Jamal Mohamed

Calendar Highlights: April 10, 2013

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Percussion double feature: Indonesian master musician Ade Suparman performs with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble and World Music Ensemble at noon  Wednesday, April 10, as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert Series. It serves as a preview for the Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert that same day at 8 p.m. The spring concert features different faculty artists and composers:  Andrés Díaz, Meadows cello professor, Dr. Lane Harder, Meadows alum and composition faculty member, and Suparman, who plays the zither and bamboo flute. The noon performance is in the Taubman Atrium; the 8 p.m. performance is in Caruth Auditorium. Both are free and open to the public.

Drone strikes: Is the United States legally obliged to explain its drone policy? This and other topics will be discussed on Thursday, April 11, during Drone Strikes: Security, Human Rights and Morality. The lecture will include perspectives from Jeffrey Kahn, SMU Dedman School of Law professor, Naureen Shah, Columbia Law School associate director, Michael Lewis, Ohio Northern University Law School professor. The panel is moderated by Chris Jenkins, SMU Dedman School of Law professor. The event begins at 5 p.m. in Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Poetry and pain: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences presents an interdisciplinary discussion, The Languages of Pain: What Poetry Can Tell Us about Pain, and What it Can’t. The panel will be led by Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English, who will be joined by Thomas Mayo, Law; Robert Howell, Philosophy; and Rhonda Blair, Theatre. Each will discuss the role poetry plays in their specific discipline and how people use poetry to give words to inexplicable pain, both physical and mental. Spiegelman is the editor-in-chief of Southwest Review and has authored books, essays and reviews as well as contributed to The Wall Street Journal. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Room 133, Fondren Science Building.

Afternoon Gallery Talks: Join Meadows Curator Nicole Atzbach for Martín Rico and His Circle, an afternoon gallery talk Friday, April 12. Atzbach has been with Meadows Museum since 2010 and became a curator in 2012. She will discuss the current Meadows exhibition, Impressions of Europe: 19th-century Vistas by Martín Rico. The talk begins at noon and is free with regular admission to the Meadows Museum.

Jampact: The eclectic Jampact band brings a mix of jazz, funk and world music to campus Saturday, April 13. The band includes some of SMU’s own faculty members; the musicians are Meadows Dean José Bowen, piano, with SMU professors Kim Corbet, trombone and synthesizer; Akira Sato, trumpet; and Jamal Mohamed, drums; with musician Buddy Mohamed on bass. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

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.

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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: Nov. 17, 2009

Jane Buikstra“Darwin’s Evolving Legacy” lecture: Jane Buikstra (left), Regents’ Professor of Bioarchaeology and director of the Center for Bioarchaeological Research at Arizona State University, will give the Wendorf Distinguished Lecture in Archaeology. She will speak on “Tuberculosis: a Deep Time Perspective” at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

“Holocaust Legacies” series continues: SMU professors Virginia Dupuy (Meadows School of the Arts), Christopher Anderson (Perkins School of Theology) and John Holbert (Perkins School of Theology) present “Music Out of the Ashes,” a lecture/performance focusing on Victor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis, written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp but not performed until the 1970s. The evening will include scenes from the opera interspersed with commentary about the camp, the music and the composer and takes place 6-10 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Great Hall, Perkins Prothro Hall.

Meadows World Music EnsembleWorld music: Imaginative improvisation and plenty of jamming are part of the performance for the Meadows World Music Ensemble (right), directed by Jamal Mohamed. The group performs traditional works and original compositions at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public.

Chamber Music Honors Concert: The Meadows School of the Arts presents its most outstanding chamber music ensembles, performing a range of works composed for trios, quartets and quintets. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public.

For a song: The Meadows Chorale and Concert Choir present “The Spirit Rejoices” at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. In lieu of admission, the choirs request voluntary donations to the North Texas Food Bank – give online or at the concert. For more information, call the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

Faculty, students collaborate in ‘Meadows at the Bath House’

BL Lacerta poster for Meadows at the Bath House seriesFaculty and students in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts have found a new way to blend their talents. “Meadows at the Bath House,” a new series of performances that cross genres and disciplines, opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Dallas’ Bath House Cultural Center.

The series reflects the Meadows School’s interest in expanding its interdisciplinary offerings in the community, fostered by Dean José Bowen.

“In any given show you’re likely to see musicians working with dancers, poets and/or actors,” says Kim Corbet, series producer and Meadows music history faculty member. “Behind the scenes, there may be collaborations with the advertising department or film students documenting or using their talents as a component within the show itself.”

The inaugural show features the music and dance explorations of BL Lacerta. The interdisciplinary ensemble includes three musicians and two dancers: Corbet on trombone and synthesizer, Kevin Hanlon (Associate Professor of Music Composition) on guitar, and pianist David Anderson of SMU’s Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. The Meadows-trained dancers are Tawanda Chabikwa (M.F.A. ’10) and Jennifer Mabus (B.F.A. ’93).

“The group rigorously rehearses improvisationally, with dancers routinely making music and musicians moving on stage with the dancers,” Corbet says.

The second show, set for 8 p.m. Nov. 13, features the Meadows faculty jazz quintet Jampact along with videographers and movement artists. The group includes Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano) and Meadows faculty members Akira Sato (trumpet), Jamal Mohamed (drums), Buddy Mohamed (bass) and Corbet.

Tickets to each performance are $5. The Bath House Cultural Center is located at 521 E. Lawther Drive on the east side of White Rock Lake. For more information, contact Kim Corbet at 214-542-5663 or visit the Bath House Cultural Center website.

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 30, 2008

The Big iDea: Student teams that received grants in the 2007-08 Big iDeas competition will report on the progress of their projects and explain their research findings in the Big iDeas Fall Symposium, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. A brief reception will follow.

Meadows Wind Ensemble Director Jack DelaneyGodbey Lecture Series: Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Melissa Barden Dowling, director of SMU’s Classical Studies Program, examines the achievements of the men known as the Five Good Emperors and how they balanced the great issues of their times in the Godbey Lecture Series‘ Boshell Foundation Lecture, “The Good Emperors and the Golden Age of the Roman Empire.” The series begins Nov. 4 and continues on consecutive Tuesdays, with the third lecture scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13. All lectures begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon at Maggiano’s NorthPark Center. Cost is $156 for Godbey Lecture Series members and $186 for nonmembers. Register online or contact the Godbey Lecture Series, 8-2532.

World premiere winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble welcomes acclaimed contemporary percussion ensemble NEXUS for the world premiere of Eric Ewazen‘s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble – composed on commission for the MWE, NEXUS and MWE Director Jack Delaney (top right) – in “The Beat of Different Drummers!” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

'Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child' by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Kelly Donahue-Wallace, chair of the Departments of Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas, discusses the global influences found in objects from well-to-do colonial homes in “A caballo entre dos mundos: Material Culture in Spanish Colonial Texas.” The lecture begins at noon Nov. 5 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Bottom right, Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child, from a series on mixed race marriages in Mexico. Oil on canvas by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768, Museo de America, Madrid, Spain/The Bridgeman Art Library.)

Inside baseball: Baseball Hall of Famer, former American League and National League MVP and former American League manager of the year Frank Robinson will address the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. The luncheon and talk last from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Suzy Brack, 8-4314.

Jazz hands: The Varsity in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center becomes a jazz club for a free performance by electro-acoustic jam band JamPact at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The band – a collaboration among Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano) and music faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Buddy Mohamed (bass), Jamal Mohamed (drums) and Akira Sato (trumpet) – performs “an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music.” Appetizers and coffee drinks will be served during the concert. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 8-1951.

A JamPact evening in The Varsity Oct. 1

Jampact in concert

The Varsity in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center will be transformed into a jazz club for a free performance by electro-acoustic jam band JamPact at 8 p.m. Oct. 1, 2008.

The band, a collaboration among Meadows Dean José Bowen and music faculty members from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, performs “an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music.” All performance pieces are world-premiere originals.

Appetizers and hot and cold coffee drinks will be served tableside during the concert. The Café Jazz series will continue with another JamPact performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan at 8-1951.

Above, JamPact, left to right: Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano), Buddy Mohamed (bass), Akiro Sato (trumpet) and Jamal Mohamed (drums).

Works by Graham, Tharp featured in Spring Dance Concert

A scene from the SMU production of Martha Graham's 'Lamentation'The Meadows Dance Ensemble at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will perform works by Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp in its 2008 Spring Dance Concert, April 2-6 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The featured dances will be Lamentation (left), a solo masterwork by Graham, and Octet, Tharp’s critically acclaimed 1991 piece for four men and four women. Lamentation, considered by many to be Graham’s most famous solo work, was first performed in New York by Graham herself in 1930. The eight Octet dancers were trained by guest artist Shawn Stevens, a former Twyla Tharp company member who premiered the work in New York. Read more.

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