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

March 7, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Percussion Ensemble of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present its spring concert, "An Evening of Percussion," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 in Caruth Auditorium of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

The ensemble will perform works by Christopher Rouse, Russell Peck, William Bolcom and Toru Takemitsu, including Takemitsu's famous "Rain Tree." Special guest artists at the concert will be "The Rhythm Project," a Dallas-based ethnic percussion quartet playing original music based on the indigenous traditions of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Morocco, Egypt and Ghana. Using traditional rhythms and exotic instruments from around the world, "The Rhythm Project" performs music that has originally been written for seven, eight or even nine players. "The Rhythm Project" is well known for its versatility and is often featured regionally on programs of percussion music, classical chamber music, jazz and pop music. Members of the group include Lane Harder, Greg Merrill, Justin Preece and Donovan Putnam.

The Meadows Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon D. Lee, performs both new and traditional percussion works and has appeared at numerous national and international conferences. Recent premieres have included Warren Benson's Drums of Summer, John Gibson's Koda and Lane Harder's Circus Plenus Ingens Ianuea Tensae. The ensemble has just released its second CD, Contact, on Gasparo Records in January. The ensemble's first CD, Strike, the music of motion, is also available on Gasparo Records.