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A Cappella Choir Choral Vespers
September 6, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Hodges Chapel

Join Samford's award-winning A Cappella Choir for the monthly choral vespers service.

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School of the Arts Faculty Gala underwritten by Patty McDonald
September 10, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Join School of the Arts for an entertaining evening showcasing its talented faculty.

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The Magic of David Garrard
September 12, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Wright Center

Samford alumnus and world class magician, David Garrard brings his special brand of magic to Samford. David’s mix of magic and music has made him popular with audiences throughout the United States for more than 50 years. He recently appeared on the popular television show Penn and Teller: Fool Us! David’s show will feature audience participation tricks, so be ready to help make the magic happen! David will also perform several larger illusions, such as Houdini’s Trunk or Sawing a Woman in Two. Admission is free and no ticket necessary!

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Sandra McCracken in partnership with Dawson Memorial Baptist Church
September 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Lunch + Conversation, Samford University Howard Room

Sandra McCracken’s prolific contributions as a songwriter, modern-day hymn writer, and record producer has brought grace and clarity to her soulful, folk-gospel sound. Whether in a theater or in a chapel, she is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what church music sounds like, captivating and inviting audiences to sing along. Registration opens August 20, 2019.

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Faculty Recital, Brian Viliunas, Clarinet
September 17, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Brian Viliunas is a conductor and clarinetist. He travels extensively as a guest artist and conducts the Samford orchestra.

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Faculty Recital, Brad Diamond, Tenor
September 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Associate Professor Brad Diamond is a talented tenor known for his musicianship and style and travels as a guest recitalist.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Sammy Miller and the Congregation
October 1, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Co-presented by the Wright Center. A native of Los Angeles, Grammy® nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his relentless focus on making music that feels good as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band, they share the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. Award winning theatre incubator, Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the ‘Makers Lab’ in 2017 to develop their genre-bending show, “Great Awakening.” While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga, and Queen Latifah at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to spread joy throughout the world. Get onboard @smcongregation.

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Emma Taylor Theatre for Youth Series presents Ella Enchanted, the musical
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Location: Harrison Theatre

Aren’t fairy godmothers supposed to be helpful? Ella has been given the “gift” of obedience, placing her under a spell that forces her to do as everyone commands her. Strong-willed Ella embarks on a quest to reverse this curse, and encounters ogres, giants, fairy godmothers and a handsome prince along the way. Based on the Newbery- winning book and popular film, Ella Enchanted is a modern musical twist on the Cinderella story as Ella seeks to find her own voice and live as her true self. This event opens with an invitation only FirstNight on Thursday, Oct. 3 with a special presentation for area agencies.

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Singing in Heaven! The Annual Hymn Sing
October 6, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Reid Chapel

Join Samford friends and families for the beloved annual hymn sing in Reid Chapel during Family Weekend.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Chanticleer
October 22, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Co-presented by Birmingham Chamber Music Society. Founded in San Francisco in 1978, Chanticleer is known around the world as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Pianist Gabriela Montero
February 4, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a devoted following around the world. Anthony Tommasini remarked in The New York Times, “Montero’s playing has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power in climactic moments, soulful lyricism in ruminative passages and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity.” Co-presented by the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

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Liz Vice
February 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Lunch + Conversation, Samford University Howard Room

Liz Vice has always had a love for storytelling. The Portland native who currently resides in Brooklyn, started her career working behind the scenes in the world of film and video, only to accidentally find herself behind the mic. Liz Vice's sound is a fusion of Gospel and R-and-B, with dynamic and soulful vocals, and lyrics, deeply rooted in spirituality, that give her work a timeless feel. Registration opens January 28, 2019.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Invoke
March 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental quartet is fueled by their passion for storytelling and their music is infused with traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to form a unique contemporary repertoire, featuring original works composed by and for the group. Guest residency will include Monday Coffee House Composition Competition and Tuesday public recital. Concert is co-presented by Birmingham Chamber Music Society.