2016 Meadows Virtuosi Concert takes place Saturday, Jan. 30

Andres Diaz
Andrés Díaz

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.

Matt Albert, 2014
Matt Albert

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.

Calendar Highlights: April 27, 2010

SMU's Meadows Opera TheatreCalling Judge Judy: Reality TV meets Gilbert & Sullivan in Meadows Opera Theatre‘s reimagining of the British duo’s Trial By Jury at 1 p.m. April 30 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Hilarity ensues when a lawsuit for breach of marriage promise is brought before the bench of a fat-cat judge and his televised courtroom, while a comic turn of events shows that the course of true love runs in surprising directions. Admission is free. For more information, call the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

2010 M.F.A. Dance Thesis Concert: Master’s degree candidates in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Division of Dance present their original choreography and restagings of choreographic masterworks at 8 p.m. April 30-May 1 and 2 p.m. May 2 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

SMU's Meadows Symphony OrchestraStars on stage: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents the winners of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition – one each in keyboard, strings, voice and woodwinds/brass/percussion – in the 2010 Stars of Tomorrow concert at 8 p.m. April 30 and 3 p.m. May 2 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

2010 B.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition: Bachelor’s degree candidates in the Meadows Division of Art present their work in a variety of styles and media in this annual exhibition, running May 3-15 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Admission is free. For more information, call the gallery at 214-768-4439.

Calendar Highlights: April 6, 2010

Meadows Percussion Ensemble tympani playerDrumming up excitement: Guest artists Don Fabian (principal saxophone of the Dallas Wind Symphony), Jamal Mohamed, Jonathan Jones, Leland Byrd and Meadows Dean José Bowen join the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon D. Lee, for its 2010 spring concert at 8 p.m. April 7 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program includes István Márta’s Doll’s House Story Daniel Levitan’s Marimba Quartet and Patrick Glenn Harper’s City Lights. Admission is free. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

One Day Without Shoes bannerShoes to fill: SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement (LCI) invites the entire community to experience “One Day Without Shoes” on April 8. The event is organized by TOMS Shoes to spread awareness about the impact a pair of shoes can have on an impoverished child’s life. SMU participants are asked to go the day, part of the day or even a few minutes barefoot to experience a life without shoes first-hand. LCI will provide a shoe valet and collect new and gently used shoes for donation. Learn more and RSVP online for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid place on a TOMS Shoe Drop. For more information, call 214-768-4403 or stop by 318 Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

2010 Scott-Hawkins Lecture: SMU’s Department of Religious Studies and Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series welcome Jeffrey Kripal, chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University, for a lecture entitled “Beyond Belief, Beyond Reason: Religion, Science and the Paranormal.” The event begins at 7 p.m. April 8 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-2095.

Text musicmaking: SMU’s Meadows Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jack Delaney, presents what might be the first concert in which members of the audience are asked to leave their cell phones on. During “By Request Only – Cell Phones Required,” audience members will using text messages to select pieces for performance from a menu including medleys of hits by Michael Bublé and Coldplay, Beethoven’s Octet Op. 103, Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E flat, a set of Sousa marches, Varese’s Octandre, and a Bach chorale. Join the calling circle at 8 p.m. April 9 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center – tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Rocking the late night: Atmospheric lighting and DJ’ed music are just two of the attractions of Midnight Cosmic Climbing, offered by SMU Outdoor Adventures at 11 p.m. April 9 at the Climbing Center, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The event is free – bring your own harness and shoes, or borrow them at the center. For more information, contact Assistant Manager Albert Mitugo, 214-768-9918.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 23, 2010

SMU's Heart Beats for HaitiHelp for Haiti: Purchase your lunch or dinner at Lawyers Inn in Carr Collins Hall Feb. 23 and contribute to the SupPort-au-Prince fundraiser for Haiti. Chicken enchiladas con salsa verde with Mexican rice, beans, salsa and chips is the day’s special, and 20 percent of sales will go to Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Lawyers Inn hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

SMU community members can also share in the Dine for Haiti Benefit Buffet, 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Great Hall of Perkins Prothro Hall. The dinner buffet features a wide selection of foods, and all proceeds go to the SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti relief effort. The cost is $5. For more information, contact Christene Dino, 626-375-2297.

Virtuoso visits campus: Russian artist Dmitri Ratser – one of the few pianists to include in his repertoire the complete works for piano and orchestra of Sergei Rachmaninoff – will perform a free guest concert at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Presented by the Division of Music Keyboard Department in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Lunch & Learn Series: Director of Organizational Effectiveness Jerry Magar of SMU Human Resources will share the ways in which brain physiology impacts emotions and decision-making ability, as well as how to use your physical body for emotional control and intellectual performance, in “Managing Emotional and Physical Stressors,” noon-1 p.m. Feb. 25 in the HR Training Room, Room 208, Expressway Tower. The session is free – register online and bring your lunch.

Guildhall Open House: The Guildhall at SMU welcomes prospective students to its Spring 2010 Open House, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 27 at SMU-in-Plano, 5232 Tennyson Parkway, Building 2. Activities include information sessions on the Guildhall’s master’s-level and certificate programs and its three specializations: art creation, level design and software development. Register online or contact René Archambault, 972-473-3539.

Bridwell Library Lecture: Scott Husby, former rare books conservator at Princeton University and creator of the illustrated database “Bookbindings On Incunables in American Library Collections,” will share his recent discoveries concerning more than 160 15th-century bindings held by SMU’s Bridwell Library in “Traveling Texts: What Bookbindings Tell Us About 15th-Century Printed Books,” March 2 in the Benefactors Room, Bridwell Library. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m.

'How Did Davy Die' book coverRemembering the Alamo: More than 30 years ago, amateur historian Dan Kilgore ignited a controversy with How Did Davy Die?, in which he wrote that historical sources suggested Davy Crockett did not die in battle at the Alamo, but that Mexican forces had taken him captive and then executed him on order of Antonio López de Santa Anna. Now, upon the release of an enlarged commemorative edition of Kilgore’s book, professional historian James E. Crisp visits SMU to reconsider the heated dispute surrounding it in “How Did Davy Die? And Why Do We Care So Much?” The event takes place March 3 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, registration is required. Register online or contact the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.