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The final event of the SMU Meadows season features a world premiere with full symphony orchestra and dance. Tickets are extremely affordable.
For detailed information about this fantastic event http://www.smu.edu/Meadows/NewsAndEvents/News/2016/160406-AppalachianSpringToDebutOnMay11
and to purchase tickets http://www.attpac.org/on-sale/2016/meadows-at-the-winspear-2016/
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Seniors in the SMU Meadows School of the Arts Dance Department will present a show of original choreographed works this weekend. The show will take place in the Bob Hope Theatre in the Owens Art building located at 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Eight seniors will be featuring their work using fellow students to present their vision. The show will take place on Friday evening Friday April 22, and Saturday evening April 23. Both shows are at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are just $5. For a taste of what is in store, check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZqcGR9N9tM
 
 
 
 
 
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 What are you doing tomorrow night?  Join us for a great Jazz Concert featuring music by Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Count Basie and more.  Tickets are extremely affordable!
You can call 214 -768-2787 for information.
SMU’s Meadows Jazz Orchestra, led by Dylan Smith, will present an evening of big band favorites and contemporary jazz compositions in Dallas City Performance Hall on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. Three distinguished guests and alumni will join the Meadows Jazz Orchestra

 
 
 
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New Visions New Voices new play festival at SMU 20

This spring playwriting festival, now in its 22nd season, presents one performance each of six full-length plays written by graduating theatre students. Directors

include faculty members and  alumni who are active in local theatre. The plays are presented as staged readings, without costumes or sets, bringing the writers’

raw stories, characters and language to the audience without filter. Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion session with the playwright,

director and actors. Previous New Visions, New Voices playwrights are now producing and writing TV shows, leading theatre companies in Dallas, Chicago,

New York and elsewhere, acting on stage and screen, and producing and writing independent films. The festival is produced by SMU Associate Professor

and Head of Theatre Studies Gretchen Smith.

 

The plays are as follows:

 

Wed., March 30 at 8 p.m.:       Tough Love - by Holly Settoon, directed by Jacob Nice ’15:

The play looks at the lives of three young people who meet in a teen detention center

somewhere in the American heartland, all of whom are struggling to survive the boredom,

emptiness and anarchy of their time in the system. Adult language.

 

                        Thurs., March 31 at 8 p.m.:     Filth - by Isaac Young, directed by Alia Tavakolian ’12:

In a tiny Virginia town, a young woman struggles to keep the family farm afloat. But

between the memories that haunt her and the introverted ways that make her unable to

keep a job in town, she’s going to lose everything. That is, until a man needs her farm for his

low-budget porn films – and offers to make her a star. Based on an unbelievable true story,

the play is a tale of survival in the face of tragedy. Adult language and situations; not

suitable for children and pre-teens.

 

                        Fri., April 1 at 8 p.m.:              Finale- by Dylan Guerra, directed by Samantha Rios ’13:

                                                                        If they can survive the Dolphin Apocalypse, how bad can graduation be? When the seam

of the universe opens, four best friends and one uninvited guest find themselves sucked into

an alternate world on the eve of their college graduation. Secret loves are revealed, lies are

uncovered, milkshakes are shaken and tickets to the Sunday Church Carnival are sold. Will

they make it home in time to graduate, or will they become insignificant casualties in the

bloody uprising by man’s favorite mammal? Adult language and substances.

 

Sat., April 2 at 2 p.m.:              Siren’s Song- by Sasha Davis, directed by Kristen Kelso ’14:

                                                Eager to escape the ghettos of Detroit, Wren studies to get into any college far away. When

tragedy destroys her plans for a future with Thomas, she disappears into her grief for a decade,

until awkward, funny Arthur drops into her life. The play considers the questions of lost love,

new love, and self-love: which one is the hardest to accept?

 

Sat., April 2 at 8 p.m.:              Knew You - by Laura Dupper, directed by Jenna Hannum ’15:

                                                What is love? What makes it spark between one couple, and fade between another? In

Knew You, James and Ellie ask the questions people have been asking for centuries. They

fall in love as they interview friends and dissect classic romances for a school project. But

as they fall out of love, will they find the answers they need or will love stay as elusive and

enigmatic as ever?

 

Sun., April 3 at 2 p.m.:             Tiber- by Jeremy Arata, directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Sara Romersberger:

                                                At a minor way-station in space, seven strangers find themselves gathered on the 25th anniversary

of the Ceasefire. Old wounds and new griefs arise as former enemies and feuding family

members confront one another. When the life and communication systems fail, everyone’s

lives are threatened. The group will have to pull together – but can they forgive to survive?

 

When:              March 30-April 3; 8 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun.

Where:             Greer Garson Theatre in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)

Cost:                FREE

Info:                Call 214-768-2787.

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The Meadows Dance Concert features wonderful ballet set to the beautiful music. With shows all week and weekend it is easy to find a time that works with your schedule.
Featuring world premiere of new choreography for Stravinsky’s "The Firebird" by noted Mexican choreographers Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz of Delfos Danza Contemporanea in Mazatlán, and works by Martha Graham and George Balanchine
for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Meadows/NewsAndEvents/News/2016/160314-SpringDanceConcert
and for tickets call (214) 768-ARTS.  Tickets are just $13,  $7 for kids and students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Despite reports to the contrary, Elvis has NOT left the building!  Join the Meadows  Wind Ensemble and Elvis for a wonderful concert this Friday evening right across the street from the Hotel Lumen at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. The concert will include selections by  Leonard Bernstein, FRANK ZAPPA, Dana Wilson, Eric Whitacre, and a Vegas-set featuring Elvis. These players are wonderfully talented musicians and it will be a fun night for all.  For more information on the concert and tickets you can check out  http://www.smu.edu/Meadows/AreasOfStudy/Music/Ensembles/MWE . For more information on the Meadows Wind Ensemble check out http://www.smu.edu/Meadows/AreasOfStudy/Music/Ensembles/MWE    
 
 
 
 
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Members of the Escher String Quartet

The Escher String Quartet travels the world playing Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert, in venues such as Lincoln Center in New York, London’s Wigmore Hall and Berlin’s Piano Salon Christophori. On March 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. they will perform two free concerts at SMU.

The March 17 concert will be held in Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, and will include Benjamin Britten’s Quartet No. 3 (the last work of the English composer’s life) and Franz Schubert’s masterful Death and the Maiden. The concert will also feature the world premiere of Night Music, composed by SMU Meadows student Michael van der Sloot (M.M. Composition ’17).

“The piece is pretty creepy and restless,” says van der Sloot, a cellist who has also written works for the Calgary Youth Orchestra, Grammy-winning violinist and SMU Meadows Artist-in-Residence Matt Albert, violist Nadia Sirota and the Irving Symphony, among others. “It’s like when you’re laying completely still in bed, wide awake because you know there’s a monster in the closet. Or, alone in a forest and sensing that something else is watching you. There’s a little bit of anxiety and anticipation.

“Strings can give off that vibe very well.”

Earlier in the year several music composition students submitted their works in hopes of having them selected by the quartet for the March 17 concert, but van der Sloot’s captured the quartet’s imagination.

“We were struck by the quality of all of the composers' submissions, but van der Sloot's work was an impressive combination of aleatoric freedom with real textural and timbral beauty,” says Aaron Boyd, one of two violinists in the Escher String Quartet. “The atmosphere and title of the work - which is significant in that it could well describe the theme of the entire concert for March 17 - were a compelling fit for our program, which deals with death, either through direct personal experience as in the Britten 3rd, or indirectly as in the Schubert D minor.”

The quartet, which has its headquarters in New York and artist representation in Italy and England, will also hold workshops and classes with Meadows students as part of their 2015-16 Meadows residency. Escher violist Pierre Lapointe says one workshop will be a particularly immersive experience for the students.

“The idea is to have the four of us separated in different groups in order to teach, inspire and coach the students playing literally side by side with us,” says Lapointe. “The culmination of that experience, which mimics what a professional musician usually encounters as opposed to rehearsing the same piece for a semester, will materialize itself under the format of a concert on March 18 in O’Donnell Hall.”

The March 18 program, which starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public, will include works by Brahms, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Haydn.

Working with the Cézanne Quartet

It’s been a busy residency for the Escher String Quartet as they’ve presented guest lectures, critiqued and played student compositions and given advice on career development to Meadows students since their first campus visit in October 2015. They have also mentored a brand new Meadows ensemble-in-residence, the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet, with which they performed the Mendelssohn Octet last October in Caruth Auditorium.

Cézanne cellist Elizabeth White (B.M. Performance/Cello ’15) says having a professional string quartet such as Escher in residence at Meadows has been an invaluable experience for Cézanne. “The Escher Quartet is actively living the career that we are aiming for, so their advice on navigating the path to a career in music is incredibly helpful,” she says. “We’ve had the opportunity to receive countless hours of lessons with them, which has brought our playing to a much higher level.

“Playing in a string quartet is difficult because there are so many other factors involved besides playing the right notes at the right time. The nuance of ensemble and balance can be confusing at times, but the Escher Quartet has done a wonderful job showing us the way.”

The Escher String Quartet will wrap up its 2015-16 residency at Meadows School of the Arts in April 2016.

Read more about the SMU Meadows Division of Music.

Read more about the 2015-16 Ensemble-in-Residence Escher String Quartet and the inaugural 2015-17 Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet.

Hear pieces composed by Meadows student, cellist and composer Michael van der Sloot.

 

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The Escher String Quartet travels the world playing Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Schubert, in venues such as Lincoln Center in New York, London’s Wigmore Hall and Berlin’s Piano Salon Christophori. On March 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. they will perform two free concerts at SMU.

The March 17 concert will be held in Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, and will include Benjamin Britten’s Quartet No. 3 (the last work of the English composer’s life) and Franz Schubert’s masterful Death and the Maiden. The concert will also feature the world premiere of Night Music, composed by SMU Meadows student Michael van der Sloot (M.M. Composition ’17).

“The piece is pretty creepy and restless,” says van der Sloot, a cellist who has also written works for the Calgary Youth Orchestra, Grammy-winning violinist and SMU Meadows Artist-in-Residence Matt Albert, violist Nadia Sirota and the Irving Symphony, among others. “It’s like when you’re laying completely still in bed, wide awake because you know there’s a monster in the closet. Or, alone in a forest and sensing that something else is watching you. There’s a little bit of anxiety and anticipation.

“Strings can give off that vibe very well.”

Earlier in the year several music composition students submitted their works in hopes of having them selected by the quartet for the March 17 concert, but van der Sloot’s captured the quartet’s imagination.

“We were struck by the quality of all of the composers' submissions, but van der Sloot's work was an impressive combination of aleatoric freedom with real textural and timbral beauty,” says Aaron Boyd, one of two violinists in the Escher String Quartet. “The atmosphere and title of the work - which is significant in that it could well describe the theme of the entire concert for March 17 - were a compelling fit for our program, which deals with death, either through direct personal experience as in the Britten 3rd, or indirectly as in the Schubert D minor.”

The quartet, which has its headquarters in New York and artist representation in Italy and England, will also hold workshops and classes with Meadows students as part of their 2015-16 Meadows residency. Escher violist Pierre Lapointe says one workshop will be a particularly immersive experience for the students.

“The idea is to have the four of us separated in different groups in order to teach, inspire and coach the students playing literally side by side with us,” says Lapointe. “The culmination of that experience, which mimics what a professional musician usually encounters as opposed to rehearsing the same piece for a semester, will materialize itself under the format of a concert on March 18 in O’Donnell Hall.”

The March 18 program, which starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public, will include works by Brahms, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Haydn.

Working with the Cézanne Quartet

It’s been a busy residency for the Escher String Quartet as they’ve presented guest lectures, critiqued and played student compositions and given advice on career development to Meadows students since their first campus visit in October 2015. They have also mentored a brand new Meadows ensemble-in-residence, the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet, with which they performed the Mendelssohn Octet last October in Caruth Auditorium.

Cézanne cellist Elizabeth White (B.M. Performance/Cello ’15) says having a professional string quartet such as Escher in residence at Meadows has been an invaluable experience for Cézanne. “The Escher Quartet is actively living the career that we are aiming for, so their advice on navigating the path to a career in music is incredibly helpful,” she says. “We’ve had the opportunity to receive countless hours of lessons with them, which has brought our playing to a much higher level.

“Playing in a string quartet is difficult because there are so many other factors involved besides playing the right notes at the right time. The nuance of ensemble and balance can be confusing at times, but the Escher Quartet has done a wonderful job showing us the way.”

The Escher String Quartet will wrap up its 2015-16 residency at Meadows School of the Arts in April 2016.

Read more about the SMU Meadows Division of Music.

Read more about the 2015-16 Ensemble-in-Residence Escher String Quartet and the inaugural 2015-17 Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet.

Hear pieces composed by Meadows student, cellist and composer Michael van der Sloot.

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"St. Matthew Passion," Bach's Monumental work for Chorus and Orchestra, to be Presented March 6 as part of Meadows Community Series

Free performance of “one of the pillars of sacred music” at Highland Park United Methodist Church will feature the SMU Meadows Chorale with the Conservatory Singers and Conservatory Orchestra of the University of Missouri-Kansas City

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“There is nothing like it in all music” – so said Leonard Bernstein about Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, one of the most powerful, challenging and thrilling choral works ever written. On March 6, the Meadows Chorale of SMU Meadows School of the Arts and the Conservatory Singers and Conservatory Orchestra of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) will present St. Matthew Passion in a free public concert at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Robert Bode, director of choral activities at UMKC.

St. Matthew Passion is a dramatic retelling of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ. First performed in 1727 during Good Friday services at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, it is today considered “one of the pillars of Western sacred music, at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful” (NPR). The first part of the work includes the last supper and the betrayal and arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; the second part portrays Christ’s trial, crucifixion and burial. The work was written for multiple choruses and includes arias for specific characters, including Jesus, Judas, Peter and Pontius Pilate, with narration by the role of the Evangelist.

Preparation for the concert has been under way for months. “St. Matthew Passion is one of the monumental masterworks of the choral/orchestral repertoire,” said Pamela Elrod Huffman, director of the Meadows choirs. “It’s an enormous undertaking, and one that few college choirs would attempt. We have spent the entire school year preparing for this!”

The Meadows Chorale was invited by UMKC to jointly perform the work in two concerts. In addition to the Dallas event, the groups will present St. Matthew Passion at the American Choral Directors Association Southwest Regional Convention in Kansas City on March 8.

Event details:

The St. Matthew Passion concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas (75205). Admission is free and no tickets are required. In lieu of admission, the choirs ask attendees to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank through ntfb.org; cash donations or nonperishable food items for the food bank will also be accepted at the concert. For more information, contact the Meadows box office at 214-768-2787.

About the Community Series:

The concert is part of the Meadows School’s Community Series. Launched in fall 2013, the series is designed to bring Meadows performances into the community, feature the work of talented students and engage new audiences at diverse venues in Dallas. The final community concert of the season will feature the Meadows Jazz Orchestra at Dallas City Performance Hall on April 12; for tickets and more information, visit here.

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Andres Diaz

 

 

  A trio of three international performing artists – violist Roberto Diaz, president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music and former principal violist with the Philadelphia Orchestra; violinist Andrés Cárdenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony; and cellist Andrés Diaz, professor at SMU Meadows – will present Beethoven’s String Trios, op. 9. The Diaz Trio has toured Europe, Asia and the Americas and recorded for the Artek and Dorian labels. The concert will take place on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205).  For more information: http://mcs.smu.edu/calendar/node/1466

 

 

 

 
 
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Bob Hope Theatre
Dallas, TX
 
Friday Apr 22, 2016 - Saturday Apr 23, 2016
The annual Senior Showcase features works choreographed and produced by seniors in the SMU Meadows Division of Dance. 
ALL TICKETS JUST $5.00! 
For more information call 214.768.2787. 
 
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