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).
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The Meadows Chorale of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is partnering with Conservatory Orchestra of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to present J.S. Bach’s monumental work St. Matthew Passion.
The performance is part of the Meadows Community Series, a series established to bring Meadows performances to the community and engage new audiences. This dramatic retelling of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ is a huge undertaking, rarely taken on by college choirs. The Meadows Chorale, under the direction of Pamela Elrod Huffman, has been preparing for this all year.
Dr. Robert Bode, director of choral activities at UKMC, will conduct the concert at Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC) on Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to guests, and no tickets are required. In lieu of tickets, the choir asks guests to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank online or at the concert (both cash and non-perishable food items will be accepted).
NPR describes the piece as “one of the pillars of Western scared music, at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful.” This piece continues to move audiences even three hundred years after it was first heard during Good Friday services at St. Thomas’ Church in Leipzig, Germany.
The work is divided into two parts, originally intended to be performed before and after the sermon during Good Friday services. The first part begins with an immense wave of sound to tell the stories of the Last Supper and arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. The second part is more somber and tells of the trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus, and meant to leave viewers in a mournful mood as they anticipate the memorial of Christ’s death on the cross.
The Meadows Chorale was invited by UKMC to collaborate on this project and will also be performing at the American Choral Directors Association 2016 Southwest Regional Convention in Kansas City on Tuesday, March 8.
For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).