CONTACT: Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-3785
Kami Duncan, 214-768-2788,

April 1, 2004


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. 23 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 25, 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 four student soloists, who will perform the works with which they won the competition. Included will be movements from Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, op. 57, and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto; arias by Handel and Mozart; and Paul Creston's "Concerto for

The Meadows Concerto Competition, held each fall, is comprised of four categories: keyboard, strings, voice and woodwinds/brass/percussion. Winners of this year's competition are pianist Yoon Chung, violinist Janos Bodor, soprano Bronwen Forbay and percussionist Daniel Lyons.

The Meadows Symphony Orchestra is comprised of gifted students from the United States and many countries around the world. 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.

Dr. 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. He earned his 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 2003-2004 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.