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SMU Horn Ensemble and Meadows Percussion Ensemble Give Free Evening Concerts on April 6

Both studios promise a colorful and vibrant evening of great instrumentation outside of the full orchestra context

The French horn and percussion studios at the Meadows School of the Arts have attracted some of the most talented musicians from around the country. On Wednesday, April 6, the two studios are each giving their annual spring ensemble concert.

French horns and percussion. In the texture of a symphony orchestra, these instruments are colorful fabrics that add vibrant accentuations and create borders to the complete musical tapestry. A Beethoven symphony would not have the emotional depths of triumph, love and hope if not for the heroics of the horn calls and the subtleness of the horn’s sound within the flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon. Likewise, a riveting climax in a Tchaikovsky symphony would not have the same punch if not for the double cymbal crash at the precise moment the building tension erupts and subsequently subsides.

Have you ever wondered how these instrumental sections would sound outside of the musical context of the orchestra? On Wednesday, April 6, both the SMU Horn Ensemble and the Meadows Percussion Ensemble will give their annual concerts in the Owen Fine Arts Center. At 7:00 p.m., the SMU Horn Ensemble will be performing a program of works for horn choir in O’Donnell Hall, Room 2130. Directly afterwards at 8:00 p.m., the Meadows Percussion Ensemble will be performing in Caruth Auditorium. Both ensembles feature talented and hard-working students from both undergraduate and graduate levels combining their efforts to showcase their craft. 

The SMU Horn Ensemble will play works by well-known composers such as Bach, Mozart and Beethoven as well as contemporary composers such as Kerry Turner and SMU first-year horn player and composer Vince Gover. Most of the works are for horn choir and feature the rich harmony and shimmering texture for which a horn section is known. Included in the horn choir repertoire will be an arrangement of the jazzy, fiery Spanish song
Malaguena. Second-year graduate student Peter Bailey will be featured on the concert performing the Prologue from Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

Following the horn concert, the Meadows Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8:00 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Directed by Jon Lee, the group will present seven works ranging from aggressive and intense to light and fun. Prepare to turn your ears on when the MPE performs the challenging work
Peaux from Pleiades by Xenakis but then relax and feel free to tap your foot to a xylophone rag and a hand-drumming piece by SMU faculty member Jamal Mohamed. 

Angela Fuller, principal second violin of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will be a featured guest artist in the concert performing Lou Harrison’s
Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra. In addition, the concert features two world premieres by Meadows alumnus Lane Harder: Duruflé Variations and, concluding the evening, the hard rockin’ Carey, an homage to Tool drummer Danny Carey featuring Meadows senior Jacob Frasier on drum-set.

In addition to providing an evening of enthralling music, these two concerts are open to the public, free of charge. For more information, call 214-768-1951. Enjoy the music!

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