Meadows kicks off new community performance series in 2013-14

Meadows Symphony OrchestraSMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is transporting its art and music into the community as part of a new “Meadows Community Series,” which will present five events in diverse venues throughout Dallas over the fall and spring semesters.

The series launches with a concert by the Meadows Wind Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in the new Dallas City Performance Hall. Other offerings will include concerts by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Meadows choirs, a creative take on Shakespeare at NorthPark Center, and a dance performance and children’s creative movement class at Klyde Warren Park.

The new series is part of Meadows’ ongoing initiative to engage the community with art, music, theatre, dance and more. Sam Holland, professor and director of the Division of Music at Meadows, says the series is about more than showcasing talented Meadows performers in new city locales; it’s also about inviting the audience members to have an aesthetic experience.

“People don’t come to concerts to learn something, or to be edified, or to be in the presence of greatness,” says Holland. “They come to feel something, to be moved by something greater than themselves. That is what the aesthetic experience is, and that is what we want to provide.”

Three of the events are ticketed, and two are free. Ticket prices range from $7-$13 and may be purchased at the door or online in advance at For more information contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

> Find a full schedule of Meadows Community Series events at SMU News

SMU to host symposium on education and health May 22

Symposium logoSMU President R. Gerald Turner will be a featured panelist on education and health in the Metroplex at a special symposium from 2-4 p.m. May 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

The event, titled “A Historical Perspective on Health and Education in the Metroplex,” is the first in a series this year produced by The Dallas Morning News, celebrating the newspaper’s 125th year.

In addition to Turner, the panel will feature David Daniel, president of the University of Texas-Dallas, Gary Brock, chief operating officer of Baylor Health Care System, and Bob Mong, editor of The Dallas Morning News and panel moderator. SMU is host and education partner of the symposium series.

The event is free, but space is limited – reserve a seat online at the DMN website. The Mustang Express shuttle will offer Saturday service on the day of the symposium.

Kids get royal treatment at Meadows Museum Family Day March 20

meadows-museum-family-day-2009.jpgSMU’s Meadows Museum is planning a royally good time for adults and children of all ages during Family Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 20.

“The King and I” celebrates the reign of King Charles IV of Spain and invites kids into his opulent world to learn about Spanish court life two centuries ago. The museum provides gallery games, hands-on activities, and performances. The event is free and includes free admission to Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment: Charles IV of Spain, Patron and Collector.

For more information, call Meadows Museum at 214-768-4677.