Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-11-25

Samford Musicians Present Festival Of Christmas Music December 5 Samford University's School of the Arts will present an evening of Holiday music performed by vocal and instrumental groups Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

The Festival of Christmas Music will include performances by the A Cappella Choir, Dr. Timothy Banks, conductor; University Chorale, Dr. Sharon L. Lawhon, conductor; and Samford Orchestra, Dr. Milburn Price, conductor.

The choral groups and orchestra will present, individually, a variety of traditional Holiday favorites and join together for a presentation of Gustav Holst's "Christmas Day."

The program will also feature Samford Operaworks presentation of Gian-Carlo Menotti's one-act opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors."

Maggie Taylor sings the title role and Caitlin Huie is cast as the Mother in the Christmas classic. The production also features Alan Taylor as Kaspar, Adam Moxley as Balthazar, Jeffrey Caulk as Melchior, Quincy Price as the Page, dancers Laudrey Cody and Lydia Myers, and a 12-voice chorus.

Dr. G. William Bugg directs the Amahl production, which will also be performed for an audience of area school children at a 10 a.m. matinee on Dec. 4.

Festival of Christmas Music tickets are $12 adults, $9 senior adults over age 55, and $6 students and children. For information, call (205) 726-2851. Tickets are available at

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.