November 6, 2003

SMU's Meadows Wind Ensemble Presents "Passages," Nov. 21

Concert will feature new works by guest composers Stephen Jones and John Gibson

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Wind Ensemble at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Jack Delaney, will present "Passages" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Caruth Auditorium of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Four pieces, including the title work by Dr. Stephen Jones and a world premiere by John Gibson, will be performed. 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.

"Passages" was commissioned by the Wind Ensemble from Dr. Jones and premiered in Manchester, England, in April. "The title alludes to the idea that musical movements are really journeys that take us through sonic worlds and move us through time," said Dr. Jones. "Such moments are often fleeting, yet are retained in memory because our 'passage' through them brings us face to face with who we really are."

The program will also feature the world premiere of "California Suite," commissioned by the ensemble from John Gibson. "California Suite" presents four musical "snapshots" of the state: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Coast Highway, the redwoods of Heritage Grove, and San Francisco's Hyde Park Pier.

Both works will be recorded live during the concert for release on the Gasparo label. In addition, both composers will be on hand to introduce their works and will be available after the concert to meet the public.

Rounding out the program will be "Petite Symphonie" by Charles Gounod, featuring solo flutist Melissa Lindon (Artist Certificate from Meadows, '03) and Eugene Damare's "The Wren Polka," for piccolo solo and wind ensemble.

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 in Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's Town Hall and Dallas's Meyerson Symphony Center. Delaney has also commissioned some 36 major works by leading composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Warren Benson and Eric Ewazen.

ABOUT THE COMPOSERS

Dr. Stephen Jones is the new dean of the School of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University. He has received commissions from such organizations as the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Emory University and the Utah Arts Festival, and his works have been performed throughout the United States by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Phildanco, and many other professional and university-based ensembles. In January, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conductor Daniel Barenboim will premiere the new work they commissioned from Dr. Jones, titled "at the exactest point." "Passages" is Jones' fourth work for the Meadows Wind Ensemble.

John Gibson is a native of Dallas. His catalogue of compositions includes works for band, orchestra, chorus, percussion ensemble and musical theatre. Gibson holds degrees from Texas Tech and the University of North Texas. He has taught in the Amarillo public schools and at UNT, the University of Arizona, McMurry University and SMU. He has received commissions from symphony orchestras, university bands and percussion ensembles, the Texas Music Educators' Association, The Revelli Foundation for Bands of America, numerous high school and junior high school bands, churches and choral groups. He currently serves as resident composer for the Dallas Wind Symphony.


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