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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.