<em>Wading Home</em> opera marks an SMU Meadows-guided community collaboration between Dallas and New Orleans

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Wading Home opera marks an SMU Meadows-guided community collaboration between Dallas and New Orleans

'Wading Home' photoTo observe the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, SMU is participating in a community collaboration that commemorates the event in music. Wading Home, an opera set against the backdrop of the historic storm, opens for a one-night-only free performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 in Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street. The show was performed in New Orleans on Sept. 12-13 at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall.

The story of a young musician’s struggle to find his missing father in the chaotic aftermath of the hurricane, Wading Home is based on the novel of the same name by Dallas author and violinist Rosalyn Story. The opera, composed by Dallas musician Mary Alice Rich, is produced in collaboration with several Meadows School of the Arts faculty members and students, as well as community members from Dallas and New Orleans.

The opera is a dream project for Meadows Professor of Voice Barbara Hill Moore, who is serving as producer and music director. The stage director is Meadows Director of Opera Hank Hammett, and the conductor is Constantina Tsolainou, former head of choral activities at the Meadows School.

“I am intensely proud of the amazing gifts of time, talent, and love of the human family and spirit, shared without compensation by SMU faculty, staff, students and alumni in this collaborative project with Loyola University and the people of New Orleans,” says Hill Moore. “The three performances of Wading Home are a community collaboration shared by Texans, Louisianans, New Yorkers, South Africans and a host of people from around the globe with the people of New Orleans and of Dallas.”

Baritone and Meadows alumnus Donnie Ray Albert (M.M. ’75) sings the role of the lost father, Simon. Other leading roles in the Dallas performance include established opera singers and Meadows alumni Leon Turner (M.M. ’92) as Julian, Simon’s musician son, and Bronwen Forbay (Artist Diploma ’04) as Velmyra, Julian’s former love who helps him reconnect with his Louisiana roots and his lost father. Also sharing the stage is Quintin Coleman (M.M. ’15, Performer’s Diploma ’17) as Julian’s trumpeter friend Grady, with whom Julian has lost touch during the years he has been performing around the globe as a famous jazz musician. Dance alumnus Jamal Story (B.F.A. Dance Performance and B.A. Corporate Communications ’99) will also perform.

The SMU Meadows new music ensemble SYZYGY, led by Meadows Director of Chamber Music and three-time Grammy winner Matt Albert, will play live. Also onstage for the Dallas performance will be the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas.

The performances have been produced with support from the Dallas-based organization The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL), with funding from the Meadows School of the Arts and the Bruce R. Foote Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

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September 15, 2015|Calendar Highlights, For the Record, News|

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 19, 2014

Myra Greene at Meadows: Artist and professor Myra Greene visits SMU Wednesday, Feb. 19 to speak on “issues of difference, beauty, physical and emotional recollections as they play out on the surface of the skin” for the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Greene is an associate professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago, and her work is part of numerous permanent collections at museums across the country. She received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center.

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The deadly cost of news: SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program screens Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News, exploring the danger journalists go through to get a story. (Murder is the number one cause of journalist deaths worldwide.) Following the screening is a discussion with the filmmaker, Eric Matthies, and SMU Adjunct Assistant Professor Kael Alford, whose work in Iraq is featured in the film. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Why are they NOT Impressionists: Dallas Morning News art critic Rick Brettell visits SMU for a lecture on artistic styles Thursday, Feb. 20 in SMU’s Meadows Museum. Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums at UT-Dallas, will focus on “the masters of the loaded brush” – Sorolla, Zorn, Boldini and Sargent – and compare their work to that of Impressionists, pointing out similarities and stressing their differences. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium.

SYZYGY: Diva Dolce joins SYZYGY for a performance Friday, Feb. 21. The musical groups will perform Nico Muhly’s How Soon?, based on a poem by George Herbert, and other works of 20th and 21st century music for winds, strings and percussion. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

The Vagina Monologues: SMU’s Women’s Interest Network presents its annual staging of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 21-22. The show is based on playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women and helps raise awareness and stop violence against woman locally and globally. Tickets are $5 for SMU faculty, staff and students and $10 for the public; they can be purchased at the door or by calling 214-768-4412. All proceeds benefit the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performances start at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

February 19, 2014|Calendar Highlights|

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.
November 19, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

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|

Calendar Highlights: Mar. 5, 2013

Coolidge: Author and Director of the George W. Bush Institute’s 4% Growth Project Amity Shlaes will be on the Hilltop Wednesday, Mar. 6 to give a lecture entitled The President Who Said No: Debt, Temperament, and Calvin Coolidge’s Lessons for Today. The lecture will focus on Coolidge’s legacy as a president who is remembered for encouraging business growth, supporting technological innovation and helping the nation successfully confront difficult fiscal problems. Shlaes’ book, Coolidge, will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture. Shlaes is an adjunct professor of economic history in the Stern School of Business at NYU. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must register. It starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Martin Rico’s work at Meadows: At 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7,  Javier Barón Thaidigsmann will host an evening lecture on the new exhibit of Martin Rico’s work at the Meadows Museum. Thaidigsmann is chief curator of 19th-Century Painting at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and he will speak on the 19th century vistas by one of Spain’s beloved painters, who played a role in the introduction of the realist landscape. The exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, March 10 and will feature more than 100 works. Thursday’s lecture is free and open to the public, with priority seating for Museum members until 5:40 p.m.

Damaged Goods: SMU Meadows SYZYGY gives its first concert of the Spring 2013 season on Thursday, March 7. The performance takes the title Damaged Goods from a piece by Roshanne Etezday, which she composed as an expression of her less-than-successful relationships of the past. The ensemble make the piece their own with unique takes on lyricism, rhythmic drive and emotional yearning. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, and tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

The hills are alive: Meadows Opera pays tribute to American composer Richard Rodgers on Friday, Mar. 8 with performances of scenes from his best known works, as well as songs from Mary Rodgers, his daughter, and Adam Guettel, his grandson. Rodgers’ partnerships with Moss Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II produced more than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals. The performance starts at 1 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Happy Spring Break! 

March 5, 2013|Calendar Highlights|
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