November 6, 2003

SMU's Meadows Symphony Orchestra Presents "Twentieth Century Classics," Nov. 14 & 16

DALLAS (SMU) - The Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Paul Phillips, will present "Twentieth Century Classics" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 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 ticket information, call 214-768-2787.

The concert will open with Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance No. 3." Although the first "Pomp and Circumstance March" is familiar to many, the third with its dark opening and triumphant ending is rarely performed. Following Pomp and Circumstance, the Symphony will present another less well-known masterwork from the 20th century: Hindemith's 1940 "Concerto for Cello," featuring renowned cellist Nathaniel Rosen, artist-in-residence at the Meadows School. A former student of the legendary Gregory Piatigorsky, Rosen gained international stardom in 1978 when he became the first American cellist to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. Since then, he has been a guest soloist with most of the world's foremost orchestras, including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and has appeared on The Today Show, Evening at Pops and other national television programs.

The concert will conclude with a work that was written in 1899 but blossomed into great popularity in the 20th century - Elgar's "Enigma Variations." Each of the variations depicts one of his friends (one is a tribute to his wife), making the work a loving musical portrait of those closest to him.

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, are music competition prizewinners and perform as orchestral musicians in music festivals both in the United States and internationally.

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 music director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Phillips earned both master's and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and studied conducting with David Effron, 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.