The Samford University Event Calendar offers a central listing of significant university events that are open to the Samford community or the public. Samford employees may access a comprehensive event schedule in SPACES. OrgSync provides a similar solution for students. The registrar’s office maintains the official academic calendar. Academic units, advancement, athletics and Samford Arts maintain audience specific calendars.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Birmingham Does Broadway
September 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Hear your favorite tunes from Broadway classics as Birmingham's Leading Ladies take center stage! You won't want to miss hits from Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more, sung by Kristi Tingle Higginbotham, Abijah Cunningham, and other Birmingham favorites! Part of the Red Diamond® SuperPOPS!

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Annual Anglican Theology Conference
September 24, 8 a.m. – September 25, 12 p.m.
Regions Room, Brock School of Business

Beeson Divinity School hosts an annual conference on Anglicanism in September. This year's conference will explore the Jewish roots of Christianity. The conference will feature short papers, panel discussions with opportunity for audience participation, and time for fellowship.

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McWhorter School of Pharmacy Open House
September 27, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Prospective students interested in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy are invited to an open house event where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about its prepharmacy studies and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

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Courage to Care Gala
September 27, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Club, 1 Robert S Smith Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209

Join us as we honor distinguished alumni from Ida Moffett School of Nursing and Birmingham Baptist Hospital.

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Passion: Road to 2020 Pop-Up Worship
September 30, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

From its start in 1995 Passion has been rooted in the confession of Isaiah 26:8 – “Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your truth we wait eagerly for You, for Your name and Your renown are the desire of our hearts” - existing to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation. Passion has encountered millions of students and 18-25 year olds, young people whose lives have been transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Text 33864 for tickets. This event is sponsored by the Office of Spiritual Life.

Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Sammy Miller and the Congregation
October 1, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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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Serve 2 Unite: A discussion based on the book "Gift of Our Wounds"
October 2, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Samford University's Cumberland School of Law Community Mediation Center and Global Ties Alabama present Serve 2 Unite, a discussion based on the book "Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness after Hate." A book signing will follow the discussion.

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University Center Ribbon Cutting
October 3, 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
University Center West Front, Talbird Circle

This ceremony celebrates the completion of a complete renovation of Samford’s university center as envisioned in the strategic plan and the campus master plan.

Family Weekend
October 4 – October 6
Samford University

During this annual event, Samford families come together to enjoy campus and build community with other Samford families.

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Samford Family Movie Night featuring The Parent Trap
October 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Samford Intramural Fields

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A Cappella Choir Choral Vespers
October 4, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Reid Chapel

Join Samford's A Cappella Choir for the monthly vespers service in Reid Chapel for Family Weekend.

Emma Taylor Theatre for Youth Series presents Ella Enchanted, the musical
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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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Family Weekend Reception
October 5, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Brooks Hall 135 (SIM Forum)

Join dean Tim Hall for a time of fellowship and information about the heart of Samford University!

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing White Coat Ceremony
October 6, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Samford University, Brock Recital Hall, Birmingham, Alabama

The White Coat Ceremony symbolizes nursing students entering clinical nursing and serves as a reminder of their commitment to provide compassionate care to each of their patients.

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

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

Patty McDonald Orchestra Series presents Samford Orchestra
October 8, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Join the Samford Orchestra for its first concert of the season.

Fall Luncheon featuring Morgan Cheek
October 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Vestavia Country Club

The Legacy League Fall Luncheon promises to be a sweet beginning to our program year as we hear a powerful testimony from Morgan Cheek, author of On Milk and Honey: How God’s Goodness Shows Up in Unexpected Places and Are We There Yet? One Sojourner’s Journey Through Dross Consumed and Gold Refined and blogger at seedsandleaven.com.

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The Lion’s Den Event and Professional Summit
October 10, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wright Center

The goal of Lion's Den main event is to “inspire, educate and mobilize” people to invest their time, talents, and other resources in the Kingdom through “business as mission.” Three businesses will present to a panel of "Lions" in a pitch competition similar to a “Shark Tank” type experience with a twist. The Kingdom-focused panel will look for sharp business minds focused on producing financial, social, environmental, and spiritual results in their chosen endeavors, known as the “quadruple bottom-line.”

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Samford Chamber Ensembles
October 10, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Samford's Division of Music presents a variety of chamber ensembles in concert.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy's White Coat Ceremony
October 11, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Shades Mountain Baptist Church

Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy will recognize its first-year students at its annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, October 11, at Shade Mountain Baptist Church. A reception will follow the ceremony in the College of Health Sciences lobby.

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Former Faculty Don Rankin Booksigning
October 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Harry's

Come support a new scholarship in honor of Mary Ann Culotta and purchase Don's Rankin's just released special edition of Back Roads and Memories.

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National Association of Self-Instructional Languages Programs 2019
October 17, 8 a.m. – October 18, 7 p.m.
Samford University

Samford University’s Critical Languages Program (CLP) will host the 46th annual conference of the National Association of Self-Instructional Languages Programs (NASILP) on the university’s campus Oct.18-19.

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Opera Birmingham presents Catch a Rising Star
October 20, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Catch a Rising Star features the winner of our 2019 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition in an intimate recital. Previous competition winners have included a number of artists who have gone on to international careers, with this concert providing valuable exposure and experience for the rising generation of opera stars.

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Fitness Fun Night
October 21
Bashinsky Field House

A fundraiser hosted by the Legacy League Junior Board, this 2-in-1 fitness class will include an easy to follow dance-based workout plus yoga. The class is open to the public and will be enjoyable for all skill levels.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Chanticleer
October 22, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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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U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors
October 23, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Samford School of the Arts welcomes the United States Jazz Ambassadors to Brock Recital Hall. Known as America’s Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors are the premier touring jazz orchestra of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-piece ensemble has received critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz. Free admission.

Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series presents Sylvia
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Bolding Studio

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Ghostbusters in Concert
October 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Experience director Ivan Reitman's two-time Oscar® and two-time Golden Globe­-nominated film, screened live as the Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs Elmer Bernstein's Grammy-nominated score and Ray Parker Jr.'s Billboard Hot 100 chart ­topping theme song, "Ghostbusters." Bring your proton pack and join the original paranormal investigation! Part of the Red Diamond® SuperPOPS!

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Christopher Houlihan Organ Recital
October 27, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Reid Chapel

The organist Christopher Houlihan has established an international reputation as an "intelligently virtuoso musician” (Gramophone), hailed for his "glowing, miraculously life-affirming performances" (Los Angeles Times). Join Samford's School of the Arts for the special free concert.

Tonight at the Wright Movie Night presents Hocus Pocus
October 29, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Join the Wright Center for a Halloween Movie Night! Enjoy Hocus Pocus with your family.

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Homecoming 2019
November 8 – November 9
Samford University

From reunions, tailgates, Alumni of the Year Awards, and much more, this is a weekend that you will cherish for a life time.

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College of Health Sciences Open House for Graduate Programs
November 8, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Samford University's College of Health Sciences

At the College of Health Sciences' Open House for Graduate Programs, prospective students can learn more about their program of interest, meet our faculty and tour our state-of-the-art facilities. Click on "Learn More" to see a full list of the program's participating on November 8.

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McWhorter School of Pharmacy Open House
November 15, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Samford University, College of Health Sciences

Prospective students interested in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy are invited to an open house event where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about its prepharmacy studies and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.

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Chonda Pierce Still Laughing
November 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Emmy ®-nominated and best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce, or “the country comic” as Billboard Magazine dubbed her, has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. As the RIAA’s best-selling female comedian of all time, her hilarious take on life is easily relatable as she publicly opens up to her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every situation. Tickets on sale August 29.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio
November 19, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Don’t miss one of Tchaikovsky’s beloved chamber pieces, as Yakov Kasman joins ASO musicians for a rousing performance. Part of the ASO Concertmaster and Friends Series.

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Christmas Home Tour and Holiday Gift Market
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Alabama Ballet presents George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
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Wright Center

Alabama Ballet is proud to present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as one of only eight companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform this holiday masterpiece. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets.

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Opera Birmingham presents Sounds of the Season
December 15, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Kick off the holidays with Sounds of the Season, a concert of favorites both sacred and secular. Drawing on the talent of the Opera Birmingham Chorus, the concert will feature a variety of solo and ensemble performances by native Birmingham artists, setting the perfect mood for the holiday season.

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Tonight at the Wright Movie Night presents The Karate Kid
January 16, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Join us for the Karate Kid, a movie classic. Movie night for the whole family!

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Pianist Gabriela Montero
February 4, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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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Melissa Manchester
February 14, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester comes to Samford, part of the Tonight at the Wright entertainment series.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Woodwind Reveries
February 18, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Hear the many sounds and colors of woodwinds in a delightful lineup including Barber, Piazzolla, Strauss, and more! Part of the ASO Concertmasters and Friends Series.

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Birmingham Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty
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Wright Center

Birmingham Ballet's Sleeping Beauty, with music by Tchaikovsky, is a stunning classic. This captivating fairy tale is filled with exquisite costumes and vivid storytelling. You'll be swept away to a world brimming with your favorite magical characters. It's a place where love conquers all and true love's kiss breaks the spell to awaken the beautiful princess Aurora to happily ever after.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Nat King Cole Songbook
February 29, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Join the ASO as Denzal Sinclaire brings the music of Nat King Cole to life with his superlative voice and engaging rapport. This gorgeous tribute to Alabama native Nat King Cole includes ten of the most unforgettable hits made famous by one of America's greatest jazz vocalists. Part of the Red Diamond® SuperPOPS!

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Opera Birmingham presents Cinderella
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Wright Center

For the first time ever, Opera Birmingham brings to life Massenet’s enchanting French opera, Cinderella! With soaring love duets, and thrilling high notes, this magical operatic gem is one not to be missed. Join us for this classic fairy-tale love story, perfect for opera lovers of all ages and anyone who believes in true love and happily-ever-after! Features the Opera Birmingham Chorus and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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

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CAMWS 2020
March 25, 8 a.m. – March 28, 4 p.m.

Join us in Birmingham!

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Destination Motown featuring Sensational Soul Cruisers
March 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

The Sensational Soul Cruisers are an 11 piece show band that performs “Destination Motown,” where they deliver the greatest hits by the Temptations, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and so many others. It is a multi-media show with this incredible live band that are described as a cross between Kool and the Gang, Chicago and the Temptations, delivering a “WOW” show, time after time.

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Tonight at the Wright Movie Night presents Fantastic Beasts
April 2, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Make sure to attend our last movie night of the season and enjoy the Fantastic Beasts.

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McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Professional P3 Pinning Ceremony
April 3, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Samford University, Reid Chapel

McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Professional P3 Pinning Ceremony honors third-year students as they make the transition from didactic courses to advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Reception to follow in the College of Health Sciences lobby.

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2020 Samford Gives Back
April 4, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wright Center, Community Service

Students will meet in The Wright Center at 8 a.m. for a brief orientation session and then disperse to serve with their chosen community partners until around 12 p.m. Participating students receive a free Samford Gives Back t-shirt and breakfast, and earn 4 convocation credits.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
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Wright Center

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling's classic saga, the thrilling tale is accompanied by the music of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents the Music of John Williams
May 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs favorites from film composer John Williams - from Star Wars to Jurassic Park, to Indiana Jones, you won't want to miss a note of the movie magic! Join Maestro Confessore and the ASO in a celebration of Williams' greatest hits!

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Schubert's Trout Quintet
May 19, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Enjoy Schubert’s iconic Trout Quintet, as Concertmaster Daniel Szasz, and other talented musicians from the Orchestra are joined by pianist Joyce Yang.

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