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Dallas Morning News Selects Several Meadows-Related Performances as Critics' Picks

Upcoming performances were highlighted in the newspaper’s Fall Arts Preview

Several SMU-related performances are named among the Dallas Morning News’ “Top 5 “ critics’ picks for upcoming fall dance, music and family concerts. These performances were highlighted in the newspaper’s Fall Arts Preview (published Sept. 7):

Dance critic Manny Mendoza named the November SMU Fall Dance Concert No. 5 in his list of top fall performances. He wrote, “North Texas is an academic dance hotbed, and the Southern Methodist University program is as scorching as it gets. The proof is in demanding, twice yearly concerts featuring student dancers performing professional choreography. For this fall’s show, Bruce Wood is creating a new work set to classic American pop tunes by composers such as Cole Porter and George Gershwin, and former New York City Ballet soloist Mel A. Tomlinson debuts a celebration of femininity featuring ballerinas in white tutus.”

The No. 1 event on classical music critic Scott Cantrell’s list was the October 2 concert by SMU faculty member and internationally known pianist Alessio Bax at the new Dallas City Performance Hall. Cantrell wrote, “ Winner of the prestigious Leeds Pianoforte Competition in 2000, the young Italian pianist has matured into one of the most probing and satisfying players of his generation. An alum of Southern Methodist University, where he’s on the adjunct faculty, he returns to Dallas to help inaugurate the newest facility in the Dallas Arts District. Presented by the new Dallas Chamber Symphony, he’ll play solo works by Brahms, Ravel and Rachmaninoff."

Family entertainment writer Nancy Churnin picked the Dallas Opera’s “Opera for Kids” program as her No. 5 choice. She wrote, “Magic beans and an operatic voice — what more could a kid want? Tickets go on sale Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. for three performances that are part of the Dallas Opera’s family programming this fall. Jack and the Beanstalk features Southern Methodist University soprano Hannah Rigg as Jack, mezzo-soprano Emily Hueske as Mother/Wife and bass Travis McGuire as Giant/Trouble, with staging by DCT’s Nancy Schaeffer….Doctor Miracle sports an SMU cast made up of soprano Coretta Smith as Laurette, mezzo-soprano Rachel Alexander as Veronica, baritone Njabulo Mthimkhulu as the Mayor, and tenor Zach Hess in the triple role of Silvio/Pasquin/Doctor Miracle."

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