Posted by Sean Flynt on 2012-02-21

A Feb. 25 Faculty Composition Recital will feature the works of music professor and award-winning composer Sarana Chou. The concert will feature Chou, piano, with a host of other musicians and, for two compositions, Samford dance students.

Chou, who joined Samford's music faculty in 2008, won the 2009 International Call for Duet at Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers 2009-10 Plus Award in the Concert Music Division, and won the 2012 Alabama Music Teachers Association Award.

The Saturday evening recital will feature:

Fanfare for Our Time (for Brass Quintet & Antiphonal Wind Ensemble)

A Little Dance Suite (for Solo Violin & Solo Dancer)

Tunes Heard in My Childhood

No.1 Handsome Bottoms Up (for Solo Piano)

No.2 A Grasshopper Teasing A Rooster  (for Viola & Piano)

No.3 Rain Phantasy (for Violin & Piano)

No.4 A Train Whistle (for Cello & Piano)

No.5 A Tea Lady's Love Song (for Double Bass & Piano)

Furious (for Solo Piano & Dance Ensemble)

Jonathan Leathwood, guitar, was originally scheduled to participate in the recital and perform and lecture on Friday, Feb. 24. An injury prevents him from participating in any of the scheduled events.

The recital will being at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in Brock Recital Hall. It is 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.