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Meadows Symphony Orchestra

The Meadows Symphony Orchestra prepares for its annual gala, held at the Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas, April 2012.

Audiences and critics alike give high praise to the outstanding Meadows Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Paul Phillips. Whether performing in the orchestra's home venue of Caruth Auditorium or at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the MSO never fails to impress. The orchestra's gifted students from many countries around the world, as well as all parts of the United States, are active as international soloists and are prize-winners at international competitions.


Beethoven, Revueltas, and Shostakovich

  • November 1 & 3, 2019
  • 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 2:30 p.m. Sun.
  • Caruth Auditorium – Owen Arts Center

The concert begins with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, a lesser-known, genial work he composed in 1804 for his then-teenaged pupil and patron, the Archduke Rudolph of Austria. Featured faculty soloists are violinist Aaron Boyd, cellist Andres Díaz and pianist Carol Leone. Following intermission, the orchestra will perform Sensemayá by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.  This work is based on the poem of the same title by the Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén and evokes the sounds of Afro-Caribbean chant. Rounding out the concert is Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, an emotionally complex work reflecting both merriment and sorrow, composed shortly after the end of World War II.

Wagner, Koch and Dvorak

Jesper Koch Mini-Festival

  • December 6 & 8, 2019
  • 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 2:30 p.m. Sun.
  • Caruth Auditorium – Owen Arts Center

The concert opens with the Prelude to Parsifal, Wagner’s final opera, a story of knights of the Holy Grail. Considered a miniature masterpiece in its own right, the beautiful and poignant Prelude sets the mood of contemplation and religious fervor expressed in the opera. It will be followed by the world premiere of Danish composer Jesper Koch’s Shelley Fragments, composed for the Meadows Symphony Orchestra and inspired by Percy Shelley’s poem Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation. The concert concludes with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7. Composed in 1885 during a difficult time in Dvorak’s life, it’s often called his “tragic” symphony – dark, passionate and glorious.

Jesper Koch Chamber Music Recital

Jesper Koch Mini-Festival

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Caruth Auditorium – Owen Arts Center

As part of its Jesper Koch mini-festival, the Meadows School presents a concert of his chamber works performed by the composer and Meadows faculty, students and alumni. The concert will showcase the world premiere of Tombstones, Six Epitaphs from Spoon River, with soprano Alissa Roca (M.M. ’16, Performer’s Diploma ’18) and Koch on piano. Two works inspired by Alice in Wonderland will be featured: Dreamchild, performed by Meadows faculty Kara Kirkendoll (flute), Naoko Nakamura (harp) and Barbara Sudweeks (viola), and Down the Rabbit-Hole for woodwind quintet. The Julius Quartet, Meadows’ Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence, will perform Koch’s String Quartet #3,“Schöne Welt, wo bist du?” Also on the program is Images of Lorca, a solo piano piece influenced by the work of famed Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, to be performed by faculty member Liudmila Georgievskaya.

Meadows Chamber Orchestra Student Conductors’ Concert

  • January 31 & February 2, 2020
  • 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 2:30 p.m. Sun.
  • Caruth Auditorium – Owen Arts Center

The concert features a smaller-scale version of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, led by students in the master’s degree program in orchestral conducting.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra: Concerto Competition Winners’ Concert

  • April 17 & 19, 2020
  • 7:30 p.m. Fri.; 2:30 p.m. Sun.
  • Caruth Auditorium – Owen Arts Center

The program features winners of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition, who are chosen to perform with the orchestra from a highly competitive field of talented Meadows undergraduate and graduate students. Highlighting the concert is the world premiere of Jason Mulligan’s They Come Through the Wires, a short work inspired by horror films, novels and games that takes the listener on a journey through anger, fear, anxiety, momentary relief and back.

Meadows at the Meyerson 2020: Music and Legend

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Meyerson Symphony Center – 2301 Flora St., Dallas 75201

The 27th annual benefit concert for SMU Meadows will feature the critically acclaimed Meadows Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Paul Phillips, in two works focused on stories and legends. The concert opens with The Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius, one of four tone poems by the composer based on Finnish mythology. The beautiful, moody music evokes Tuonela, the land of death, where a swan floats majestically on the river, singing, then fading into the distance. The MSO then performs what is considered Rimsky-Korsakov’s most famous work, Scheherazade, based on tales of the Arabian nights. It’s been called “an exhilarating journey of love, intrigue and adventure” and “one of the most colorful, evocative and descriptive scores in all classical music.” (Classic FM) Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for the Meadows Scholars Program, aimed at recruiting the brightest and most talented students to SMU and Dallas.

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