Meadows 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.
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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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Creative Musings: On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Meadows Museum invites you to ”Creative Musings”: a discussion of different pieces in the Virginia Meadows Galleries that have an emphasis on the creative process and the materials used to execute them. The main focus will be on Juan de Borgona’s The Investiture of Saint Ildefonsus. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free with museum admission. Advance registration is required; please call 214-768-4993.
GW & slavery: The Center for Presidential History and the George W. Bush Library and Museum are hosting a lecture on “George Washington and the Problem of Slavery” on Thursday, Dec. 5 by Ed Countryman, SMU Distinguished Professor and historian of the American Revolutionary era. Countryman will share his own research on the topic and home in on how Washington’s capacity for growth and Revolutionary-era slavery are connected. The event begins at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium; registration is required.
- Faculty Concert: Meadows Chamber Music hosts its faculty recital Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., featuring Liudmila Georgievskaya, adjunct lecturer in piano and coordinator of accompanying at Meadows. Guest artists Brent Buemi (clarinet), Marty Spake (bassoon), and Maria Schleuning (violinist) will also perform. The concert is in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, and admission is free.
- Honors Concert: Meadows Chamber Music holds its honors concert Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. The night will feature advanced chamber music groups chosen by Meadows faculty. The concert is in Caruth Auditorium and free of charge.
Meadows Symphony Orchestra: The MSO presents their winter concert featuring guest cellist Christopher Adkins, Meadows adjunct associate professor of cello and Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal cellist. The concert will highlight two works: Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo and Symphony No. 4 by Dmitri Shostakovich. The show will run Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Both performances are in Caruth Auditorium, and tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.