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2010 Christmas Worship Service offers a fresh approach to an SMU tradition

Stock photo of a Christmas wreathC. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and director of the Sacred Music Program in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, is planning a change-up for this year’s Christmas Worship Service. The annual service takes place at 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 in the University’s Perkins Chapel.

The popular service, usually celebrated in the tradition of A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols since 1992, has been modified this year for what Hawn considers a “fresh approach” to an annual SMU tradition.

“This year’s services offer a tapestry of song and prayer on the theme ‘and on earth peace…’ with selections from around the world,” Hawn says. He notes that three of the four canticles from the book of Luke mention peace.

“Drawing especially from the Canticles of Zechariah (Luke 1:68-79) and of the Angels (Luke 2:14),” Hawn adds, “the choral and congregational song will view the Advent season through various perspectives on peace.”

As for the changes, Hawn noted that the Nine Lessons program had become “predictable” and that it was time for something new.

“It’s going to have more of a theological theme this year rather than the ‘Nine Lessons’ structure, which has done well for us since 1992 but seems a little outdated now. It will still have the same feel this year, but I don’t think it will be as predictable this time.”

Musicians for the service include the Seminary Singers, directed by Hawn, and the Meadows Chorale, directed by Pamela Elrod, director of choral activities in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Christopher S. Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, will serve as the organist for these services.

Guest instrumentalists including a marimba ensemble, percussion, and trumpets will join the singers in presenting music by Bernstein, Britten, Hogan and Bach as well as composers from Argentina, Taiwan, Israel, Palestine and Zimbabwe.

The worship services are free and open to the public, with free parking available on Bishop Boulevard.

For more information, visit the Perkins website or contact Michael Hawn, 214-768-2348.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 12, 2010

Champ, the Dallas Mavericks mascotWe’re having a party: Refreshments, free stuff, live music by SMU student Julian Spearman and special appearances by the Dallas Mavericks – plus the Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs and mascot Champ (right) – will be served at the 2010 Hughes-Trigg Student Center Birthday Celebration. The party takes place noon-1 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Hughes-Trigg Commons and is open to the entire SMU community. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 214-768-4498.

Hooping it up: The winningest coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history, Bobby Knight, will be the next speaker in the 2010 SMU Athletic Forum. The event takes place noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. Tickets are $60 each. For more information, contact Brittany Timmerman, 214-768-4314.

Forward thinking: SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering presents Aart de Geus (’85), chairman and CEO of Synopsys Inc., in the inaugural lecture of the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall. A reception follows at 4 p.m. RSVP online or contact Erin Sutton, 214-768-2874.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Punjabi Virsa 2010Oct. 15: Square Peg Productions presents a capella singing group Straight No Chaser at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.

Oct. 16: Stars of Punjabi music take the stage in the Punjabi Virsa 2010 concert tour at 7 p.m. For ticket information, contact Penny Sidhu, 682-225-4500, or Jagraj Singh, 972-951-0005.

Oct. 20: AEG Live presents folksinger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.

Meadows Prize winners eighth blackbird begin residency Oct. 17

Musical ensemble eighth blackbirdAfter months of planning, Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird (right) comes to Dallas for its first weeklong residency Oct. 17-23, 2010. As recipients of the University’s 2009-10 Meadows Prize, the group will participate in 20 different events during the week, including four that are free and open to the public: an open rehearsal, a reading workshop of student compositions, an open panel discussion, and a public concert. The sextet will return to the SMU campus in November 2010 and February 2011.

In October 2009, SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts announced the first two recipients of the inaugural 2009-10 Meadows Prize, a new international arts residency: eighth blackbird and the New York-based public arts organization Creative Time.

The prize includes housing for a one-to-three-month residency in Dallas, transportation expenses, studio and office space, and project costs, in addition to a $25,000 stipend.

In return, recipients are expected to interact in a substantive way with Meadows students and collaborating arts organizations, and to leave a lasting legacy in Dallas.

“The first set of the new Meadows Prizes went to two extraordinary collectives, both of whom specialize in making the seemingly impossible possible,” said Meadows Dean José Bowen. “eighth blackbird has found a way to make difficult contemporary classic music exciting, entertaining, approachable and profitable. Those are skills our students need.

“I am most happy that this residency will bring to our students not only cutting-edge music, but forward-thinking ways of presenting music and making a living in the modern musical world.”

eighth blackbird takes its name from Wallace Stevens’ poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” in which the eighth stanza reads:

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

Above, eighth blackbird members (back row, left to right): Nicholas Photinos, cello; Tim Munro, flutes; Matthew Duvall, percussion; Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; (front row) Matt Albert, violin and viola; Lisa Kaplan, piano. Photo by Luke Ratray.

> Find more information, including a full schedule, from SMU News
> Follow eighth blackbird on Twitter

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 14, 2010

SMU Tate Lecture SeriesTate’s back: The SMU Tate Lecture Series starts its 2010-11 season with a lecture on foreign relations, politics, the economy, and how it all fits together. CNN Senior Political Analyst (and Tate regular) David Gergen moderates a lecture between two leaders of the Council on Foreign Relations, president Richard Haass and co-chairman Robert Rubin at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in McFarlin Auditorium. Visit smu.edu/tateseries for more information.

Career Fair returns: Professors, it’s time to remind your students about the upcoming Career & Internship Fair on Sept. 16. Students are asked to fill out the RSVP form on the Hegi Career Center website beforehand. A list of companies making an appearance at the fair can be found online. The fair takes place noon-4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom from, with lunch served one hour before at 11 a.m.

Opera, anybody? Anyone in the Dallas area feeling the need to brush up on their Baroque should consider attending a concert by the Dallas Bach Society at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 in Caruth Auditorium. The program includes French composer Rameau’s opera-ballet Zéphyre and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. This will mark the first North American production of Rameau’s piece, possibly because budget shortages made it impossible to produce during the French and Indian War – the era in which it was composed. Tickets are $15-40 each and are available online.

Meadows Museum welcomes Orchestra of New Spain June 17

Orchestra of New SpainSoloists from Dallas’ Orchestra of New Spain will play “The Mexican Legacy: Music From the Mexican Baroque” at 6:30 p.m. June 17 in the Virginia Meadows Galleries of SMU’s Meadows Museum.

The concert is part of the Museum’s celebration of its latest major exhibition, Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron and Collector. The repertoire features music recently transcribed by Northwestern University scholar Drew Edward Davies as part of a nationwide project in Mexico to catalog and digitize the collections of several major Mexican cathedrals.

The program features parts of a Vespers service by Santiago Billoni found in Mexico’s Durango Cathedral. Contrasting works from other Mexican and Spanish archives will be interspersed among the Vespers psalms.

Admission is free. No reservation required; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

> Learn more at the Orchestra of New Spain website
> Visit the Meadows Museum online

Calendar Highlights: April 13, 2010

Chicano scholar Julian SamoraSinging strings: The Meadows Guitar Ensemble presents music spanning 3 centuries from Spain, South America and the United States at 8 p.m. April 13 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free. For more information, contact the Division of Music in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, 214-768-1951.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The work of Julian Samora (right), the founder of Latino studies, becomes a case example of how a scholar addresses social justice in his work in an upcoming Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue. “A Struggle for Social Justice: The Chicano Voice of Julian Samora – How Does His Legacy Respond to Conservatives’ Attacks on Churches That Preach Social Justice?” takes place April 14 in the Prothro Hall Refectory, Room 104. The discussion will be moderated by Anthony Cortese and Susanne Johnson of the Department of Sociology in SMU’s Dedman College. Light dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion 7-8:30 p.m. RSVP to Rachel Lamb, Perkins School of Theology.

Meadows Dean Jose Bowen performing with JampactMeadows at the Bath House: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents a concert of art, music and dance with the band Jampact and digital artists Carola Dreidemie, assistant professor in the Division of Art, and Richard Klein. Jampact features Meadows Dean José Bowen (right, piano), Buddy Mohamed (bass), and Meadows faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synthesizer), Akira Sato (trumpet) and Jamal Mohamed (drums). SMU dance students Albert Drake and Tawanda Chebikwa will also perform. The show begins at 8 p.m. April 17 in the Bath House Cultural Center at Dallas’ White Rock Lake, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Tickets are $10 each. For more information, contact Kim Corbet.

Cowboys chat: The SMU Athletic Forum welcomes Dallas Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones, noon-1:30 p.m. April 20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $60 each. For more information, contact Brittany Timmerman, 214-768-4314.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raul Coronado will discuss “A World Not to Come: Revolution, Modernity, and Latino Literary History, 1810-1860” at noon April 21 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Bring your lunch.

Calendar Highlights: March 30, 2010

alash-ensemble-300.jpgExpanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert: Members of the award-winning group Alash (right) are masters of Tuvan throat-singing, a centuries-old Central Asian musical tradition in which individual vocalists sing multiple pitches at the same time. The group presents its blend of traditional sounds of Tuva and western musical influences at noon March 31 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

Allez cuisine!: Mentors from SMU Dining Services and student culinary teams from the Art Institute, Collin College and El Centro College will vie to determine whose cuisine reigns supreme in the first SMU Iron Chef Competition. Teams will create menus, work on a food and decorating budget, and – of course – create at least one dish using a “mystery ingredient” to be revealed during the contest. Awards will be voted on by students as well as a panel of judges. The 2010 event takes place 5-8 p.m. March 31 at Real Food on Campus (RFoC), Umphrey Lee Center. The competition is open to the public – SMU faculty, staff and students with a meal plan can use a meal swipe or pay $9.25 plus tax at the door. For more information, please call 214-768-1494.

well-tempered-clavier-cover-150.jpgThe Well-Tempered Clavier Project: Internationally acclaimed pianist and Meadows faculty member Alessio Bax presents a two-day festival devoted entirely to one of Western classical music’s most influential works: J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. April 1 is devoted to the complete Book I, and April 5 includes the complete Book II. Both concerts will feature performances by faculty members and graduate students from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The performances begin at 7 p.m. on both nights in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Sponsored by a gift from Jeanne Roach Johnson. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

M.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition: Meadows School of the Arts presents its annual spring exhibition featuring works by Division of Art M.F.A. graduates, featuring a wide range of styles and media. The 2010 show runs April 5-17 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Admission is free. For more information, call the Division of Art at 214-768-4439.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 16, 2010

Showing their work: SMU graduate students will present their research in engineering and the natural and social sciences – and get valuable experience working with the formats they will use as professionals – during the University’s 2010 Research Day Feb. 16 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Poster presentations take place 2-4:30 p.m., and oral presentations from 12:30-4 p.m. An award of $250 will be given to the best presentation from each department with more than three presenters in attendance. Sponsored by Dean James Quick, Office of Research and Graduate Studies. For more information, contact Phyllis Payne, 214-768-4336.

Ash Wednesday service: The 2010 Lenten season begins with SMU’s ecumenical Ash Wednesday service beginning at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 17 in Perkins Chapel. University Chaplain Stephen Rankin will deliver the day’s message, “Testing Our Treasure.” The service is open to the entire SMU community. For more information, visit the Chaplain’s Office website.

Test your metal: SMU’s Meadows Wind Ensemble kicks off its spring performance schedule with “Heavy Metal,” an evening of works written for metal instruments. The program includes music by Gunther Schuller, Augusta Read Thomas, John Cage, Johann Hummel and SMU Professor Martin Sweidel – with a possible encore featuring the music of Metallica. The show begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Clements Center 2010 Symposium poster artClements Center Public Symposium: The family histories of the American West will be the focus of the 2009-10 Annual Public Symposium presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. “On the Borders of Love and Power: Families and Kinship in the Intercultural American West” is cosponsored by the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico, the Institute for the Study of the American West at the Autry National Center and the Clements Center. It will take place 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Register online or contact the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, 214-768-3684.

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 26, 2010

Simon Conway MorrisDarwin Year continues: Fellow of the Royal Society Simon Conway Morris (right), professor of evolutionary paleobiology at the University of Cambridge, will present “Darwin’s Compass: Why the Evolution of Humans is Inevitable” at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. The lecture is part of SMU’s Darwin’s Evolving Legacy series and is sponsored by the University’s Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series; Morris appears at the co-invitation of SMU’s Departments of Mathematics and Biological Sciences. For more information, visit the Darwin’s Evolving Legacy homepage.

Student symphony stars: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents a concert led by students in the Meadows School of the Arts‘ master’s degree program in orchestral conducting, and featuring winners of the Meadows Concerto Competition. The show begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 and 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For tickets and information, contact the Meadows Box Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Ministers Week 2010: The annual gathering at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology complements the University’s 200th-anniversary celebration of Charles Darwin’s birth with “The Pew and the Petri Dish: Contemporary Issues in Religion and Science” Feb. 1-3 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Featured speakers include John Haught, senior fellow in science and religion at Georgetown University, author of God and the New Atheism, and winner of the 2002 Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion and the 2004 Sophia Award for Theological Excellence. Other lecturers include Gregory Cuellar, three-time fellow of the Hispanic Theological Initiative and adjunct professor of bible at Richland College, as well as SMU faculty members John Holbert, Rebekah Miles and William Abraham of the Perkins School and Mark Chancey of Dedman College. SMU community members can attend several Ministers Week events at discounted rates by visiting the Faculty/Staff/Student Registration page of the Ministers Week website.

Eugene Andolsek, 'Untitled 311C'Drawing inspiration: Artist and lifelong Rock Island Railroad employee Eugene Andolsek (1921-2008) produced thousands of drawings on graph paper over a period of 50 years, working alone at his kitchen table to ease the anxieties that plagued him his entire life. His work, exploring an array of colors and geometrical combinations, came to the attention of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and Andolsek was one of five artists included in the 2006 Obsessive Drawing exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan. Now, selected works have been collected in a new exhibition at SMU – Kaleidoscope: Eugene Andolsek’s Geometric Ink Drawings runs Feb. 1-Mar. 20 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. (Right, an untitled work featured in a 2008 Andolsek exhibition at the American Primitive Gallery in New York City.)

Beauty marked: SMU hosts a panel discussion examining the emphasis women place on striving for beauty and the damage they do to themselves in the process. “The Power and Burden of Beauty” features international artist Rachel Hovnanian, former national Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue; Bonnie Wheeler, director of medieval studies in SMU’s Dedman College; Carolyn Hodges, senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics; and Rachel Dodds, UT student and sorority member. The discussion takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. For more information, call Lisa Bytner at 917-951-8940.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon Series: The SMU Faculty Club presents Jim Hollifield, professor of international political economy and director of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies, in the first of two lectures on “Immigration and Migration” at noon Feb. 3 in the Faculty Club. Cost is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP by Jan. 29 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Dallas Chamber Music premieres new work by SMU student

Thomas SchwanDallas Chamber Music will present the world premiere of Trio for Piano, Violin and Violoncello, a newly commissioned work by SMU student Thomas Schwan (right), at a concert at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Meadows Museum.

Schwan, an award-winning pianist and composer in the Meadows School of the Arts‘ master’s degree program in music, has two other compositions on the concert’s program: Sonata for Cello and Piano and Sonata for Violin and Piano. The works will be performed by Schwan and two internationally acclaimed soloists studying for their Artist Certificate at the Meadows School: violinist Lynda O’Connor and cellist Sebastien Hurtaud. The concert is underwritten by Norma and Don Stone.

Tickets are $20 each. For more information, contact Dallas Chamber Music, 972-392-3267.

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