Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-03-05

The Samford University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present an evening of American-themed music Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. Samford director of bands Dr. James J. Smisek will conduct. The public is invited free of charge.

The 41-piece Symphonic Band will play Jim Curnow's Fanfare Prelude on "God of our Fathers" (the National Hymn), Percy Aldridge Grainger's "Harvest Hymn," David R. Holsinger's "At the Strongholds of En Gedi," and Edwin Franko Goldman's "The Chimes of Liberty."

The 39-member Wind Ensemble will play Henry Fillmore's "Americans We," John Zdechlik's "Chorale and Shaker Dance," Robert Russell Bennett's "Suite of Old American Dances," and Joseph Willcox Jenkins' "American Overture."

Harpist Kaitlyn Crocker will perform during intermission.

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.