Posted by Mary Wimberly on 2008-10-01

Baritone Joseph Hopkins, dean of the Samford University School of the Arts, will perform in recital Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. Pianist Ronald Shinn will accompany. The public is invited free of charge.

The program will feature Vision fugitive from Jules Massenet's "Herodiade," Francesco Paolo Tosti's "M'amasti mai?" and Robert Schumann's melodious song-cycle "Dichterliebe."

The poetry for the 16 songs in Dichterliebe is by Heinrich Heine.

Dr. Hopkins has sung leading opera roles with the Dallas Lyric Opera and Operafestival di Roma in Italy, and was soloist for the Mozart Requiem with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic. He is founder and director of the Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival in England. A graduate of Shorter College, Baylor University and Indiana University, he recently completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at Harvard University.

Dr. Shinn joined the Samford music faculty this year after 30 years on the faculty at Huntingdon College in Montgomery. He has judged many piano competitions throughout the U.S., and is on the faculty of the International Institute for Young Musicians. His students have won numerous state and regional competitions.

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.