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

November 13, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts, led by conductor Paul Phillips, will present "Two Great Symphonies" -- Symphony No. 1 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E major -- at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 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.

"These two symphonies, linked together by quotation and artistic impulse, are true examples of the best symphonic music from the 19th and 20th centuries," says Paul Phillips. "Both use musical materials that demand wide dynamic contrast and expansive use of time. Both stand apart from their contemporaries in significant ways. In their music we find a great seriousness of purpose, and many, many rewards."

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.