Summer 2001
Vol 18 No. 2

Celebrating 160 Years, and a Bright Future

Overcoming Years of Bitterness

New Arts & Sciences Dean

Kelly Jones Claims Miss Alabama

The Business of Jets

Picturing Samford's History

Choir Pleases Russian Audiences

Exciting Swiss Winter Escapade

A Conference for All Sports

Bulldogs To Spread Field, Rely on Defense

Other Stories

Samford Names Brad Creed to be Associate Provost

Samford Gets $100,000 FIPSE Grant for PBL Project with Maastricht

Faculty Compendium: Ross Article Cited in Microsoft Ruling; Bass Book Nominated for Pulitzer Prize

New Arts and Sciences Dean Samford ‘Anything But Sleepy’: Chapman Davis

Davis Proudest of Hiring Strong Faculty

Teaching Aspect of Nursing Has Always Attracted New Dean

Baur Steps Down as Nursing Dean, Will Continue to Teach

John Carroll Brings Breadth of Legal Experience to Role as Cumberland Dean

Early Edmund D. Pellegrino Medal Honors Namesake, Secundy and Fletcher for Bioethics Contributions

Biology Students to Map Nature Conservancy Properties

Cumberland Professor Ware Writes the Book on Alternative Dispute Resolution

Samford ODK Celebrates 50th Year, Recognizes 50 Leaders with Impact

Samford hosts Alabama Governor’s School

Halbrooks Inaugurated as President of Colgate Rochester Crozer

Frank Stagg Library Adds Greatly to Samford Baptist Collection

Student Callers Raise More than $137,000 in Phonathon Effort

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Samford Choir Pleases Russian Audiences
with Varied Choral Repertoire

Samford's A Cappella Choir brought Russian audiences a sampling of the music they love during an early summer tour.

The Samford choral group joined a Russian choir in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, presenting music by composer Dmitri Bortnianski, known as "the Russian Mozart." The event celebrated the 250th anniversary of Bortnianskiís birth.

The choir also presented its own concert of works by historic classical composers, 20th century American composers, and spirituals. Some were sung in Russian, German and Latin. Dr. Milburn Price, School of Performing Arts dean, conducted.

Later, the choir presented Russian folk music as an encore to a concert and even sang an impromptu excerpt of a Bortnianski concerto while sightseeing in the Kremlin.

The choir toured Moscow and St. Petersburg in late May and early June at the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Culture. The invitation came after officials heard the choirís CD released in 2000, O Magnum Mysterium: The Life of Jesus in Choral Music.

The Tchaikovsky Hall concertóthe tour highlight-was attended by prominent musical figures and leading government officials, including Minister of Culture Alexander Demchenko. A crew from the Russian Cultural Television Network (similar to PBS) filmed a portion of the concert and interviewed Price. The feature aired on nationwide television.

"It was truly a unique experience, singing with a Russian choir and performing in concert halls that are so famous, especially knowing the history and the people who have performed there before," said Seth Hix of Ozark, a graduate student conductor.

The choir also gave two concerts in St. Petersburg: one at Capella Hall, considered one of the finest halls for choral music in Russia, and another at the Greek Hall at Pavlovsk Palace, where much of Bortnianski's music was first performed. The concert in Pavlovsk Palace was covered by a St. Petersburg television station.

Concert venues in Moscow included Central and Second Baptist churches.

"Central Baptist is reportedly the only evangelical church in Russia that continued functioning during a major part of the Communist regime," said Price.

Both churches have been sites for a training institute for evangelical church musicians from throughout Russia. Price and Samford music instructor Sherrie Lawhon have served as guest faculty for the annual two-week summer sessions.

Price is well known among the Russian cultural community through his service as president of the American Choral Directors Association and as board member of the International Federation for Choral Music.

The Samford A Cappella Choir performs in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall under direction of Dean Milburn Price.

Choir members enjoying the sights near St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow's Red Square are, from left, Michael Douglas, Allison Banks, Kevin Gunter, Missy Wells and conductor Milburn Price.