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Dallas's Newest Contemporary Music Series Run By Three Meadows Students

[The Untitled Festival] set to launch in November

Dallas’s newest contemporary classical music series, The [Untitled] Festival, will begin its inaugural season on Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 p.m. with a performance at the Meadows Museum located on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The mission driving the launch of The [Untitled] Festival aims to uniquely engage Dallas audiences by providing contemporary performances, interactive lectures, though-provoking panel discussions, and educational initiatives, all open to the public and free of charge. The series has been made possible in part by a grant from Big iDeas at SMU and is generously supported by the Meadows Museum.

The [Untitled] Festival was developed by three current Meadows undergraduate students: James Ryan Jillson (Music, Arts Management, and Arts Entrepreneurship), Katrina Leshan (Classical Guitar Performance), and Shannon Delatorre (Art History and Arts Management). The series provides both unique performance opportunities for young artists and engaging, cost-free opportunities for the Dallas community to experience works of contemporary classical music.

The season-opening concert will feature chamber music composed exclusively by living artists – a central theme in the series’ bold and original programming – including Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, and Osvaldo Golijov. The program will include performances by some of the area’s most accomplished young professionals, including Meadows students and alumni James Burch, Michael Drobycki, Andrew Giordano, Kevin Rank, Thomas Schwan, Saejin Yoon Seo, Michael van der Sloot, and the Festival’s associate director Katrina Leshan. The concert’s exciting format will place performers and audience members in close proximity, culminating in a relaxed artistic environment that blurs the division between artists and listeners.

“The opening work of the concert, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, will be presented as an original sound installation, featuring performers stationed throughout the galleries, that will come together as a really unique aural and visual experience for the audience,” said James Ryan Jillson, Founder and General Director of The [Untitled] Festival. “Future events will include elements of dance and theater, but when planning this first concert, we really wanted to explore the works of different classical music composers, and furthermore, how each of these composers has explored themes of time and context.”

Set against the backdrop of the Meadows Museum’s exquisite collection, The [Untitled] Festival’s first concert will take place in both the Virginia Meadows Galleries and the Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries on the Museum’s second level. Immediately following the performance, The [Untitled] Festival’s official after-party will take place at the locally renowned bar and bistro The People’s Last Stand located at nearby Mockingbird Station and will feature food and drink specials for all concert attendees. Complimentary parking is available at both the Meadows Museum and Mockingbird Station. Future performances are currently planned for Thursday, February 21 and Thursday, March 28 at the Meadows Museum. For more information, visit or

Performance and Location Details:
Performance will begin at 8:00 p.m.
Meadows Museum
5900 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205

After-party will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m., immediately following the performance.
The People’s Last Stand (at Mockingbird Station)
5319 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 210, Dallas, TX 75206

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