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March 13, 2003


Event to honor community leader John S. McFarland

DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present its eleventh annual "The Grand Event: Meadows at the Meyerson" on March 31, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. in Dallas. Featuring the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, the annual fund-raising concert is performed each spring to honor a community leader. This year's honoree is noted arts supporter and civic leader John S. McFarland.

The concert will feature three outstanding guest soloists: Eduard Schmieder, the Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Meadows School; Alexandru Tomescu, a 26-year-old prodigy and former student of Dr. Schmieder, and the official state soloist of Romania; and Nathaniel Rosen, internationally renowned cellist and artist-in-residence at the Meadows School.

Under the direction of conductor Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony and the three soloists will open the concert with Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins and Cello in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11. Eduard Schmieder will then take the stage to introduce and perform the Dallas premiere of "Come In" by Vladimir Martynov, a prominent contemporary composer in Russia. "Come In" is a portrayal of the human quest to enter Heaven, and the hoped-for response to knocking on Heaven's door. The third piece of the evening will be Jules Massenet's "Meditation from Thais," again featuring Dr. Schmieder as soloist. Following intermission, the Meadows Symphony will perform the brilliant "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz.

The concert will be preceded by a free talk in the Meyerson's Horchow Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. given by Donna Mayer-Martin, associate professor of music history at SMU, exploring the cultural and historical background of the works to be performed. The lecture is sponsored by KERA and 7-11, Inc.

Honoree John S. McFarland is a current member and former chair of the executive board of the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. He has a special interest in youth services, and is the past president of the board of both Bryan's House and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. He is also a past board member of the Mental Health Association, the Suicide Crisis Center and the Youth Impact Center. Currently, Mr. McFarland is a board member of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (Arts Magnet) and a trustee of the Saint Michael & All Angels Church Foundation. Professionally, he serves as president of Penn Davis McFarland, Inc., a Dallas-based investment advisory firm.

Tickets to "The Grand Event: Meadows at the Meyerson" range from $6 - $20 and can be purchased by phoning the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787. Patron and corporate sponsorships with special benefits and seating packages are available from $100 - $25,000. For additional information, call the Meadows Development Office at 214-768-4153.

The 2002-2003 season sponsors of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra are The Dallas Morning News and WRR 101.1 FM.

About the Artists:

Eduard Schmieder, who was born and educated in Russia, is one of the world's most sought-after violin teachers. He has performed in major concert halls around the globe as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. In April 1996, Dr. Schmieder became one of the few violinists to perform a recital on Paganini's famous Guarneri del Gesu "Il Cannone" violin, which he played at the ceremony for the Primo Levi Peace Prize that was being given posthumously to Yitzhak Rabin.

Dr. Schmieder has been the Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Meadows School of the Arts since 1990, where he teaches a select class of international students. Not only do his students regularly win top prizes at prestigious international competitions, they go on to hold leading positions in orchestras around the world, including the Chicago Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony and London Philharmonic. Before joining the Meadows School, Dr. Schmieder was professor of violin at the University of Southern California, a position formerly held by Jascha Heifetz.

Dr. Schmieder has taught master classes in virtually every foremost conservatory in the world. He also performs and teaches in major music festivals and frequently represents the U.S. as a jury member at leading international competitions, including the Queen Elizabeth, Sibelius and Paganini. This year, he will become the artistic advisor of the Sarasate International Competition.

Alexandru Tomescu was recently named official soloist of the State Radio Orchestra of his native Romania, the premier violin position in the country. At age 26, he has already won 28 international awards, including top prizes in the Paganini, Tibor Varga, and Sarasate competitions and the 2nd Gran Prix/Menuhin Prize at the Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition. Born in 1976 in Bucharest into a family of musicians, he began violin lessons at age 6. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Bucharest and took master classes in Europe and the U.S., and also studied with Eduard Schmieder at the Meadows School of the Arts. He has performed with major orchestras around the world, from the U.S. to Austria to Japan to Costa Rica. His most recent engagements include a tour with the National Paris Orchestra, a solo performance with the Israel Philharmonic, a concert tour in Japan and solo recitals in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Nathaniel Rosen gained American recognition upon winning the 1977 International Naumburg Competition, and international stardom the following year when he became the first American cellist ever to win the Gold Medal at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He began studying the cello at age 6 with Eleonore Schoenfeld in his native California. At 13, he met the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky, who soon became his teacher and mentor. In 1970, Mr. Rosen made his New York debut as winner of the Piatigorsky Award given by the New York Violoncello Society. Since then, he has been a guest soloist with the world's foremost orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles and Czech Philharmonics; the Dresden State, Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras; and the London, Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas and Vancouver Symphonies, among many others. He also has served as principal cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared on The Today Show, Evening at Pops and other national television programs. Currently, Mr. Rosen is artist-in-residence at the Meadows School of the Arts.