Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-10-04

The Samford University Orchestra will present its inaugural concert under the direction of conductor Les Fillmer Tuesday, Oct. 9. The public is invited free of charge to the 7:30 p.m. performance by the 52-member orchestra in Brock Recital Hall.

Fillmer, chairman emeritus of the Alabama School of Fine Arts Department of Music, joined the Samford School of Performing Arts music faculty this year.

The program will include Karl Goldmark's "In Italy, Overture, Op. 49," Franz Joseph Haydn's "Notturno No. 3 in C Major, Hob:11:32," Georg Frideric Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks," Shane Lamb's "Fantasy on a Theme by Kayla Lamb," and Alexander Borodin's "Symphony No. 3 in A minor."

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.