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

March 18, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Wind Ensemble at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts presents "Three for the Road," its final concert of the season before heading to England for an invitational tour. The event will feature the world premiere of Stephen Jones' "Passages" along with several guest artists and composers, including Jones and Frank Ticheli. Show time is at 8 p.m. Friday, Apr. 4, in Caruth Auditorium of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. The event is FREE, and no tickets are required. Parking for the event is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, please call the Division of Music at 214.768.1951.

The program will begin with three pieces for metal instruments, including "Ring, Flourish, Blaze!" by Augusta Read Thomas, "Canzona Septimi Octavi Tone a 12" by Giovanni Gabrieli and "A Stereo Fanfare" by Martin Sweidel, who is associate professor of composition and director of electronic music at Meadows. They will be followed by Igor Stravinsky's "Three Pieces for Clarinet" with guest soloist Bharat Chandra, principal clarinet of the Florida West Coast Symphony. The Stravinsky piece will also feature a special performance by the Meadows Dance Ensemble, choreographed by Nathan Montoya, SMU associate professor of dance.

The world premiere of Stephen Jones' "Passages," a new work in three movements, follows with guest soloist Carol Leone, SMU assistant professor and pianist. Rounding out the program will be three quasi-jazz pieces: Leonard Bernstein's "Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs," Darius Milhaud's "La creation du monde" and Frank Ticheli's "Blue Shades."

Both Stephen Jones and Frank Ticheli will be on hand at the concert to introduce their works and answer questions from the audience.

The Meadows Wind Ensemble is composed of more than 60 of SMU's finest wind, brass and percussion players, under the guidance of conductor Jack Delaney. The ensemble has performed at major music festivals and conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe, and in April 2003 will perform by invitation at the Conference of the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles in England. The ensemble has recorded two CDs on the Gasparo label, including The Drums of Summer, which won first prize in the international CD competition at the 2001 Internationale Musiktage Vocklabruk in Austria. The group will release two more CDs this season, Snow Tracks and Three Pennies, also on the Gasparo label.

About the artists:

Jack Delaney is director of bands at the Meadows School. He has conducted professional and student ensembles throughout Europe, South America and the U.S., including performances in Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's Town Hall and Dallas's Meyerson Symphony Center. Delaney has also commissioned some 31 major works by leading composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Warren Benson and Stephen Jones. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 1999-2000 Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the Meadows School and the 2001 Achievement in Music Award from the Ohio University School of Music Alumni Association.

Bharat Chandra is currently principal clarinet of the Florida West Coast Symphony. He earned a bachelor's degree in clarinet from the Meadows School, where he studied with Stephen Girko, and completed a performer's certificate at the New England Conservatory.

Composer Stephen Jones is an associate professor of composition in the School of Music at Brigham Young University. He is currently on leave from the music school and is serving as assistant to the academic vice president at BYU. Jones' works have been performed throughout the U.S. by groups including the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Fairbanks Symphony and other professional and university-based ensembles. His music can be heard on the Gasparo and Tantara labels.

Carol Leone, guest pianist, is assistant professor of piano at the Meadows School. Dr. Leone has received national recognition as a performing artist and has been a prizewinner in both national and international competitions, including the National Beethoven Sonata Competition and the International Masters Competition. She has performed and taught throughout the United States and Europe. She holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music, the Accademia Chigiana in Italy and The University of North Texas College of Music.

Composer Frank Ticheli, who received a Bachelor of Music degree at the Meadows School in 1980, is professor of composition at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles. He is widely known for his works for concert band, many of which have become standards in the repertoire. He has received numerous composition awards and prizes, including two from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his works have been commissioned and performed by orchestras throughout the U.S. and overseas. Ticheli's works are published by Manhattan Beach, Helicon, Hinshaw, and Encore Music, and are recorded on the labels of Koch International Classics, Albany, Klavier, and Mark Records.