Calendar Highlights: Nov. 5, 2013

Meadows Percussion Ensemble: On Wednesday, Nov. 6 the Meadows Percussion Ensemble will perform their fall concert. The evening will include a range of works from classic pieces to premieres. The second half of the concert begins with a world premiere of alum Lane Harder’s new piece, “Whispered Interior.” The concert is directed by Jon D. Lee, Meadows adjunct lecturer and director of Percussion Ensemble. The concert starts at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Financing the flames: SMU Embrey Human Rights invites you to a lecture and book signing from investigative reporter and author Edwin Black. Black will speak on the issues reported in his new book, Financing the Flames: How Tax-Exempt and Public Money Fuel a Culture of Confrontation and Terrorism in Israel – specifically how “highly politicized, American taxpayer-supported human rights organizations…are financing the flames that make peace in Israel difficult if not impossible.” While researching for his latest book, Black spent time in Israel and Palestine, and he will share details of this at the lecture. The event is Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in McCord Auditorium.

Brazen Brass
Brazen Brass 5. Image via SMU Meadows

Brazen Brass: Meadows group Brazen Brass 5 will have their debut performance as an Ensemble-in-Residence, Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. The Brazen Brass 5 formed in January 2012 and performs brass quintet music. The group is made up of current SMU undergraduates and SMU graduate school alums. In January 2013, the group was named runner-up in the Aspen Music Festival brass quintet fellowship competition. Saturday’s concert is in Caruth Auditorium and will include music from the Baroque era to the 20th century.

Calendar Highlights: April 10, 2013

Meadows Percussion Ensemble
Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Percussion double feature: Indonesian master musician Ade Suparman performs with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble and World Music Ensemble at noon  Wednesday, April 10, as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert Series. It serves as a preview for the Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert that same day at 8 p.m. The spring concert features different faculty artists and composers:  Andrés Díaz, Meadows cello professor, Dr. Lane Harder, Meadows alum and composition faculty member, and Suparman, who plays the zither and bamboo flute. The noon performance is in the Taubman Atrium; the 8 p.m. performance is in Caruth Auditorium. Both are free and open to the public.

Drone strikes: Is the United States legally obliged to explain its drone policy? This and other topics will be discussed on Thursday, April 11, during Drone Strikes: Security, Human Rights and Morality. The lecture will include perspectives from Jeffrey Kahn, SMU Dedman School of Law professor, Naureen Shah, Columbia Law School associate director, Michael Lewis, Ohio Northern University Law School professor. The panel is moderated by Chris Jenkins, SMU Dedman School of Law professor. The event begins at 5 p.m. in Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Poetry and pain: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences presents an interdisciplinary discussion, The Languages of Pain: What Poetry Can Tell Us about Pain, and What it Can’t. The panel will be led by Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English, who will be joined by Thomas Mayo, Law; Robert Howell, Philosophy; and Rhonda Blair, Theatre. Each will discuss the role poetry plays in their specific discipline and how people use poetry to give words to inexplicable pain, both physical and mental. Spiegelman is the editor-in-chief of Southwest Review and has authored books, essays and reviews as well as contributed to The Wall Street Journal. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Room 133, Fondren Science Building.

Afternoon Gallery Talks: Join Meadows Curator Nicole Atzbach for Martín Rico and His Circle, an afternoon gallery talk Friday, April 12. Atzbach has been with Meadows Museum since 2010 and became a curator in 2012. She will discuss the current Meadows exhibition, Impressions of Europe: 19th-century Vistas by Martín Rico. The talk begins at noon and is free with regular admission to the Meadows Museum.

Jampact: The eclectic Jampact band brings a mix of jazz, funk and world music to campus Saturday, April 13. The band includes some of SMU’s own faculty members; the musicians are Meadows Dean José Bowen, piano, with SMU professors Kim Corbet, trombone and synthesizer; Akira Sato, trumpet; and Jamal Mohamed, drums; with musician Buddy Mohamed on bass. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

Rock legend Stewart Copeland talks & teaches at SMU April 11-13

Drummer and composer Stewart CopelandStewart Copeland, founding member of The Police and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree, will conduct a mini-residency at the Meadows School of the Arts April 11-13, 2012.

Copeland’s residency will focus on his work as a composer. He will give guest lectures to music composition and film and media arts students about composing for orchestra, opera and ballet, as well as scoring for film and TV.

He also will work with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, which will perform four of Copeland’s compositions during its spring concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. Copeland will not perform with the group but will be in the audience.

On the last day of his visit, Copeland will give a public talk about his career, including his experiences with The Police.

Copeland was in Dallas a year ago when the group D’Drum — which includes Meadows faculty — presented the world premiere of his work Gamelan D’Drum with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

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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: March 27, 2008

Honor your colleagues: The Office of the Provost seeks nominations of outstanding teaching faculty, tenured and tenure-track, for a number of external teaching awards ranging from $5,000 to $200,000. Those submitting a candidate’s name should include a letter giving the rationale and indicating willingness to be a formal nominator if the person becomes the SMU nominee for an award. Please include names of three additional references for the nominee. Each nomination should be endorsed by the nominee’s department chair; chairs may endorse more than one nominee. Please send nominations to the Office of National Fellowships, Office of the Provost, by April 20, 2008. Watch the SMU Forum for additional information.

Choir of King's College CambridgeFrom Russia with love: Pianist Andrey Ponochevny, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, and mezzo soprano Marina Khankhalaeva, soloist of Buriatiya State Opera and Ballet Theatre, are featured performers in SMU’s 2008 Russian Festival beginning at 2 p.m. March 29 in the Meadows Museum. The program includes music and songs of Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gavrilin, Bizet and Rossini. Tickets are $10-$20; admission is free for SMU students and children under 12. For more information, visit the Russian American Center website.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts “Religious Borders, Educational Borders: Cultural Practices and Spiritual Spaces, the Case of Latino Youth” 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 1 in 207 Kirby Hall. Featured speakers include Hector Rivera, assistant professor in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Harold Recinos, professor of church and society in Perkins School of Theology. For more information, contact Hector Rivera, 8-2917.

Drumming it up: The Meadows Percussion Ensemble performs with guest artists the Meadows World Music Ensemble at 8 p.m. April 1 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free.

D founder speaks: D Magazine founder and owner Wick Allison speaks in the next Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon April 2 in the SMU Faculty Club. Price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by March 28 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

From pews to bleachers: To commemorate the first day of 2008 baseball season, Perkins Associate Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm leads a baseball-themed Opening Day service at 11:30 a.m. April 2 in Perkins Chapel.

Art & Soul: The Perkins School of Theology’s 2008 Art & Soul program presents the Choir of King’s College Cambridge (top right) April 3 at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $28 and available online from Ticketmaster.

A song for you: The Meadows Opera Theatre performs scenes from opera and musical theatre in “Opera Free For All” at 1 p.m. April 4 in the Taubman Atrium. Bring your lunch.

Salman AhmadIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • March 29: Dancers, poets and musicians from Algeria, Bosnia, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Syria present A Mystical Journey – Sufi Music and Other Expressions of Devotion from the Muslim World at 2 p.m. For ticket information, e-mail Golden Jubilee USA. (Bottom right, performer Salman Ahmad, photographed by Aziz Ladha.)
  • April 4: The SMU Program Council presents the 2008 edition of Sing Song, featuring student teams performing musical numbers and skits they create themselves. The show begins at 7 p.m.; for more information, call 8-4400.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 1, 2007

Promotional image from The New World400 years young: The Fondren Library Media Collection and Friends of the SMU Libraries honor the 400th anniversary of Virginia’s Jamestown Settlement with a film festival that includes a screening of Terrence Malick’s The New World (2005), starring Colin Farrell, Christian Bale and Christopher Plummer. University Distinguished Professor of History Edward Countryman provides commentary in “Jamestown and the Earliest American Colonies,” which runs 7-10 p.m. Nov. 1-2 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Keeping the beat: The Meadows Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Lee, presents “An Evening of Percussion” at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free.

A new view: SMU Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White will discuss “Perspectives of the New VP for Student Affairs” in a Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon Nov. 7 in the Faculty Club. RSVP to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

A day at the races: SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies hosts Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and co-host of FOX News Channel’s “The Beltway Boys,” for a discussion of “The Political Landscape for 2008” Nov. 7 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. Reception at 5:30 p.m., program 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP to Spencer Diebel at the Tower Center, 8-3954

It’s academic: Some of SMU’s smartest students will join forces and compete in the University’s annual College Bowl Tournament, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7. Root for your favorites in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom; learn more about forming a team from the Student Foundation, 8-4498.

Drawing on inspiration: M.F.A. student Susan Barnett leads an evening of casual instruction with “Sketching in the Galleries” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Meadows Museum. The event is free, but space is limited; RSVP to M. Carmen Smith, 8-4993.