Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stewart Copeland
to conduct a mini-residency at SMU

Drummer for "The Police" to interact with students and faculty at Meadows School of the Arts

 

April 9, 2012

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

Copeland's residency will focus on his work as a composer. He will give guest lectures to the music composition and thefilmand 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 is performing four of Stewart’s compositions at its spring concert on April 11 at 8 p.m. Stewart 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. (Read Art & Seek article.)

About the Public Events:

Meadows Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
   What: Under the direction of Jon Lee, the Meadows Percussion Ensemble presents Stewart Copeland’s The Gene Pool, featuring guest percussionist/composer and SMU instructor John Bryant, and four pieces from Copeland’s Mikrokosmos for Percussion, including Dance Ants, Bears, Dog Dreams and Tonga Toys. Copeland will be in the audience. Also featured on the program will be Steve Reich’s newest work for percussion, Mallet Quartet, as well as Killing Horizon by Meadows School alum Lane Harder, and a piece by noted hand-drummer Jamal Mohamed.
   When: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11
   Where: Caruth Auditorium in SMU's Owen Arts Center
   Cost: Free
   Info: Call 214-768-1951
        
Afternoon Lecture by Stewart Copeland
   What: Stewart Copeland, founder of renowned rock group The Police and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will give a public talk about his musical career as part of his three-day residency at the Meadows School. Although most people know him as a rock musician, Copeland has also composed operas, ballets, chamber music pieces and some of the world’s most innovative and groundbreaking film scores, including those for Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish.
   When: 1 p.m. Friday, April 13
   Where: Caruth Auditorium in SMU's Owen Fine Arts Center
   Cost: Free
   Info: Call 214-768-2787

Related Links:

Stewart Copeland

 • Stewart Copeland Official Site

 • Gamelan D’Drum trailer

 • Modern Drummer profile

 • Late Show with David Letterman video icon

 • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 • Art and Seek

 • DRUM!: 10 Ways To Sound Like Stewart Copeland