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Samford Opera

Regina Carter

Christmas with Michael W. Smith

Samford Theatre

New Orleans Legends: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint


It feels like tradition. Samford opened Jane Hollock Brock Hall only eight years ago and formed School of the Arts only six years ago, but it seems that some wonderful traditions already resonate. •

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A growing list of sponsors helps to underwrite performances, exhibits, band events and productions. Our students could not offer the quality presentations you experience without this extra measure of support, and we are grateful for our many donors, many of whom are mentioned in this brochure. Wonderful attendance at events encourages our students to new heights. Many of our events are presented to capacity audiences, and it has been a joy to see our students develop relationships with members of the community. Friends of Samford Arts has grown to 500 loyal supporters of our students. Anyone who gives to any area of Samford Arts is considered a Friend, and your gifts make a direct impact on the lives of students who go out from here to touch thousands more. Scholarship giving continues as new awards are created each semester. These scholarships help Samford attract the very best talent to Birmingham and make it possible for young people to follow their dreams. Exceptional guest artists enrich our lives with beautiful art and invest themselves in the campus and community. Samford students have the opportunity to learn directly from these experts in masterclasses, workshops and informal meetings. Brilliant faculty guide our students toward successful careers in the arts. They model excellence as artists and teachers who seek the best for each student. Talented students offer abundant hope for the future. They earn state and national recognition even while attending Samford, and they represent the mission of Samford University with distinction as they perform, create and serve across our community. The new Academy of the Arts brings together existing programs for preparatory and continuing music, theatre and arts education.

We are grateful for your part in establishing these traditions, and we are thankful for you, a community that supports the vision of Samford Arts as we prepare today’s artist to shape tomorrow’s world.

Blessings,

Dean Joseph Hopkins


WRIGHT CENTER SIGNATURE SERIES One Singular Sensation! A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. • $18–$30

Singular composer Marvin Hamlisch delighted audiences, revolutionized both Broadway and film while winning every major award that exists. His work include the scores for A Chorus Line, They’re Playing Our Song and Sweet Smell of Success as well as the film scores for The Way We Were and The Sting, among many others. One Singular Sensation! is an all-star celebration of the prolific composer’s work. Four Broadway singers and a live band perform all the songs you know and love, including “The Way We Were,” “One,” “What I Did For Love,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” and many more. This is a night for lovers of theatre, movies and music.

“A true musical genius.” —Barbra Streisand

Arabesque

copresented with the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation Nov. 3, 8 p.m. • $25 reserved seating, $15 general admission The only independent contemporary dance company based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Arabesque produces some of the most beautiful modern dance in Asia today. In this, their American debut tour, they bring their signature combination of peerless modern and ballet techniques, and an exploration of the nuances of Vietnamese life. The company will perform their original piece The Mist. Realism merges with symbolic movement as the company conjures agrarian cycles and rural rituals. In The Mist, this striking company echoes the gradual change in Vietnam itself, as young artists work within their country’s history, traditions and aesthetics to forge new forms of creative expression. “The Mist captures with a new language, the rhythms of our beloved Vietnam, the central place of rice, and the simple everyday rituals and rhythms that are at the heart of our culture.” TuoitreOnline.com The presentation of Arabesque is part of Center Stage, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

“They remain one of the very brightest stars in the contemporary dance firmament.”—Saigon Times


Season tickets start at $120. For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853.

The Heart Behind the Music Songwriter’s Showcase

featuring Deana Carter, Billy Dean, Teddy Gentry of the group ALABAMA and Lenny LeBlanc Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. $18–$30

The Heart Behind the Music brings four incredible singer/songwriters to the Wright Center stage for an amazing night of music: Deana Carter (“Strawberry Wine”), Billy Dean (“Billy The Kid”), Teddy Gentry of the group ALABAMA (Country Music Hall of Famer, “How Do I Fall in Love”) and Lenny LeBlanc (Dove Award winner, “A Carpenter’s Son”), Hear the original artists play their greatest hits and tell behind-the-scenes stories about the songs you love. Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with some of the music industry’s most talented artists.


WRIGHT CENTER SIGNATURE SERIES New Orleans Legends

featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. • $18–$30

Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band have each carved out a lasting legacy in the rich tapestry of New Orleans music. For the first time ever, these two Big Easy icons join forces for an evening of legendary music making. Toussaint has been performing and setting trends for well over 50 years. An innovator in both the early days of rock and R&B, he has recorded and performed with luminaries Paul McCartney, Patty LaBelle and Elvis Costello among many others. Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been keeping the spirit of jazz alive since the early 1960s. Whether in their iconic home on St. Peter Street in New Orleans or playing in the finest concert halls in the world, Pres Hall has featured world-class musicians playing the most American of all music.

“Return to the roots of jazz, America’s great indigenous art form, and don’t miss an opportunity for a performance by the ‘best jazz band in the land.’”—The San Francisco Examiner “Allen Toussaint . . . influenced the way I played the piano. He’s a historical part of rock-and-roll.”—Sir Elton John


Season tickets start at $120. For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853.

SPECIAL EVENT!

Christmas with Michael W. Smith and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

copresented as part of the Red Diamond SuperPOPS! Series

Dec. 5, 8 p.m. • $25–$75

Michael W. Smith is one of the leading lights of the Christian contemporary music scene. He has sold more than 15 million albums, scored 28 Number 1 hits, and has won three Grammys and more than 40 Dove Awards. His latest album, Sovereign, has received rave reviews from critics and has proven he is still at the top of his game as an artist. Together with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Smith will present an evening of Christmas favorites as well as songs from his vast repertoire. Get in the Christmas spirit with the pristine vocals of Smith and the celebrated musicians of the ASO in an event for the whole family.

“Smith can fundamentally stand alongside some of the great musicians in the country as far as his composition and keyboard skills, regardless of genre.”—Broadway World


WRIGHT CENTER SIGNATURE SERIES

Abraham-in-Motion

copresented as part of the Alabama Dance Festival

Jan. 17, 8 p.m. • $25 reserved seating, $15 general admission Kyle Abraham is one of the fastest rising stars in the modern dance world, in demand as a performer, choreographer and collaborator. Abraham received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” and has been cited for his “breathtaking skill as a performer” and his dance vocabulary “that reflects youthful energy . . . and a strong grounding in modern technique.” The New York Times called him “a dynamic performer . . . his material is combustible.” Following up on his 2013 performance of Pavement, Abraham brings his company back to the Alabama Dance Festival with a brand new work, a historical homage exploring the quest for civil rights and freedom. Don’t miss this electric night of dance. Abraham-in-Motion is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Beautiful and severely honest work . . . delivers a sharp sense of reality with extraordinary softness, in dancing that is lush and seductive.” —The Washington Post


Season tickets start at $120. For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853. Sybarite5

Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. • $20 Brock Recital Hall Sybarite5, the first string quintet to ever win the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, has made its name by blurring classical and rock motifs, earning them praise from critics and audiences alike. “Is this what modern (chamber) music has come to? Genuine, spontaneous . . . excitement?” raved The Washington Post during their most recent tour. Playing a repertoire that ranges from Mozart to Radiohead, Sybarite5 utilizes exquisite musicality and a dynamic performance style to turn heads throughout the music world and break the boundaries of what a string ensemble can be. This performanceis the capstone of a four-day residency working with local music composers and students. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

“Their rock star status . . . is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all-out passionate attack transfixes the audience.”—Sarasota Herald-Tribune


WRIGHT CENTER SIGNATURE SERIES Eisenhower Dance Motown in Motion

March 3, 8 p.m. • $20 reserved seating, $15 general admission Considered one of the finest contemporary dance companies in the nation, Eisenhower Dance has received overwhelming critical acclaim along with enthusiastic audience support. Called “stunning” (Gloria Shay, Holland Sentinel), with an “intelligently crafted repertoire” (Susan Isaacs-Nisbett, Dance Magazine), Eisenhower Dance produces “dance that touches the soul” (Susan Hall-Balduf, Detroit Free Press). Motown in Motion features Detroit’s premiere dance company performing an evening of incredible movement scored to the classic music of the Motor City. Featuring music by Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye among many others, this show is a delight for the young and the young at heart. Part of the Dance Touring Initiative bringing the best in modern dance to the Southeast, this performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

A hand-clapping delight . . . a nice balance between hip fun and serious dance.” —Chicago Tribune


Season tickets start at $120. For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853.

Mummenschanz

March 6, 7:30 p.m. • $15–$30 For over four decades, Mummenschanz has captivated audiences worldwide with its groundbreaking nonverbal theatre of movement and transformation. During a Mummenschanz performance, mundane items you take for granted, like toilet paper, wires, tubes and boxes, come to life as fantastical characters. Abstract forms and shapes create an interplay that surprise and delight while revealing timeless truths about everyday life and relationships. Through masterful use of light and shadow, the troupe creates a visually stunning spectacle of family entertainment that sparks the imagination and transcends cultural barriers. Suitable for kids from age 2 to 92, Mummenschanz uses humor and imagination to create a surreal world of adventure and fun.

“This granddaddy of wordless, whimsical nonsense spectacles is back.” —The New York Times


WRIGHT CENTER SIGNATURE SERIES Regina Carter and Southern Comfort

March 23, 7:30 p.m. • $25

Regina Carter is the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. The MacArthur Fellow is lauded as a “master of improvisational jazz violin . . . pioneering new possibilities for the violin and for jazz.” She has released nine highly acclaimed solo albums, and has performed with some of the biggest names in music, including Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton and Max Roach. Her newest album, Southern Comfort, is her most personal yet, using her family’s history as the focal point on a musical journey through the South. For this special performance, the Wright Center stage will be turned into a jazz cabaret! Carter and her quintet will perform surrounded by the audience seated on the stage. Complimentary dessert and coffee will be available, creating an atmosphere that promises to make this an amazing evening of music.

“When it comes to the violin, Regina Carter can do it all.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

H. T. Chen & Dancers

copresented with the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation

April 19, 3 p.m. • $20 reserved seating, $15 general admission The premiere Chinese-American dance company, H. T. Chen & Dancers returns to Birmingham for the Alabama premiere of their newest work, South of Gold Mountain. This original work is inspired by stories collected throughout the South. It features the company’s signature dynamic style and will also include local dancers who will rehearse with the company during their weeklong residency. For over 35 years, H. T. Chen & Dancers has created a uniquely Asian-American expression by embodying its cultural heritage. Infusing Western modern dance with the strength and beauty of Asian aesthetics, the company has enchanted audiences across the United States, Europe and Asia since its inception.

“H. T. Chen’s choreography resides in an evocative, invented culture-world that shares ancient Chinese traditions with modern Western sensibility.” —Mike Huebner, The Birmingham News

H. T. Chen & Dancers is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Season tickets start at $120. For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853. Annie Moses Band

April 23, 7:30 p.m. • $22 reserved seating, $15 general admission Annie Moses Band’s innovative sound has delighted audiences around the world in record-breaking numbers of airings on PBS, and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. Most members of the band are also members of the same family and are no strangers to musical innovation. Veteran composer Bill Wolaver weaves musical styles together into cinematic arrangements while the virtuosic siblings bring Juilliard-honed chops to Nashville-styled music-making, combining the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. Their latest project, Rhapsody In Bluegrass, is a panoramic exploration of American music. Featuring music from George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Bill Monroe and other American legends, the group fuses jazz, classical and roots music to create one dynamic, genre-bending concert experience.

“Stunning virtuosity from these young musicians.”—The Dallas Morning News


Retrospective Art Exhibit of Lowell Vann Aug. 19–Sept. 23, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception Sept. 9, 4:30–7 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall

Dr. Lowell Vann, art department chair and professor at Samford for 46 years, retired in May 2014. This show is a retrospective of his paintings and pottery.

Paper Revisited: The Art of Sally Johnson Oct. 1–29, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception Oct. 2, 4–6 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall

Award-winning artist Sally Johnson studied the art of paper making in Japan and has exhibited her work in many galleries and museums.

Visiting Visual Artist Series: Whimsical Elegant Wood: The Art of Dale Lewis Jan. 26–Feb. 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception Feb. 10, 4–6 p.m. Artist talk/studio visit TBA Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall

Award-winning artist Dale Lewis has exhibited his elegant wooden creations extensively in museums and galleries.

Visual Arts Achievement Program Juried Exhibition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts

March 2–12, 9 a.m. –4 p.m. Reception March 12, 3–5 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall

The Department of Art hosts a middle and high school student exhibition and scholarship competition for District VI-A, coordinated by Dr. Mary Ann Culotta.

VISUAL ARTS Art of Samford Professors Stephen Watson and Joe Cory Nov. 3–25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception Nov. 4, 4–6 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall

Newly appointed art professors Stephen Watson and Joe Cory introduce their talents to students and the Samford community.

Graduating Senior Art Exhibit Dec. 8–13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception following commencement Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall

Graduating seniors will display their senior projects for professor and professional review, and for community exhibit.

Student Annual Juried Show

sponsored by Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman April 7–29, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception April 28, 4–6 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall Juror awards and academic recognitions will be announced at the reception.

Graduating Senior Art Exhibit May 11–16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception following commencement Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall

Graduating seniors will display their senior projects for professor and professional review, and for community exhibit.


For more information, go to samford.edu/arts or call 205-726-2853.


MICHAEL J. AND MARY ANNE FREEMAN THEATRE AND DANCE SERIES The Wind in the Willows

Oct. 3–4, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall $12 adult, $6 students reserved seating Written by Kenneth Grahame and adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett with music by Jeremy Sams, this classic for all ages follows the anthropomorphic animals Mole, Rat, Badger, Toad and their friends on adventures from the River Bank through the Wild Woods and into the Wide World, teaching and learning lessons in kindness, patience, morality and loyalty.

Macbeth

Nov. 6–8, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13–14, 7:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall $12 adult, $6 students reserved seating William Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy was likely written in honor of the new king of England, James I. Also known as James VI

of Scotland, he was famously fascinated by the darker aspects of humanity, and Shakespeare’s masterpiece of power lust, magic and revenge perfectly fits the bill. What surprises audiences today are the tender moments of affection and regret that make this masterpiece a timeless favorite.

Dance Concert

Feb. 6–7, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall $12 adult, $6 students general admission Dance students explore communication through a variety of dance and musical styles, making this an event for everyone.


For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853. The Skin of our Teeth

Jane Eyre

Thornton Wilder won the 1943 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama for this work. He forecasts such movements as Theatre of the Absurd and improvisational theatre with this brilliant tale of the 5,000-year marriage of George and Maggie Antrobus. The play is simultaneously hilarious and poignant as the Antrobus family survives every problem imaginable. Wilder uses satire and storytelling expertise to celebrate the American family.

This musical is a faithful adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s stunning Gothic novel. Pop song composer Paul Gordon provides the music and lyrics for the script of John Caird (English-language translation of Les Miserables and Children of Eden) This powerful stage adaptation brings to life the dark romance of Jane Eyre and Edward Fairfax Rochester with a lush and memorable score. Whether you know the novel or you are new to the haunted moors of the Brontë sisters, this is a love story you may never forget.

March 26–28, 7:30 p.m. March 29, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall $12 adult, $6 students reserved seating

April 30–May 2, 7:30 p.m. May 3, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall $12 adult, $6 students reserved seating

Theatre and Dance Ten-Minute Play Festival

Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall

One-Acts

May 8, times TBA Studio 60, Swearingen Hall


Cynthia Raim and Friends

copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society

Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall $25 reserved seating

Pianist Cynthia Raim, along with Daniel Phillips, violin, and Marcy Rosen, cello, perform music for piano trio. Frequent collaborators at the Marlboro Festival and various chamber music series, the trio will perform music by Beethoven and Ravel.

DAVIS ARCHITECTS GUEST ARTIST SERIES Inon Barnatan

presented in conjunction with the Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano Competition

Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall $25 reserved seating

Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan is one of today’s most exciting and compelling artists. He was recently appointed New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association. Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, he started playing the piano at the age of 3 after his parents discovered he had perfect pitch. He made his orchestral debut at 11. He has performed with many of the most esteemed orchestras across the United States and Europe, and has been described as “a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, unfailingly communicative . . . musicianship of the highest caliber.”


Mnozil Brass

copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society and the Wright Center Signature Series

Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center $25 reserved seating

Called “the Monty Python of the music world,” this virtuosic ensemble is probably the most unique brass septet ever to emerge from Vienna. Bringing a sense of fun and adventure to the world of chamber music, Mnozil Brass blends theatre, comedy and unrivaled musicianship to produce unique stage shows that have to be seen to be believed.

“They are truly unique. Once you have seen the zany Austrians live, you will never forget them.” —The National Business Review

For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853. Brentano String Quartet

copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society

March 24, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall $25 reserved seating

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Described as “passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” the quartet has garnered many awards and has been invited to be inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two. The Brentano Quartet has a strong interest in both very old and very new music. Widely traveled through the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia, they’ve performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and are now Resident String Quartet at Yale School of Music.


“If you see the right opera, you’ll be hooked for life.” —Kristin Kenning, Director of Opera

DR. CHANDLER AND JANE PARIS SMITH OPERA SERIES Samford students who aspire to careers in opera are developing their art at a time of exciting changes. Some are finding professional work even before they graduate. The voice faculty inspire students not only by teaching in the classroom, but also by maintaining rich performance careers. Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith have encouraged these students and faculty many times in recent years through direct support of their performances. This year, the Smiths have generously devoted themselves to an entire season of Samford opera productions. Their support underwrites a season that includes the Christmas classic Amahl and the Night Visitors, a January Opera Outreach Tour and our annual Opera Scenes production. Please join us in thanking our newest series sponsors, Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith, and all others who help us demonstrate that opera is a thriving art.

Amahl and the Night Visitors: An evening with Samford Orchestra and Opera including the works of Offenbach, Vaughan Williams and Menotti Nov. 20–21, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center $12 adult, $6 students reserved seating

January Outreach Tour Dates and times TBA various area schools

Samford Opera Workshop Scenes April 17–18, 7:30 p.m. Bolding Studio, Swearingen Hall


For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853.


MUSIC Faculty Gala sponsored by Patty McDonald Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Our traditional season opener celebrates the talents of School of the Arts faculty. Academy of the Arts Music Recital: 2014–15 Scholarship Winners featuring students in grades 1–12 Sept. 14, 2 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

A Cappella Choir Diamond Jubilee sponsored by the A Cappella Choir alumni Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall Davis Architects Guest Artist Series: Cynthia Raim and Friends copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall $25 reserved seating

Guest Recital: Lisa Oberlander, Clarinet Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Faculty Recital: Brian Viliunas, Clarinet Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Samford Wind Ensemble Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Samford Chamber Ensembles sponsored by Patty McDonald Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Samford University Orchestra sponsored by Patty McDonald Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Winners of state and national competitions, these talented youngsters are an inspiration and gift to our community.

Guest Artist Recital: Joyce Jones, Organ Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall Guest Artist Recital: Tsai Family Oct 28, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Samford Jazz Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall


For tickets, go to samford.edu/arts or call 205-726-2853. Davis Architects Guest Artist Series: Inon Barnatan presented in conjunction with the Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano Competition Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall $25 reserved seating Fletcher and Nell Morris Piano Competition Nov. 7, 8 a.m. Brock Recital Hall

Smith Opera Series: Amahl and the Night Visitors: Samford Orchestra and Opera Nov. 20–21, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center $12 adult, $6 students reserved seating Faculty Recital: Sharon Lawhon, Soprano, Dan Lawhon, Organ, and Randall Richardson, Tenor sponsored by The Vestavia Mafia Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall

This piano competition was established by Fletcher and Nell Morris to encourage high levels of achievement in piano performance. Winners receive scholarships to be used toward music degree study at Samford. For more information or to apply, go to www.samford.edu/arts/ morrispianocompetition.

Samford Honor Band Jan. 10, 2:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center

Faculty Recital: Joseph Hopkins, Baritone, with Suzanne Hopkins, Soprano sponsored by Patty McDonald Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Faculty Recital: Christina Villaverde, Soprano sponsored by Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Samford Wind Ensemble sponsored by Patty McDonald Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Faculty Recital: Demondrae Thurman, Chamber Music Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series: Mnozil Brass copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society and the Wright Center Signature Series Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center $25 reserved seating


MUSIC

For tickets, go to samford.edu/arts or call 205-726-2853.

Samford Orchestra sponsored by Patty McDonald March 3, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Smith Opera Series: Samford Opera Workshop Scenes April 17–18, 7:30 p.m. Bolding Studio, Swearingen Hall

Samford Faculty String Quartet Recital March 10, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Samford Wind Ensemble and Orchestra featuring the winners of the Concerto-Aria Competition and the Composition Contest sponsored by Patty McDonald April 21, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series: Brentano String Quartet copresented with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society March 24, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall $25 reserved seating Faculty Recital: Kathryn Fouse, Piano sponsored by Russell and Hazel Boren April 7, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Samford Combined Choirs and Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus April 10–11, 8 p.m. Alys Stephens Center Samford University’s A Cappella Choir and University Chorale join the ASO Chorus to perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. For tickets, go to www.alabamasymphony.org.

Samford Percussion Ensemble April 16, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Samford Symphonic Band April 23, 6 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Academy of the Arts Music Recital and Awards Ceremony May 2, 10 a.m. Brock Recital Hall Division of Music Honors Recital sponsored by Patty McDonald May 5, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Samford Jazz May 7, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall


MUSIC AND WORSHIP Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall

Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir March 6, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall

Mark Hayes, Guest Clinician Sept. 22–23

Constance Cherry, Guest Clinician March 9–10

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor with more than 1,000 published works. He leads a workshop for church pianists on reading charts, lead sheets and playing with a band. To register, email Eric Mathis at emathis@samford.edu.

Constance Cherry is author of best-selling book The Worship Architect. She leads a workshop on worship planning for ministers of music and worship leaders. To register, email Eric Mathis at emathis@samford.edu.

Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall Hymn Sing Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall Hanging of the Green Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall

Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir April 24, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall YouthCUE Festival of Youth Choirs April 24–26 Concert April 26, 3 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center YouthCUE provides middle and high school students a unique opportunity to sing superb choral music with 300 other youth choir singers throughout Birmingham. The three-day weekend is loaded with music-making, times of spiritual inspiration, fellowship and community building, all with in a distinctively Christian environment.


2014–15 Events August 2014 Retrospective Art Exhibit of Lowell Vann Aug. 19–Sept. 23, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception Sept. 9, 4:30–7 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall September 2014 Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall Faculty Gala Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Academy of the Arts Music Recital: 2014–15 Scholarship Winners Sept. 14, 2 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Guest Recital: Lisa Oberlander, Clarinet Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall One Singular Sensation! A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Faculty Recital: Brian Viliunas, Clarinet Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall October 2014 Paper Revisited: The Art of Sally Johnson Oct. 1–29, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception Oct. 2, 4–6 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall Samford Wind Ensemble Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall The Wind in the Willows Oct. 3–4, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall

Hymn Sing Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall Samford University Orchestra Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall The Heart Behind the Music Songwriter’s Showcase featuring Deana Carter, Billy Dean, Teddy Gentry and Lenny LeBlanc Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center A Cappella Choir Diamond Jubilee Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall Cynthia Raim and Friends Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Samford Chamber Ensembles Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Guest Artist Recital: Joyce Jones, Organ Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall Guest Artist Recital: Tsai Family Oct 28, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall November 2014 Arabesque Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Art of Samford Art Professors Stephen Watson and Joe Cory Nov. 3–25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception Nov. 4, 4–6 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall Samford Jazz Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Inon Barnatan Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Macbeth Nov. 6–8, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13–14, 7:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall

Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall New Orleans Legends featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Faculty Recital: Joseph Hopkins, Baritone, with Suzanne Hopkins, Soprano Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Samford Wind Ensemble Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital hall Amahl and the Night Visitors Nov. 20–21, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Faculty Recital: Sharon Lawhon, Soprano, Dan Lawhon, Organ, and Randall Richardson, Tenor Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall December 2014 Hanging of the Green Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Reid Chapel, Burns Hall Christmas with Michael W. Smith and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Ten-Minute Play Festival Dec. 6, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall Graduating Senior Art Exhibit Dec. 8–13, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception following commencement Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall January 2015 Samford Honor Band Jan. 10, 2:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Abraham-in-Motion Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center


Whimsical Elegant Wood: The Art of Dale Lewis Jan. 26–Feb. 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception Feb. 10, 4–6 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall February 2015 Faculty Recital: Demondrae Thurman, Chamber Music Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall Sybarite5 Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Dance Concert Feb. 6–7, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall Faculty Recital: Christina Villaverde, Soprano Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Mnozil Brass Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center March 2015 Visual Arts Achievement Program Juried Exhibition March 2–12, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception March 12, 3–5 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall Samford University Orchestra March 3, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Eisenhower Dance Motown in Motion March 3, 8 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir March 6, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall Mummenschanz March 6, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center

Samford University String Quartet Recital March 10, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Regina Carter and Southern Comfort March 23, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Brentano String Quartet March 24, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Samford Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band March 26, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall The Skin of our Teeth March 26–28, 7:30 p.m. March 29, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall April 2015 Faculty Recital: Kathryn Fouse, Piano April 7, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Student Annual Juried Show April 7–29, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception April 28, 4–6 p.m. Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall Samford Combined Choirs and Alabama Symphony Orchestra Chorus April 10–11, 8 p.m. Alys Stephens Center Samford Percussion Ensemble April 16, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Samford Opera Workshop Scenes April 17–18, 7:30 p.m. Bolding Studio, Swearingen Hall

Samford Symphonic Band April 23, 6 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Annie Moses Band April 23, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Choral Vespers Series: A Cappella Choir April 24, 5:30 p.m. Hodges Chapel, Divinity Hall YouthCUE Festival of Youth Choirs April 26, 3 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Jane Eyre April 30–May 2, 7:30 p.m. May 3, 2:30 p.m. Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall May 2015 Academy of the Arts Music Recital and Awards Ceremony May 2, 10 a.m. Brock Recital Hall Division of Music Honors Recital May 5, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Samford Jazz May 7, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall One-Acts May 8, times TBA Studio 60, Swearingen Hall Graduating Senior Art Exhibit May 11–16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Reception following commencement Art Gallery, Swearingen Hall

H. T. Chen & Dancers April 19, 3 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Samford Wind Ensemble and Orchestra April 21, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

For tickets, go to tickets.samford.edu or call 205-726-2853


The 2,633-seat Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center is a classic proscenium theatre, built over two levels but designed so that no seat is more than 150 feet from the stage. It features state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems to support world-class performances.

VENUES

Harrison Theatre is a 288-seat proscenium-thrust theatre with a 33-foot revolve. It hosts student productions in dance, opera and theatre, and is home to the Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series, and the new Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith Opera Series. Bolding Studio, a versatile 150-seat space, is used for both music recitals and theatre productions. The studio can be transformed for junior recitals, musical theatre revues and theatre productions.


Jane Hollock Brock Recital Hall seats 300 and is home to the Davis Architects Guest Artist Series, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster and Friends Series, the Birmingham Chamber Music Society, and numerous faculty and student performances throughout the year. With adjustable acoustics, the hall is ideal for ensemble concerts, one-act operas and theatre productions.

Art and design facilities include design labs, studio space, a ceramics workshop and a campus art gallery that features the work of students, faculty and guest artists.


Community Par tners Alabama Ballet

Birmingham Chamber Music Society

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker Dec. 12–13, 19–20, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13–14, 20–21, 2:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center

For more information on the Oct. 21, Feb. 26 and March 24 concerts, see the Davis Architects Series.

205-975-2787 • www.alabamaballet.org

Cinderella Feb. 20–21, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21–22, 2:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center

Alabama Dance Festival

205-726-2853 www.alabamadancecouncil.org New Works Concert Jan. 16, 8 p.m. • Wright Fine Arts Center Abraham-in-Motion Jan. 17, 8 p.m. Inside the Dance preshow talk, 7:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Festival Showcase Jan. 18, 2 p.m. Alabama School of Fine Arts

Alabama Symphony Orchestra

205-975-2787 • www.alabamasymphony.org Red Diamond SuperPOPS! Sept. 26, Nov. 14, Dec. 5, March 7, May 2 • 8 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center Concertmaster and Friends Oct. 14, Jan. 27, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Classical Masters Feb. 21, March 20, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Birmingham Art Music Alliance www.artmusic.org

Birmingham New Music Festival Aug. 22, 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Birmingham Boys Choir

205-767-9219 • www.birminghamboyschoir.com Sept. 7, Jan. 11, March 22, 4 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

205-726-2853 www.birminghamchambermusicsociety.org

Justin Brown Plays Chamber Music Nov 9, 4 p.m. Brock Recital Hall

Birmingham Music Club

www.birminghammusicclub.org • 205-726-2853 Bill Devan Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Hill Hall, Birmingham Southern Maestro Goes to Motown Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Hoover Library Auditorium Terrance Brown and Tiffany Bostic-Brown with members of the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. The Clubhouse on Highland The Desert Song May 8, 7:30 p.m. May 10, 2:30 p.m. Virginia Samford Theatre

Opera Birmingham

205-322-OPERA (6737) • www.operabirmingham.org Catch a Rising Star Nov. 23, 2:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Home for the Holidays Dec. 11, 13, 7:30 p.m. Brock Recital Hall Hamlet Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, 2:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center La Boheme March 13, 7:30 p.m. March 15, 2:30 p.m. Wright Fine Arts Center

SuperJazz

205-254-2731, ext. 31 Sept. 21, Nov. 30, Feb. 22, April 12, 3 p.m. Brock Recital Hall


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