Posted by Sean Flynt on 2011-09-29Samford's School of the Arts will host tenor alumnus Gran Wilson for a concert and reception honoring retired music professor Russell Hedger Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. Hedger also will lead a master class Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. Both events are free-of-charge and open to the public.
Wilson, a native of Bessemer, has distinguished himself as an interpreter of the bel canto repertoire with a performing career spanning three decades and four continents. He has sung with companies such as the New York City Opera, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Australian Opera, Oper Frankfort, Netherlands Opera, Vlaamse Oper, Teatro di San Carlo Lisboa, Opera de Nice, St. Paul Symphony, Edinburgh Festival, Spoletto Festival, and Mostly Mozart Festival.
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.