SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts brings out its best to honor community leader Don Glendenning during “Meadows at the Meyerson 2017.” The 24th annual benefit concert will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. in Dallas.
The program features works by Ravel, Fauré and Delibes, performed by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Paul Phillips. Also performing will be women of the Meadows choral ensembles, led by director Pamela Elrod Huffman, and operatic soloist and alumna Katrina Galka.
The event supports talented Meadows students through the Meadows Scholars Program and the newly established Diane and Hal Brierley Endowed Scholarship. The annual spring concert also honors a community leader; Glendenning, this year’s honoree, is a noted arts and civic patron. The 2017 event chair is Nancy Carlson and the honorary chairs are Diane and Hal Brierley.
Program highlights include:
La Valse, a “choreographic poem for orchestra” by Maurice Ravel
“L’Air des clochettes” (The Bell Song) from the opera Lakmé by Leo Delibes, featuring award-winning soprano and Meadows alumna Katrina Galka as guest soloist
Prelude to Pénélope and Pavane, Op. 50 by Gabriel Fauré, the latter featuring the women of the Meadows School’s three principal choral ensembles – the Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir and Diva Dolce
Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé, originally composed for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.
Tickets are $17 for students and SMU faculty and staff. A $10 discount is available for subscribers. For more information, contact the Meadows Box Office at 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
With Christmas coming soon, SMU kicks off the holiday season with a number of campus events. From annual traditions to commencement ceremonies, the University offers many opportunities to celebrate the spirit of the season.
Celebration of Lights: Following Thanksgiving Break, SMU kicks off the winter holiday season with the 2014 Celebration of LightsMonday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., on the Main Quad. Lighting the University Christmas Tree and the Main Quad, the University community will gather together to sing seasonal songs, enjoy live performers and hear the Christmas story ready by SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
Christmas Worship Service: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Christmas Worship ServiceThursday,Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Under the theme “…waiting…hoping…”, Diva Dolce from Meadows School of the Arts and the Chancel Choir from Advent Lutheran Church directed by Peyton Strouth ’08 join Stefan Engels, professor of organ and Meadows’ Leah Fullinwider Centennial Chair in Music Performance, and the 40-voice Seminary Singers for a special performance. Next, Perkins Dean William Lawrence will preside with narration prepared by Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm. This service will honor composer and former instructor Jane M. Marshall on the occasion of her 90th birthday. For more information, email Professor C. Michael Hawn.
Myra Greene at Meadows: Artist and professor Myra Greene visits SMU Wednesday, Feb. 19 to speak on “issues of difference, beauty, physical and emotional recollections as they play out on the surface of the skin” for the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Greene is an associate professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago, and her work is part of numerous permanent collections at museums across the country. She received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center.
The deadly cost of news: SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program screens Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News, exploring the danger journalists go through to get a story. (Murder is the number one cause of journalist deaths worldwide.) Following the screening is a discussion with the filmmaker, Eric Matthies, and SMU Adjunct Assistant Professor Kael Alford, whose work in Iraq is featured in the film. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.
Why are they NOT Impressionists:Dallas Morning News art critic Rick Brettell visits SMU for a lecture on artistic styles Thursday, Feb. 20 in SMU’s Meadows Museum. Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums at UT-Dallas, will focus on “the masters of the loaded brush” – Sorolla, Zorn, Boldini and Sargent – and compare their work to that of Impressionists, pointing out similarities and stressing their differences. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium.
SYZYGY:Diva Dolce joins SYZYGY for a performance Friday, Feb. 21. The musical groups will perform Nico Muhly’s How Soon?, based on a poem by George Herbert, and other works of 20th and 21st century music for winds, strings and percussion. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.
The Vagina Monologues: SMU’s Women’s Interest Network presents its annual staging of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 21-22. The show is based on playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women and helps raise awareness and stop violence against woman locally and globally. Tickets are $5 for SMU faculty, staff and students and $10 for the public; they can be purchased at the door or by calling 214-768-4412. All proceeds benefit the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performances start at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.
The holiday season goes into high gear at SMU with a rare weekday observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2013 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 on the Main Quad.
• On Thursday, Dec. 5, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel with the theme “…A child shall lead.” Children of Perkins faculty and staff members will join Dean William Lawrence and Associate Dean Evelyn Parker as readers for the services. The program also features music from the Perkins Seminary Singers directed by C. Michael Hawn; Meadows School of the Arts’ women’s ensemble, Diva Dolce (4 p.m.), directed by Robert Ward; the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas’ Women’s Youth Chorus (8 p.m.) directed by Kelly Pfaffenberger; and Perkins organist Christoper Anderson. Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502.
• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.
• The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.
Veteran luncheon: SMU is honoring U.S. Military Veteran students, faculty and staff at a luncheon on Nov. 14, 2013. U.S. Army Col. Miguel Howe (Ret.), director of the Military Service Initiative in the George W. Bush Presidential Center, is the keynote speaker. The luncheon is hosted by The Maguire Center in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn more about the luncheon and SMU Veterans Day 2013.
Crossing Borders Film: SMU International Student & Scholar Services is celebrating International Education Week Nov. 11-15. ISS invites you to a screening of Crossing Borders on Thursday Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. The film is about cross cultural understanding and will be at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Following Thursday’s screening there will be a Crossing Borders Dialogue on Friday, Nov. 15 at noon. The lunch discussion is in Hughes-Trigg Forum and co-sponsoed by SMU Abroad. Contact Pamela Bishir for more information.
Friday Night with Meadows: On Friday Nov. 15, 2013 SMU Meadows School of the Arts will host two musical events. First, the Meadows Wind Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. MSE will perform works from Third Stream including: Schuller’s Symphony for Brass and Percussion, op. 16, Timothy Broege’s No Sun, No Shadow: Elegy for Charles Mingus and Charles Mingus’s Revelations. Immediately following the MWE, there will be a late night chamber music concert. Head to the Taubman Atrium at 10 p.m. for music and refreshments.
Covering a Crisis: In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination The Jones Collection of the SMU Hamon Arts Library will screen their footage from the President Kennedy’s 1963 visit and aftermath. The Jones Collection has raw, unedited 16 mm film that was shot for the Dallas area news stations, including scenes from Parkland Hospital and police headquarters. Aniko Bodroghkozy, Department of Media Studies for UVA, will speak at the event. Bodroghkozy is currently researching television coverage of the assassination. This event is on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall of the Owen Arts Center. Admission is free but tickets are required; call 214.768.2787 for tickets.
Meadows Choirs: On Sunday, Nov. 17, Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir & Diva Dolce will host a concert with guest performer the Varsity Mixed Choir of Lovejoy High School. The theme of the concert is a celebration of the communion of all living creatures. Bethany Green and SMU alumnus Christopher Mason will direct the concert that starts at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Admission is free but they are asking that you make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank or bring food items to donate to the concert. Please call 214.768.ARTS for more information.
French Film Festival: SMU’s 17th Annual French Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 9 with six films, all in French with English subtitles. All will be shown on the big screen in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The schedule for March is as follows:
March 20: The Women on the 6th Floor
March 23: Nobody Else But You
March 26: Mr. Lazhar
All showings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The festival is sponsored by the SMU French Club – visit their page for more information and the full festival schedule.
More than a photo: Photographer Deana Lawson will be at SMU Wednesday, March 20 for the Meadows Division of Art Lecture Series. Lawson refers to the subjects in her photos as her family even though there is no blood relation; her work focuses on “the psychological, personal, political and historical experiences that are implicated through the body.” Lawson received her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in New York. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room, Owen Arts Center.
A night in Vietnam: Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to to celebrate, “A Night in Vietnam” Saturday, March 23. The evening will include traditional Vietnamese food, desserts and games. There will also be a dance performance by the Vietnamese Student Association. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. in the Varsity, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and is free and open to the public.
Collaborative Concert: The Meadows Concert Choir, Meadows Chorale and Diva Dolce will perform a benefit concert together at 8 p.m.Sunday, March 24in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is titled “I Dreamed of Rain” after the song by Jan Garrett, symbolizing hope and forgiveness in the midst of troubled times. There is no cost to get in – instead, the ensembles are asking attendees to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. Donations can be made in person or online.
Comini Lecture: The Meadows School of the Arts presents Dana Leibsohn, Priscilla van der Poel Professor of Art of Smith College, in the Comini Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 18. Leibsohn will focus on the work of Antonio de Margo contemporary conceptions of style and materiality to discuss what constitutes a “good colonial object” in regards to art from Spanish America. The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum and is free and open to the public.
Women’s rights in the Muslim world: A panel of notable females will speak about women’s rights in the Muslim world at SMU Thursday, Oct. 18. “Giving Voice to Muslim Women” is presented by the University’s Embrey Human Rights Program, and featured panelists include Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Sahar Aziz, and Shahnaz Bukhari – all scholars who are well versed in Muslim traditions. Barbara Harlow will moderate the discussion that begins at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a 7 p.m. reception. The event will be in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall, and is free and open to the public.
Weekday Boulevard: The SMU Mustangs will face Houston on Thursday, Oct. 18. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. in Ford Stadium. Pony up!
Artist and activist: The Meadows School of the Arts continues its Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Lillian Ball on Friday, Oct. 19. Ball is an artist and environmental activist who will speak on her various projects – including her work Leap of Faith, which combines different art mediums to voice issues on a wetland preservation project. Ball combines her backgrounds in anthropology, ethnographic film and sculpture to craft her unique work. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room, Owen Arts Center.
Dazzle the darkness: Meadows School of the Arts will host its first choral concert of the season Sunday, Oct. 21, featuring the Meadows Concert Choir, Meadows Chorale and Diva Dolce (a select women’s ensemble and the newest vocal group in Meadows). The theme of the concert is the soul’s search for healing light amidst darkness and sorrow, and is inspired by Madeline L’Engle’s poem A Ring of Endless Light. The Chorale will also perform with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, providing a night of musical enchantment. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Owen Arts Center. Admission is free; the Meadows choirs are asking instead that you make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank.