Escher String Quartet showcases work of student Michael van der Sloot

Caruth Auditorium

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.

March 16, 2016|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

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.

September 27, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

March 20, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

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! 

March 5, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

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)

February 11, 2013|Calendar Highlights|
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