Contact: Victoria Winkelman
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785

November 20, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Paul Phillips, will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Caruth Auditorium of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. Tickets are $10 adults, $6 seniors and $5 students/SMU faculty and staff. For more information, call 214-768-2787.

“Although all of Mahler’s symphonies were composed on a large scale for large orchestra, they are actually very personal, and in a sense intimate, artistic statements,” said Phillips. “The Fifth Symphony moves from a dark and serious first movement through a complex journey to a brilliant and thrilling ending. This complexity is a hallmark of Mahler’s symphonies, and makes each of them a unique experience for performers and listeners alike.”

The Meadows Symphony Orchestra is comprised of gifted students from the United States and many countries around the world, including Japan, the Ukraine, Hungary, China, Russia, and Slovenia. Members of the orchestra are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and artist certificate programs in the Division of Music at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Current orchestra members and alumni are active as international soloists, are prizewinners at international music competitions, and hold important positions with major orchestras in the U. S. and abroad.

Paul Phillips is professor of music, chair of the department of conducting and ensembles, and music director of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at the Meadows School. Dr. Phillips earned both a master’s and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and studied conducting with David Effron, Erich Leinsdorf and others. He has accompanied such well-known soloists as Itzhak Perlman and James Galway, and has recorded for Novisse, Grenadilla and Centaur Records.

The 2001-2002 season sponsor of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra is The Dallas Morning News. The Meadows School of the Arts Division of Music is also sponsored by WRR 101.1 FM.