Event info

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 7:30pm

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


Meadows Wind Ensemble: Showtime!

This can’t-miss program will feature music from stage musicals and a newer work, “Baby Face Nelson and the Femme Fatale,” that is based on film noir-style scoring. “Little Threepenny Suite” is an arrangement of composer Kurt Weill’s larger Threepenny Opera for a chamber ensemble, replacing voices with other instruments. “Baby Face Nelson and the Femme Fatale,” by Joseph Thalken, is an affectionate, slightly tongue-in-cheek tribute to the noir film genre that larger-than-life characters like the real Baby Face Nelson inspired. Thalken, an award-winning composer, will be guest pianist for the piece. “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” helps celebrate the 100thanniversary of the birth of composer Leonard Bernstein with an arrangement of one of his most beloved works for the stage.

About guest artist Joseph Thalken:

Thalken is an award-winning composer whose theater and concert works have been performed internationally. Honors include two Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation Musical Theater Commendations, the Constance Klinsky Award, Meet the Composer award, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thalken has also received support from the Shen Family Foundation, which included Thalken in their Musical Theater Composers Initiative, a select group, including the legendary Stephen Sondheim, that has received grants and commissions to create new works and expand the musical theater art form.

In 2016, Thalken was commissioned to write a new chamber orchestra work, “Chasing Home,” for Bruce Wood Dance Company, choreographed by Meadows alumnus Albert Drake III, and the Dallas Chamber Symphony. The commission was funded through a generous grant from the Donna Wilhelm Family Foundation New Works Fund, a program of TACA in Dallas, and was premiered last year at Moody Performance Hall.

Thalken’s musicals include Harold and Maude, Was, And the Curtain Rises, and Borrowed Dust, as well as two new projects, Fall of ’94 and a musical about the notorious classical pianist Joyce Hatto. His concert works include chamber, choral, orchestral, wind and vocal music for a wide variety of artists. As a pianist, conductor and/or arranger, he has worked with Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Renée Fleming, Polly Bergen, Rebecca Luker, B. J. Ward, Faith Prince, Marin Mazzie, Elizabeth Futral, Catherine Malfitano, Denyce Graves, Evelyn Lear, Thomas Stewart, Joshua Bell, Michael Crawford, Howard McGillin, Jason Danieley, Nathan Gunn, Brian Stokes Mitchell and many others.


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