Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-03-01

Six of Samford University's top student musicians will be featured in the annual Concerto-Aria concert Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall. The public is invited free of charge.

Performers and musical selections are: vibraphonist Sheri Thomas of Nashville, Tenn, Ney Rosauro's Concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra (3rd movement); harpist Kathryn Hoppe of Huntsville, Claude Debussy's "Danses sacree et profane" for Harp and Orchestra; pianist Emily Snider of Athens, Aram Khachaturian's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1st movement); pianist Jeremy West of Birmingham, Edvard Grieg's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1st movement); mezzo-soprano Sarah Simmons of Murray, Ky., "Acerba volutta" from the opera Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea; and pianist Kimberly Parish of Franklin, Tenn., George Gershwin's Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra (1st movement).

The soloists were selected by audition from among music majors in Samford's School of Performing Arts. They will be accompanied by the 48-piece Samford Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Milburn Price.

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.