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

Drummer for "The Police" to interact with Meadows students and faculty during three-day visit

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.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Stewart Copeland will visit Meadows April 11-13.

Copeland's residency will focus on his work as a composer. He will give guest lectures to the music composition and the 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 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 Arts Center
Cost: FREE, no ticket required. Info: Call 214-768-2787

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