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Zimmerman offers heartfelt show

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By KAROLYN WALLACE
If anyone can make the sun come out
tomorrow, it's Jon Zimmerman. With a
penetrating voice and a smile that
radiates warmth, this sophomore in the
School of Music sang a selection of
,heart-rending songs from Broadway
musicals in a concert for Valentine's
Day at Canterbury Loft.
A Concert for Valentine's Day
Songs from Broadway Musicals
sung by Jon Zimmerman
Canterbury Loft
Wednesday, February 14,1979
Selections from the Broadway Musicals:
West Side story
pippin
Annie
1776
Company
Also:
What I Did for Love
Nadia's Theme
Yellow Roses for Her Gown
Accompanied by Madelyn Rubinstein, piano
Zimmerman's black and white for-
mal attire contrasted nicely with his
personable stage presence. Watching
Zimmerman, who began and ended
each number with a reassuring nod of
the head, it was difficult not to feel at
ease. Canterbury Loft, in itself,
provides the ideal relaxed atmosphere
for such an intimate performance.
Accompanied byMadelyn Rubinstein
on piano, the singer appeared slightly
rushed in his opening number
"'Something's Coming" from West Side
Story. The pianist speeded up the tempo
and the two seemed to be -working
against each other, rather than with
each other. However, the harsh con-
trast faded after the first few numbers.
Or perhaps it was Zimmerman's over-
whelmingly confident voice that even-
EAKINS PORTRAIT
NEW YORK (AP)-The painting
"Archbishop William Henry Elder" by
American artist Thomas Eakins was
-recently acquired by the Cincinnati Art
Museum from the Coe Kerr Gallery
here.
Warren Adelson, director of Coe
Kerr, said the 1903 portrait "is indeed
one of Eakins' masterpieces and a pain-
ting which the artist himself termed
one of my best'."

tually overpowered any distractions.
LATER ON in the show, Madelyn
joined Jon on the guitar and the two
sang a well-harmonized "By My Side"
from Godspell. Unfortunately the lack
of interaction between the two made
what could have been a moving number
just another sentimental song on the
program.
Jon Zimmerman is best known
around campus for his lead roles in
West Side Story and more recently, in
Pippin.

Listening to the performer's soothing
voice sing the lyrics from Pippin's
musical score produced a natural high:
Rivers belong where they can ramble
Eagles belong where they can fly;
I've got to be, where my spirit can run free
Got to find my corner of the sky.
Sincerity emanated from the singer's
voice. His mannerisms, however, were
slightly stifled.
EVEN WHEN Zimmerman sang
"Being Alive" from Company, though
his vibrant voice filled the room, his
arms hung lifelessly at his side. If only
the same energy that Zimmerman
displayed in his facial expressions
could have been expressed similarly
through movement, the intensity of his
performance would have been doubled.
"I was nervous," admitted Zimmer-
man after the show. "Personally, it was
a new experience. I've always worked
collectively in a show, but tonight it was
just littje 'ole' me."
Jon Ellis, producer for Canterbury
Loft said, "We saw him in West Side
Story and Pippin and asked him to do
this. This is one of the things we like to
do here."
LOOKING AROUND the audience,
gazing at Zimmerman with wide eyes
and open mouths, it was obvious that
the singer possessed a charismatic

stage presence. The outstanding
quality of Jon's voice was his key to
maintaining a stronghold on the
audience.
At the close of the program, the
audience enthusiastically applauded, to
Zimmerman's delight, and he promptly
returned, announcing, "You just had to
pull my leg to do an encore." He con-
cluded with a gentle version of Carol
King's "Will You Still Love Me
Toniorrow?" and his usual nod.
"The sun'll come out tomorrow,"
sang Zimmerman, but the audience had
already taken that for granted. His
singing made it apparent.4

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Richter said he has "a good job"
in Ohio, but that "you just don't turn
that kind of thing (the University
position) down."
WHEN ASKED if he planned any
changes for the highly-regarded
University Marching Band, Richter,
said current practices here would be
largely respected.,
"(Former Conductor George)
Cavender really gave 100 per cent,"
said Richter. "It (the University's
Band) is a lot like Texas, it's steeped in
tradition. There are certain things you
just don't change."
He said if the Regents approve the
Music School choice, he'll have a
"tremendous opportunity" in leading

-VFriday, February 16, 1979-Page 7
id Chosen
Last , fall, .the popular Cavender
resigned after 26 years developing half-
time entertainment for football games
and band musicianship. He has
assumed a new post directing develop-
ment and public relations in the Music
School.
MOORE SCULPTURE
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill
(AP)-The Henry Moore Sculpture
"Large Two Forms" has been acquired.
by Gould Inc., and installed in front of
Gould's corporate headquarters
building here.
To mark the occasion, Moore and the
firm donated a maquette (a small'
preliminary model of the sculpture) in
bronze of "Large Two 'Forms" to the
Chicago Art Institute.

the band.

Chic~go Art Institute.

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