$25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $17 for students, faculty & staff ($10 discount available for subscribers)
The 24 annual gala benefit for SMU Meadows will feature the critically acclaimed Meadows Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Paul Phillips, in a concert of works by Ravel, Fauré and Delibes. Opening the program is Ravel’s La Valse, which the composer called his “choreographic poem for orchestra”; the music conjures whirling crowds of waltzing couples in an imperial court with unmistakable brooding undertones. It will be followed by “L’Air des clochettes” (The Bell Song) from the opera Lakmé by French composer Leo Delibes, featuring award-winning soprano and Meadows alumna Katrina Galka as guest soloist. Two works by Fauré follow: the Prelude to Pénélope, his opera based on Homer’s Odyssey, and Pavane, Op. 50, an elegant, short work for orchestra and chorus based on the slow Spanish court dance of the same name. The women of the Meadows Chorale, Meadows Concert Choir and Diva Dolce, directed by Pamela Elrod Huffman, will join the MSO for Pavane. The concert concludes with Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé, a lushly colorful work originally composed for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for the Meadows Scholars Program, aimed at recruiting the brightest and most talented students to SMU and Dallas.
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