The Samford University Event Calendar offers a central listing of significant university events that are open to the Samford community or the public. SPACES provides a comprehensive event list for employees, and OrgSync provides a comprehensive event list for students. The registrar’s office maintains the official academic calendar. Academic units, advancement, athletics and Samford Arts maintain audience specific calendars.
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.
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.
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.
The Appellate Courts of Alabama, the Birmingham Bar Foundation, and Samford University's Cumberland School of Law invite guests to observe the Supreme Court of Alabama and the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in a unique day of oral appellate arguments.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Join the Wright Center for a Halloween Movie Night! Enjoy Hocus Pocus with your family. This event will support the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Bring a donation and get in free. Suggested items include: canned tuna In water, canned chicken, peanut butter and jelly (non-glass), cereal / oatmeal / grits, dried or canned beans, macaroni and cheese, pasta and pasta sauce, canned vegetables, canned or dried fruit, or brown rice.
Join our award winning A Cappella Choir for their monthly choral vespers service in Hodges Chapel.
Join the Worship Arts Ensemble (WAE) for an evening of music and worship. Thanks to Bobby and Lynda Little for making these concerts possible.
Overby, a Samford Spanish language and literature major, currently is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Genetics, Universidad de Valencia, Spain. At Samford, she will discuss her research into the molecular mechanisms behind a rare type of muscular dystrophy.
Sharon Galgay Ketcham, Professor of Theology and Christian Ministries at Gordon College in Massachusetts, will deliver the 2019 Holley-Hull Lectures at Samford University Nov. 6-7.
Orlean Beeson School of Education's Learning for Life Awards honor education graduates who exemplify leadership in the classroom, school administration, churches, mission organizations, nonprofits, businesses, volunteer organizations and more.
From reunions, tailgates, Alumni of the Year Awards, and much more, this is a weekend that you will cherish for a life time.
Join our Office of Law Admission for our fall open house!
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.
Come to the 80th Anniversary Celebration concert during Homecoming weekend. Register for special events below.
Meet two of Samford's newest faculty members Angela Yoon and Jason Terry. They joined Samford this fall. Jason is the director of our keyboard area and Angela joined the voice faculty.
Prospective students interested in Samford University's McWhorter School of Pharmacy are invited to an open house event in November where they can tour the facilities, meet faculty and learn more about its prepharmacy studies and Doctor of Pharmacy programs.
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.
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.
Join Samford for the holiday tradition of Hanging of the Green in Reid Chapel followed by the Lighting of the Way in the Quad. Hanging of the Green will feature our A Cappella Choir.
Join Samford's School of the Arts for a Christmas celebration featuring student ensembles and holiday favorites. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served in the lobby area starting at 6:30 along with some pre-event entertainment.
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.
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.
Join us for the Karate Kid, a movie classic. Movie night for the whole family!
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.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester comes to Samford, part of the Tonight at the Wright entertainment series.
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.
Join our Office of Law Admission for our spring open house!
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.
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!
A full evening of entertainment and meaningful music is a rare treat anytime, but when the occasion includes the best-loved voices in gospel music… it’s a must-see celebration! If you attend just one musical event this year, an evening hosted by Bill Gaither and featuring the Gaither Vocal Band is one you can’t miss. It will leave you encouraged, grateful and most certainly smiling! Tickets on sale Oct. 7.
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.
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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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.
Make sure to attend our last movie night of the season and enjoy the Fantastic Beasts.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Enjoy Schubert’s iconic Trout Quintet, as Concertmaster Daniel Szasz, and other talented musicians from the Orchestra are joined by pianist Joyce Yang.