Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-02-16

Baritone Joseph Hopkins, Dean of Samford University's School of Performing Arts, will present his first formal recital as a Samford faculty member Tuesday (Feb. 20) at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The public is invited free of charge.

Dr. Hopkins will sing "See! the raging flames arise" from Joshua by George Frideric Handel, Don Quichotte a Dulcinee by Maurice Ravel and "Questo amor, vergogna mia" from Edgar by Giacomo Puccini, as well as works by Edgar Grieg, Richard Strauss and Michael Head.

Hopkins became performing arts dean at Samford in July after serving as dean of Petrie School of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., since 2002.

He has performed in many opera and concert productions, including the title role of Figaro in the production of Il barbiere di Siviglia that won first place in the 2000 National Opera Association production awards. He has performed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Madrid Chamber Orchestra and others.

Hopkins holds a doctor of music in vocal performance from Indiana University.

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.