Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-11-14

Samford University Bands will present a program of traditional and familiar Holiday tunes at its Christmas concert Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The public is invited free of charge.

Dr. James Smisek conducts the 62 musicians in the Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band.

The program will open with "Fanfare" in the High Renaissance tradition of antiphonal brass choirs echoing one another, and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," adapted from the Mannheim Steamroller CD, A Fresh Aire Christmas.

Leroy Anderson's "A Christmas Festival," medley includes "Joy To the World," "Silent Night," and other Christmas favorites.

The program also includes "O Magnum Mysterium," "Good King Wenceslas, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and "Sleigh Ride."

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.