Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-10-30

Voice professors Randall Richardson of Samford University and Melanie Williams of the University of Montevallo will present a faculty/guest artist recital Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Samford's Brock Recital Hall. The public is invited.

Richardson, a tenor, is coordinator of performance studies and musical theatre in Samford's School of Performing Arts.

Williams, a soprano, is vocal area head at Montevallo, where she teaches applied voice, vocal pedagogy and diction courses.

The two will sing together on several pieces, including works by 18th century composer Johann Sebastian Bach (Du bereitest fur mir einen Tisch from Der Herr ist mein getreuer, BWV 112) and 20th century composers Eric Idle and John Du Prez (The Song That Goes Like This from Spamalot). They will also pair to sing Fini…Oh! Come dolce all'alma from 19th century composer Vincenzo Bellini's I Puritani. 

Separately, the vocalists will sing pieces by Hugo Wolf, Claude Debussy, Gaetano Donizetti, Alec Rowley, Gerald Finzi and Carlisle Floyd.

Performers also include pianists Jane Watwood Gibbs and Lynn Faulkner, both staff accompanists at the University of Montevallo, where they also teach.

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.