October 20, 2003

SMU's Meadows Wind Ensemble Presents "Music For Voices And Winds," Oct. 26

Featuring the world premiere of Simon Sargon's "Rap Sessions"

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Wind Ensemble at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Jack Delaney, will present "Music for Voices and Winds" at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 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 is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the parking garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, call the Meadows Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

the program will feature the world premiere of Dallas composer Simon Sargon's "Rap Sessions" for trumpet, trombone and wind ensemble. Sargon is professor of composition at the Meadows School, and his newest work is a "jazzy" piece that represents a musical conversation between the two solo instruments and the wind ensemble. Guest soloists, both of whom are Meadows graduates, are James Box, principal trombone of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and Lyle Steelman, a freelance trumpet player and teacher in north Texas. "Rap Sessions" was commissioned by Jack Delaney and the wind ensemble.

The concert will also include Igor Stravinsky's "Mass for Chorus and Double Wind Quintet," featuring the Meadows Chorale with conductor Alfred Calabrese, as well as an original setting of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass for Wind Ensemble," conducted by Meadows Wind Ensemble Associate Conductor Alan Wagner.

The Meadows Chorale features the most advanced vocal and musical talent in the Meadows School, and regularly receives invitations to perform throughout the United States. Dr. Alfred Calabrese, the new director of choral activities at the Meadows School, is a past chorus master of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and, from 1989-1992, was assistant to Robert Shaw with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

The Meadows Wind Ensemble is composed of more than 60 of SMU's finest wind, brass and percussion players, under the direction 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.

Dr. Jack Delaney is director of bands at the Meadows School. He has conducted professional and student ensembles throughout Europe, South America and the United States, 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 the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Delaney has also commissioned some 35 major works by leading composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Warren Benson and Stephen Jones. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 1999-2000 Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the Meadows School and the 2001 Achievement in Music Award from the Ohio University School of Music Alumni Association.