October 23, 2003

Music In The Meadows Free Concert Series Presents "Shema" By Simon Sargon

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows in the Meadows monthly concert series at SMU's Meadows Museum will present "Shema" by Simon Sargon at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in the museum's Smith Auditorium, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus.

"Shema" is a powerful, poignant work based on the writings of Holocaust survivor and poet Primo Levi. Written for soprano, flute, clarinet, cello and piano, it was commissioned by the Meadows School's musical ensemble Voices of Change in 1988, and earned widespread praise. Termed "gut-wrenching" by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the piece provides a fitting accompaniment to the Meadows Museum exhibition "Images of Human Tragedy in Black & White: Etchings by Francisco de Goya and Photographs by Jeffrey Gusky," on view through January 4, 2004. The exhibition juxtaposes selections from Goya's "Disasters of War" series, which illustrates the horrors of the Napoleonic occupation of Spain, with Gusky's haunting modern-day images of the aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland.

Renowned contemporary composer and pianist Simon Sargon, a graduate of Brandeis and Juilliard, is professor of composition at the Meadows School. His major works include "Symphony No. 1: Holocaust" (1985), several operas, and "Implosions for Two Pianos" (1996), as well as many song cycles and choral compositions. His orchestral piece "Tapestries" was premiered by the Dallas Symphony in Dec. 1998. Sargon's work as both composer and pianist may be heard on the New World, Crystal, Ongaku and Gasparo labels.

The Music in the Meadows series features performances by the outstanding music faculty and students of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts in an informal setting encouraging audience interaction. All concerts are FREE and open to the public. For more information, please call 214-768-2516.