The three principal choral ensembles of SMU Meadows School of the Arts will present Fields of Gold, a concert at Dallas City Performance Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23. The Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir, both mixed choirs, and women’s ensemble Diva Dolce will offer works about remembering, loss and comfort. The title of the concert comes from a song by Sting, whose lyrics suggest memories of a loved one who has passed on.
The program will include works by Heinrich Schütz, J. S. Bach, Craig Hella Johnson, Daniel Gawthrop and Anders Paulsson, among others. The focal point of the afternoon will be a performance of Triptych, written by young British composer Tarik O’Regan. The multi-movement work is “an exciting, exotic setting of a collage of texts that explore death and transformation,” said Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities Pamela Elrod Huffman. “Originally scored for chorus and string orchestra, this new setting for chorus and percussion ensemble brings an entirely new array of vivid colors and pulsating rhythms to the music.”
The concert concludes the 2013-14 inaugural season of the school’s new Meadows Community Series, which has brought arts performances into venues outside the SMU campus. The new series is part of Meadows’ ongoing initiative to engage the community with music, theatre, dance and more.
The choral program at SMU has a rich tradition dating back more than 40 years. Throughout this period, members of SMU choral ensembles have gone on to successful careers as vocalists, conductors, music educators and church music leaders, some achieving national and international acclaim in their field. Meadows choral ensembles perform music from all stylistic periods and usually present five concerts each season.
Dallas City Performance Hall is located at 2520 Flora St., Dallas 75201. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students and SMU faculty & staff. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787.