Student Conductors’ Concert takes place Jan. 28, 30

meadows-symphony-orchestra.jpgThe Mustang community will receive a rare treat from Meadows for the weekend of Jan. 28-30, as student conductors are now in the final phases of preparation for their biggest event of the year.

The Student Conductors’ Concert, set for performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, will feature two students currently enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Orchestral Conducting, and will also feature winners of the Meadows Undergraduate Concerto Competition.

Michelle Merrill, the first student conductor, began her Master’s degree in the Fall 2010 semester after earning her bachelor’s degree in music at SMU in the 2009-10 school year. In July 2010, Michelle participated in the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Zlin, Czech Republic where she conducted the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Michelle currently studies under music director Paul Phillips.

The second student conductor, Douglas Stone, received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas in Spring 2010. During his undergraduate studies, Douglas also performed with the UNT Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra as well as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Arlington. Douglas is also in his first year of study for his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting and currently serves as assistant conductor for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. He is also studying under Phillips.

Featured student soloists include freshman violin performance major Abigail Potts and senior vocal studies major Katrina Galka. Abigail studies under Emanuel Borok, former Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Katrina, who will be seen again this spring as Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, studies under Barbara Hill-Moore.

Both performances will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Prices are $13 per ticket for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, call 214-768-2516 or e-mail meadowstickets@smu.edu.

A complete listing of the evening’s program can be found after the jump.


Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 Ludwig van Beethoven

Adagio molto – Allegro con brio (1770-1827)
Andante cantabile con moto
Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
Finale: Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

TziganeMaurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Abigail Potts, soloist

conducted by Michelle Merrill

Intermission

Overture to I Vespri SicilianiGiuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

“Caro nome” from Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi
Katrina Galka, soloist

“I Want Magic” from A Streetcar Named DesireAndré Previn (b. 1929)
Katrina Galka, soloist

Les Préludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

conducted by Douglas Stone

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