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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.