Meadows Benefit Concert Celebrates Music of Leonard Bernstein

April 19, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Praveen Sathianathan

SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present its “The 2011 Meadows at the Meyerson” tonight at 8 p.m. at the renown symphony center.

The concert, the 18th annual benefit, brings together the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, Meadows Wind Ensemble, Meadows Opera Theatre, and the Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir in revere of the music of Leonard Bernstein.

The program will begin with the Meadows Wind Ensemble playing “Prelude, Fugue and Riffs.” The ensemble will then perform “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story.” The Meadows Symphony Orchestra will start the second half of the program with “Three Dance Variations” from “Fancy Free.” The Meadows Opera Theatre and the Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir will then join the symphony to play pieces from “Candide.”

“For the first time ever, this concert will feature all four of the Meadows School’s primary ensembles – the symphony, the wind ensemble, the chorale and the opera theatre,” said José Bowen, dean of the Meadows School. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our different music groups to work together and gives more of our talented students a chance to perform on the world-class stage of the Meyerson.”

The benefit concert also honors a community leader and this year will honor Edith O’Donnell, a noted arts patron and community leader. Edith and her husband Peter founded the O’Donnell Foundation with the goal of improving arts education.

In 1994, she started the AP Arts Incentive Program to support high school students. Since the programs founding more than 9,000 students have received assistance, including last year when $14.8 million in scholarships was awarded to graduating seniors.

Proceeds from the concert will provide student scholarships for the Meadows Scholars program, which since its founding in 2008, has aimed to bring the most talented arts students to SMU.

Tickets to the concert are $20-25 for adults, $15-20 for students, and $10-15 for students, SMU faculty and staff and can be purchased at the Meadows Box Office.