Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

March 12, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Paul Phillips, and winners of the Meadows School's annual Concerto Competition will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Mar. 22 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 24, 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.

The concert will open with the Meadows Symphony's performance of The Sound Barrier by Malcolm Arnold, followed by the student soloists who won the Concerto Competition. The Concerto Competition, held each fall, is comprised of four categories: woodwinds/brass/percussion, keyboard, voice and strings. Four students advance from each preliminary round to the final round. Finals were held on December 1 before three outside judges. Winners of this year's competition are pianist Bernadino Costa Gonzales, violinist Sayako Kusaka, tenor Lionel Mkhwanazi and bassoonist Lecolion Washington.

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 a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and studied conducting with David Effron, Erich Leinsdorf and others. He 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.