Livestreaming from the Meyerson Symphony Center; advance registration required.
The 28th annual benefit concert for SMU Meadows will feature the critically acclaimed Meadows Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Paul Phillips, in the presentation of five works highlighting Latin American and Spanish music. The program opens with Danzon No. 4 (1996) by Mexico City-based composer Arturo Márquez, the first musician to receive the prestigious Gold Medal of Fine Arts of Mexico. The music references the formal, stately dances of early European colonists before giving way to the more uninhibited, fast-paced rhythms of traditional Caribbean dances. Next on the program is El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician), written in 1914-15 by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, a ballet telling the story of a young gypsy woman haunted by the ghost of her dead husband. The featured soloist will be award-winning mezzo-soprano Angelica Mata. The piece will be followed by Maurice Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess; the composer said it was not a funeral lament for a dead child, but an evocation of a pavane that a little princess might, in former times, have danced at the Spanish court. The concert concludes with two short works by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, Tangazo and Milonga del Ángel, both of which are intriguing blends of tango, jazz and classical music. Proceeds from the event support the Meadows Impact Scholarship Fund, which provides vital financial assistance to promising Meadows undergraduate and graduate students. For information on event sponsorship, call 214.768.4189, email email@example.com, or visit smu.edu/meyerson. To register to watch the livestreaming concert, visit https://blog.smu.edu/meadows/meyerson-2021/. For additional information, call 214.768.2787.