SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents Meadows at the Meyerson
SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present its 27th annual Meadows at the Meyerson concert. The event will feature works focused on stories and legends by Sibelius and Rimsky-Korsakov, performed by the critically acclaimed Meadows Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Paul Phillips. The event supports talented Meadows students through the Meadows Scholars Program.
The annual spring concert also honors a community leader. This year, the honoree is noted designer, arts advocate and alumna Emily Rich Summers. The honorary chairs are Craig and Kathryn Hall, and the event chairs are Nita Prothro Clark and Suzanne Perot McGee. SMU President R. Gerald Turner and Algur H. Meadows Dean Sam Holland will provide remarks at the event.
The concert opens with a nine-minute work by Jean Sibelius, The Swan of Tuonela, one of four tone poems by the composer based on Finnish mythology. The beautiful, moody music evokes Tuonela, the land of death, where a mystical swan floats majestically on the river, singing, then fading into the distance.
The MSO then performs what is considered Rimsky-Korsakov’s most famous work, Scheherazade, based on tales of The Arabian Nights. The four movements evoke the sea and Sinbad the sailor; the fantastic narrative of the Prince Kalandar, a wandering mystic; the love story of a prince and a princess; and a Baghdad festival and shipwreck.