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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 21, 2010

Map of Texas, 1830sHistory for lunch: The Clements Center for Southwest Studies will focus on one of Texas’ more memorable moments in this week’s Brown Bag Lecture, “Privileges of Locomotion: Expatriation and American Power in the Southwestern Borderlands.” (Pictured right, a map of 1830s-era Texas.) Assistant Professor of History at UT-Dallas Eric Schlereth will give the one-hour lecture at noon Sept. 22 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

‘Revolution’-ary exhibit: The Clements Center for Southwest Studies continues its busy week as it opens its newest exhibit, “Mexico: Porfiriato to Revolution, 1876-1920.” The opening will be punctuated by UNT professor of Mexican and Latin American History Aaron Navarro, who will deliver a lecture on “The Porfirian Cycle in Mexican History.” The lecture and opening are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in SMU’s DeGolyer Library. A reception will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. For more information, call 214-768-3231 or visit the DeGolyer website.

So much for resale value: The Gilbert Lecture Series continues with an entry on, well, kids writing in their books. Current Dean of Arts and Humanities at UC-San Diego Seth Lerer gives a unique lecture on how the act of children writing in their books has led to some rather unusual studies in literacy rate, self-ownership, and the never-ending potential of creating young writers from modern times back to medieval history. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 24 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. For more information, visit the Gilbert Lecture Series page.

Saul Levine filmstripMSO returns: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra will open its season this weekend with a wildly varied study of three different composers. Included in the lineup is Meadows Professor of Music Paul Phillips‘ recent work Midday, Rachmaninoff’s tribute to a Romantic violinist hero, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Brahm’s final symphony, the Symphony No. 4. The performances are at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and 3 p.m. Sept 26 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff, and students. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

It’s the arts: The Taste Series continues with an ongoing look at “New York Avant-Garde Film, 1950-80.” The series’ films are presented exclusively on 16mm prints on loan from The Filmmakers’ Cooperative in New York City. This showcase includes works by George Landow, Saul Levine, David Brooks, Bruce Baillie and Shirley Clarke. Next up: screenings of Stan Brakhage‘s Dog Star Man and Cat’s Cradle at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Greer Garson Screening Room 3527, third floor, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-2129. (Right, a filmstrip sample of Saul Levine’s work.)

Meadows Opera Theatre presents a Mozart classic Feb. 4-7

Scene from Meadows Opera theatre production of Mozart's 'Il re pastore'-'The Shepherd King'The Meadows Opera Theatre, directed by Hank Hammett and conducted by Paul Phillips, debuts its production of a classic opera by a teenaged Wolfgang Mozart this week. Il re pastore (The Shepherd King) runs Feb. 4-7 in the Bob Hope Theatre in SMU’s Owen Arts Center.

Written in 1775, when Mozart was only 19, the libretto features Alexander the Great in a major role. After the conqueror deposes the ruling tyrant of the city of Sidon, he searches for the true heir to the throne, who turns out to be a shepherd boy. The story sets the demands of duty against the demands of love as Aminta, the shepherd-king, struggles with the prospect of an arranged marriage and his own wish to keep to the simple life he knows.

Meadows Opera Theatre comes to the production fresh from winning an important award. In January, with the first entry in its history, the group received second prize for Best Production in the National Opera Association‘s annual competition for its 2009 staging of Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land.

The national award was “an extraordinary honor for our opera program, and it highlights the excellence of our gifted young singing actors and orchestra musicians as well as the superlative training and performance opportunities we are able to give our students,” Hammett said. “This recognition is also a testament to the exceptional interdisciplinary collaboration we have here at Meadows between music, theatre and dance.”

The Shepherd King is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Find showtimes and buy tickets online, or contact the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

(Above, junior voice major Katrina Galka and Master of Music candidate in voice Dee Donasco as Elisa and Aminta in the Meadows Opera Theatre production of Mozart’s Il re pastore. Photo by Paul Phillips.)

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Faculty in the News: Winter 2009-10

Chee-Yun, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, was profiled in The Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune Jan. 11, 2010, the day before her recent performance with the Sarasota Concert Association.

Edward Countryman, Clements Department of History, Dedman College, discussed the implications of the Texas State Board of Education’s possible revisions to the state’s social studies curriculum with The Austin American-Statesman Jan. 10, 2010.

Paul Phillips, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, displayed “exquisite mastery” in his conducting debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as written in a concert review in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 8, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the political fallout of efforts to protect an endangered bird and their impact on oil, natural gas and wind energy development with CNN Money Jan. 6, 2010. He also discussed the stakes in the recent Republican gubernatorial debate with KERA Radio News Jan. 11, 2010. Read the full story and listen to the broadcast. audio

bernard-weinstein-kxas-200.jpgBernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, wrote about the Barnett Shale and the potential economic and national security benefits of its natural gas deposits for The Houston Chronicle Dec. 16, 2009. In addition, he talked with with KXAS Channel 5 News about growth expectations for the North Texas area in a segment broadcast Jan. 3, 2010. Read the full report and watch the video. video

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, was profiled as the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief for Region 6 in The Houston Chronicle Jan. 3, 2010.

Robin Lovin, Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed President Obama and Christian realism with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 31, 2009. Lovin has written a book on the subject, Christian Realism and the New Realities, published by Cambridge University Press.

Scott MacDonald, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Cox School of Business, talked about how small businesses have felt the pinch as banks cut back on lending in the wake of the financial crisis with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 27, 2009.

Christine Buchanan on Fox 4 NewsChristine Buchanan (left), Biological Sciences, Dedman College, discussed the dangers of catching salmonella from illegally sold baby turtles with Fox 4 News Nov. 11, 2009. Watch the video. video

‘Meadows at the Meyerson’ to honor Peggy and Carl Sewell

Meadows Symphony Orchestra strings

SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will honor noted arts and civic patrons Peggy Sewell and SMU Board of Trustees Chair Carl Sewell (’66) in its 16th annual benefit concert. “The 2009 Meadows at the Meyerson” takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street.

Under the direction of Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra will perform Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49 by Sibelius, a musical interpretation of the Scandinavian folk tale about a magician trying to win the beautiful “daughter of the North.” The Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir will join the symphony in a performance of Fern Hill, a work by Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award-winning American composer John Corigliano based on the poem of the same name by Dylan Thomas. Concluding the program will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Students from the Meadows School will also present performances and displays in the lobby before the concert.

“For the past 16 years, ‘Meadows at the Meyerson’ has been one of our most important annual events,” says Meadows Dean José Bowen. “Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, it has raised more than one million dollars to benefit our students, our programs and our educational mission. It also enables us to provide scholarship support for the Meadows Scholars program, which was inaugurated last year to recruit the brightest and most talented students to Meadows and SMU.

“We applaud Peggy and Carl, our first supporters of this program, for their commitment to provide scholarships for the next generation of creative leadership at SMU.”

Tickets range from $7-$13 and are available online or through the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

For the Record: Feb. 19, 2009

Paul Phillips, SMU's Meadows Symphony OrchestraPaul Phillips (left), Music Director, Meadows Symphony Orchestra, will make his debut as guest conductor during the 2009-10 subscription series of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His program, scheduled for performance Jan. 7-9, 2010, will include the world premiere of a viola concerto by American composer Margaret Brouwer. The soloist will be DSO principal violist Ellen Rose, adjunct associate professor, Meadows School of the Arts. Read more from The Dallas Morning News.

Calendar Highlights: April 25, 2008

Mane Event 2008 logoWe go together: The Student Foundation pays homage to the carnival scene in “Grease” with its theme for Mane Event 2008. The entire SMU community can enjoy the food, midway games and festivities at this annual celebration of the last day of class, 3-7 p.m. April 25 on the Main Quad. Get a sneak preview from a student organizer.

Paintings to pixels: Law Professor Bill Bridge will speak on “From the Cave to the iPod” in the Faculty Club’s “Last Lecture” wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m. April 29 in the SMU Faculty Club. RSVP by April 25 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Meadows at the Meyerson: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present its 15th annual benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Under the direction of conductor Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Emmanuel Chabrier’s Espana and Manuel de Falla’s First and Second Suites from The Three-Cornered Hat. Meadows Artist in Residence Chee-Yun will join the orchestra for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This year’s honoree is arts patron and philanthropist Nancy Hamon. Tickets range from $6 to $100 and are available from the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

East Village Opera CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • April 30: Dashboard Confessional will perform with special guest Five Times August in the Program Council‘s 2008 Code Red Concert at 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 8-4400.
  • May 1: TITAS presents the East Village Opera Company (right) at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 214-528-5576.
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