Published on March 12, 2012 by Sean Flynt  
Samford University’s Davis Architects Guest Artist Series and Birmingham Chamber Music Society will present The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s Brock Recital Hall.

The concert is further sponsored by Barbara Barnard in celebration of Dr. Anthony Barnard’s 80th birthday, and by Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields - one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world - is renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. Formed in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, and working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church on 13th November 1959. Today, the Academy performs some 100 concerts around the world each year, with as many as 15 tours each season. In 1993, the Academy became the first and only orchestra to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Export.

Originally directed by Sir Neville Marriner from the leader’s chair, the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductorless ensemble remains an Academy hallmark. This tradition continues today with the appointment of virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell as its new Music Director in 2011.

Tickets: Tickets are $20 (adult,) $15 (55+) and $10 (student/child) at www.samford.edu/arts or (205) 726-2853
 
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 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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.