherry.

For more information on the performance or to purchase tickets, visit www.bmhsc.org or call 522-5774.

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