SYZYGY

SYZYGY Spring Concert: Premieres

When: 
Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 7:30pm

SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of SMU, presents an evening of contemporary music featuring the premiere of a concerto by Jordan Kuspa and the premiere of a new student work for the same instrumentation, with guest violinist Chloe Trevor.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

SYZYGY @ Moody Performance Hall

When: 
Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:30pm

SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of SMU, in partnership with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, presents Steve Reich’s large chamber work Music for 18 Musicians for pianos, keyboard percussion, winds, strings and vocalists. With hypnotic pulsing and ever-changing shades of consonant harmony, this work is considered a high-water mark in traditional minimalist composition.

Price: 

$14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for students, faculty & staff

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

SYZYGY: Music for 18 Musicians

When: 
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of SMU, in partnership with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble, presents Steve Reich’s large chamber work Music for 18 Musicians for pianos, keyboard percussion, winds, strings and vocalists. With hypnotic pulsing and ever-changing shades of consonant harmony, this work is considered a high-water mark in traditional minimalist composition.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

SYZYGY: Musique Spectrale

When: 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:30pm

SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of SMU, presents an evening of spectralist music from France, Italy and the United States, including music by Gerard Grisey, Giacinto Sclesi and Philip Lasser, as well as SMU music composition alumni Michael van der Sloot and Brandon Carson. Stylistically diverse, this is music with an emphasis on musical color deriving from naturally occurring acoustic properties of sound.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

SYZYGY: 24HC

When: 
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 7:30pm

Music so new it was written last night! Meadows’ contemporary music ensemble SYZYGY, directed by Lane Harder, presents 24HC in partnership with the Meadows music composition department. 24HC stands for “24-hour concert,” meaning that composers will write music for randomly selected players from within SYZYGY between 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., the performers will rehearse the work from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Come have fun at what is sure to be an entertaining evening of diverse approaches to contemporary music from SMU’s student composers.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

SYZYGY: The Soldier and the Fiddler – Igor Stravinsky and Wynton Marsalis

When: 
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

SYZYGY presents two major chamber works: Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier’s Tale) and Wynton Marsalis’s A Fiddler’s Tale for the same instrumentation, the latter of which contains a variety of jazz and blues influences. In the C.F. Ramuz tale depicted in Stravinsky’s piece, written during World War I, a soldier trades his violin to the devil in exchange for material prosperity. In Marsalis’s version, the story, adapted by Stanley Crouch, centers around a female jazz fiddler drawn by the devil into a record deal with a producer named Bubba Z. Beals.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

When: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 2:30pm
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 2:30pm

The Meadows School of the Arts will present two performances of the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on June 1 and 2 at 2:30 pm in the Margo Jones Theatre on the SMU campus. The cast consists of music and theatre students who are taking the American Musical Theatre course during SMU’s May Term.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

Lane Harder
214.563.5573
lharder@smu.edu

SYZYGY: Faces of Post-Minimalism

When: 
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 4:30pm

SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of the Meadows School of the Arts, presents a concert of music by post-minimalist composers including music by John Adams, Ingram Marshall, and SMU masters composition student Alex Shawver, among others. This will be a collaboration with Creative Computation featuring live video processing.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

SYZYGY: The Mechanics of Mystery

When: 
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of the Meadows School of the Arts, presents its spring concert featuring the music of Gyorgy Ligeti, SMU faculty composer Rob Frank, and a performance by the Meadows Percussion Ensemble in a performance of George Antheil's futurist dance score Ballet Mécanique.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

SYZYGY: New Music for Stage

When: 
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

SYZYGY, the contemporary music ensemble of the Meadows School of the Arts presents SMU student composers Alex Shawver, Dorian Stewart, Mikayla Dobson, German Lopez, Sam Henderson, and Gillian Perry in an evening of new micro-operas and micro-musicals. An SMU Engaged Learning project, these works are the culmination of a year-long collaboration between student composers, librettists, and students in the voice department. The project is directed by SMU senior music composition and film major Gillian Perry.

Price: 

FREE

Contact: 

For more information call 214.768.2787

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