Paul Phillips to serve as guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra March 20-22, 2014

Michelle Merrill

Paul Phillips to serve as guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra March 20-22, 2014

Meadows Symphony Orchestra conductor Paul PhillipsMeadows Symphony Orchestra conductor Paul Phillips ’74 will step in for Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jaap van Zweden and serve as guest conductor of the DSO on March 20, 21 and 22.

Under Phillips’ baton, the DSO and guest pianist Anna Fedorova will perform the stirring Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2; Shostakovich’s Five Fragments; and Aaron Copland’s Third Symphony.

Tickets are available online for the March 20, 21 and 22 DSO performances with Paul Phillips as guest conductor. For more information, call 214-692-0203.

> Find the event at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra homepage

Phillips, the Martha Raley Peak Endowed Centennial Chair in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Division of Music, was originally scheduled to conduct the MSO on Wednesday, March 19 in Caruth Auditorium. Instead, he will be at the Meyerson Symphony Center rehearsing with the DSO. Taking Phillips’ place on the Meadows conductor platform that night will be Michelle Merrill, a former student of Phillips’ who was the only American among the four winners of the 2012 International Conductors Workshop and Competition. She has conducted such orchestras as the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic.

With guest cellist Christopher Adkins (a Meadows faculty member and principal cellist for the DSO), the MSO will present Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo, a Hebraic rhapsody exploring the lamentations and trials of King Solomon. The ensemble will also perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, a piece originally composed in 1936 but not performed publicly until 1961 due to threat of repercussion by Stalin, who denounced Shostakovich as a creator of “chaos instead of music.” The concert takes place at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Tickets are available online for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra performance and cost $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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March 18, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News, Year of the Faculty|

Student Conductors’ Concert takes place Jan. 28, 30

meadows-symphony-orchestra.jpgThe Mustang community will receive a rare treat from Meadows for the weekend of Jan. 28-30, as student conductors are now in the final phases of preparation for their biggest event of the year.

The Student Conductors’ Concert, set for performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, will feature two students currently enrolled in the Master’s degree program in Orchestral Conducting, and will also feature winners of the Meadows Undergraduate Concerto Competition.

Michelle Merrill, the first student conductor, began her Master’s degree in the Fall 2010 semester after earning her bachelor’s degree in music at SMU in the 2009-10 school year. In July 2010, Michelle participated in the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Zlin, Czech Republic where she conducted the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. Michelle currently studies under music director Paul Phillips.

The second student conductor, Douglas Stone, received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of North Texas in Spring 2010. During his undergraduate studies, Douglas also performed with the UNT Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra as well as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Arlington. Douglas is also in his first year of study for his Master’s degree in orchestral conducting and currently serves as assistant conductor for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. He is also studying under Phillips.

Featured student soloists include freshman violin performance major Abigail Potts and senior vocal studies major Katrina Galka. Abigail studies under Emanuel Borok, former Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Katrina, who will be seen again this spring as Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, studies under Barbara Hill-Moore.

Both performances will take place in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Prices are $13 per ticket for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, call 214-768-2516 or e-mail

A complete listing of the evening’s program can be found after the jump.


January 28, 2011|Calendar Highlights, Save the Date|
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