Meadows Symphony Orchestra violinistsMeadows at the Meyerson: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents its 16th annual benefit concert, “The 2009 Meadows at the Meyerson,” at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street. Under the direction of Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra will perform Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49 by Sibelius. The Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir will join the symphony in a performance of John Corigliano’s Fern Hill. Concluding the program will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Students from the Meadows School will also present performances and displays in the lobby before the concert. Tickets range from $7-$13 and are available online or though the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Learning from the best: President Turner welcomes Gerald J. Ford to the President’s Leadership Summit lecture series at 5 p.m. April 1 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Ford is a member of the SMU Board of Trustees and a preeminent expert in banking and financial institutions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherry Aikman, 214-768-4403.

Meadows DanceA week of dance: The Meadows School of the Arts presents the Meadows Spring Dance Concert at 8 April 1-5 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. The event features a diverse selection of ballet, contemporary and jazz works by distinguished guest artists and faculty. The performance will honor the 75th birthday of Arthur Mitchell founder and director of Harlem’s Dance Theatre, Arthur Mitchell’s 75th birthday and the 40th anniversary of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff and can be purchased online. For more information contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-2787.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins School of Theology will address the role of religious communities and religious leaders in Latin America in the area of human rights. “Human Rights and Communities of Faith in Latin America” begins at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Faculty Dining Room, Umphrey Lee Center. The event will be moderated by Rick Halperin and Joerg Rieger. Guests are invited to attend a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. before the discussion. The event is free; registration is required. Contact Rachel Lamb.

darrellwaltrip.gifHonoring a racing great: The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum welcomes the winner of three NASCAR Championships and winner of 84 Winston Cups, Darrell Waltrip, at noon April 2 in the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Anatole Hotel. Waltrip was voted the American Driver of the Year three times, NASCAR Driver of the Decade for the 1980s, and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. He is now a NASCAR analyst on the FOX Network, for which he won a 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality. Visit the Athletic Forum website for more information and to purchase tickets for the event.

Daoud Corm paintingComini Lecture Series: Sarah Rogers will examine the career and work of Daoud Corm, Beirut’s first professional painter, in “Daoud Corm, Cross-Cultural Encounters, and the Origins of Lebanese Modern Art.” The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. April 2 in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. The event is free; reservations are required. Call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Brush up your Shakespeare: Meadows Opera Theatre presents an “Opera Free For All” at 1 p.m. April 3 in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. The event will feature a musical journey into the heart of the Bard with scenes from operas and musicals inspired by Shakespeare’s works. Free and open to the public; bring your lunch.