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

October 2, 2002


Alessio Bax, Winner of 2000 Leeds Competition, To Be Guest Soloist

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Paul Phillips, will present "Masterpieces From Russia" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 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.

Alessio Bax, an alumnus of the Meadows School and winner of the 2000 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, will join the symphony as a soloist for one of the most beloved of all works for piano and orchestra, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. The program will also feature the great romantic masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (orchestrated by Ravel).

The Meadows Symphony Orchestra is comprised of gifted students from many parts of the United States and a number of countries around the world. The orchestra includes students in undergraduate, graduate and artist certificate programs in the Division of Music at the Meadows School. Many of the performers are active as international soloists and are prizewinners at international music competitions.

Paul Phillips is professor of music, chair of the department of conducting and ensembles, and music director of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at the Meadows School. He formerly served as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and as music director of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Phillips earned both a master's and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and studied conducting with James Rives-Jones, Erich Leinsdorf and others. He has accompanied such well-known soloists as Itzhak Perlman and James Galway, and has recorded for Novisse, Grenadilla and Centaur Records.

Alessio Bax earned a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Artist Certificate at the Meadows School of the Arts, where he studied with Joaquín Achúcarro, the Joel Estes Tate Professor of Piano. He has given recitals throughout Europe and the United States and performed with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony and Tokyo Symphony, among others. He has worked with renowned conductors, including Sir Simon Rattle, Vernon Handley and Owain Arwel Hughes, and performed as a soloist at numerous major European music festivals. Engagements this season include tours of Japan and Israel as well as recitals and concerto performances in Italy, Spain, Germany and the former Yugoslavia. The 24-year-old virtuoso also serves as an adjunct professor at the Meadows School of the Arts.

The 2002-2003 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.