Posted by Mary Wimberly on 2009-04-23

Samford University's Bells of Buchanan will present a concert Tuesday, April 28, with a program of pieces written specifically for handbells as well as transcriptions of familiar hymn tunes.

The public is invited to the 7:30 p.m. concert in Brock Recital Hall. Admission is free.

The program will include Kevin McChesney's Capriccio, a meditation on Beautiful Savior, the Chinese folk melody Le P'ing, a praise medley based on Aurelia and to God Be the Glory, William A. Payn's Prisms, the African American spiritual Standin' in the Need of Prayer, John A. Behnke's The Promise, J.S. Bach's Little Fugue, and an entertaining movie-themed medley.

Samford music professor Dr. Bill Strickland directs the 14-member ensemble. The ringers represent a variety of academic disciplines.

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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.