Thursday, November 8, 1973
THE MICHIGAN OAILY
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By ERIC OSTER
The melodious nasal sound of
1000 marching bagpipes fill the
air. Scotland, yo. say? No, may-
be Pm drunk on 1000 Pipers?
Heaven forbid! No, my imagina-
tion has simply been sparked by
the array of exotic and fascinat-
ing instruments of the Sterns
Musical Instrument Collection.
To the casual passerby look-
ing for a place to smoke at a
rock concert at Hill Aud., the
Sterns Collection is probably just
a mess of brightly colored and
odly shaped mvsical parapher-
nalia. Bit to a connoiseur of mu-
sical instruments, the Sterns
Collection, soon to move to North
Campus, is a collage of the
diversity and achievements of
the human creative process.
From the turtle rattles of the
Seneca Indians to the Grand
Organs of Classical Europe, each
instrument is a unique creation
in itself. One looks through the
collection relieved to know that
at least part of our past musi-
cal cult'ire is being saved and
that modern civilization has not
completely leveled all human cul-
ture into one homogeneous musi-
Walking down the rows of old
glass cases, one wonders exactly
what a serpent in C sounded
like when Mendelssohn scored it
in his St. Paul. Does it 3ouad
like the snake it reSembles?
Down a few shelves one sees
a vielle which was popular
among the aristocracy during
Louis XIV's reign. Now we can
enjoy its memory in the song >f
Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man".
Looking back down the rows
again an Ophiclude stares back
with dragon-like eyes and teeth.
The collection however is not
merely an anthropologist's and
musicologist's gold mine, b u t
represents the collective histories
and efforts of many individuals
past and present.
The beginnings of the Sterns
Instrument Collection reads like
a good American Success Story.
It all started with Fredrick
Sterns as a small boy working
in a Detroit drug store. Fredrick
worked hard and steadily moved
up the ladder of success.
A self-made millionaire in the
pharmaceutical industry, Fred-
rick Sterns exemplifies the Amer-
ican Dream come true. But then
tired of the pressures and triv-
alities of the Business World,
Sterns dropped out (with plenty
pawnshop" setup into an ordtr-
ly and scientifically useful L-
Warner, a frugal man, who
even keeps his lights off in his
office symbolizes the meticulous
curator who passionately tries to
preserve some remembrance of
civilization's musical past.
But all the credit must not go
to Warner alone, for many eth-
er professors and students have
also helped in organizing the col-
lection. Associate Professor Ju-
dith Becker and Professor Wl-
liam Malm have provided expert
direction and skill in categori -
ing, collecting, and researching
Lew Stout, the French Horn
teacher, has been continuingly
restoring antique French Horns.
His expert craftsmanship h1 a s
turned many an old dilapidated
French Horn into a work of art.
Although many people will re-
gret the Collection's departiu v
from Hill, the move does not
for those who want to use :ne
collection, the new Sterns Buiid-
ing provides the opportunity for
more open hours than the mere
two hours a week allowed at Hill.
While the distance may be pro-
hibitive at least there is free
(efficient?) bus service to North
During its many decades .f
existence, the Sterns Musical in-
strument Collection has provided
many useful services for szhol-
ars, professors, and students.
With the new checklist and com-
puter coding of the instrument,
the collection will provide e:uy
access to much valuable informa-
Scholars and conferences like
the third annual Musical Instra-
ment Association which wili be
held in Ann Arbor have been fre-
quently drawn to the Univers-y
because of the collection whi.,h
ranks 3rd or 4th in the nation.
The collection also provides am-
ple opportunity for the public
school children to visit and learn
about our musical heritage. With
all the talk of relevancy in to-
day's curriculum, the Sterns Col-
lection helps bridge the gap be-
tween books and the culture they
And if nothing else, the collec-
tion provides a quiet afternoon
to allow ones imagination to
run wild through centuries of civ-
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of money in his pockets, if
course) and began a world trav-
el for the rest of his life. He
began collecting - first s e a
shells, then paintings and t h e
arts. In Prague, an instrument in
a store window caught his eye,
so he bought it. And this was the
start of the Sterns Instrument
After three decades of collect-
ing, Sterns donated his collec-
tion to the Univrsity in 1899.
Much of the credit for the Col-
lection's condition must go to
Dr. Robert Warner and his co-
horts who systematically trans-
formed the previous "Victorian
Sergio and Eduardo Abrue, classical guitarists
formance consists of duos and solos by Vivaldi,
sola, Granados, and de Falla.
Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
from Brazil, play at Rackham last night. Their per-
Rameau, Scarlatti, Bach, Villa Lobos, Ponce, Santor-
promotes rock special
By the staff of WABX
When Santana toured Central
America, the crowds were so
large in EltSalvatore they had to
be escorted to their plane by
the Red Cross . . . and in Pan-
ama all of Carlos Santana's
clothes were stolen and he had
to leave the hotel draped in a
lelen Reddy has cancelled all
live performances out of town
through the end of the year.
While enroute from Philadelphia,
her chartered seven-passenger
jet lgot caught in a pad wind/
rain storm and almost crashed.
The only flight she has sched-
uled for the remainder. of the
year will be to Australia .the.
Stevie Wonder won't be return-
ing to the concert stage for at
least three to f6ur months .r.at
as a result of the accident on
August 6th this year, he may
permanently lose his sense of
taste and smell. He plans to do
some of his recuperating in Af-
rica, and Asia.
The head magician of the Alice
Cooper show, The Amazing Ran-
dy has been recruited to crack
the safe at Bearsville Records.
Paul Fishkin, president, can't
find the combination, and be-
lievessthere mayrbe unreleas-
ed masters of Carly Simon and
Joan Baez as well as Bob Dylan
in the safe .
Overseas concerts of P i n k
Floyd and Rare Earth h a v e
been cancelled because the U.S.
Army in Europebdecided to with-
draw all support from mass rock
events in West Germany . . .
Judy Collins has just about
finished her latest project, a
movie. The film has a stron4
feminist message in it, and w:is
written and produced by Ms. Col-
lins for television. The special
is about her 73-year-old p i a n a
teacher, Antonia Brico . . .
The divine Miss M - B e t t e
Midler has been named the
Honorary Sanitation Commission-
er for New York City. Her face
will grace 6,000 garbage trucks,
countless trash cans, and a pub-
lic-service TV film, all encourag-
ing the public to pickL up their
trash. . .
The U.S. Court of Appeals in
Washington upheld the FCC posi-
tion on the airing of song lyrics
that might. "glorify" the use of
illegal drugs. The commission,
has given broadcasters three op-
tions on questionable songs . .
prescreening selections before air
play . . . monitoring selections
during air play . . . or making a
determination of acceptability af-
ter air play. The commission has
received few complaints about
such songs, and has never mov-
ed against any station as a re-
sult of his airing such types of
songs. . .
Alice Cooper visited Japan to
promote his rock televisionspec-
ial. He held the largest press con-
ference ever held for an enter-
tainer in Tokyo, where he receiv-
ed a present of several Geisha
girls who attended him for his
five day stay in Japan. The Coop-
er special had the highest rat-
ings for any rock music presenta-
tion ever aired oh Japanese tel:-
Cat Stevens will appear on
ABC's In Concert on November
9th. The show will be exclusive-
ly Cat Stevens material to In-
clude The Foreigner Suite in its
entirety. Several guest stars wall
appear, but names have not yet
been announced .. .
Ruth Pointer, one of the Poiat-
er Sisters was married in Sau-
salito with her mother perform-
ing the wedding . . . the wedding
march was sung by Marvin Gave,
... the song, "Let's Get It On".
mean the demise of the Colle.-
tion, but actually a substanial
improvement. Warner explains
the move in terms of security.
Frequent damage has occurred
during concerts at Hill Aud., and
the old glass cases present a da,-
gerous hazzard for onlookers. At
the new location intrusion de-
vices and smoke detection devic-
es have been installed. Further-
more, Warner points to the lack
of humidity control which has
caused steady deterioration of
many of the instruments. This
problem has also been rectified
at the new building on Bait:-
Finally, and probably foremost
People! Music! Food!
Sherry MEYERS, violin
Frank NEZWAZKY, piano
performing music by
and (of course) BAC H
Thurs., Nov. 8-8 p.m.
E. Quad, Greene Lounge
No musical knowledge neede.d
celebrate the season:
FURTHER INFO: 761-9578
at 7 and 9:05
JOHN FORD FESTIVAL
HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
This 1941 film was one of Ford's most successful. This story of the disintegration
of a family of Welsh coal miners when the coal runs out of their valley. S tars
Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowell and Donald Crisp. It won
Oscars of Best Picture, Director, Cinematography and Art Direction.
FRI.: MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
SACCO AND VANZETTI
Two Italian immigrants are framed for murder-for political reasons. One of the
most famous miscarriages of justice on record.
MOVIES-Ann Arbor Film Co-op shows Montaldo's Sacco
and Vanzetti in Aud. A at 7, 9; Cinema Guild presents
Ford's How Green Is My Valley in Arch. Aud. at 7, 9:05;
Mediatrics shows The Caine Mutiny, in Nat. Sci. Aud., at
7, 9:30; New World Film Co-op presents A Man Called
Horse in Aud. 4 of MLB at 7:30, 9:30; South Quad Films
shows Joe Kidd in Dining Rm. 2, South Quad at 7:45,
MUSIC - Bach Club presents Sherry Meyers, violin, and
Frank Nezwazky, piano, in 'Greene Lounge, East Quad
at 8, admission 50c, pumpkin pie served afterward.
DRAMA-University Players presents Sternheim's The
Strongbox at Mendelssohn at 8.
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
WED., NOVEMBER 7-SAT., NOVEMBER 10
8:00 P.M. MENDELSSOHN THEATRE
Tickets available at Mendelssohn Theatre Box Office
Wed.-Sat., 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tickets: $2.00-$3.0 Phone: 764-1085
From "The Emigrants"
dream, came the settlers'
struggle to survive.
Max von Sydow .
Liv Ullman i
The New Land ..
BEST FOREIGN FILM!
TONIGHT--Aud. A Angell Hall 7:00 & 9:00 $1.00
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The Movie that Left You Speechless
Is Back. From the "Duel of the Ban-
jos" to the Guiltful Fear of Detection,
Every Suspenseful Moment Is Back!
Where does the camping trip end and the nightmare begin...?
Quartet + Clarinet
The TEL AVIV STRING QUARTET, assisted by Yona Ettlinger, clarinetist, was formed in 1959 and
has appeared as a quartet-quintet all over Israel and in most European countries to high critical acclaim.
Their Ann Arbor debut includes the tollowing works:
BAR'FOK: Quartet No. >
NIOZAR.T:Clarinet Quin tet
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