Posted by Philip Poole on 2007-04-11

The world-famous men's choral group, The CenturyMen, will perform April 24 at Samford University. The 7:30 p.m. concert in the Wright Center Concert Hall is free and open to the public.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Samford and this region to hear such a highly professional men's choral group," said Joseph Hopkins, Samford's dean of performing arts. "It will be a wonderful evening musically and inspirationally."

Since forming in 1969, The CenturyMen has performed around the world. The organization currently has 142, although the name was derived from the original 100 members. Membership is by audition, and each member has at least one music degree and is active in a Baptist church or institution.

The group has several recordings and has been nominated for both Grammy and Dove awards.

Award-winning composer Buryl Red has been music director and conductor of The CenturyMen since the group was founded. He is best known in Baptist circles as composer of the groundbreaking Christian musical Celebrate Life.

The Samford appearance is part of the group's 2007 tour. At least 11 current members are Samford graduates.

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.