Music, art and culture highlight SMU’s 2013 Russian Winter Festival

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Music, art and culture highlight SMU’s 2013 Russian Winter Festival

The Flying Balalaika Brothers

Renowned Austin-based musicians The Flying Balalaika Brothers will perform with Jamal Mohamed, director of the Meadows World Music Ensemble, at SMU March 2, 2013. The gala concert will kick off the University’s 2013 Russian Winter Festival.

Renowned Russian-American musicians The Flying Balalaika Brothers bring their energetic take on traditional music and their own original compositions to SMU’s 17th annual Russian Winter Festival.

SMU percussion instructor Jamal Mohamed, director of the Meadows World Music Ensemble, joins the Austin-based band for a gala kick-off concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

Tickets can be purchased online and at the door for $20. The concert is free for SMU students and faculty (with ID) and for children under 12. For more information about tickets, call 214-718-0701.

Saturday evening will also include recognition of the Dallas-Saratov Sister City relationship and an award presentation honoring University students for their achievements in Russian language studies. The events at SMU will be followed by the opening of the exhibit “Russian Winter 2013 Art Showcase” at Dallas’s Evol Society gallery, 8060 Park Lane, Suite 126.

The tradition of the Winter Festival in Russia is centuries old, serving as a farewell to winter and a greeting to the coming spring. The SMU Russian Club, in conjunction with the Russian American Center, has made the Winter Festival a yearly event in Texas, featuring artistic and academic events as well as musical performances by international folk, classical and contemporary artists. 

Viktor Shenderovich

Political writer and human rights activist Viktor Shenderovich will speak at SMU Thursday, March 7 as part of the University’s 2013 Russian Winter Festival.

“The SMU Russian Festival is a great opportunity to experience Russian culture and learn about one of the world’s most enigmatic nations,” says Zachary Cowan, SMU Russian Club president.

Campus events during the Russian cultural week include “Russian Authority vs. the Russian Satire: The History of the War.” Viktor Shenderovich, one of Russia’s most prominent political writers and human rights activists, will present the lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in Portico A, Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

The Russian Club is also coordinating several community events, including a children’s concert and contest entitled “The Planet of Talents” scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the Farmers Branch Manske Library. This event will feature an exhibit of artwork by children of Dallas and Saratov. The week will also feature other activities at various libraries, schools and colleges in the Dallas area.

Visit the SMU Russian Club online

March 1, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Meadows Opera Theatre opens 2012 with The Marriage of Figaro

John Hendricks as Figaro and Julie Marx as Susanna in the 2012 Meadows Opera Theatre production of The Marriage of Figaro. Photo by Kim Ritzenthaler.

Cupid is at work and at play on Figaro and Susanna’s wedding day – but who is wooing whom?

Just in time for Valentine’s Day month, Meadows Opera Theatre and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra bring to life a cornerstone of the operatic repertoire, The Marriage of Figaro. The production runs Feb. 2-5, 2012, in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The Marriage of Figaro – with or without its alternate title that translates as The Day of Madness – has charmed audiences since the debut of Pierre Beaumarchais’ original play in 1784. The working-class hero and heroine want only to celebrate their wedding in peace, but the competing agendas of friends, family members and even their aristocratic employers complicate the proceedings.

Count Almaviva, their master, has eyes for the bride, and a mysterious older woman lays claim to the groom. Countess Almaviva wants to win back her husband’s love, while the hormonal teenage page Cherubino wants to win the heart of every female he meets.

The play was banned in Vienna for a time because of its satire of the aristocracy, yet the 1786 opera became one of Mozart’s most successful works during his lifetime. (The composer himself directed its first two performances from the keyboard of his fortepiano.) It was the first of three collaborations with librettist Lorenzo da Ponte, with whom he also wrote Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte.

Njabulo Mthimkhulu as Count Almaviva, Julie Marx as Susanna and Paul Kroeger as Don Basilio in the 2012 Meadows Opera Theatre production of The Marriage of Figaro. Photo by Kim Ritzenthaler.

Mozart’s celebrated score will be performed by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Activities Paul Phillips. Meadows Opera Theatre Director Hank Hammett directs the production, with choreography by Professor of Dance Danny Buraczeski.

The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English translation. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets for The Marriage of Figaro online at Vendini or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Find a complete cast list under the link below. (more…)

February 1, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Meadows Wind Ensemble enjoys ‘An Evening With Genghis Barbie’ Oct. 14, 2011

The Meadows Wind Ensemble of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, under the direction of Jack Delaney, welcomes New York City’s “hottest classical, pop, rock, jazz, indie, alternative, punk, electro-acoustic ensemble” for a Friday evening show.

The all-female French horn quartet Genghis Barbie joins the MWE at 8 p.m. Friday, October 14 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The group – composed of Freedom Barbie, Velvet Barbie, Electric Barbie and Attila the Horn – is considered one of the most innovative and energetic chamber ensembles on the music scene. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Genghis Barbie are classically trained players who studied at Juilliard or the Manhattan School of Music, and are dedicated to distinctive, interactive and personal performances. The Meadows concert is part of their inaugural U.S. tour.

The program will include Richard Strauss’ Vienna Philharmoniker Fanfare, noted for its striking brass textures, and Robert Schumann’s virtuoso showcase Konzertstuck for Four Horns and Wind Ensemble. Also to be performed are Eric Ewazen’s Symphony in Brass, Circuits by Cindy McTee and Minute Fanfare, a rousing work for eight horns by SMU student composer Vince Gover.

Genghis Barbie also will present a free master class from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Caruth Auditorium. The class will be hosted by Gregory Hustis, principal horn of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Meadows adjunct professor.

Listen to the Genghis Barbie rendition of Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” in a new window, or click the YouTube screen at right.

> Read more from SMU News
> Learn more about Genghis Barbie at their official website
> Visit the Meadows Wind Ensemble online

October 13, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

November 30, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

October 12, 2010|Calendar Highlights|
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