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Escher String Quartet showcases work of student Michael van der Sloot

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Members of the Escher String Quarter, left to right: Aaron Boyd, violin; Pierre Lapointe, viola; Adam Barnett-Hart, violin; and Brook Speltz, cello.

The internationally acclaimed Escher String Quartet is set to perform two free concerts, open to the public, at SMU. This will be the second program of their 2015-2016 Meadows residency. This group has previously performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and Berlin’s Piano Salon Christophori. Now, they’ll perform at  Caruth Auditorium on March 17 and at O’Donnell Hall on March 18, both at 7:30 p.m.

The concert on March 17 will showcase three pieces, most notably the world premiere of Night Music, composed by Meadows Master of Music degree candidate Michael van der Sloot. Van der Sloot, who studies composition and is also a talented cellist, he has written works for the Calgary Youth Orchestra and Grammy-winning violinist and SMU Meadows Artist-in-Residence Matt Albert, among others.

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Michael van der Sloot (M.M. Composition ’17)

Van der Sloot describes the piece as “pretty creepy and restless.”

“It’s like when you’re lying completely still in bed, wide awake because you know there is a monster in the closet. There’s a little bit of anxiety and anticipation,” he says.

His piece was chosen among submissions from multiple other music composition students. “The atmosphere and the title of the work were a compelling fit for our program, which deals with death, either through direct personal experience as in Benjamin Britten’s Quartet No. 3, or indirectly as in Franz Shubert’s Death and the Maiden,” says Aaron Boyd, one of two violinists in the Escher String Quartet. “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.”

The quartet will also hold workshops and classes as part of their residency. One workshop will be a particularly immersive experience for the students and will culminate in the formation of the March 18 concert. This side-by-side concert with the quartet and music students of the Meadows school will include works by Brahms, Dvorak, Shostakovich, and Haydn.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2013-14 season

The 2013-14 season of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra kicks off this weekend. MSO will perform Friday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall.

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MSO via SMU

The program consists of 20th-century works; opening with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s 1995 Isle of Bliss and follows with works by Maurice Ravel and Maduel de Falla. Sunday’s off-campus performance is part of the Meadows School’s new community concert series.

“SMU Meadows School of the Arts is transporting its art and music into the community as part of the new Meadows Community Series, which will present five events in diverse venues throughout Dallas over the fall and spring semesters,” a recent article explained. Tickets for this weekend’s performance are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

Just in time for opening weekend, it has been announced that the Preston Peak family gifted Meadows $2 million to establish the Martha Raley Peak Endowed Centennial Chair and Director of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra.

Martha Raley Peak is a musician, arts leader and patron. Mrs. Peak graduated from SMU in 1950 and was a member of the symphony, chorus and music fraternities as a student.

Maestro Paul Phillips will be the first holder of the chair. Phillips graduated from SMU on 1974 and joined the faculty in 1996.

Martha Raley Peak via SMU

Martha Raley Peak via SMU

“Music teaches discernment, dedication, and attention to detail. It impacts the ways our brain develop and function and is a universal language. I am thrilled to support the training of young student musicians by endowing the position,” Peak told SMU in a recent article.

The $2 million gift counts toward the $1 billion goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which to date, has raised more than $780 million.

Calendar Highlights: March 20, 2013

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French Film Festival: SMU’s 17th Annual French Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 9 with six films, all in French with English subtitles. All will be shown on the big screen in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The schedule for March is as follows:

  • March 20: The Women on the 6th Floor
  • March 23: Nobody Else But You
  • March 26: Mr. Lazhar

All showings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The festival is sponsored by the SMU French Club – visit their page for more information and the full festival schedule. 

More than a photo: Photographer Deana Lawson will be at SMU Wednesday, March 20 for the Meadows Division of Art Lecture Series. Lawson refers to the subjects in her photos as her family even though there is no blood relation; her work focuses on “the psychological, personal, political and historical experiences that are implicated through the body.” Lawson received her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in New York. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room, Owen Arts Center.

A night in Vietnam: Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to to celebrate, “A Night in Vietnam” Saturday, March 23. The evening will include traditional Vietnamese food, desserts and games. There will also be a dance performance by the Vietnamese Student Association. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. in the Varsity, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and is free and open to the public.

Collaborative Concert: The Meadows Concert Choir, Meadows Chorale and Diva Dolce  will perform a benefit concert together at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is titled “I Dreamed of Rain” after the song by Jan Garrett, symbolizing hope and forgiveness in the midst of troubled times. There is no cost to get in – instead, the ensembles are asking attendees to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. Donations can be made in person or online.

Calendar Highlights: Mar. 5, 2013

Coolidge: Author and Director of the George W. Bush Institute’s 4% Growth Project Amity Shlaes will be on the Hilltop Wednesday, Mar. 6 to give a lecture entitled The President Who Said No: Debt, Temperament, and Calvin Coolidge’s Lessons for Today. The lecture will focus on Coolidge’s legacy as a president who is remembered for encouraging business growth, supporting technological innovation and helping the nation successfully confront difficult fiscal problems. Shlaes’ book, Coolidge, will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture. Shlaes is an adjunct professor of economic history in the Stern School of Business at NYU. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register. It starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Martin Rico’s work at Meadows: At 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7,  Javier Barón Thaidigsmann will host an evening lecture on the new exhibit of Martin Rico’s work at the Meadows Museum. Thaidigsmann is chief curator of 19th-Century Painting at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and he will speak on the 19th century vistas by one of Spain’s beloved painters, who played a role in the introduction of the realist landscape. The exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, March 10 and will feature more than 100 works. Thursday’s lecture is free and open to the public, with priority seating for Museum members until 5:40 p.m.

Damaged Goods: SMU Meadows SYZYGY gives its first concert of the Spring 2013 season on Thursday, March 7. The performance takes the title Damaged Goods from a piece by Roshanne Etezday, which she composed as an expression of her less-than-successful relationships of the past. The ensemble make the piece their own with unique takes on lyricism, rhythmic drive and emotional yearning. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, and tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

The hills are alive: Meadows Opera pays tribute to American composer Richard Rodgers on Friday, Mar. 8 with performances of scenes from his best known works, as well as songs from Mary Rodgers, his daughter, and Adam Guettel, his grandson. Rodgers’ partnerships with Moss Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II produced more than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals. The performance starts at 1 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Happy Spring Break! 

Calendar Highlights: Feb.11, 2013

Faculty and Alumni Artist Series: Meadows faculty artist Matt Albert and noted performer Adam Marks will collaborate for an evening of music Monday, Feb. 11. Albert is the director of chamber music and the SYZYGY ensemble in the Meadows School. He is also is a founding member of Meadows Prize winners eighth blackbird, with whom he won a Grammy Award. Currently on the faculty of Carthage College, Marks has performed with eighth blackbird as part of his collaborative career. Albert will be on the violin and Marks on the piano for a night of “rhythmically driven music with high-octane emotion.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students. (Images via Meadows and Adam Marks, edited by SMU Public Affairs) 

Black History Month: SMU continues its Black History Month celebration with Bernard Franklin on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Dr. Franklin speaks across the country with “a desire to empower people to act, and to change the world…one person at a time!” The entire day is free and open to the public, and the schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Challenging Future of Student Affairs & Higher Education (Hughes-Trigg Atrium AB)
  • 11:30 a.m. Reception (Hughes-Trigg Ballroom West)
  • 12-1 p.m. 45 years later: Does the Dream Matter Today? (Hughes-Trigg Ballroom West)
  • 2-3 p.m. America in Denial: Young Men Are Struggling (Hughes-Trigg Forum)

Thursday, Feb. 14: Happy Valentine’s Day! 

Solo recital: Award-winning pianist and SMU alumna and faculty member Liudmila Georgievskaya will perform on the Hilltop Saturday, Feb. 16. Originally from Russia, Georgievskaya received her Artist Certificate from Meadows School of the Arts in 2010 and continues to perform internationally as a Meadows faculty member. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. (Image via Liudmila Georgievskaya)

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 29, 2013

From Print to Icon/Icon to Print: On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Comini Lecture Series will explore the visual connections and identity of Mount Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine. During the 16th century, images and print media helped to promote the Sinai monastery as a strong focus of Christian pilgrimage and transform it to an iconic place. Kristine Larison, Tufts Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer of Art History, will speak on “Replicating Sacred Space at Sinai” at 5:30 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. This lecture is free and open to the public; call 214-768-2698 for more information.

Memoirs and history: The SMU Center for Presidential History invites you to a lecture on The Evolving Story of the George W. Bush Administration. On Friday, Feb. 2Melvin Leffler will speak on the foreign policies of the George W. Bush administration, specifically the complexities of American foreign policy in the pre- and post-9/11 world. Two of Dr. Leffler’s books, For the Soul of Mankind and In Uncertain Times, will be available for purchasing and signing at the lecture. The lecture starts at 5 p.m. in the Jones Great Hall of the Meadows Museum. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

MSO: The Meadows Symphony Orchestra kicks off their Spring Term season on Friday, Feb. 1. The weekend performances will feature winners of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition, including student conductors Eldred Marshall, Jonathan Moore and Parisa Zaeri and soloists Daniel Hawkins on horn and Rebecca Roose singing soprano. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

(Image via SMU Center For Presidential History)

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 5, 2012

The DSO Brass Quintet (image courtesy of DSO)

The DSO Brass Quintet (image courtesy of DSO)

Brass band: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform at SMU Monday, Nov. 5. The Quintet has a residency in the Meadows School’s Division of Music, and this is their third year of concerts at SMU. The group includes Ryan Anthony, trumpet, Kevin Finamore, trumpet, John Kitzman, trombone, Greg Hustis, horn, and Mathew Good, tuba. During the evening the quintet will be joined by the student brass ensemble for two works. The performance starts at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Admission is $7 for faculty, staff, and students.

Election Day! Don’t forget to cast your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Guest piano recital: Pianist Paul Barnes returns to Caruth Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 7 to perform works by contemporary composers Gilad Cohen, N. Lincoln Hanks and Philip Glass. Barnes is the professor of piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music; during his summers, he teaches at the Vienna International Piano Academy. His work has been described as “intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming.” The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Artist Nicolas Guagnini will be at SMU on Wednesday, Nov. 7 for a Visiting Artist Lecture. Guagnini was a founding member of Orchard 47, an exhibition and gallery space in Manhattan, from 2005-08. He is also an artist himself and portrays distinct themes through his practice: social division, repression, psychoanalysis and the capitalist structure. Guagini will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room (3531), Owen Arts Center.

Sacred space: Associate Professor of Anthropology Christina Conlee of Texas State University will speak on “Sacred Spaces and Human Sacrifice: The Nasca Lines in Their Cultural and Religious Context” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Smith Auditorium of SMU’s Meadows Museum. Conlee’s lecture will focus on the Nasca Lines of South Peru and their importance; archaeologists have come to understand that the Lines are an important part of the Nasca religion.

Night music: The Meadows Wind Ensemble invites you to a special performance from composer Augusta Read Thomas, featuring works written on commission for and/or dedicated to the Ensemble. Thomas will be joined by Douglas Stotter, conductor for the University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium; tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students. Following the performance, head to the Taubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center for the Chamber Music Late Night Concert. Starting at 10 p.m., come enjoy the chamber music of Meadows as the perfect ending to your evening.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 29, 2012

Piano and percussion: SMU’s Meadows School of Art invites you to the Faculty Artists and Alumni Series for piano performances by Catharine Lysinger and Alex McDonald. Lysinger is director of the Piano Preparatory Department in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts; in 2008 she created the National Piano Institute for Young Artists in collaboration with David Karp. McDonald is a pianist and current doctoral student at the Julliard School. For the second half of the program Lysinger and McDonald will be joined by percussionists Douglas Howard and Brian Jones. Howard is an adjunct associate professor of percussion for Meadows and principal percussionist and has received the Sabian Lifetime Achievement award at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Jones is an adjunct professor of jazz percussion at VCU. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students.

Athletic Forum: The 2012 PwC SMU Athletic Forum continues with Danica Patrick on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Patrick was the 2005 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and the first woman to win an IndyCar race (the 2008 Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi). Patrick is married, lives in Arizona and ranks 10th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Hear about her extraordinary experiences at noon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For more information, contact Jeff Lockhart, 214-768-4314.

500 Days: New York Times best-selling author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald gives SMU’s Fall 2012 William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in 241 Umphrey Lee Center. Eichenwald – a former investigative reporter, columnist and senior writer for The New York Times and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize – will discuss his latest book, 5oo Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror WarsThis non-fiction work takes an inside look into the decisions and dialogue of the 18 months (500 days) following the 9/11 terror attacks. The William J. O’ Neil Lecture series brings a business journalism professional to speak on campus each semester. The event is free and open to the public.

The Twelve: Author Justin Cronin visits SMU to give a lecture and book signing for his latest novel, The Twelve, at noon Friday, Nov. 2 in the Mary Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The event starts with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m. Cronin, a New York Times best-selling author, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Whiting Writer’s Award. The Twelve is book 2 in his trilogy about a government experiment gone wrong that unfolds into a man-made apocalypse. This event is presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries; contact Cindy Ruppi, 214-768-3225, for more information.

Community Service Day: On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 the SMU campus community and local alumni are encouraged to participate in the 44th annual Community Service Day. Presented by the SMU LEAD and the Community Engagement and Leadership Center, community service day is one of the longest standing traditions. Service projects for this year include: redoing a rooftop garden, organizing a library, working in the thrift store and service at the Dallas Arboretum. Service will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you can sign up through Mustang Trak. Contact the Community Engagement and Leadership Center at 214.768.4403 for more information.

Making music: The launch of the 2012 Faculty and Student Artist Recital Series is Saturday, Nov. 3, with Andrés Díaz and Matt Albert as the featured faculty artists of the night. Díaz, a professor of cello in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, is an internationally renowned concert artist who has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Albert is a violinist, visiting artist-in-residence and director of chamber music in Meadows. Díaz and Albert will showcase their works alongside advanced students at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Happy Halloween! 

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 21, 2012

Ilona Romule: Creamer Horse (courtesy of Ferrin Gallery)

Art smart: Ceramicist Ilona Romule will be at SMU Monday, Sept. 24, to give the Meadows Visiting Artist Lecture. Romule’s unique work is simultaneously two-and three-dimensional: She draws figures on the sides of her pots and sculpts them partially emerging from the pots as three-dimensional forms. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and has participated in international competitions and exhibitions. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room of the Owen Arts Center and is free to the public.

SYZGY: The Meadows new music ensemble SYZGY will open its 2012-13 season Friday, Sept. 28 with a program featuring work by composer John Adams and led by ensemble director Matt Albert. The strings, winds and percussions can be heard at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Raúl Coronado

“We the Pueblo of Texas”: The Gilbert Lecture Series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with an event focused on Latino studies and hosted by Raúl Coronado. Coronado is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, a past resident of SMU as a Bill and Rita Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America, and the author of A World Not to Come: A History of 19th-Century Latino Writing, Print Culture, and the Disenchantment of the World. Coronado is currently working on a study of the historical emergence of queer Latino/a subjectivities; hear all of his insights in DeGolyer Library.

True to Texas: Y’all are in for a treat, because the 2012 State Fair of Texas begins Friday, Sept. 28 and runs daily through Saturday, Oct. 21. The fair kicks off with a ceremony at 7 a.m. and a parade through downtown Dallas at noon. Highlights include the Reliant Starlight Parade, the State Fair Auto Show, livestock shows, the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Chevrolet Main Stage featuring artists like Kellie Pickler and Kevin Fowler, and all the fried food your heart desires. General admission is $16; call 214-565-9931 for more information.

Faculty artistry: Chee-Yun Kim and Alessio Bax are more than SMU faculty members: They are also internationally renowned musicians who have won the Avery Fisher Career Grant. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Chee-Yun will play the violin and Bax the piano as they perform pieces from composers Ferruccio Busoni and Beethoven as part of the Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series. The performance is in Caruth Auditorium and costs $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 13, 2012

Graphic poetry: Together the Meadows Museum and Bridwell Library acquired a copy of Picasso’s Vingt Poëmes. This is one of fifteen deluxe copies of the book itself and features 20 sonnets by famed Spanish poet Luis de Góngora y Argote; complementing the sonnets are 19 full-page etched female heads. The artist’s book is available for viewing in the Meadows Museum Sept. 16, 2012  Jan. 13, 2013. This exhibit is free for students, faculty and staff.

Rock the vote: Join SMU as we celebrate the U.S. Constitution in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes for their Constitution knowledge as well as register to vote for the 2012 Presidential election Nov. 6. Don’t miss this opportunity – remember, every vote counts! For more information, contact Lisa O’Donnell or 214-768-9206.

Bon voyage: If the travel bug has bitten your students, remind them to stop by the SMU Abroad Fair. SMU offers 148 study abroad programs in 50 countries. At the fair, students can find out the requirements for study abroad and hear from past abroad students about their experiences. Travel to the Owen Arts Center Lobby from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 for all the information.

Local borders: Join Anthony Mora, associate professor of history, American culture, and Latina/o studies at the University of Michigan, as he discusses the New Mexican towns Las Cruces and La Mesilla, and how they shaped Mexicans’ historic role in the United States. Las Cruces was built north of the border while La Mesilla was built south of the border, creating conflicting views of the relations of race and nation. This topic is the focus of his recent book, Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848-1912. His lecture, “Local Borders: Two Towns and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary,” will be held 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012,  in DeGolyer Library. and is presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. It’s free and open to the public.

Sweet symphony: The 2012-13 season of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra opens Friday, Sept. 21, with 19th- and 20th-century works. The program includes Symphony No. 1: Holocaust by Simon Sargon, Meadows professor of composition, with guest artist Kelly Markgraf, noted American baritone. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. Call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS for more information. (Below, photo courtesy Meadows School of the Arts.)

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