Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788


September 12, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Wind Ensemble at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts opens its 2002-2003 season with a program of classics at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in Caruth Auditorium of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. The program will feature Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and Joan Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, along with Darius Milhaud's La Creation du Monde. The ensemble will also perform two works by Percy Grainger -- Irish Tune from County Derry and Shepherd's Hey -- as well as Paul Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber. 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 SMU's finest wind, brass and percussion players, under the guidance of conductor Jack Delaney. The ensemble has recorded two 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. The ensemble has performed at major music festivals and conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe, and in April 2003 will perform by invitation at the Conference of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles in England.

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 in Boston's Symphony Hall and Dallas's Meyerson Symphony Center. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 1999-2000 Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the Meadows School and the 2001 Achievement in Music Award from the Ohio University of Music Alumni Association.