Posted by Sean Flynt on 2011-10-18


Samford's University Orchestra will open its 2011-2012 season tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The concert also marks the orchestra's first under its new director, Brian Viliunas.

Viliunas joined Samford's faculty this summer after a distinguished record at Arizona State University, where was a doctoral teaching assistant and created the Sustainable Symphony, a non-profit organization with the purpose of bringing classical music to the people of Phoenix and the valley community of Arizona. He has two degrees in clarinet and studied the instrument in Bergen, Norway as a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar.

Viliunas will present a faculty recital Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.

Both events are free-of-charge and open to the public.



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.