Wayne swell Hill with song
Aichigan Daily-Tuesday, November 20, 1979-Page 7
By PAUL ENGSTROM
No one wore brown shoes on stage.
Brown shoes would have clashed with
toe formal attire, and such dissonance
would have seemed out of place. Har-
mony, not discord, was the prevailing
theme of the University of
Michigan/Wayne State University
Men's Glee Club concert Saturday night
at Hill Auditorium.
'Wearing white tie. tails, and car-
nations in their lapels, Wayne State's
men streamed down the aisles to the
stage like grooms late to their wed-
dings. In seconds, the 43 men assem-
bled themselves on the risers. Their
hurried strides set the lively pace for
the rest of the concert.
ONCE ON STAGE, the Wayne State
Men's Glee Club began with an a
Capella selection, Bruckner's
"Troesterin.Musik." The Club was very
sensitive to the dynamic nuances in this
composition and others. Pianissimo
phrases were subtly intense and
sustained their energy. Wayne State
continued with Tchesnokov's
"Salvation Belongeth to Our God" and
Poulenc's "Quatre Petite Prieres, Nos.
One could sense the restrained inner
energy needed to sustain the intensity
of the first four pieces. The fifth selec-
tion, however, Peeter's "Jubulate Deo
Omnis Terra" was looser and more
relaxed. The change of pace provided a
The Four Muscatels, a quartet selec-
ted from Wayne's Glee Club, then
presented "Sincere" and "Lyda Rose,"
both from the Broadway musical, The
Music Man. "Sincere" gives any quar-
provided the musical excellence, but
Johnson's facial expressions as seen
from the second row added a speeial
touch. His proud gaze toward the
balcony. enthusiastic eyes, and his aura
of dignity complemented the musical
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Members of the University Men's Glee Club seen here performing in their Saturday night concert with the Wayne
State's Men's Glee Club at Hill Audito
tet a chance to caress, stretch, an
manipulate individual notes, and the
Four Muscatels took advantage of those
chances. The first tenor part, known for
its trill- "bye" in the line, "Where is the
good in good-bye?", came off im
While "Sincere" allowed th
Muscatels to emphasize individual par
ts and notes, "Lydia Rose" prvided a
quick tempo harmony. The next selec
tion, the famous barber shop tune
"Coney Island," was quick and
AFTER THE Four Muscatels sang a
rousing "Alexander's Ragtime Band,"
the Glee Club continued with a forceful
"Haec Est Dies" by Lawrence
Nuckolls. Nuckolls, a former Wayne
d State Men's Glee Club member, was in
e the audience Saturday night. In the
e next selection, Foster's "I Dream of
r Jeannie," tenor James Wilkin's voice
e was crisp and clear.
- On the lighter side, Persichetti's
"Jimmie's got a goil" sparked ex-
e pressive arched eyebrows from the per-
- formers and laughs from the crowd.
Though both are spirituals, Belland's
- more reserved "Deep River" and
Dawson's quicker "Everytime I Feel
The Spirit" provided a pleasant con-
trast. "Everytime" was sung so
energetically, one almost expected the
singer with crutches in the front row to
throw them down before the last
measure and be supported by en-
MICHIGAN'S MEN'S Glee Club con-
verted its enthusiasm into pride as they
exclaimed "Laudes atque Carmina"
by A. A. Stanley, the Club's traditional
Romers "Sing, Make a Joyful
Noise," Victoria's "Ave Maria" were
totally and dynamically excellent.
Thompson's "Tarantella" added force
while Kodaly's "The Bachelor" injec-
ted its humor.
The Friars, a special octet selected
from the Club, opened with an original
version of "In the Mood" composed by
Fijpr Alan Brown. The choreography
was' reminiscentof the Temptations
and the Pointer Sisters. The original
version, one of the most comical of the
evening, alluded to sexual promiscuity:
"It's rude to keep me waiting when I'm
in the mood."
Humor turned to melancholy,
however, when one of the Friars
dedicated "Breakin Up is Hard to Do"
to tenor David Dannemiller as Satur-
day night was Dannemiller's last con-
Dawson's "Steal,Away." swelled into
an emotional spiritual before humor
struck again. A quartet and Michigan's
Men's Glee Club sang Cunningham's
"Honey Brown": "She got the kind o'
love that'll make a preacher lay the
The next selection, Roger's "You'll
Never Walk Alone" from Carousel, was
too much of ,a cliche to be taken
seriously. One expected someone to
pass a hat and take up donations for
Muscular Dystrophy, though Jerry
Lewis was nowhere to be found.
The old Michigan songs "Go Blue,"
mellow "When Night Falls," "Varsity
and Victors," among others-sparked
the auditorium to swell with pride.
However, when Michigan's Men's Glee
Club sang, "March on to victory for
Michigan and the Maize in Blue," a
note of irony struck, perhaps a note of
pathos. Ohio State's victory that after-
noon seemed to have dulled the audien-
ce's spirit. "Hail to the conquering
heroes.. . hail to Michigan] the cham-
pions of the west" received only half-
The highlight of the concert,
however, was Michigan director
Leonard Johnson's solo in the climactic
composition, "The Omnipotence" by
Franz Schubert. The combined Glee
Club chorus and Johnson's voice
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