SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts to present two premieres at “Meadows at the Winspear” benefit concert, May 11

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SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts to present two premieres at “Meadows at the Winspear” benefit concert, May 11

The 2016 Meadows at the Winspear event, benefitting the Meadows Scholars Program, will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street in Dallas.

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The Meadows Dance Ensemble performing Appalachian Spring

The concert will feature the critically acclaimed Meadows Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Paul Phillips, and the Meadows Dance Ensemble, composed of top students from the Meadows School’s nationally respected dance program, in both works.

The first is the premiere of a newly envisioned choreography of Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird, created by Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz, noted artistic directors of the acclaimed Delfos Danza Contemporanea in Mazatlán, Mexico. They have replaced the magical and mercurial glowing bird of Russian folklore with a more contemporary version of Stravinsky’s masterwork, inspired by the visual aesthetics of Hieronymus Bosch and the theme of migration.

The second is Martha Graham’s ballet masterpiece Appalachian Spring, featuring the world premiere of the newly completed, full orchestra version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning music by Aaron Copland. The Meadows Symphony Orchestra will be the first to perform the new material and will also act as “test drivers” for the score, helping to inform any corrections required before the music is published.

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Donna Wilhelm

The event will also honor Donna Wilhelm, a committed supporter of the arts in education and will inaugurate the new scholarship fund in her name. Beginning this fall, the Donna Wilhelm Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide SMU Meadows scholarships to highly qualified students from underrepresented ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

“Meadows at the Winspear is the pinnacle of our performance season,” said Meadows Dean Samuel S. Holland. “Not only will talented students in dance and music collaborate in presenting two extraordinary premieres, they will do so in a world-class venue. We’re honored to give the first performance of Copland’s iconic work with full symphony orchestra and to present a moving reinterpretation of Firebird based on a theme of migration and human displacement – reflecting our philosophy that art can become a form of social action. We are also delighted to honor Donna Wilhelm – whose work has had an impact not only on SMU but on all of North Texas.”

Tickets are $17 for students, faculty and staff and can be purchased online.

May 5, 2016|Calendar Highlights, For the Record, News|

Meadow’s 2016 Spring Dance Concert showcases another world premiere

Spring-DanceThe Meadows Dance Ensemble in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents its 2016 Spring Dance Concert March 31-April 3 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. The ensemble will perform one world premiere and two enchanting ballets, creating an awe-inspiring evening for the audience.

The concert’s highlights will include the world premiere of a newly envisioned version of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1945), choreographed by Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz, artistic directors of the acclaimed Delfos Danza Contemporanea in Mazatlán, Mexico.

The program also showcases the Martha Graham masterpiece Appalachian Spring (1944), set to Aaron Copland‘s original score. The ensemble will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux by George Balanchine, an eight-minute display of ballet bravura and technique set to music the composer belatedly created for Act III of Swan Lake.

Meadows dancers will present encores of Firebird Suite and Appalachian Spring, accompanied by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, at the Meadows at the Winspear annual gala concert on May 11.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

March 30, 2016|Calendar Highlights, For the Record, News, Save the Date|

World premieres and a Bob Fosse tribute are highlights of SMU’s 2014 Meadows Fall Dance Concert Nov. 5-9

Two world premieres are among the four innovative contemporary works to be featured at the 2014 Fall Dance Concert, running through Sunday, Nov. 9. The dancers of SMU’s Meadows of the Arts will take the audience through a journey of versatile repertoire featuring modern, contemporary ballet, and classical Fosse jazz.

The program opens with the world premiere of Handle created by dance faculty member Christopher Dolder. The Bob Hope Theatre has yet to host a performance like Handle, which displays a collaboration of movement and media. The piece explores how people perceive identity, dimensions and matter by creating illusions. Dolder distorts reality through the use of video projections, motion sensing, permeable walls, and costumes. A former Martha Graham Dance Company soloist, Dolder is an expert in dance kinesiology and is currently researching new forms of physical data capture in collaboration with the Meadows School’s Center of Creative Computation.

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The second section of the show is composed of two restaged works by Visiting Artist-in-Residence Adam Hougland. Originally premiered by the Cincinnati Ballet, To the Fore playfully explores the human struggle to “shed light on things” with the use of lights on long extension cords that become a choreographic element themselves. Cigarettes showcases one female and three male dancers in a look at humans’ attempts to survive the repetition of past mistakes. Hougland is the principal choreographer for the Louisville Ballet and resident choreographer for the Cincinnati Ballet.

The program concludes with the premiere of Dancin’ Man, an homage to Bob Fosse created by New York-based choreographer and dancer Alex Sanchez. Sanchez uses a cast of 22 dancers to amplify the magic and celebration of being a dancer. A former member of Ballet Chicago and a veteran of numerous Broadway productions, including Wonderful Town and Carousel, Sanchez has choreographed productions for companies nationwide.

“I’m looking forward to pushing the limits of what I can do as an individual dancer, what we can do as a committed group of artists, and what the audience will do in response,” says senior Abby Marchesseault.

Performances take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy Fall Dance Concert tickets online at Vendini, or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Ariel Monticure is a senior SMU dance performance major and will perform in the 2014 Fall Dance Concert Nov. 5-9.

Find more information at the Meadows website

November 6, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News, Year of the Faculty|

SMU’s 2013 Gift Guide features something for Mustangs of all ages

Looking for holiday gifts that show your SMU spirit? Look no further than the University’s 2013 Gift Guide. From keepsakes to custom bicycles to a professional certificate course, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to any Mustang’s face this holiday season.

Written by Alyssa Eubank ’14

Show Some Centennial Spirit

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book SMU: Unbridled Vision is a must-have for a Mustang’s bookshelf or coffee table, cataloging the beautiful SMU campus with more than 160 pages of contemporary and historic photographs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - brick Become a part of SMU history by dedicating a special paver for the SMU Centennial Promenade, or giving a paver as a gift.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bicycle A customized, limited edition SMU centennial bicycle is perfect for students who want to show their SMU spirit while traveling across campus. Custom bikes are available from Villy Bikes and can be purchased online.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Class Ring Fulfill a college tradition by giving the soon-to-be-graduate a class ring. This special edition ring has a centennial engraving only offered until 2015.
  SMU puzzle In honor of SMU’s 100th, this detailed puzzle highlights the Hilltop and all the new additions. Available at the SMU Barnes & Noble bookstore.

SMU Bookstore: In Store and Online

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - ornamentSMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - ornament The SMU Bookstore has plenty of gift options for this holiday season such as SMU ornaments, key chains and decorative signs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Mustang Emblem  A must for any SMU Mustang’s car is a chrome plated car emblem. Perfect for any current student or alum, this gift shows off SMU pride even when stuck in traffic.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - tumbler The Tervis 24-oz Tumbler proudly displays the University logo in a great on-the-go cup. This double-wall insulated glass is shatterproof and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Apparel for Every Mustang

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - scarf For her, a Diane Dal Lago infinity scarf is the ideal winter accessory with sparkly red mustangs to really make a statement.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - shirt For him, this Cutter & Buck button-up shirt comes in three great SMU colors: Red for Wear Red Friday and game day, White for traditional White Out, and Blue for every other occasion.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - T-shirt For the younger Mustang fans, t-shirts and hats in youth sizes are perfect for game day and playtime.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bodysuit For the smallest Mustang in your family, dress babies in this cute bodysuit.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - tablet cover For more Mustang apparel visit the Mustang Locker Room for gifts such as iPad covers, jackets and jerseys.

Bring Home an SMU Delicacy

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - bread Mustang Bread is a melt-in-your-mouth delight available in traditional, herb or jalapeño cheddar flavors from SMU Catering. Order a loaf (or two!) for a holiday party or dinner, and give friends a treat.  Be sure to order at least three days in advance and a week before special holidays.
(Photo by Hillsman Jackson/SMU Photo, styled by Denise Gee, SMU Public Affairs)

The Gift of Learning

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - continuing education Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) offers the opportunity to give the gift of learning through its SMU Informal Course Gift Certificate which can be used on courses such as calligraphy, technology and digital photography. 

For the Ultimate Fan

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - athletics tickets Know an extreme SMU sports fan? The Mustangs offer ticket packages for every SMU sport throughout the year.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - calendar The 2014 Vintage SMU Mustang Football Calendar reproduces classic game day program covers for SMU football fans’ offices or homes. Each month has a perforated edge for easy framing after use.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - dvd Order DVDs and photos of classic SMU games to relive the history and memory of Mustangs sports.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Dedman Fitness Help your Mustang get healthy with a membership to the Dedman Fitness Center. The center offers special rates for alumni and community members.

For the Arts-lover

 

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - entertainment tickets Performing Arts Season at Meadows School of the Arts is always a hot ticket. With packages ranging from six to 25 shows, a Meadows Season Subscription offers a variety of performances.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Meadows Museum Meadows Museum offers memberships starting at $60 including special offers like invitations to exhibit openings, subscription to At the Meadows magazine, and priority seating at lectures. The Meadows Museum Gift Shop offers unique gifts, unusual jewelry and books that complement the museum’s permanent collections.

For the Book-lover

  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book In Honor of the Mustangs: The Centennial History of SMU Athletics 1911-2010 gives an overview of the grand history of SMU’s athletic programs.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Library Events Give invitations to University library events and book check-out privileges with a Friends of the SMU Libraries membership. Every membership includes invitations to all programs, a newsletter and an annual report.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - Civil War Photo Book For the Civil War buff, The Civil War in Photographs: New Perspectives from the Robin Stanford Collection showcases more than 200 rarely seen stereographs and photographs taken during the Civil War.
  SMU Holiday Gift Suggestion - book Give personal insight into SMU’s history with Marshall Terry’s book “From High on the Hilltop…” A former SMU professor and his colleagues catalog their long-standing relationships with SMU in a collection of essays.
December 11, 2013|News|

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2013

Brown Bag Dance: The popular Brown Bag Dance Series returns Oct. 7-11, 2013. Twice a year, Meadows Division of Dance students create and perform their own choreography in this week-long series, ranging from modern to ballet to hip-hop to jazz. Performances are at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center.

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A Vigilante Life: Historian Andrew C. Isenberg will discuss his new book, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Earp is famously known as “the hero of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, and a beacon of rough justice in the tumultuous American West.” However, Isenberg will talk about how Earp created this fictitious hero because in reality he led the life of a lawbreaking conman. Isenberg is a historian of the American environment, the American West, and the encounter between natives and settlers at Temple University. He is also the editor of The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the lecture follows at 6:30 p.m. in DeGolyer Library. Books will be available for signing and registration is required. Update: Registration is now closed due to high demand.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Artist Lilian Garcia-Roig will come to SMU Wednesday, Oct. 9 for the Meadows Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Garcia-Roig received her B.F.A. from SMU Meadows and her M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is known for using thick thrashes of paint to produce lavish landscapes, and her style is an oscillation between realism and abstraction. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Umphrey Lee Room 241.

SYZYGY: The Meadows New Music Ensemble will perform with Nadia Sirota on Thursday, Oct. 10. Sirota is a violist and 2013 Meadows Prize Winner and will perform alongside Meadows composition students as they premiere their new works. The performance is at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free of charge. To stay updated with everything SYZYGY follow them on Twitter @meadowsSYZYGY.

Georgievskaya low res 9273Faculty Recital: Liudmila Georgievskaya will perform in a Faculty Piano Recital Friday, Oct. 11. Georgievskaya is a an award-winning pianist and a Meadows adjunct lecturer in piano and Coordinator of Accompanying. She is an honors graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and received her Artist Certificate from the Meadows School in 2010. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Happy Fall Break 2013 Oct. 14-15! Classes will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 

October 8, 2013|Calendar Highlights|
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