Andrés Díaz

Calendar Highlights: March 23, 2010

Alessio BaxAvery Fisher Concert: SMU’s Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients Andrés Díaz (cello) and Alessio Bax (right, piano), with pianist Lucille Chung, will present a free concert of Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor, Kodaly’s Sonata and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano at 8 p.m. March 25 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

When faiths converge: Professor of Religious Studies Yaakov Ariel of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will present SMU’s 8th annual Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Lecture in Jewish Studies 7:30-9 p.m. March 25 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. “Christian Jews? The New Communities of Jewish Believers in Jesus” explores the roots, history and theology of groups formed during the 1970s, believing that they could overcome traditional divisions and amalgamate the Christian faith with Jewish ethnicity and culture. Presented by SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. For more information, call 214-768-4478.

Song and dance: SMU’s Indian Students Association presents its annual talent show, Mustang Masti, at 6:30 p.m. March 27 in McFarlin Auditorium. Pre-sale tickets are $8 with SMU ID; admission is $10 at the door with SMU ID. Buy tickets online at meraticket.com or contact the ISA for more information.

Heat stress and health: Dr. Craig Crandall, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT-Southwestern Medical Center and research scientist in Presbyterian Hospital’s Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, will discuss his findings on how the human cardiovascular system responds to heat stress in “Cardiovascular Responses to Severe Heat Stress in Humans.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. March 31 in Classrooms 1 and 2, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Presented by the Applied Physiology and Sport Management Lecture Series in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. For more information, call 214-768-2205.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 1, 2009

Meadows Opera TheatreHoliday high notes: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents an Opera Free For All “On the Eve of Christmas,” featuring scenes set on Christmas Eve from Massenet’s Werther and Act II of Puccini’s La Bohème. The brown-bag concert begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

Musical rites: Meadows faculty members Emanuel Borok, violin, and Andrés Díaz, cello, will join the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto. The orchestra’s final program of 2009 will open with Dvorak’s Amid Nature overture and conclude with Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

The Sharp Show from the SMU Meadows Division of DanceSharp moves: Meadows School of the Arts presents The Sharp Show, an annual showcase of outstanding works choreographed and produced by seniors in the Division of Dance. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Sharp Studio, Room B100, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Dance at 214-768-2718.

Lunch with Friends: George W. Bush Presidential Library Director Alan C. Lowe will present the program at the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon annual holiday luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Royal Oaks Country Club, 7915 Greenville Avenue. The cost is $35 for Friends members, $50 for non-members. Valet parking provided. RSVP by Dec. 3 to Cynthia Ruppi, 214-768-3225.

Faculty member receives Latin Grammy nomination

Andres DiazCellist and SMU faculty member Andrés Díaz has received a Latin Grammy nomination for his recording of Bach Cello Suites released on the Azica Records label. The recording was nominated in the “Best Classical Album” category.

Recorded during a blizzard at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, the two-CD recording includes Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Suite No. 2 in D minor, Suite No. 3 in C Major, Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major, Suite No. 5 in C minor and Suite No. 6 in C Major. It was produced by former Dallas resident Alan Bise and engineered by Bruce Egre.

A native of Santiago, Chile, Díaz began studying cello at the age of five. Since winning First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, he has received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998.

Díaz, who joined SMU in 2006, lives in Dallas with his wife, Julie, and sons Peter Manuel and Gabriel Andrés. He is an associate professor in the Music Division of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. He plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller cello with a bow made by his father, Manuel Díaz.

Listen to samples from Díaz’ album courtesy of SMU News
Read more about Andrés Díaz in the 2007 SMU Research magazine

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For the Record: May 1, 2009

Alice Kendrick, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts, received the national Billy I. Ross Advertising Education Award from the American Academy of Advertising at its national conference March 27, 2009 in Cincinnati. The award, which recognizes innovative work that advances the field of advertising education, was given jointly to Kendrick and Jami Fullerton of Oklahoma State University for their research and publishing in advertising education and multiculturalism.

Kendrick’s and Fullerton’s honor marks only the third time the Billy Ross Award has been given since its establishment in 2002.

Sebastien Hurtaud, an Artist Certificate candidate in cello in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, won 1st prize in the 7th Adam International Cello Festival and Competition in Christchurch, New Zealand. He also won the Bach Prize for best performance of a work by Bach. The honor includes a cash prize, a recording contract with Naxos and a performance contract with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Hurtaud is a student of Andrés Díaz, associate professor of cello and international recording artist.

Hurtaud will present a free recital at 8 p.m. May 3 in O’Donnell Hall (Room 2130), Owen Arts Center. The event is open to all. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 13, 2008

hidden-in-america-150.jpgTuition benefits applications due: The deadline for submitting Spring 2009 tuition benefits applications is Nov. 18. Find forms, schedules and a downloadable Tuition Benefits Handbook at SMU’s Human Resources website.

Stamping out hunger: In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Month, SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement partners with the North Texas Food Bank and the Resounding Harmony chorus to present the 1996 film “Hidden in America” starring Beau and Jeff Bridges and Frances McDormand. Bring two nonperishable food items for the Food Bank and be entered in a drawing for two tickets to the Resounding Harmony benefit concert Nov. 24 in SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. Food items collected will be donated to the SMU Helps Close the Gap campaign, sponsored by Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy.

Fall Dance Concert continues: The 2008 Meadows Fall Dance Concert continues with masterworks by renowned choreographers Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle and Eleo Pomare set to music ranging from Ralph Vaughan Williams to John Coltrane. Performances take place Nov. 13-16 at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Is image everything? How important is image at SMU, and how do image and stereotypes influence our daily lives? Join the Ethics Design Team of SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility to discuss the ethics of image and the public personae of college students at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Fall Dance Concert 2008Will sing for food: The 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig, presents its inaugural concert to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The concert is part of a 3-week campaign organized by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy to raise funds and food supplies in partnership with the Food Bank’s 3-year “Close the Gap” initiative. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at www.resoundingharmony.org or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978.

“Great” expectations: SMU hosts a special screening of a new documentary by Dallas-based AMS Pictures. “The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College” begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Inspired by the Hollywood film “The Great Debaters,” the documentary tells the true story of Wiley College’s 1935 debate team and their defeat of the reigning national champions. The screening is co-sponsored by SMU’s Division of Cinema-Television, the Association of Black Students, Program Council Films, Student Filmmakers Association, and Ben Voth, Director of Forensics. Admission is free.

The element of fire: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents the U.S. premiere of The Intercourse of Fire and Water (Yi1) for cello and orchestra as part of its latest program, “The Elements: Fire,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in Caruth Auditorium. The piece – written by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” composer Tan Dun – will feature guest soloist Andrés Díaz, international recording artist and Meadows faculty member. Also on the program are Haydn’s Fire Symphony and Liszt’s symphonic poem Prometheus. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

In McFarlin Auditorium:
Nov. 14-15: TITAS presents the Dallas debut of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets, call TITAS at 214-528-5576.

Calendar Highlights: April 17, 2008

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Earth Week continues: SMU’s Earth Week activities continue April 21-22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Pick up a free low-flow showerhead (while supplies last), gather information, and sign up for volunteer opportunities. In addition, you can hear VP for Student Affairs Christine Casey answer questions on SMU’s earth-friendly policies and plans at 12:15 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22.

Underground art: The Meadows Underground Project presents a two-part mini-festival bridging classical, jazz and pop music, produced by Alessio Bax and featuring Bax, Dan Tepfer and the Dan Tepfer Trio, Gabriel Kahane, Chee-Yun, Andrés Díaz and others. “The Art of Improvisation” begins at 8 p.m. April 19 in the O’Donnell Recital Hall, featuring Kahane’s songs and the Dan Tepfer Trio’s improvisations. “Old and New Narratives” takes place at 7 p.m. April 20 in Caruth Auditorium and features Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, as well as Kahane’s celebrated Craigslistlieder – a song cycle based on odd personal posts from Craig’s List. Both venues are in Owen Arts Center, and both events are free.

We go together: The Student Foundation pays homage to the carnival scene in “Grease” with its theme for Mane Event 2008. The entire SMU community can enjoy the food, midway games and festivities at this annual celebration of the last day of class, 3-7 p.m. April 25 on the Main Quad. Get a sneak preview from a student organizer.

Meadows Division of DanceGreatest hits: The Meadows Dance Ensemble presents its biennial “Best of Meadows Dance” at 8 p.m. April 25-26 and 2 p.m. April 27 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. The concert will feature the most outstanding original student choreography from the fall and spring Brown Bag concerts and the senior-level showcase. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

In McFarlin Auditorium:

  • April 18-19: TITAS presents the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at 8 p.m. both nights. For ticket information, call 214-528-5576.

Cellist Andrés Díaz performs in Meadows Distinguished Artist Recital Series Feb. 2

andres-diaz-150.jpgInternationally acclaimed cellist, recording artist and Meadows Associate Professor Andrés Díaz will perform in the Meadows School of the Arts’ 2007-08 Distinguished Artist Recital Series Feb. 2. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Since winning First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, the most prestigious cello competition in the world, Díaz has established an international performing and recording career. He has appeared with major orchestras from South America to the Soviet Union to Japan to New Zealand and has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress and the Spoleto Festival. His award-winning recordings include a CD featuring the works of Martinu, Lutoslawski and Rachmaninoff that won the 2003 Classical Recording Foundation Award – and, according to the Wall Street Journal, is a top pick on Yo-Yo Ma’s iPod.

Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS). Read more about Díaz in SMU Research magazine.

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Violinist Chee-Yun opens 2007-08 Distinguished Artist Recital Series

Chee-YunInternationally acclaimed violinist and Artist in Residence Chee-Yun opens the Meadows School of the Arts’ 2007-08 Distinguished Artist Recital Series Oct. 28. Her performance begins at 3 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Known for her romanticism and flawless technique, Chee-Yun has performed with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de Paris and National Symphony under such conductors as Hans Graf, James DePriest, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki and Pinchas Zukerman.

Her career highlights include appearances at the Kennedy Center’s “Salute to Slava” gala honoring Mstislav Rostropovich, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, the inaugural concert at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City and the U.S. premiere of Penderecki’s Sonata No. 2 with pianist Barry Douglas at the Kennedy Center. An active recording artist, her most recent project is a recording of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Douglas and cellist Andrés Díaz, an international recording artist and Meadows associate professor of cello.

Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).