Posted by Sean Flynt on 2012-03-06


"Songs of Struggle, Songs of Faith – A Celebration of the African-American and Jewish Musical Traditions" will open a rich week of music at Samford University March 11. The free public concert features Daniel Gale, baritone, Oral Moses, bass-baritone, and Kathryn Fouse, piano.

The Samford Faculty String Quartet will present its debut U.S. performance March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.The quartet includes: Jeffrey Flaniken, violin; Ruth Marie Ballance, violin; Angela Flaniken, viola; and Jared Ballance, cello.The married couples often perform as duos. Individually, they have held positions in major symphony orchestras, taught and played at many music festivals and held various faculty positions in the United States. They united to create the Faculty String Quartet in 2011 thanks to a generous gift to the School of the Arts. The quartet performed during a fall tour of England and France, but this free public event will mark its first performance in this country. Selections will include works by Mozart, Golijov and Dvorak.

On Friday, March 15, Samford's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform in a concert sponsored by Patty McDonald. The 7:30 p.m. performance in Brock Recital Hall 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.