September 4, 2003

SMU's Meadows Wind Ensemble Presents "Come To The Cabaret," Sept. 26

Program features Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Artie Shaw's "Concerto for Clarinet"

DALLAS (SMU) – The Meadows Wind Ensemble at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts opens its 2003-2004 season with "Come to the Cabaret," a concert featuring George Gershwin's enduringly popular "Rhapsody in Blue," with guest pianist William Ransom, and Artie Shaw's "Concerto for Clarinet," featuring soloist Michael Manning (SMU M.M. '97). The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in Caruth Auditorium of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. The event is FREE, and no tickets are required. Parking for the event is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, please call the Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

The Meadows Wind Ensemble is composed of more than 60 of SMU's finest wind, brass and percussion players, under the guidance of conductor Jack Delaney. The ensemble has performed at major music festivals and conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has won acclaim from leading contemporary composers for thoughtful and faithful performances of their works. The ensemble has recorded four CDs on the Gasparo label, including The Drums of Summer, which won first prize in the international CD competition at the 2001 Internationale Musiktage Vocklabruk in Austria.

Jack Delaney, director of bands at the Meadows School, has conducted professional and student ensembles throughout Europe, South America and the U.S., including performances with the New World Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Wind Symphony as well as performances in Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's Town Hall and Dallas's Meyerson Symphony Center. Delaney has also commissioned some 35 major works by leading composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Warren Benson, Stephen Jones, Akira Miyoshi and Stephen Paulus. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 1999-2000 Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the Meadows School.