Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788
October 23, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Paul Phillips, will present a musical "Tour of the World" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 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 tour begins in Austria with Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D "Haffner" KV 385. Written in Vienna, the work helped establish that city as one of the leading music capitals of Europe. The next piece is Questings (Concerto for Horn and Chamber Orchestra) by American composer and SMU faculty member Simon Sargon, with guest soloist Greg Hustis, principal horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The second half of the concert features Trittico Botticelliano by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. Closing the concert will be Dragon and Phoenix from the Heaven Earth Mankind Symphony by Chinese composer Tan Dun, who wrote the score to the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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.

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.