The 27th annual benefit concert for SMU Meadows will feature the critically acclaimed Meadows Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Paul Phillips, in two works focused on stories and legends. The concert opens with The Swan of Tuonela by Jean Sibelius, one of four tone poems by the composer based on Finnish mythology. The beautiful, moody music evokes Tuonela, the land of death, where a swan floats majestically on the river, singing, then fading into the distance. The MSO then performs what is considered Rimsky-Korsakov’s most famous work, Scheherazade, based on tales of the Arabian nights. It’s been called “an exhilarating journey of love, intrigue and adventure” and “one of the most colorful, evocative and descriptive scores in all classical music.” (Classic FM) Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for the Meadows Scholars Program, aimed at recruiting the brightest and most talented students to SMU and Dallas. For information on event sponsorship, call 214.768.4189, email [email protected], or visit smu.edu/meyerson. For concert tickets, call 214.768.2787.