Samford alumnus and world class magician, David Garrard brings his special brand of magic to Samford. David’s mix of magic and music has made him popular with audiences throughout the United States for more than 50 years. He recently appeared on the popular television show Penn and Teller: Fool Us! David’s show will feature audience participation tricks, so be ready to help make the magic happen! David will also perform several larger illusions, such as Houdini’s Trunk or Sawing a Woman in Two. Admission is free and no ticket necessary!
Co-presented by the Wright Center. A native of Los Angeles, Grammy® nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his relentless focus on making music that feels good as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band, they share the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. Award winning theatre incubator, Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the ‘Makers Lab’ in 2017 to develop their genre-bending show, “Great Awakening.” While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Lady Gaga, and Queen Latifah at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to spread joy throughout the world. Get onboard @smcongregation.
Catch a Rising Star features the winner of our 2019 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition in an intimate recital. Previous competition winners have included a number of artists who have gone on to international careers, with this concert providing valuable exposure and experience for the rising generation of opera stars.
Kick off the holidays with Sounds of the Season, a concert of favorites both sacred and secular. Drawing on the talent of the Opera Birmingham Chorus, the concert will feature a variety of solo and ensemble performances by native Birmingham artists, setting the perfect mood for the holiday season.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester comes to Samford, part of the Tonight at the Wright entertainment series.
For the first time ever, Opera Birmingham brings to life Massenet’s enchanting French opera, Cinderella! With soaring love duets, and thrilling high notes, this magical operatic gem is one not to be missed. Join us for this classic fairy-tale love story, perfect for opera lovers of all ages and anyone who believes in true love and happily-ever-after! Features the Opera Birmingham Chorus and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.