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} Tuesddy, October 2, 1973

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

POge Five

Tuesday, October 2, 1973 THE MiCHIGAN DAILY
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Cecca to:

Brash,

By ROY CHERNUS
It seems the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra (DSO) has found a
promising solution to urban ex-
odut - at least as far as concert
attendance goes - in their new
principal conductor, Aldo Cec-
cato.
The dynamic, effusive young
Italian endows performances
with sensitive, personal musician-
ship above and beyond his ob-
vibus glamour-boy virtuoso aura.
The DSO and Detroit's lethar-
gic music scene in general can
well use Ceccato's brash, ambi-
tious ideas. He is foremost out
to add the DSO to America's cur-
rent "big five" orchestras. Judg-
ing from the ensemble's first dis-
play under Ceccato in Ann Arbor

lest Sunday, he has a formid-
able task cut out for him.
The symphony has a ways to
go before it can adequately mir-
ror Ceccato's compelling fervor
and interpretative eloquence. On
the podium, he bristles with
electricity, flaying the air around
him like a samurai swordsman.
The program's selections turn-
ed out to be a sort of musical
Rorschach of Ceccato, emphasiz-
ing his youthful dynamism and
sensitivity.
Victor de Sabata's tone poem
Juventus (Youth) is not encoun-
tered much these days, although
it was widely known and ex-
pounded during the 1920's by the
likes of Toscanini, Richard
Strauss, Frederick Stock, and

Sabata himself. Now C
the work's chief propor
bata's accomplishment
ductor was so impress
h i s compositional ac
ments were all but ecli
Juventus is clearly clos
cato's heart - and he r
accordingly, revelling
Straussian volatility of r
diversity of tone color
Ceccato seems to identif
ly with his late Italian
triot, musical mentor,
er-in-law, Sabata. The
of Strauss' lush orchestr
luminating a vivid prog
prominent in this work
the bold fantasies and
tions of youth.
Ceccato's interpretativ

dynamic
eccato is ation is along these late 19th cen- be b
nent. Sa- tury traditionalist lines of intense that
as a con- personal expression and high- inspi
sive that lighted contrasts for maximum isha
complish- effect. ally
psed. This is also the Shostakovich ter
se to Cec- Symphony No. 1 Ceccato render- from
enders it ed, enormously successful as a play
in the 19 year-old conservatory piece In
nood and brimming with infectious youth- hibit
palette. ful capriciousness, vitality, and feels
y strong- introspection. senti
compa- However, the orchestra's short- liter
and fath- comings were far more appar- item
influence ent in Symphony No. 1 than in com
ations il- Juventus. In Shostakovich's sym- Dvor
;ram are phonic works (especially this lud
depicting one), the sonoral textures are 20th-
tribula- largely based on a gauze of ex- Th
pansive string chords which cato
ve orient- brass, winds, and piano pierced jazz
with incisive, dissonant themes. Mair
The DSO strings were anemic to pi
in this role and basses nearly in- icall
audible where ponderous, fore- zart
boding passages should have his
been. The high-pitched drama able
and urgency of the music were sens
essentially present but paled by stan
strained climaxes and a less than work
polished sense of ensemble. Th
In the case of Paganini's" de- cato
monical Violin Concerto No. 2, ing
only soloist Franco Gulli could seas

conductor

blamed with a performance
sounded more dutiful than
ired. The lack of any fever-
abandon reduced the technic-
torturous work to a dry mas-
class etude - a far cry
the almost supernatural dis-
s Paganini made of it.
programming, Ceccato ex-
s a romantic orientation. He
most strongly about pre-
ing neglected works of past
ature. Some high priority
s on Ceccato's list include
plete symphonic outputs of
rak, Bruckner, Brahms, in-
ing choral works), and the
-century works of Bartok..
hough European-trained, Cec-
is well-versed in American
and regards its study highly.
Vtaining that "jazz is harder
ick up a feeling for (rhythm-
y) than, for instance, a Mo-
sonata," Ceccato considers
jazz experience an invalu-
aid in developing rhythmic
itivity and deeper under-
ding of many contemporary
ks.
ie most intriguing of Cec-
's plans are those for institut-
operatic activity into DSO
ons - something virtually

nonexistent in
life.

Detroit's musical

This would not consist of full-
scaled staged productions but
rather semi-staged productions in
concert-oratoria form with cos-
tumes and cinematic projections.
The theatrical essentials would
be conveyed in a symbolic man-
ner of expression and the music
emphasized (with most produc-
tions just the reverse is true).
Of course, Ceccato realizes the
limitations, "You cannot present
works on the order of La Traviata
in this way," he says, "but oth-
ers like Ravel's L'Enfant et les
Sortileges and Beethoven's Fide-
lio could be done." This very
well be the most viable way of
presenting opera on a wide-
spread, sustained basis with fi-
nancial requirements and corres-
ponding ticket prices spiralling.
But alas, it will be awhile be-
fore Detroit sees Ceccato on a
resident basis, for he has engage-
ments in Berlin with the Radio
Symphony and in Paris to con-
duct a new "Boheme" in the
meantime.
ann arbor civic theatre
presents an
Ating Workshop
directed by LIZ JELINEK
Improvisation, Movement,
Characterization, Voice
and Diction
Every TUESDAY evening at 7:30
201 MULHOLLAND
All levels-Free--informal
662-9405 for info.

Spirit's LP swims;
Roacho's Chits' sink

Spirit is the California band
whose drummer served as a
fither figure for millions of neu-
rotic rock fans in the late 60's.
The band's habit of sandwiching
two outstanding songs among
eight or ten mediocre ones on
each album makes them easy
prey for the "Greatest Hits" re-
packagers.
And The Best of Spirit (Epic
KE 32271) is an almost idea col-
lection of every exciting and
mysterious tune that the group
came out with in their fairly
lengthy career. The "topical ly-
rics" that the liner notes boast
about seem mildly juvenile in the
context of 1973, but the songs
are all still good ones.
-Tom Olson

Daily Photo by KEN FINK

Aldo f Ce('at o

El Roacho's facetiously titled
r'lbum The Best of El Roacho's
Biggest Hits should be noted in
rock annals for two reasons: the
producing debut of Steve Katz,
formerly of Blood, Sweat &
Tears and the Blues Project; and
the inconsistency of the band it-
self.
Most of the group's songs are
rockers which do not generate
enough flow or excitement to
merit the identity of pure Rock
and Roll. The inconsistent mello-
tron balancing and other devices
seem out of place.
Katz does a fairly decent job
behind the board,
The organ and piano work by
group member Hugh Laravea,
quite adept when not undermix-
ed, provides a sunny spot for
the album. Writer guitarist Edd
Lively III (whew!) shows sparks
of storytelling ability and plays
a stinging guitar.
With a little more enthusiasm
and different arrangement, this
group could definitely reach a
higher level of musical quality.
-Tom Kippert

TONIGHT! October 1st-ONLY!

7&9 p.m.

JANE FONDA and DONALD SUTHERLAND in
KLUTE
An exceptionally fine film and Fonda's best performance

will be held on WEDNESDAY-10:00 a.m.-9 p.m.
THURSDAY -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
DO DROP IN AND VISIT US.

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6:00 2 4 7 News
9 Andy Griffith
56 Zoom
50 Gilligan's Island
6:30 2 CBS News
4 NBC News
7 ABC News
9 1 Dream of Jeaunua
50 Hogan's Heroes
56 In Days of Awe
7 :002 Truth or Consequecue
4 News
7 To Tell the Truth
9 Beverly Hillbillies
50 Mission;ipossblie
56 The Church Today
7:30 2 what's My Line?
4 Bp Schembechier
7 New Price Is Right
9 Bewitched
56 Yesterday's Headlines
5:00 2 Maude
4 America
7 Temperatures Rising
9 Starlost--Science Fiction
Debut
56 Lorraine Hansberry
Special: "To be Young, Gifted
and Black"
I||

50 Night Gallery
8:30 2 Hawaii Five-O
7 Movie-Thriller
"Isn't it Shocking?"
50 Merv Griffin
9:00 4 Magician-Drama
Debut
9 News
9:30 Hawkins-Crime Drama
9 Front Page Challenge
56 Arthur Prysock
Music-Debut
10:00 4 Police Story-Crime Drama
Debut
7 Marcus Welby, M.D.
9 To Be Announced
59 Perry Mason
56 To Be Announced
11:00 2 4 7 News
9 CBC News
50 One Step Beyond
11:30 2 Movie
-'The Lawyer" (1970)
4 Johnny Carson
7 24 Dick Cavett
9 News
5( Movie
*"TheCharge at Feather River"
'1953)
12:00 9 Movie-Mystery
"A Study in Terror." (English
1963)
1:00 4 7 News
1:4.5 2 Movie
'05 117-Mission for a Killer."
(French 1966)
3:15 2 News

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3
6
6:30
7:30
11

ICU LTURECA LENF.D AR
FILM--Ann Arbor Film Co-op presents Paula's Kiute in Aud.
A tonight at 7 and 9; Cinema Guild features Cline's The
Bank Dick in Arch. Aud. at 7 and 9:05; Women's Studies
Films presents Profiles in Courage, Ann Hutchinson in
UGLI Multi-purpose room at 7:30; New World Film Co-op
screens Perry's Play It As It Lays in MLB Aud. 3 at 7:30
and 9:30 p.m.
POETRY-Extension Service and English dept. present C. K.
Williams reading his poetry in MLB Aud. 4 at 4:10.
IN MEMORIUM-Homage to Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), win-
ner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971, whose death
in Santiago, Chile last week paralleled that of his friend,
Salvador Allende, 8 p.m., lecture room 2 MLB.
UPCOMING CONCERT TIP-Bonnie Raitt performs in a
benefit at Hill Aud. Oct. 13, 8 p.m. for Ann Arbor Drug
Help, Ozone House, and Community Center Project. Tic-
kets at Union.

Progressive
lolkfRockProgressive
News/Sports
This Week in Sports
,Jazz Blues
Progressive

TOMORROW EVENING-Antonioni's BLOW UP
THURSDAY EVENING-Fellini's ROMA
ALL SHOWINGS IN AUD. "A" ANGELL HALL--$1
tickets for all of each evening's performances on sale outside the auditorium at 6 p.m.

The University of Michigan
Artists and Craftsmen Guild
PRESENTS:

Morning Show
9 Rock

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the Community Arts & Crafts Pair

WHERE?

Farmers' Market, Ann Arbor

WHEN? Sunday, October 7,1:00-7:00 p.m.
WHAT? 100 Artists and Craftspeople
demonstrating and selling their work
WHO? Open to everyone, no admission charge
This will be the Guild's last outdoor show of the 1973 season. One
hundred artists and craftspeople from all over Michigan will be at
the Farmers' Market to sell their work. Come to the fair to learn as
well as to buy, because each participant will be demonstrating
their techniques. Come watch the potters at their wheels, the
weavers at their looms, and the artists at the easels. We will also
have five booths set aside for free craft lessons.
The guild will also be selling craft supplies at a discount at the fair.
Artists and craftspeople interested in participating
esh nntact the Guilr nffice at 668-7884 or 662-

GRAFFITI
CRAFT STORE
in the U-CELLAR
Basement Floor,
Michigan Union
HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 3:00-9:00 p.m.
Sat. & Sun. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Come visit the Graffiti
craft store located in
the U-Cellar, basement
of the Michigan Union.
The store sells arts and
crafts work made by
U of M students and
Guild members.
Keep us in mind the
next time you wish to

Dancing Room Only

The Ballet Repertory Company of the American Ballet
Theatre is the opening attraction of our 1973-74 dance
presentations in the Power Center. These twelve young,
talented dancers from New York will present their
widelv acclaimed nerformances in two different pro-

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