Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-04-21

Samford University Orchestra, University Chorale and A Cappella Choir will combine talents for a special night of music Tuesday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Samford's Brock Recital Hall.

The orchestra will present Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 (Reformation). Leslie Fillmer will conduct.

The combined choral groups, accompanied by the orchestra, will follow with William Walton's oratorio, Belshazzar's Feast. Dr. Timothy Banks will conduct the choirs and baritone soloist Dr. Joseph Hopkins.

In Belshazzar's Feast, which is based on the Biblical story from the book of Daniel, the Jews are in exile in Babylon. After a feast in which Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, commits sacrilege by using the Jews' sacred vessels to praise the heathen gods, he is miraculously killed, the kingdom falls and the Jews regain their freedom.

The concert is free and open to the public. The event will feature an announcement of the School of the Arts as the new name for the academic unit that includes the Samford division of music. A reception will follow the performance.

For concert information, call (205) 726-2851.