Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-04-24

Samford OperaWorks will take opera on the road next week in its first-ever performance tour of Alabama's Black Belt.

The Samford University musicians, directed by G. William Bugg, will perform at the Back Street Opry House in Vernon on Monday, April 28, and at the Armory in Aliceville on Tuesday, April 29. The seven-member troupe will perform three times at each venue.

Each performance will include three one-act operas, Pergolesi's La Serva Padrone, Salieri's Little Harlequinade and Menotti's The Telephone. The shows will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for school audiences, and 7 p.m. for the general public.

The visit to Lamar and Pickens counties is presented in conjunction with Alabama OperaWorks.

Performers are David Berg, Jeff Caulk, Ragan Deal, Tim Eachus, Sadie Frazier, Caitlin Huie and Lindsay Murphy.

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.