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

March 19, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Chorale and the new Meadows Women's Ensemble will present their spring concert, "Of Light and Peace," at 8 p.m. Friday, Apr. 11 in Caruth Auditorium, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Timothy Seelig, adjunct professor of voice at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts and long-time artistic director of the renowned Turtle Creek Chorale. Admission is FREE, and no tickets are required. For more information, please call the Meadows School Division of Music at 214.768.1951.

"In these uncertain times, the beautiful music and empowering lyrics of the selected works, all centered on the themes of light and peace, will create an evening to remember," said Dr. Seelig. The concert will open with excerpts from "Godspell" and Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna." The combined choirs will then present several works born of historical events, including "The Ballad of Harriet Tubman" by Walter Robinson, commemorating the Underground Railroad of the Civil War era; "When I Am Silent," in memory of the Holocaust; and "Prayer of the Children," for the orphans of Kosovo. The concert concludes with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Dona Nobis Pacem" -- meaning "grant us peace" -- which was written in the mid-1930s and includes texts from the Bible, Walt Whitman and John Bright. Dancers and musicians from the Meadows School will accompany the singers.

The Meadows Chorale features the most advanced vocal and musical talent in the Meadows School, and has performed by invitation at conferences in the U.S. and Europe, including the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Austria. The newly formed Meadows Women's Ensemble is a group of talented female singers representing a variety of majors at SMU.

Dr. Timothy Seelig has taught at the Meadows School since 1995. He also is in his 16th year as artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, the world-renowned 225-member men's chorus, and is co-founder of The Women's Chorus of Dallas. He has conducted 30 CD recordings, which are in international release, have reached the Billboard top 10 classical charts and received countless awards. His choruses have sung throughout the U.S. and Europe. As a singer, he has made his European and American opera debuts and solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He has two solo CDs, "Two Worlds" and "Everything's Possible."