By Ashley Smith
The School of the Arts at Samford University has a performance season planned that includes almost 100 events, including well-known artists, student ensembles and faculty events.
The season includes the annual Davis Architects Guest Artist Series, the Emma Taylor Theatre for Youth Series, the Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series, the Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith Opera Series, and an Art and Design Series highlighting one of Alabama’s most notable artists – Thornton Dial (see story on page 9).
It kicks off with the Faculty Gala, which will take place Sept. 13 in Brock Recital Hall. This event is sponsored by Ann and Howard Holt. Other faculty to perform throughout the year include Joel Scott Davis, Brian Viliunas, Cindy St. Clair, Sadie Goodman, Brad Diamond, Michael Averett and the Samford String Quartet.
The Davis series, which is in partnership with the Birmingham Chamber Music Society, will feature five performances: euphonium player Demondrae Thurman with pianist