Watch: SMU Meadows Double-Major Cayla Simpson’s Spring Dance Concert Preview

The concert opens with Appalachian Spring, one of Martha Graham’s signature works. Written at the end of World War II, it is a depiction of Americana. The concert opens with Appalachian Spring, one of Martha Graham’s signature works. Written at the end of World War II, it is a depiction of Americana.

The world premiere of a new interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Firebird highlights the Spring Dance Concert at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, March 31-April 3. The concert opens with Appalachian Spring, one of Martha Graham’s signature works. Written at the end of World War II, it is a depiction of Americana. The story tells of a spring celebration set in 19th-century Pennsylvania as a young bride arrives in her new home.

The program continues with Tschaikovsky’s Pas de Deux, an eight-minute display of ballet bravura and technique set to […]

2016-03-31T10:20:32+00:00 March 30, 2016|Dance, Film|

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Went Behind the Scenes with SMU’s Erin Hannigan, and It’s Wonderful

oboe Screenshot from DSO’s “The Music Makers,” with Principal Oboe and Professor of Oboe Erin Hannigan

SMU Meadows’ Professor Erin Hannigan is Principal Oboe of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Dallas, she was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic from 1994 to 2001. During the summer, she performs with the Music in the Mountains Festival in Durango, Colo. Recent performances outside Dallas include engagements as guest principal oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Recently, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra went behind the scenes with Professor Hannigan and Operation Kindness. Watch (and listen) the beautiful piece here:

[youtube width=”853″ height=”480″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKr0cm6-MGA[/youtube]

Hannigan has been a member of the Southern Methodist University faculty since 2002, where she is Adjunct Associate Professor of Oboe. 

2016-03-30T09:52:45+00:00 March 30, 2016|Music|

Art History Professor’s Research Brought Together SMU Students Across Campus for Groundbreaking Work

The Meadows Museum was home base for acoustical research The Meadows Museum was home base for acoustical research

Associate Professor of Art History Lisa Pon was recently published in The Art Bulletin, a leading journal among art historians. Her work, Raphael’s Acts of the Apostles Tapestries for Leo X: Sight, Sound and Space in the Sistine Chapel, called for collaboration. SMU Meadows Music and Art History students joined forces with Electrical Engineering and Physics for innovative and groundbreaking research into the acoustical effect of tapestries.

We spoke with Associate Professor Lisa Pon about her findings, the campus-spanning collaboration, and why it’s exciting. See more at The SMU Division of Art History, and apply now to join our Meadows community.

What was one of the most exciting findings or results from your research?

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2016-03-11T15:05:57+00:00 March 11, 2016|Art History|