Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-02-27

Six of Samford University's top student musicians will perform Tuesday, March 10, in the school's annual Concerto-Aria concert. The public is invited to the 7:30 p.m. performance in Wright Center Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The Samford School of the Arts students were selected for the honor during competitive auditions held among the school's music majors. The soloists will be accompanied by the Samford Orchestra.

This year's winners are soprano Haley Longino, violinist Eliza Pirosca, pianist Young-Bin Song, pianist Cindy St. Clair, marimbist Evelyn Stagnaro and tenor Alan Taylor.

Longino, a senior vocal performance major from Jacksonville, Fla. will sing Je marche sur tous les chemins from Jules Massenet's Manon.

Pirosca, a sophomore violin and vocal performance major from Romania, will play Kabalevsky's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (Vivace giocoso).

Song, a senior psychology major from Birmingham, will play George Gershwin's Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra.

St. Clair, a senior piano performance major from Vestavia Hills, will play Edward A. MacDowell's Piano Concerto No. 2 in D Minor (Larghetto calmato).

Stagnaro, a sophomore percussion major from Annapolis, Md., will play Alan Hovhaness' Fantasy on Japanese Wood Prints.

Taylor, a junior voice major from Marietta, Ga., will sing Lonely House from Kurt Weill's Street Scene.

Dr. Milburn Price will conduct the accompanying Samford Orchestra.

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.