School of the Arts Hosts More Than 1,000 for Choral Festival, Presents Ensembles, Opera March 12-17
by Sean Flynt
This week Samford’s School of the Arts is hosting more than 1,000 middle school and high school students, along with parents and teachers, for the Alabama Vocal Association’s All State Choral Festival.
Starting March 6, the students will begin an intense schedule of competitions and rehearsals in preparation for a pair of free public concerts later in the week. The Middle School Concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The High School Concert will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9. You’re welcome to join us for both events in Wright Center Concert Hall.
Next week, join us for the March 12 Samford String Quartet recital at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. The faculty ensemble includes Jeff Flaniken, violin; Caroline Nordlund, violin; Angela Flaniken, viola; and Samuel Nordlund, cello.
On Thursday, March 14, we will present our Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.
Community Partner Opera Birmingham will present its production of The Magic Flute March 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2:30 p.m. in Wright Concert Hall. Here's another chance to enjoy a classic opera and be reminded just how accomplished School of the Arts faculty and students are. Professor Christina Villaverde has encouraged her students to stretch into professional roles, and she and four of her students were cast in the production. The Samford cast members include:
Christina Villaverde (Assistant Professor of Voice) Role: Papagena
Rebecca Rafla (BS Major) Role: 3rd Spirit
Joylyn Rushing (BM-Voice Major) Role: 2nd Spirit
Bethany Orick (BM-Voice Major) Role: Alto Chorister
Connor Ford (BME Major) Role: Bass Chorister