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SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Meadows Museum Announce Spring 2013 Events

SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum announce their 2013 spring calendar. Events include the Brown Bag Dance Series, The Rimers of Eldritch, winner of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition concert, Drawing from the Masters, Art of Our Century: A Curated Exhibition Showcasing Division of Art Alumni Drawn from the Classes of  2000 Through 2012, and some special lectures, debates and gallery talks.

Spring 2013 Events

The list of events below is from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum. Please consult their respective websites for up to date information.

Brown Bag Dance Series

The Brown Bag Dance Series features free lunchtime performances of 10-15 short ballet, modern and jazz works. The Brown Bag Series offers student choreographers a chance to showcase their own original and inventive works, some of which have evolved into national award-winning productions.

February 25 – March 1; 12 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Fri.; 12:30 p.m. Tues. and Thurs.
Bob Hope Lobby of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-2718.

Play: The Rimers of Eldritch by Lanford Wilson

The Rimers of Eldritch has been described as a play that prefigured David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet.  This early work is by the Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson, a member of the Theater Hall of Fame, who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a Master American Dramatist. New York Times critic Mel Gussow said it “looks behind the Spoon River Anthology exterior in order to expose the warring frustrations…of a small ghostly town frozen in time and place, the mid-century in the Middle West.” Directed by Benard Cummings, assistant professor in the Division of Theatre.

February 27 – March 3; 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat.; 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Greer Garson Theatre in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
$13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and SMU faculty & staff
Call 214-768-2787.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra

The MSO features the “stars of tomorrow” – winners of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition, who are chosen to perform with the orchestra from a highly competitive field of talented Meadows students.

March 1 at 8 p.m. and March 3 at 3 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas  (75205)
$13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and SMU faculty & staff
Call 214-768-2787.

Alessio Bax Project: Folk Tales

Presented by pianist and international performing artist Alessio Bax, the “Folk Tales” project explores the influence of folk music on the idiom of European classical composers. Some composers simply used folk tunes as inspiration, while others made it their mission to study, classify and create brand new music that paid respect to the folk tradition. The project will showcase faculty members and student groups in mixed concerts.

March 2, 4 & 5 at 8 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
$13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and SMU faculty/staff
Call 214-768-2787.

Meadows Museum Art Activity: “Drawing from the Masters”

Guest artist Ian O’Brien leads afternoons of informal drawing instruction based on works in the Meadows Museum’s permanent collection. Each session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. Designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all levels of experience. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. No registration is required. Attendance is limited to 20 and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

March 3 and 17, 1:30-3 p.m.
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
Free with regular museum admission, which is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for non-SMU students; and FREE for children under 12, museum members and SMU students, faculty and staff.
Call 214-768-4677.

Pollock Gallery Exhibit: “Art of Our Century: A Curated Exhibition Showcasing
Division of Art Alumni Drawn from the Classes of 2000 Through 2012”

Art of Our Century showcases art by Meadows alumni from the classes of 2000-2012. The show, which coincides with SMU’s centennial celebrations, features a broad range of creative work by 20 alumni, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and video. Christina Rees, art critic and director of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, curates the exhibition.

Participating artists include Susan Barnett, Benjamin Bascombe, Sara Bowen, Mariya Dimov, Susan Edwards, Michael Garguilo, Teresa Gomez Martorell, Joshua Goode, Kyle Hobratschk, Raymond Larrow, Marius Lehene, Shanjana Mahmud, Leeana Morris, Natalie Northrup, Derrick Piens, Kevin Todora, James Tompkins, James Van Arsdale, Sally Warren and Vance Wingate.

March 4-23, 2013. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri., and 1-5 p.m. Sat.
Pollock Gallery in Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer St. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-4439.

Museum Access Program: Connections, Series A

This three-day program, for individuals with early stage dementia and their care partners, will involve a variety of creative activities in a relaxed setting. Participants will explore the galleries through interactive exercises and puzzles, experiment with different materials to create individual and group projects, and discover works of art through music, dance, literature, storytelling and role play. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited and advance registration is required. The same program is offered twice a semester; participants may choose either Series A, which is offered on three consecutive Wednesdays, or Series B, which is offered on three consecutive Fridays. To register and for information about visiting the Meadows Museum with individuals with special needs, call Carmen Smith at 214-768-4677.

Three consecutive Wednesdays, March 6, 13 & 20, at 10:30 a.m.
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE, but pre-registration is required.
Call 214-768-4677.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Gavin Morrison

Gavin Morrison is curator of the University Galleries at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He is also a director of Atopia Projects (www.atopiaprojects.org), a curatorial and publishing initiative whose recent projects include the exhibition Lifting (which opened at Peacock Visual Arts, Scotland and will tour to The Center for Visual Research, TCU in 2008) and the publications Shotgun Wedding (2007) and HOUSTON MIES JOHNSTON (2007). He also works as a freelance writer and recently edited the book The Melancholy Thistle and Other Works (Aberdeen: AAM & The Aberdeen Art Galleries, 2007) and co-authored the book The Slender Margin (London: Artwords, 2008) with Kiyoshi Okutsu and Andrew Sneddon.

March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Third Floor Screening Room, #3531 Greer Garson – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-2489.

SYZYGY New Music Ensemble: Damaged Goods

The first program of SYZYGY’s spring concert season takes its name from Roshanne Etezady’s Damaged Goods, a suite of pieces for sextet based on the composer’s reflections on her less-than-successful relationships of the past. Pieces by Andy Akiho, Jennifer Higdon, David Lang and Marc Mellits complement Etezady’s music with their own takes on lyricism, rhythmic drive and emotional yearning.

March 7 at 8 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
$13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students and SMU faculty/staff
Call 214-768-2787.

Meadows Opera Theatre: Opera Free For All
“The Hills are Alive! The Music of Richard Rodgers, His Family and Friends”

Love blossoms fast and sure in the music of American composer Richard Rodgers! His legendary songwriting partnerships with Moss Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II produced over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals. The Meadows Opera Theatre pays tribute to him in scenes from some of his most popular works, including South Pacific, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Carousel, State Fair, Cinderella, The King and I, Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse and others as well as songs from the Broadway hits Once Upon a Mattress by his daughter Mary Rodgers and The Light in the Piazza by his grandson Adam Guettel. Offered in the fall and spring, the Opera Free For All brown bag series features one-act operas and scenes from opera and musical theatre.

March 8 at 1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-1951.

Young Educators Seminar

Music educators are invited to attend the Fifth Annual Spring Break Celebration with a surprise guest speaker. A certificate for Continuing Professional Education credit will be available.

March 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Bavarian Grill, 221 W. Parker Rd., Plano, TX 75023
FREE
Call 214-850-7814.

Meadows Museum Exhibit: “Impressions of Europe: 19th-Century Vistas by Martín Rico”

The Prado Museum and the Meadows Museum present the first-ever monographic exhibition on the work of Spanish painter Martín Rico y Ortega (1833-1908). Rico’s luminous, plein air landscapes enchanted some of the greatest American collectors of the era, including Henry Clay Frick, Henry Walters and William H. Stewart. The exhibition will examine each period of the artist’s career, from its earliest stages in the mountainous countryside outside of Madrid to the glorious Venetian canals and Parisian scenes of his later years. This exhibition has been organized by the Prado and the Meadows Museum and is funded by a generous gift from The Meadows Foundation.

March 10 – July 7, 2013.  Museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.; 1-5 p.m. Sun.
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
$10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for non-SMU students; FREE for members, children under 12, SMU students, faculty and staff; FREE Thurs. after 5 p.m.
Call 214-768-2516.

Museum Friday Gallery Talk: “Martin Rico and His Circle”
Nicole Atzbach, Curator, Meadows Museum

Meadows Museum gallery talks feature art research and perspectives from local guest speakers.

March 15 at 12:15 p.m.
Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
Free with regular museum admission, which is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for non-SMU students; FREE for members, children under 12, and SMU faculty, staff & students.
Call 214-768-4677.

Public Debate

SMU’s debate team will conduct a public debate on a current controversy of interest to the general public. Audience members will be encouraged to participate, and a vote will be taken at the debate’s conclusion. The debate program is sponsored by the SMU Meadows Division of Communication Studies.

March 19 at 7 p.m.
Room 241, Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer St. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-1574.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Deana Lawson

Deana Lawson received an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and currently lives and works in New York. Lawson refers to the subjects of her photographs as “her family.” Although she is not related to them by blood – in fact, they are nearly all strangers – the pictures are remarkably intimate.

March 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Third Floor Screening Room, #3531 Greer Garson – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-2489.

Music at the Meadows: Concert on the 18th-Century Oldovini Organ

Larry Palmer, professor of harpsichord and organ, and music students from Meadows School of the Arts present monthly demonstrations on the Meadows Museum’s Oldovini organ. Built in 1762 by Pascoal Caetano Oldovini for the Cathedral of Evora in Portugal, this single-manual organ is the only instrument by Oldovini to be found outside the Iberian Peninsula. Enjoy these special opportunities to experience centuries-old music on an 18th-century organ surrounded by masterworks in the museum’s permanent collection.

March 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-4677.

Museum Program: INsights & OUTlooks

Acknowledging that every museum visitor possesses a unique set of interests and abilities, this program offers participants multiple ways to engage with and discover works of art. Through a variety of activities based on interdisciplinary connections and diverse perspectives, each evening will invite a broad and in-depth exploration of a single work from the museum’s collection. The program is presented by education staff and guest artist John Bramblitt, who is blind.

March 21 at 6 p.m.
Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE, but pre-registration is required.
Call 214-768-4677.

Museum Friday Gallery Talk: “Jaume Plensa: Light and the Human Form”
Julia Eggleston, Student Docent, Meadows School Division of Art, SMU

Meadows Museum gallery talks feature art research and perspectives from local guest speakers.

March 22 at 12:15 p.m.
Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
Free with regular museum admission, which is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors; $4 for non-SMU students; FREE for members, children under 12, and SMU faculty, staff & students.
Call 214-768-4677.

Alumni Piano Recital

Three of Meadows’ most successful piano department graduates return to Meadows to join forces in a performance of brilliant solo and duo repertoire. Featured alumni pianists will be Dr. Erika (Martin) Kinser, Dr. Artina (Hunter) McCain and Dr. Jonathan Tsay.

March 22 at 8 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-1951.

Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir and Diva Dolce: “I Dreamed of Rain”

Jazz artist Jan Garrett wrote the song “I Dreamed of Rain” in the midst of a year of troubling natural disasters and wars. It is a song of hope, forgiveness and peace; this concert by the three Meadows choirs will explore these same sentiments.

March 24 at 8 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE; In lieu of admission, the choral groups request that a donation be made to the North Texas Food Bank through ntfb.org; food items may also be donated in person at the concert.
Call 214-768-2787.

Opera Gala

Meadows students in the voice department present an evening of arias and ensembles. Join us for a heart-stirring concert of some of opera’s most celebrated and recognized highlights by its greatest composers.

March 25 at 8 p.m.
Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-1951.

Expanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert Series:
Kokoro Japanese Drum Ensemble

Taiko (the Japanese word for “drum”) is an ancient musical form with martial and religious roots that have been adapted and revitalized through worldwide adoption. Exemplifying the historical progression from the battlefield to the temple and finally the community stage, Kokoro has at its heart the martial form with a spiritual relevance and the joy of community participation and interaction.

March 27 at 12 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby in the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-1951.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams creates sculptures and installation-based works that respond to architectural or socio-historical conditions of particular sites.

March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Third Floor Screening Room, #3531 Greer Garson – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-2489.

Comini Lecture Series: “The Secret Lives of Buildings in Colonial Quito: People,
Processes and Cultural Optics”
Susan Verdi Webster, Jane Williams Mahoney Professor of Art History and American Studies, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

This talk is about vision, visibility and cultural optics; it posits that the way buildings are perceived within a historical context depends upon who is doing the looking. As a case study, this talk focuses on the people and processes – both Andean and European – involved in architectural production in colonial Quito (Ecuador). In order to chart the largely unseen construction history of monumental buildings in the colonial city, Webster’s approach combines historiography with extensive evidence from colonial archives and chronicles. Systematic analyses and close readings of these sources substantially revise modern accounts of the authorship, chronology, interpretation, reception and diffusion of Quito’s monumental colonial buildings, and suggest new avenues of approach for understanding architectural production within colonial contexts.

March 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-2698.

CONTINUING: Friday Morning Lecture Series: “Nation Building: The Search for
National Identity in Latin America”

Dr. Luis Martín, Professor Emeritus of History, SMU

The invasion of Spain by Napoleon in 1808 precipitated the collapse of the Spanish Empire and began the long, painful process of Latin American independence and of the creation of new nation-states.  This 11-part lecture series will examine and analyze that process of “nation building” and the roles played in it by the different segments of colonial society: Indians, mestizos, creoles and peninsulares. Attention will also be paid to the impact delivered on the wars of independence by merchant guilds, the landowners, the church and the colonial army.  A few men of destiny will be presented as leaders of the transition from colonies to independent nations: men like Tupac Amaru, Hidalgo, San Martin and Bolivar.  Once Spain was defeated and Latin America was liberated from the colonial yoke, the different regions of the continent engaged in several wars among themselves to determine their borders and frontiers and to crystallize their national identities.

Fridays through April 26, 2013 (no lectures March 15 & 29), 10:30 a.m.
Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
$40 total for all 11 lectures; free for museum members and SMU faculty, staff and students. Pre-registration is required.
For more information and to register, call 214-768-2740.

CONTINUING: Hawn Gallery Exhibit: “Linda Darnell: From Dallas to Hollywood –
Selections from the Jeff Gordon Collection”

Film historian Jeff Gordon (Foxy Lady: The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari) has bequeathed his extensive collection of posters, lobby cards, scrapbooks and other film-related items to SMU. Although the collection will not be transferred to SMU for some time, Gordon is curating this exhibition drawn from its holdings as a “sneak preview,” with special attention being paid to the acting career of Dallas native Linda Darnell (Forever Amber, A Letter to Three Wives).

Through May 17, 2013. Open during regular library hours: 8 a.m.- midnight Mon.-Thurs.; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.- midnight Sun.
Mildred Hawn Gallery, Hamon Arts Library – Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on SMU campus, Dallas (75205)
FREE
Call 214-768-2303.

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