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Step Sing 2020
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Location: Wright Center

Step Sing began as a sing-along on the steps of Renfroe Hall at the Howard College East Lake Campus in 1951. It was held once a semester and soon became a competition. In 1957, Howard College moved to its present location on Lakeshore Drive, bringing with it the tradition of Step Sing. In 1976, Step Sing moved to its current home in the Samford University Wright Center.

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Melissa Manchester
February 14, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester comes to Samford, part of the Tonight at the Wright entertainment series.

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WoodwindReveries
Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Woodwind Reveries
February 18, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Hear the many sounds and colors of woodwinds in a delightful lineup including Barber, Piazzolla, Strauss, and more! Part of the ASO Concertmasters and Friends Series.

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Birmingham Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty
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Location: Wright Center

Birmingham Ballet's Sleeping Beauty, with music by Tchaikovsky, is a stunning classic. This captivating fairy tale is filled with exquisite costumes and vivid storytelling. You'll be swept away to a world brimming with your favorite magical characters. It's a place where love conquers all and true love's kiss breaks the spell to awaken the beautiful princess Aurora to happily ever after.

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Nat King Cole
Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Nat King Cole Songbook
February 29, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Wright Center

Join the ASO as Denzal Sinclaire brings the music of Nat King Cole to life with his superlative voice and engaging rapport. This gorgeous tribute to Alabama native Nat King Cole includes ten of the most unforgettable hits made famous by one of America's greatest jazz vocalists. Part of the Red Diamond® SuperPOPS!

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Gaither Vocal Band
March 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Wright Center

A full evening of entertainment and meaningful music is a rare treat anytime, but when the occasion includes the best-loved voices in gospel music… it’s a must-see celebration! If you attend just one musical event this year, an evening hosted by Bill Gaither and featuring the Gaither Vocal Band is one you can’t miss. It will leave you encouraged, grateful and most certainly smiling!

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Opera Birmingham presents Cinderella
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Location: Wright Center

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.

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Alabama Singing Men
March 23, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Wright Center

Alabama Singing Men perform a free concert at Samford! Join us for an evening of music with this group of ministers of music, pastors, staff members, and laymen from Alabama Baptist churches. The group has been on national and international tours since 1972. Former directors include Dr. Paul Hall and Dr. Tim Banks, both long time music faculty at Samford. The current director is Dr. Thomas Smith, a Samford graduate, and former head of the Division of Music at Auburn University. The pianist is Frank Jones, also a Samford graduate.

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Destination Motown
Destination Motown featuring Sensational Soul Cruisers
March 26, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Wright Center

The Sensational Soul Cruisers are an 11 piece show band that performs “Destination Motown,” where they deliver the greatest hits by the Temptations, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and so many others. It is a multi-media show with this incredible live band that are described as a cross between Kool and the Gang, Chicago and the Temptations, delivering a “WOW” show, time after time.

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A Story of Triumph: A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss, Stepsister of Anne Frank
March 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Wright Center

Eva Schloss, the stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, is a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, an author of three books, and the subject of James Stil's play, "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank." Like her stepsister, Eva went into hiding in Holland until she, along with her family, were betrayed, captured and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. This event is sponsored by the Chabad of Alabama and the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1.

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Patti Callahan Henry: The 2020 Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series
March 31, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Wright Center
Cost: $10 for the public; complimentary for Samford students and employees

Through the vision of Tom and Marla Corts, and provided by their generosity of spirit, Orlean Beeson School of Education is proud to present Patti Callahan Henry as the 2020 Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author.

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Harry Potter
Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
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Location: Wright Center

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling's classic saga, the thrilling tale is accompanied by the music of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

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Sozo Children's Choir Tour 2020
April 21, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Wright Center

Sozo Children’s Choir is a group of children who travel from Sozo Children Uganda to America as the Sozo Children’s Choir, touring the States while leading worship at churches, schools, and events. Experience cultural Ugandan singing and dancing with African instruments, powerful corporate worship, and brief testimonies.

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John Williams
Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents the Music of John Williams
May 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs favorites from film composer John Williams - from Star Wars to Jurassic Park, to Indiana Jones, you won't want to miss a note of the movie magic! Join Maestro Confessore and the ASO in a celebration of Williams' greatest hits!

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Schubert's Trout Quintet
May 19, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Brock Recital Hall

Enjoy Schubert’s iconic Trout Quintet, as Concertmaster Daniel Szasz, and other talented musicians from the Orchestra are joined by pianist Joyce Yang.

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