Meadows Opera Theatre Delays Opening Night of “Orpheus”

February 3, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Bridget Bennett
brekow@smu.edu

(PHOTO COURTESY OF SMU MEADOWS OPERA THEATRE)

Thursday’s opening production of the “Orpheus in the Underworld” has been cancelled due to hazardous weather conditions.

As of now, the Meadows Opera Theatre will open the show on Friday, February 4th, at 8 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theater. The show is also scheduled for Saturday, at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Ticketholders for Thursday night’s show will be able to attend any other performance. According to an update on the Meadow’s website, ticketholders will be receiving the “best available exchange seats,” at the performance of their choice, as same seats cannot be guaranteed.

Patrons can check the Meadow’s website for updates on Friday night’s performance, as weather may still play a role in the production.

The Meadows School of the Art’s version of “Orpheus” was written by Kelley Rourke explicitly for SMU. The Meadow’s production took Jacques Offenbach’s original work first performed in Paris in 1858 and added modern electronics and references, love scandals, and modern romance. Offenbach’s original “Orpheus” production features the Orpheus myth involving Greek gods, the underworld, and true love. SMU’s rendition also features gods and hades, but again, making them more relevant to today.

SMU’s production of “Orpheus and the Underworld” is directed by Hank Hammett, the director of Opera at Meadows. The production will also feature live accompaniment by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Paul Phillip, choreography by Danny Buraczeski, scenic and costume design by J.J. Wickham, and Lighting Design by Joshua D. Cutler.

Stay tuned for additional information regarding tomorrow’s opening night performance.

VIDEO: Meadows Symphony Orchestra Concert Features Concerto Winning Performances

January 31, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Bridget Bennett
brekow@smu.edu

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The Meadow’s Symphony Orchestra held 2011’s first performance Friday evening in the Caruth Auditorium. The concert was he was well attended by members of the community, SMU students, and friends and family members of the performers.

Michelle Merrill, a Meadows graduate student, began the concert conducting Beethoven’s First Symphony alongside Dr. Paul Phillips.

The next piece featured freshman violinist Abigail Potts performing Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane.” Potts is Meadow’s Violin Concerto champion, which won her a solo in the weekend’s performances. Potts started playing the violin at age ten; she has already won several competitions and solos, including a solo performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center with The Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008.

Potts passion for her instrument was evident during the performance. In an interview following the concert, Potts said her passion comes from God.

“I like to think that I’m giving back to God what he gave me: a gift,” she said.

Jay Moore, a regular audience member at Meadow’s Orchestra concerts, was particularly impressed with Potts performance.

“She should have a fabulous career if she pursues it; she’s great already,” Moore said.

Following an intermission, Meadow’s graduate student Douglas Stone conducted an opera overture by Giuseppe Verdi. The next Verdi piece featured a solo by senior vocalist Katrina Galka. Galka is Meadow’s Vocalist Concerto champion; she has performed in several Meadows Opera events, all over Dallas, and in Italy.

Galka also performed a work by Andre Previn entitled, “I Want Magic” from “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Her impressive vocals beautifully combined with the orchestra’s instrumentals.

“Les Preludes” by Franz Liszt brought the concert to a close with a booming standing
ovation from the audience.

The Meadow Symphony Orchestra performed this concert again on Sunday afternoon. Their next appearance is in partnership with the Meadow’s Opera Theatre’s performance of “Orpheus” in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach.

The opera’s opening night is Thursday, Feb. 3 at 8:00 p.m. in the Bob Hope Lobby of the Owen Fine Arts Center.