Drumming 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.
Shoes 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.