Published on March 10, 2015 by Mary Wimberley  
Musical Space

A collaboration between interior architecture and music students at Samford University will result in a unique learning opportunity and special interactive audience experience.

In the innovative project, three teams of interior architecture students have been paired with three instrumental ensembles to produce “Musical Space:  a Short, Progressive Concert.”

During the 30-minute presentation beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, the musicians will play in one of three “performance pavilions” designed by the interior architecture students.

“The design of the pavilions has been inspired by the pieces to be performed in them, and by the personalities of the performing ensembles,” explains interior architecture professor Preston Hite, whose 15-member sophomore design fundamentals class planned and executed the spaces.

A similar number of instrumentalists in music professor Brian Viliunas’ woodwind seminar class will perform.

Interior architecture major Kathryn Riehle and her project partners tackled their assignment by first listening to a recording of the three pieces that a clarinet ensemble will play in the east lobby of Beeson University Center.

“The performance has a mysterious element to it, with a rain like-sound, so we chose to make our setting rustic, a bit raw,” Riehle said, adding that the design may incorporate umbrellas.  On Tuesday afternoon, she and power drill wielding classmate Emily Hardin, assisted by Hite, were busy installing the framework for their set.

A flute ensemble, on the other hand, Riehle said, plans a performance with a lighter musical feel, which calls for a “more whimsical” design.  A mixed instrument ensemble will also perform.

The progressive concert will begin in front of the Samford Bookstore, move to the east lobby of the University Center and end in front of Einstein Brothers Bagels in the Library.

Concert-goers are invited to follow along together place-to-place or drop in on one segment, said Hite.

The co-sponsoring music and interior architecture programs are part of Samford’s School of the Arts.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.