Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-02-29

Four of Samford University's top student musicians will perform in the school's annual Concerto-Aria concert Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

The Samford School of Performing Arts students were selected for the honor during competitive auditions held among the school's music majors earlier this year.

Winners are pianists Diana Preoteasa and Amanda Tapley, violinist Rachael Emery and soprano Haley Longino.

Preoteasa, a sophomore from Braila, Romania, will play Rachmaninoff's "Allegro scherzando," from Piano Concerto No. 2, opus 18.

Tapley, a sophomore from Birmingham, will pay Tchaikovsky's "Andantino semplice-Prestissimo" and "Allegro con fuoco" from Piano Concerto No. 1, opus 23.

Emery, a junior from Kingsport, Tenn., will play Saint-Saens' "Introduction et rondo capriccioso."

Longino, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla., will sing a recitative, "Quel guardo, il cavaliere" and an aria, "So anch'io la virtu magica" from Donizetti's Don Pasquale.

The performers will be accompanied by the Samford Orchestra, conducted by Les Fillmer.

The 52-piece orchestra will also perform Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco" and Mussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain."

The public is invited free of charge.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.