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.

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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The Oral Arguments of the Alabama Appellate Courts
October 22, 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center

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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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Choral Vespers with A Cappella Choir
November 1, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Join our award winning A Cappella Choir for their monthly choral vespers service in Hodges Chapel.

Worship Arts Ensemble Fall Concert
November 5, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Reid 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.

Biology Research Seminar: Sarah Overby
November 6, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Christenberry Planetarium (Propst Hall 140)

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.

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Sharon Galgay Ketcham, Holley-Hull Lectures
November 6, 6 p.m. – November 7, 4 p.m.
Brookwood Baptist Church, Reid Chapel, Brock Forum

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.

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Learning for Life Awards Dinner
November 7, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Club, 1 Robert S. Smith Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209

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.

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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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Cumberland School of Law Fall Open House
November 8, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Memory Leake Robinson Hall

Join our Office of Law Admission for our fall open house!

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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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A Cappella Choir 80th Anniversary Homecoming Concert
November 8, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Reid Chapel

Come to the 80th Anniversary Celebration concert during Homecoming weekend. Register for special events below.

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Faculty Recital featuring Jason Terry, Piano and Angela Yoon, Soprano
November 14, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Bolding Studio

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.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy Open House (Nov.)
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 in November 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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Hanging of the Green with Samford A Cappella Choir
December 5, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Reid Chapel

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.

Fall Commencement: Divinity
December 6, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hodges Chapel
Celebrate Christmas with Samford Arts
December 6, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

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.

Christmas Home Tour and Holiday Gift Market
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Fall Commencement: Arts, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Law
December 13, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Wright Center
Fall Commencement: Health Sciences (undergraduates and graduates)
December 13, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wright Center
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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Cumberland School of Law Spring Open House
February 21, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Memory Leak Robinson Hall

Join our Office of Law Admission for our spring open house!

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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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Gaither Vocal Band
March 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wright Center

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.

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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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