Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-08-28

A performance by the Blair String Quartet will open Samford University's Davis Architects Guest Artist Series Friday, Sept. 5.

The Vanderbilt University-based ensemble will be joined by Samford faculty pianist Ronald Shinn in the 7:30 p.m. performance in Brock Recital Hall. Shinn joined the Samford School of the Arts faculty this summer after 30 years at Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

The program will feature Beethoven's Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1; Charles Ives' Quartet No. 1: From the Salvation Army (1896) and Brahms' Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34 for Piano and Strings.

The quartet includes Christian Teal and Cornelia Heard, violin; John Kochanowski, viola; and Felix Wang, cello. The nationally-acclaimed performers, in residence at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music, will meet with Samford students in string lessons and coachings during the day on Friday.

Concert tickets are $20 adult, $15 senior adult, and $10 student/child.

Season tickets for the Davis Artist Series are still available. In addition to the Blair recital, the line-up includes guitarist Christopher Parkening and singer Jubilant Sykes on Nov. 11, pianist Jon Nakamatsu on Feb. 13, Samford musicians in a concert of music by composer Libby Larsen on March 5, and pianist Robert Blocker on April 17.

Season tickets are $75 adult, $60 senior adult and $40 student/child.

For tickets and information, call (205) 726-2853 or check the website at

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