CONTACT: Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-3785
Kami Duncan, 214-768-2788
vwinkelm@smu.edu, kmduncan@smu.edu

April 2, 2004

SMU'S MEADOWS WIND ENSEMBLE PRESENTS "CEREMONIAL," APRIL 16

Featuring the world premiere of Timothy Broege's "Songs Without Words - Set Number 7"

DALLAS (SMU)-The Meadows Wind Ensemble at SMU's Meadows School of theArts, led by conductor Jack Delaney, will present "Ceremonial" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 16, 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 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.

Highlighting the concert will be the world premiere of Timothy Broege's "Songs Without Words - Set Number 7," commissioned by the Wind Ensemble. The composer will be present to introduce his work and answer questions from the audience. "Songs Without Words" will feature Meadows faculty members Virginia Dupuy, mezzo soprano, and Larry Palmer, harpsichord. The ensemble will also perform Mozart's masterpiece The Serenade in B-flat, also known as the "Gran Partita," with guest conductor H. Robert Reynolds, who is professor of conducting at USC and was the long-time director of bands at the University of Michigan. In addition, the program will include Carlos Surinach's "Ritmo Jondo," three flamenco dances.

The Meadows Wind Ensemble is composed of the finest wind, brass and percussion players from SMU's Meadows School of the Arts. Under the direction of conductor Jack Delaney, the Wind Ensemble has an extensive repertoire. The ensemble has performed at major music festivals and conferences throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has won acclaim for leading contemporary composers for powerful and faithful performances of their works.

About the Artists:

The music of Timothy Broege has been performed throughout the world by, among others, the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Military Academy Band and the Atlantic String Quartet. His works include the twenty-one Sinfonias for large ensembles, the series of Songs Without Words for
small ensembles, a series of Fantasias for solo instruments, and music for voices, keyboards, guitar, recorders and school bands. In honor of his career as a composer, he received the 2003 Award of Excellence from the New Jersey Education Association. He is a past president of the Composers Guild of New Jersey, Inc., a member of Early Music America and the Organ Historical Society, and an affiliate of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI).

H. Robert Reynolds is adjunct professor of conducting at the USC Thornton School of Music. Previously he was a professor and director of bands at the University of Michigan School of Music, and conducted the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. He has recorded for Koch International, Deutsche Grammophon and other major labels, and has conducted concerts around the world, from Milan and Zurich to Carnegie
Hall and the Kennedy Center. He is past president of the College Band Directors' National Association and the Big Ten Band Directors' Association. He has received numerous honors and awards, including a
recent special tribute from the Michigan legislature, and is listed in Who's Who in the World. Reynolds currently serves as one of the five members on the National Awards Panel for ASCAP, and was himself the recipient of a national award from ASCAP for his contributions to contemporary American music.

Jack Delaney is director of bands at the Meadows School of the Arts, where he conducts the Meadows Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. He has conducted professional and student ensembles throughout the United States, Europe, and South America, including performances with the New World Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as performances in Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's Town Hall and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. He has commissioned some 39 major
works by leading composers, including Augusta Read Thomas, Stephen Paulus, Stephen Jones, Warren Benson and many others. Recent honors include the Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the Meadows School.

 


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