Calendar Highlights: Sept. 21, 2012

Ilona Romule: Creamer Horse (courtesy of Ferrin Gallery)

Art smart: Ceramicist Ilona Romule will be at SMU Monday, Sept. 24, to give the Meadows Visiting Artist Lecture. Romule’s unique work is simultaneously two-and three-dimensional: She draws figures on the sides of her pots and sculpts them partially emerging from the pots as three-dimensional forms. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and has participated in international competitions and exhibitions. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room of the Owen Arts Center and is free to the public.

SYZGY: The Meadows new music ensemble SYZGY will open its 2012-13 season Friday, Sept. 28 with a program featuring work by composer John Adams and led by ensemble director Matt Albert. The strings, winds and percussions can be heard at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Raúl Coronado

“We the Pueblo of Texas”: The Gilbert Lecture Series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with an event focused on Latino studies and hosted by Raúl Coronado. Coronado is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, a past resident of SMU as a Bill and Rita Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America, and the author of A World Not to Come: A History of 19th-Century Latino Writing, Print Culture, and the Disenchantment of the World. Coronado is currently working on a study of the historical emergence of queer Latino/a subjectivities; hear all of his insights in DeGolyer Library.

True to Texas: Y’all are in for a treat, because the 2012 State Fair of Texas begins Friday, Sept. 28 and runs daily through Saturday, Oct. 21. The fair kicks off with a ceremony at 7 a.m. and a parade through downtown Dallas at noon. Highlights include the Reliant Starlight Parade, the State Fair Auto Show, livestock shows, the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Chevrolet Main Stage featuring artists like Kellie Pickler and Kevin Fowler, and all the fried food your heart desires. General admission is $16; call 214-565-9931 for more information.

Faculty artistry: Chee-Yun Kim and Alessio Bax are more than SMU faculty members: They are also internationally renowned musicians who have won the Avery Fisher Career Grant. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Chee-Yun will play the violin and Bax the piano as they perform pieces from composers Ferruccio Busoni and Beethoven as part of the Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series. The performance is in Caruth Auditorium and costs $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Alessio Bax wins 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant

alessio-bax-2009-300.jpgPianist Alessio Bax (’96, ’98), a faculty member in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, has been awarded a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as announced last week by the Avery Fisher Artist Program in New York City.

The program, administered by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the most prestigious in the music world. The $25,000 Career Grants give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists who are considered to have great potential for solo careers. Artists do not apply, and the nomination process is secret. Past winners include such artists as Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, and SMU faculty members Chee-Yun and Andrés Díaz.

Additionally, Bax recently was selected for a 3-year residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, to begin in fall 2009. As a member of the CMS Two program for outstanding musicians, he will be featured in various performances at Lincoln Center and on various CMS tours and projects. In March 2009, he made his Lincoln Center debut with a sold-out concert in which he worked with and performed music by Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Sebastian Currier.

In 1997, at age 19, Bax took first prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan. In 2000, he won the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, considered the Olympics of international piano competition. His performances have been described as “real music-making that makes its own world on stage and invites the audience in as guests” (The Independent), and “successfully combining authority and poetry” (Daily Telegraph). He has appeared with major orchestras from Dallas and London to Rome and Tokyo and has worked with conductors including Marin Alsop, Vernon Handley and Owain Arwel Hughes.

Bax’s 2004 debut CD, Baroque Reflections (Warner Classic), was selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine and “Best Buy” by Classical FM magazine. His second CD, Bach Transcribed (Signum Records), will be released in summer 2009.

A student of Joel Estes Tate Professor of Piano Joaquín Achúcarro, Bax received his Artist Certificate and his Master’s degree in music from SMU.

(Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco, courtesy of Herbert Barrett Management.)