Meadows World Music Ensemble

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for April 15, 2016

Sing Song: Sing Song, the annual musical theater performance competition for SMU students hosted by SMU Program Council, is Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. The performances are centered on this year’s theme of “Twisted Tales” – featuring an updated take on traditional fairy tales. Tickets are available online.

Campaign Finale: SMU gathers Friday, April 15 to unveil a new campus monument recognizing major donors and to dedicate the new Crain Family Centennial Promenade, it will mark the finale to the University’s historic $1.15 billion Second Century Campaign. The community is invited to attend the ceremony at 6 p.m. on the South Plaza, near the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, followed by a festive celebration.

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Inside SMU: Inside SMU, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16 in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, is a full morning of topical discussions delivered by SMU faculty and students. The plenary session at 9 a.m. features Darwin Payne ’68, SMU historian and professor emeritus of communications, sharing “Ten Stories You Should Know about SMU.”

Meadows World Music Ensemble: Take a musical trip around the world with the World Music Ensemble spring concert. The performances will feature Arabic, Celtic, Indian and Greek music, and much more. Special guest artist Poovalur Sriji, a world-renowned virtuoso on the mridangam (Indian barrel drum), will perform his composition Jamming Saints. The event will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre and is free and open to the public.

Christianity in 2050: The Department of Religious Studies presents Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History at the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University. On Tuesday, April 19 from 4-5 p.m. in Dedman Life Sciences Building, room 131. Dr. Jenkins will discuss revolutionary religious change worldwide. For centuries, Christianity has had its strongest centers in Europe and North America, but the world now finds itself in rapid transformation. Christianity is growing rapidly in the Global South, especially in Africa and Asia, while traditional Western religion is under threat from secularization. Meanwhile, Christians find themselves in competition with other religions, including Islam. So what will Christianity look like in 2050? The event is free and open to the public.

Titans: Author Leila Meacham will give a free lecture and book signing for her new novel, Titans, on Thursday, April 21 in Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. An author’s reception will be held from 1-11:30 a.m. Tickets to the reception can be purchased for $30 (includes signed book and lunch). A complimentary light buffet will be served at 11:30 a.m. The lecture and book signing will begin at noon. No RSVP is required for the lecture.

Calendar Highlights: April 9, 2014

2014 Meadows at Meyerson conductor Paul Phillips (c/o SMU Meadows)

2014 Meadows at Meyerson conductor Paul Phillips (c/o SMU Meadows)

“Meadows at the Meyerson” gala: SMU Meadows presents their 21st annual benefit concert Wednesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The concert will feature the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and honor noted arts and civic leader Bess Enloe. The evening includes three Italian-themed works: The Italian Girl in Algiers by Giochino Rossi, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Church Windows (1926) by Ottorino Respighi. Tickets are $15 for faculty, staff and students with proceeds providing scholarships for the Meadows Scholars program. Please call 214-768-2787 for tickets.

Founders’ Day Weekend: SMU will celebrate Founders’ Day Weekend 2014 April 10-13. The celebration is in conjunction of the University’s centennial celebration of the Year of the Faculty, and events have been planned accordingly.

  • Thursday, April 10: Founders’ Day Weekend kicks off with the Golden Mustangs Reunion at 10:30 a.m. Classes 1963 and earlier are invited to attend. There is also a Hunt Leadership Scholars 20-year Reunion hosted by President R. Gerald Turner.
  • Friday, April 11: Friday’s events revolve around SMU’s campus and outstanding leaders. Highlights include a TEDxSMU event at 1 p.m., SMU President’s Briefing and Centennial Faculty Salute at 6 p.m. and Program Council’s Sing Song at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 12: Saturday’s focus is on SMU and the Dallas community. There are open house events at the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Meadows Museum. SMU will also celebrate Earth Day with Barefoot on the Boulevard.

World Music Ensemble: The Meadows World Music Ensemble is having their spring concert on Sunday, April 13 at 8 p.m. The ensemble produces music with exotic instruments and traditional orchestra to create a unique sound. The concert is in the Greer Garson Theatre of Owen Arts Center and is free of charge.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 19, 2013

A Conversation with the NSA: The current debate surrounding the NSA is coming to SMU, Tuesday, Nov. 19. There will be a panel discussion focusing on whether the NSA undermines civil liberties in pursuit of national security or that their efforts after 9/11 are effective for counter-terrorism. The panel will include one of the NSA’s senior leaders, John DeLong, who is the Director of Compliance at the NSA. Prior to the NSA he worked as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division at the Department of Homeland Security and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in physics and mathematics.

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Panel from L-R: John DeLong, Jeffrey Kahn, Joshua Rovner, Jeffrey A. Engel

In addition to DeLong, panel members include SMU’s Jeffrey Kahn, Joshua Rovner and moderator Jeffrey A. Engel. Kahn is an associate professor of Law at SMU and visiting fellow-in-residence at McGill University; his research and writings focus on different governments and human rights. Rovner is the John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security and Associate and Director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies; his research and writings focus on intelligence. Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU; his research and writings focus on U.S. presidential and American diplomatic history. The panel starts at 6 p.m. in the Vester Hughes Auditorium of Caruth Hall; registration is required.

MJO Fall Concert: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra will have their fall concert Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The show will include traditional and new works, including pieces by student composers. The MJO is directed by Akira Sato, who received a Master’s degree in jazz arranging from UNT and plays the trumpet. The fall concert will also include vocals from Morgan Wood. The concert is free of charge in the Bob Hope Theatre of Owen Arts Center.

Days of Fire: Senior correspondent for The New York Times and author Peter Baker will be at SMU on Thursday, Nov. 21. Baker is speaking at SMU on his new book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White Housewhich explores the controversial eight years of the George W. Bush and Dick Cheney White House. Baker researched for five years and conducted more than 200 interviews to write the book; focusing on how the duo was confronted crisis by crisis for two terms and strived to protect the country and remake the world. The event starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium and includes a light reception, lecture and book signing. Admission is free but registration is required.

Meadows Weekend Events:

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  • SYZYGY: The SYZYGY New Music Ensemble will have a concert Friday, Nov. 22. They will perform 11 songs with the accompaniment of winds, strings, harp and percussion plus the vocals of Cecily Gordon. The concert will start at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.
  • Composers’ Concert: On Saturday, Nov. 23 there is an Emerging Sounds Composers’ Concert. The night includes world premiere performances of student works from the Meadows School music composition program and the works cover diverse genres of music. Past works have gone on to win awards and national/international recognition! The concert is at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.
  • Chamber Music: The Chamber Music program invites you to their first Sunday afternoon concert on Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. Enjoy the camber’s string, wind, and piano sounds in the intimate setting of O’Donnell Auditorium (room 2130).
  • World Music Ensemble: The WME is performing Sunday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre. The WME explores music from cultures around the globe; it combines exotic instruments with Western orchestra for a unique melodies and original compositions. The performance will include Meadows students and internationally acclaimed guest artists.

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.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 16, 2010

Worldly beats: Percussion and improvisation take center stage in this semester’s installment of the Meadows World Music Ensemble, directed by Jamal Mohamed. Exotic percussion instruments from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are prominently featured with more “Western” instruments like the vibraphone, keyboard and guitar. A mix of traditional works, original pieces and good old ‘jamming’ sessions is the order of the night. The performance is at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the Bob Hope Theatre in Meadows. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Eric SundquistA Gilbert for the road: The SMU Department of English‘s final installment of the Fall 2010 Gilbert Lecture Series is almost here. This week’s speaker is Eric Sundquist (pictured), author and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. His lecture, “We Dreamed a Dream: Larry Ellison, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama,” covers the unfinished second novel of acclaimed author Larry Ellison, who in over 40 years of civil rights coverage unearthed a lot of truths about race in America, ranging from the MLK days to the Obama presidency. The reading is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Admission is free. A reception precedes the reading at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Gilbert Lecture Series website.

Break out the jazz hands: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra, directed by Akira Sato, will conduct an exploration of traditional large ensemble jazz pieces, as well as introducing new student and professional works into the mix – including pieces by Sato, other Meadows faculty and current jazz students. Admission is free for the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

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.

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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Calendar Highlights: March 27, 2008

Honor your colleagues: The Office of the Provost seeks nominations of outstanding teaching faculty, tenured and tenure-track, for a number of external teaching awards ranging from $5,000 to $200,000. Those submitting a candidate’s name should include a letter giving the rationale and indicating willingness to be a formal nominator if the person becomes the SMU nominee for an award. Please include names of three additional references for the nominee. Each nomination should be endorsed by the nominee’s department chair; chairs may endorse more than one nominee. Please send nominations to the Office of National Fellowships, Office of the Provost, by April 20, 2008. Watch the SMU Forum for additional information.

Choir of King's College CambridgeFrom Russia with love: Pianist Andrey Ponochevny, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, and mezzo soprano Marina Khankhalaeva, soloist of Buriatiya State Opera and Ballet Theatre, are featured performers in SMU’s 2008 Russian Festival beginning at 2 p.m. March 29 in the Meadows Museum. The program includes music and songs of Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gavrilin, Bizet and Rossini. Tickets are $10-$20; admission is free for SMU students and children under 12. For more information, visit the Russian American Center website.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts “Religious Borders, Educational Borders: Cultural Practices and Spiritual Spaces, the Case of Latino Youth” 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 1 in 207 Kirby Hall. Featured speakers include Hector Rivera, assistant professor in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Harold Recinos, professor of church and society in Perkins School of Theology. For more information, contact Hector Rivera, 8-2917.

Drumming it up: The Meadows Percussion Ensemble performs with guest artists the Meadows World Music Ensemble at 8 p.m. April 1 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free.

D founder speaks: D Magazine founder and owner Wick Allison speaks in the next Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon April 2 in the SMU Faculty Club. Price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by March 28 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

From pews to bleachers: To commemorate the first day of 2008 baseball season, Perkins Associate Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm leads a baseball-themed Opening Day service at 11:30 a.m. April 2 in Perkins Chapel.

Art & Soul: The Perkins School of Theology’s 2008 Art & Soul program presents the Choir of King’s College Cambridge (top right) April 3 at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $28 and available online from Ticketmaster.

A song for you: The Meadows Opera Theatre performs scenes from opera and musical theatre in “Opera Free For All” at 1 p.m. April 4 in the Taubman Atrium. Bring your lunch.

Salman AhmadIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • March 29: Dancers, poets and musicians from Algeria, Bosnia, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Syria present A Mystical Journey – Sufi Music and Other Expressions of Devotion from the Muslim World at 2 p.m. For ticket information, e-mail Golden Jubilee USA. (Bottom right, performer Salman Ahmad, photographed by Aziz Ladha.)
  • April 4: The SMU Program Council presents the 2008 edition of Sing Song, featuring student teams performing musical numbers and skits they create themselves. The show begins at 7 p.m.; for more information, call 8-4400.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 15, 2007

Image from Noah Simblist's 'Protocols of Zion'The end of “Protocols”: Only a few days left to see Noah Simblist‘s “Protocols of Zion” in the Pollock Gallery. The exhibition closes Dec. 1. For more information, call 8-4439. (Top left, an image from the exhibition.)

Gilbert Lecture Series: South African novelist, poet and playwright Zakes Mda speaks Nov. 15 in Degolyer Library. A 7:30 p.m. reception in the Texana Room precedes the 8 p.m. lecture in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. For more information, contact Leslie Reid at 8-2946.

New digs for computing: Academic Computing Services hosts an open house in its new facilities. Stop by for refreshments and a tour from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 16 on the first floor of Fondren Library West.

Rhythm nation: The Meadows World Music Ensemble, directed by Jamal Mohamed and guest-starring Buddy Mohamed, play traditional and original works at 8 p.m. Nov. 18 in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

I brake for health: Take a work break for an important health screening – the Methodist Health System’s Mobile Mammography Unit will visit SMU Nov. 27 and park on Bishop Boulevard at the Memorial Health Center. Insurance claims will be filed for participants covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas; other major plans may be filed as well. The cost of $111 also may be paid by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. Participants must be age 35 or older, with no breast implants, and have no current breast problems. To schedule an appointment, call 214-947-0026.

Holiday spirit: The Meadows Chorale and Concert Choir combine their voices for an evening of seasonal music at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Meadows Opera TheatreSing, sing, sing: The Meadows Opera Theatre (bottom left) performs scenes from opera and musical theatre in “Opera Free For All” at 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Taubman Atrium.

Symphony world premiere: The Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents “New Art” featuring music by Mendelssohn and Ibert and the world premiere of Thomas Sleeper’s First Symphony. The show begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 30 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).