The 2016 Meadows Virtuosi Concert will spotlight Professor of Cello Andrés Díaz and Artist-in-Residence and Director of Chamber Music Matt Albert in an annual performance featuring Meadows faculty, students and guests playing side-by-side in an exciting chamber music program.
Also featured will be Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Maria Schleuning and the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet, made possible by a generous campaign donor.
The program will include works by Caroline Shaw, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts and Astor Piazzola,as well as the rarely performed septet realization of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen.
The show is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 30 in Caruth Auditorium.
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).
The competition, held Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the University of Louisville’s School of Music, is the largest of its kind in North America. It drew 70 leading French horn players from 11 countries to perform in two categories — professional and university. They were judged by some of the nation’s eminent hornists, including professors at leading schools of music and top-level symphony orchestra musicians.
“The festival has been called the ‘Olympics of Horn Playing,’” said Dr. Bruce Heim, horn professor and festival host. “Critics have used words like ‘demanding,’ ‘unforgiving’ and ‘recalcitrant’ to describe the instrument. Great hornists make it sound easy, of course. Haley is indeed among the best.”
Hoops has taught horn at SMU since 2001 and has been second horn player with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) since 1999. She’s played nationwide with orchestras that include the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Grant Park Festival Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
Hoops also performs with the DSO-sponsored children’s educational brass quintet Symphony YES! and with Voices of Change, a Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble. In 2012, she premiered the Sonata for French Horn and Piano by James M. Stephenson at the International Horn Symposium.
Brass band: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform at SMU Monday, Nov. 5. The Quintet has a residency in the Meadows School’s Division of Music, and this is their third year of concerts at SMU. The group includes Ryan Anthony, trumpet, Kevin Finamore, trumpet, John Kitzman, trombone, Greg Hustis, horn, and Mathew Good, tuba. During the evening the quintet will be joined by the student brass ensemble for two works. The performance starts at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Admission is $7 for faculty, staff, and students.
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Guest piano recital: Pianist Paul Barnes returns to Caruth Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 7 to perform works by contemporary composers Gilad Cohen, N. Lincoln Hanks and Philip Glass. Barnes is the professor of piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music; during his summers, he teaches at the Vienna International Piano Academy. His work has been described as “intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming.” The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
Visiting Artist Lecture: Artist Nicolas Guagnini will be at SMU on Wednesday, Nov. 7 for a Visiting Artist Lecture. Guagnini was a founding member of Orchard 47, an exhibition and gallery space in Manhattan, from 2005-08. He is also an artist himself and portrays distinct themes through his practice: social division, repression, psychoanalysis and the capitalist structure. Guagini will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room (3531), Owen Arts Center.
Sacred space: Associate Professor of Anthropology Christina Conlee of Texas State University will speak on “Sacred Spaces and Human Sacrifice: The Nasca Lines in Their Cultural and Religious Context” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Smith Auditorium of SMU’s Meadows Museum. Conlee’s lecture will focus on the Nasca Lines of South Peru and their importance; archaeologists have come to understand that the Lines are an important part of the Nasca religion.
Night music: The Meadows Wind Ensemble invites you to a special performance from composer Augusta Read Thomas, featuring works written on commission for and/or dedicated to the Ensemble. Thomas will be joined by Douglas Stotter, conductor for the University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium; tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students. Following the performance, head to the Taubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center for the Chamber Music Late Night Concert. Starting at 10 p.m., come enjoy the chamber music of Meadows as the perfect ending to your evening.