‘Blue Shades’ solo brings 'em to their feet

'Blue Shades' solo by Jonathan Jones
See a video of Jonathan Jones' solo.

The Meadows Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jack Delaney, Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professor, received a standing ovation after its performance of “Blue Shades” during SMU’s Commencement ceremony on May 19, 2007.

The captivating clarinet solo that helped bring the crowd to its feet was performed by Jonathan Jones, a third-year student pursuing degrees in music education and performance at SMU. Jones serves as principal clarinet in the Living Opera and the Las Colinas, Garland and Arlington Symphony Orchestras, and performs in the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. His recent honors include first place in the 2007 SMU General Concerto Competition, and he is preparing for a debut recital in Italy this summer.

“Blue Shades” was composed by SMU alum Frank Ticheli, who earned a degree in composition in 1980. A nationally recognized symphonic composer, Ticheli is professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

The Meadows Wind Ensemble has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and its performances have been broadcast by numerous national radio networks around the world, including the BBC in London. The Ensemble has recorded four CDs on the Gasparo label, including The Drums of Summer, which won First Prize in an international recording competition in Austria.

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