August 28, 2003

SMU's Meadows Symphony Orchestra Presents "The Classical Style," Sept. 19 & 21

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Paul Phillips, will present "The Classical Style" at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 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 parking garage beneath the Meadows Museum. Tickets are $12 adults, $9 seniors and $6 SMU students/faculty/staff. For more information, call the Meadows ticket office at 214-768-2787.

The program will open with Schubert's witty "Rosamunda" overture, known for its beautiful melodies and joyous nature. Mozart's "Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos and Orchestra" follows, with guest soloists and husband-and-wife-team Regan Smith and Carol Leone. Dr. Leone, an SMU faculty member, has received national recognition as a teacher, performing artist and prizewinner in such prestigious competitions as the National Beethoven Sonata Competition and the International Masters Competition. Regan Smith, who received a master's degree in music performance from Yale University, has performed throughout the U.S. as a recital soloist and chamber musician.

The concert will also feature Ralph Vaughan Williams' lyrical masterpiece "Serenade to Music" and will conclude with Shostakovich's popular "Symphony No. 1," a work of remarkable maturity written when the composer was just 19.

The Meadows Symphony Orchestra is comprised of gifted students from throughout the United States and countries around the world, all of whom are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or artist certificate programs in the Division of Music at the Meadows School. Many of the performers are active as international soloists and are prizewinners at international music competitions.

Paul Phillips is professor of music and director of orchestral activities at the Meadows School of the Arts. He formerly served as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and as music director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Phillips earned both a master's and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and studied conducting with James Rives-Jones, Erich Leinsdorf and others. He has accompanied such well-known soloists as Itzhak Perlman and James Galway, and has recorded for the Novisse, Albany and Centaur labels.

The 2003-2004 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.