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

April 9, 2003

SMU's Meadows Symphony Orchestra Presents "Rising Stars," Apr. 25 & 27

DALLAS (SMU): Led by conductor Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present "Rising Stars," a concert featuring winners of the Meadows School's annual Concerto Competition, at 8 p.m. Friday, Apr. 25 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 27, 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 garage beneath the Meadows Museum. Tickets are $12 adults, $9 seniors and $6 students/SMU faculty and staff. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

The concert will showcase the student soloists, who will perform the works with which they won the competition. Included will be movements from Weber's Bassoon Concerto, Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1 and Profokiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, arias by Verdi and Mozart, and the violin fantasy "Zigeunerweisen" by Sarasate. The Meadows Symphony will conclude the concert with Manuel de Falla's "Three Dances" from the ballet "The Three-Cornered Hat."

The Concerto Competition, held each fall, is comprised of four categories: keyboard, voice, strings and woodwinds/brass/percussion. Winners of this year's competition are bassoonist Scott Harrison, soprano Tiffany Roberts, violinist Gyula Vadaszi, pianist Valeria Vetruccio and cellist Nan Zhang.

The Meadows Symphony Orchestra is comprised of gifted students from the United States and many countries around the world, including Japan, the Ukraine, Hungary, China, Russia and Slovenia. Members of the orchestra are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and artist certificate programs in the Division of Music at the Meadows School. Current orchestra members and alumni are active as international soloists, are prizewinners at international music competitions, and hold important positions with major orchestras in the U. S. and abroad.

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. Dr. Phillips earned a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and studied conducting with David Effron, Erich Leinsdorf and others. He 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.