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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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G A large collection of devoted cinemastes and an even largei-
number of simple "movie fans" continue to make Ann Arbor a center
for film study and film appreciation.
,The finest local film institution, and one of the, area's best enter-
tainment bargans, is the University's Cinema Guild. Each weekend
during the school year, two separate programs, of classic films, under-
ground productionAs, or fine foreign films are presented at 'no profit
to the sponsors.
For 75 cents, the cinema,. addict can attend Cinema Guild show-
ings in the Architecture Aud, on Thursday, Friday, ; Saturday or'
Sunday evening. Films by Antonioni, Griffith, John . Huston, and
other great directors, as well as comedy classics by the Marx brothers
and W. C. Fields, typify the Cinema Guild. schedule.{
Another University film group is Cinema II,' in Aud. A.
Also for 75 cents, with one program each weekend, Cinema II
generally 'presents recent films of critical acclaim, perhaps, one or,
two years after they appeared in the commercial houses. This past
year, "Last Year at Marienbad," "A Thousand Clowns," and "Breath-
less" were program highlights.
! Each year in March, Cinema Guild and the Dramatic Arts Center
co-sponsor the world famous Ann Arbor Film Festival,, a showplace
for ,the finest underground film being produced today. The 'AAFF
is probably America's best showcase for this type of film.
Film programs are also occasionally presented at Canterbury
I House on Maynard St.
Ann Arbor's commercial i theaters attempt to cover the spectrum
of current releases, and they usually follow the following lines:
0 Campus Theater. The Campus, owned by the Butterfield chain,
specializes in foreign films., Recent shows:" "Elvira Madigan," "Live
for Life."
" Fifth Forum. The Ann Arbor "art theat'er," also with a number
of foreign films. Recent shows: "Battle of Algiers, .. Bedazzled
0 Michigan. A Butterfield property, specializes in big budget
Hollywood films. Recent shows : "'The Thomas. Crown Affair "The
Producers."
*State. Another Butterfield, this is the showhouse for Clint
Eastwood, Elivis Presley, and John Wayne. Enough said.. "
Fox Village. Much like the Michigan. Recent shows; "Planet
of the Apes," "Guess Who's Coining to Dinner."
*Wayside. Ann Arbor's family theatre. Recent shows: "The
Bible," "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
The drive-ins in the Ann Arbor area are like drive-ins everywhere.

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The University Musical 'So-
ciety, which this 'Year observes
its 90th season, has been plan-
ning concerts for students since
its organization in 1879. Its
founding purpose was to main-
tain a choral ' society and or-
chestra, to provide public con-
certs and to maintain a school
of music which would offer in-
struction comparable to that of
the University schools and col-
leges.
Today, the society no longer
operates a music school; in
1940 the University took over
full control and responsibility
for the school which was op-
erated by the society. But the
other functions of the society
continue undiminished.
Gail Rector, UMS director,
says, "The society is devoted to
maintaining the highest ideals
in music appreciation and pre-
sentation. By bringing the ar-
tistry of the world to the cam-
pus, we feel the cultural life
of the students will be given
an impetus that will sustain
their interest and ideals
throughout their lives. We Oim
to broaden their horizons as to
what the arts can mean to
them, and give them a new
standard of excellence."
To reach objectives of broad-
ened taste and student interest,
UMS has initiated several new
programs this year.
Potentially of most interest
to freshmen is a concert series
preview scheduled for August
25. Through stereo, slides and
interviews with participating
artists, UMS hopes to increase
.interest and appreciation for its
unusually varied program.
This year UMS is able to at-
tract 10 foreign performing
groups, to make Ann Arbor de-
buts. The attraction of a rela

tively small town such as Ann
Arbor may well be explained
by the comment of a conductor
from Leningrad.
"Ann Arbor's atmosphere,"
he said, "is most conducive for
artists to do their best. Ann
Arbor is known for its respon-
sive :audiences."
Rector feels that the good
acoustics of Mill Auditorium
are also a good reason for the
number of outstanding artists
Ann Arbor attracts.
Any previews, however, seem
more philanthropy than hard
sell. Popular with all facets of
the Ann Arbor community the
concert series is nearly sold out
by mid-summer.
Another innovation of UMS,
aimed at increasing the variety
of their program, is the crea-
tion of aMull season dance pro-
gram. Limited to several weeks
in the past, the former Cham-
ber Dance Series, has been
moved to Hill Auditorium with
a new name, Dance Series.
Rector explains that the great=
er time span allows UM S to
present groups that they could
not accommodate previously.
Among these are the modern
dance group, Alvin Ailey Amer-
ican Dance Theatre. Other
groups range from the Cap-
itals' National Ballet to the
Bakket Folklorico of Mexico.
The new dance series forms
the third of UMS's profession-
al series. The Choral Union
Series concentrates on recitals
and symphony performances
and the Chamber Arts Series,
performing in Rackham, con-
centrates on small groups --
often intrinsically related to
chamber music such as mad-
rigals.
Also attached to UMS is the
Choral Union. In early Decem-
ber the Choral 'Union will give

their annual performance of
Handel's "Messiah."
The !Choral Union, founded
in 1879, was originally the out-
growth of a "Messiah Club's
made up of singers from sev-
eral local churches. The group
now numbers about 300 singers,
including both townspeople and
students.
Any studept may audition for
membership in Choral Union. A
majority of Choral Union mem-
bers are non-music majors.
In addition to its "Messiah"
concerts, the Choral Union has
since 1894 participated in the

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annual May Festivals. This
year, as last, the May Festival
will be held in April due to the
pressures of 'the trimester
system.
In addition to concerts .Put I
on by the University Musical
Society, a student has the op-
portunity to attend several reg-
ularly scheduled events of the
School of Music. Among those
performing each year are the
two student orchestras, the
University Philharmonia and
the University Symphony Or-
chestra, and 'the world-re-
knowned Stanley Quartet.
it w allii-tt
of uueiise Work, the glee club
students put in.
Amazingly enough, less than
half of the students in the glee
club are music students, and
many glee club members don't
even read music before joining.
Duet, who is spending his
last year as director of the club,
is a- skillful, exacting teacher.
He gaiiied fame as a radio per-
former before . coming to the
University to direct the club.
But Duey's practice sessions
are so time consuining that the
club usually thins from about
80 to 65 members during: the
year. "Very few students in the
club have any other outside
activity that is very demand-
ing," Says the group's advisor,
Stuart G. Abbey.

By HENRY GrRIX
You come to College to sing
college songshe says.
Speaking at freshman orien-
tation after a slough of solemn
academics, Dr. Philip A. Duey,
director of the men's glee club,
makes his point.
But when Duey and the Uni-
versity Men's Glee Club get to-
gether to sing colle.-e songs.
they usually end up carting
away honors and applause.
The 109-year-old club, open
to any student who successfully
auditions, has gained wide z'e-w
nown during its national and
international tours.. In 1959.
the glee club was the firt
American male choir to attain
first place in the International
Eisteddfod Onusic festival) in
Llangollen, Wales.
Traveling around this coun-
try and the world are the re-
wards for the immense amount

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:Se-Iming .. .

If there is one thing in Ann
' Arbor which can be considered
unpredictable, that" must be the
state of amateur and profes-
sional t theater productions. To
be sure, the vast variance in
quality and interest of one per-
formance compared to the next
is often as great as the number
of productions taking place.
Professional theater in "Ann.
Arbor is generally restricted to"
plays brought here by the Uni- '
versity's Professional Theater
Program (PTP), under the di-
rection of Robert Schnitzer and'
Marcella Cisney. The PTP gen-
erally hosts at least two, and
sometimes' three, adifferent se-
ries of professional productions
each year.
Generally foremost among'
PTP productions are those
staged by the Association of
\Producing Artists (APA) Call-
ed by many New York theater
critics°"the best repertory com-
pany in that city, the APA
opens each season with -a two-
month stay in Ann Arbor as a
resident repertory company,
before going to -'New York's
Phoenix theater:'
The APA presents their plays
in Lydia Mendelsohn Theater,
inside' the Michigan League.
Generally, the schedule con-
sists of three, programs. pre-
sented in revolving repertory.
This season's plays are "'Ham-
let," Moliere's "Misanthrope,"
and Seon O'Casey's "Cock-a-
Doodle-Dandy."
APA performances in the
past which received particular
acclaim were a revival of Kauf-
-- man, and Mart's "You, C'an't
Take'' It with You" and Piran-
dello's , "nigh You Are."
The PTP also sponsors,' dur-'
ing the.' winter semester, the
Play; of the Month series, in
which current or recent Broad-'
way shows are presented by

national touring companies.
Some of the recent productions
have begin "On',. a Clear _ Day
You Cali See Forever," "Ma-
rat/Sade,' and ' The Subject
Was Roses."' These plays are
staged in Hill Aud.--not really
suited for theater and a less-
'than -desireable location for
the iPlay of the Month produc- 4
tions. The plays are usually
presented for a two-day run.
Amateur, theater i4 Ann Ar-
bor also c'riters: around Uni-
versity programs. The ; Speech
Dept. -, sponsored University
Flayers''is the major -resident
company, and its student-cast,
productions very widely in
quality and appeal.
Generally, however, their
productions are . a bit r behind
current developments in Amer-
icantheater, and over the past
years they have ignored the
bulk of the "major" new play- j
wrights, They also produce one
student-written play each sea-
son, and present their pro-
grams in either Mendelssohn
theater or Trueblood Aud. in-
side the Frieze Bldg
The final "regular" company
in Ann Arbor is'the Ann Arbor
Civic Theatre, a local group
manned by residents. of the city.
Their productions are not gen-
erally high quality, but they do
present a stage for amateurs
in thearea wishing Ito try their
talents on the stage.
The University Gilbert and
Sullivan Society may not fit
into the strict classification of
"theatre," but they deserve
mention as probably the best of
the University's° own dramatic
' grecss ups. All students, those who
pericim in the G&S productions 14
can generally be counted for
"top-notch entertainment. Last
year they presented: "Princess
Ida;" and this summer's pro-
duction was the Broadway
f musical, Loinel Bart's "Oliver."

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Nevertheless, eight glee club X2
performers, known as the Fri-
ars, can't stop singing and have '_.
their own unit which performs
along with the regular concerns. C lee Club (111 ul i ty through hard work

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