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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
rtsn e rta in m entTuesday, January 27, 1976 Page Five

Antiqua concert spans
six centuries of music

By RICHARD JAMES

conducting from director Miro-
slav Venhoda as he accom-

vocal style utilized in the early
Renaissance excerpts seemed a

IT IS rare for any chamber panied them and the ensemble bit ill-advised. The conductor/
ensemble to attempt within made use of a very clear, organist was also troubled with
a single recital, to cover 600 straight tone. an inability to cut off with the
years of music; rarer still to chorus, frequently holding over,
do so with clear attention to his- All of this contributed to per- into the silences.
torical detail and stylistic per- haps their most authentic per-
iod formance of the afternoon, flaw-g The second half of the pro-
The Prague Madrigal An- ed only occasionally by an ov- into the twentieth century with
tiqua, performing Sunday aft- erly obtrusive soprano and ten- "Pragensia", a work composed
ernoon at Rackham Auditorium,: or. for the groups in 1973 by Petr
made just such an attempt with The instrumental dance music Eben. Made up of scenes of'
a program of six centuries of presented next was a delightful the ancient Prague Castle, the
Czechoslovakian music. They cross - section from the 16th to piece included numerous vocal
succeeded, however, more in the 18th centuries. Most notable and instrumental sound effects
ambition and scope than histori- was the use of their gorgeous and-made heavy use of chimes,
cal accuracy. tympanon, an instrument clear- suspended cymbal and several
Their program opened with ly related to the hammer dulci- small drums. The Prague en-
some beautiful excerpts from mer so popular in Michigan. semble was clearly enthusiastic,
Czech Rennaissance manu- The second dance, scored for about the work and performed
scripts. The selections, taken tympanon, fidula (much like a it with conviction.
from various portions of the treble viola da"gamba) and low Despite historical inaccura-.
liturgy, include both chhnt and recorders, was particularly ef cies, the Prague Madrigal An-
polyphonic motets. They illus- fective. tiqua proved delightful and was
trated the Bohemian rebellion enthusnastically received. In
against the Roman liturgy CONCLUDING the first half return, they presented two en-
which replaced the unintelligi- of the program was a "Stabat cores: Bartok's "Four Slavic
ble Latin with vernacular texts. Mater" by late Baroque com- Folk Songs" and "The Angel's
poser Frantisek Ignac Tuma. Friendship" by 16th century
THE ENSEMBLE for this por- The chorus performed this dif- composer Adam Michna.
tion of the program included ficult, frequently contrapuntal - - c w ito-----
the full eight -member choir workdith alsk oftheir previs I NAIYSEIL
SaccomTanied by portative or-:ly displayed skill and sensitiv INSANITY SPECIAL
gan. There was only minimal 1 ity although the use of the same FRI EN DS

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Wilder, is now playing at the State theatre.
CECCATO GUESTS:
Orchestra adapts well

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Oregon scores
on In Concert
By KURT HARJU

ROADSHOW

Morione.tt'es are not just for
kids. David Syrotiak has trans-
formed this traditionally chil-
*dren's art form into a mature,
sophisticated presentation de-
sianed especially for an adult
audience. Color. liqiht, music,
dance, and mime -combine into
a beautiful display of "the art
of the puppeteer." Don't miss
this rare chance to view a true
master of a unique field.

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By MATT STEEL winds. Throughout this piece the
rT HE UNIVERSITY Symphony strings played with a delicacy
.1I and clarity that they nave sel-'
Orchestra has no permanent . lrt htte aesl
Ochesa has. permanentdom, if ever, achieved. Even in.
conductor these days. With the the treacherously high passages
departure of Theo Alcantara last ihe ater variatins, h rst
year and the retirement of Josef violins maintaind relati vely ac-
Blatt this pist semester, the or- curate intonation.
chestra will be without a per-;
manent replacement until next AS EXCITING as the Haydn.
Fall. Meanwhile, it is fortun Variations had beentethe Stra
for us that Aldo Ceccato -culd? Vaitoshdben ta
be coaxed away from his De- vinsky Sympho y in Eb was not..
trait Symphony duties long I Alongside Stravinsky s entire
enough to conductlast rnday oeuvre the Symphony, Op. 1,
enoug-to.ondutrlaseivesy des rvedly, littleaten

USO made its belated c,mme-
moration with the performance

of his Rhapsodie Espagnole. THE REAL TEST of good jazz is what the musicians can do
Ravel, who has sadly been cafe- with it live-and Oregon proves itself with this recording.
Debuss y, ashon h iself, in On In Concert (Vanguard VSD 79358), they enhance the para-
this piece, to be mire. dox of their unique position in jazz by presenting a set of
exciting and flawless performances that more than equal the
Earlier in the week I was able success of their material on Music Of Another Present Era,
to sit in on a couple of rehear- Distant Hills and Winter Light.
sals and I am convinced of sadWitrLg.
Ceccato's understanding of Despite their innovative use of instruments and the originality
Ravel and the French orchestral of their compositions, Oregon seems to fit a more ,traditionall
sound. He insisted uip},n an or- concept of a jazz group than such contemporaries as Weather.
chestral timbre that was bright Report, Chick Corea's Return To Fover or John McLaughlin's

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YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT!

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night's concert at Hill Auditor- to It is usa" sms and brittle, not fat and cdgy. Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Usull wen herLion. It is usually dismissed as~ Ceccato deli with ste .ftg u
Usull, wenther s agusta student composition and a ionrusadhpl-;ni
is a guest direct result of his studies with violin runs and harp glisandi RALPH TOWNER, the group's guitarist, is the presence most{
conductor, one can expect to Rimskv-Korsakov. This sym- This is not to say that Ceccato strongly felt here. Not only does he compose most of their
hear ,moments of'confusion phony lacks formal cohesion; it did not bring out " brilliant material, but he is most accomplished soloist among them. Along
wher y th the h st g lac ois a series of dynamic l'ps and forte at appropriate times dur- with Collin Walcott, who adds an-'Eastern influence on sitar or
d iaty's gestures iuses slYcn downs. Except for the hint of ing the performance. Of course, tabla, he's capable of weaving intricate and almost hypnotic
ducts esturesg cueste sloy ragtime rhythm in the first if he had wanted to be absolutely lines against the colorful backing of bassist Glen Moore and
ensemble playing. Yet, the or- ;mv en nd the resemblance t
chestra did not seerni to have movement nt r m n true to the Ravel score, Ceccato reedman Paul McCandless as in the opening work "Become,
trouble in understanding Cec- to parts of the Firebird in the would have insisted that the Seem,
cato's intentions, third movement, few would rec- contrabassoonist play an. F-flat Apear."
His gestures were very small' ognizethsa being Stravinsky. Sarrousaphone which I hapn u ahmmbri ie ml ppruiyt xrs
Hy tsmaUnfortusately, the orchestra did to knows the Music School owns. himself and, as they are all proficient on more than two
but very clear. In fact, for the little to enhance an appreciation instruments, a wide range of notes and tones is explored through
first time in years, I was able of this work. IT WAS in the Rhapsodie that clarinets, congas, oboes, French and English horns and pianos.
to hear subtle nuances in the Unlike the theme fryrn the the woodwinds redeemed them- Sometimes, as in the experimental "Tryton s Horn," which
ceSts get i t of hten these con Variations, the theme to Dal- selves; I was especially im- features a strange and eerie mixture of reeds, the music sounds
wind sections roaring through lapiccola's Variazioni wis not pressed with the well-con rolled almost classical in its complex subtleties.
passages whose musical import heard being whistled by the English horn. The brass, whch The closing number, "Yet To Be," is definitely the concert's
belongs rightfully to the strings. auience as they left th ud ad been inconsistent througlout shining moment. Written by Towner, the tune is so promising
Ceccato would not tolerate th is.of mostly very short variations ;together to bring, this concert and uplifting that one cannot help but be extremely optimistic
Ctshowed Dalaniccola's famil-r- to an exciting conclusion and, at about Oregon's future. If the quality of this record is any
IF CECcATO does have a fault ity with Schoenberg's early least, take my mind away from indication of their growing talents, then they're more than half
he stares downward excessively. atonal style in the heavily scored wondering why in the worlJ the way home.
He sdes otm to mxces a: movements and his leaning to- Stravinsky and Dailapiccola _-_____
Hew'hr niloresin to makeclddi hscnet n
-40-- ..«. . -.-1U :,wards Webern's pointillistic or were included in this concert!

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virtue of eye contact wih his s-. -
orchestra. I suspect that part fragmented melody technique in
of his intense downward stare the sparsely scored varia'ion,.
can be attributed to the fact sThesvariations themselves are
that he conducted from minia-= studies in sound colors " the
ture' scores. score calls for such rarites as
There is probably no better muted tuba and slapstick. Jn
general the orchestra di I a fine
wayperformance of this work. One
Brahms'. lovefrpast h :is a might eet as mc rom an
Bm s oefrpn r.ia ih odels' than through his Haydn 'orchestra that took S. hoenberg's
Variations, Op. 56a. The heme, more eminent Jakobseierto
"St. Anthony Chorale" from a Washington's Kennedy (enter
divertimento for wind instru- asyngt s KnneyemrI
ments, is stated first by Brahms last year. It is interes-'ing to
note that Ceccato actually read
in the woodwinds. Friday n ght, from a full-sized score and en-
the oboe completely dormirated gaged in a bit of flagrant arm
this chorale. Iwaving when he encounte-ed
I am not accusing oboist Elen some multimetric passages.

Wally Walker, a 6-foot-7 sen-
Mitch Kupachak of Brent- ior from Millersville, Pa., car-
wood, N. Y., is playing his final ries a lot of scoring potential
season with North Carolina's; for Virginia's basketball team.
basketball team. He led the Tar He averageds16.5 points a game
Heels last season averaging last season to lead the Cavaliers?
18.5 points a game. - in scoring.
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Sudia of being a prima donna
but rather complimenting her
mature sound which could not be1
matched anywhere in the wood-1

FUTURE WORLDS presents
TODAY AT HILL AUDITORIUM FROM 3 P.M. TO 5 P.N
KAREN DeCROW
President of N.O.W. (National Organization of Women)
NO ADMISSION FEE
Feb. 3, Future Worlds in coniunction with "U of M" Values Year presents
ROLLO MAY
psycholocist and osychotherapist
at Hill Auditorium, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Admission fee-$1.00
UAC'etc .
DAVID SYROTIAK'S
NATIONAL MARIONETTE THEATRE
(This is an adult puppet show)
STHURSDAY, JAN. 29 'Mendelssohn Theatre Tickets: Aduts-$2.5
8:00 P.M. Children under 12--$1.25
Tickets available at Hill Auditorium and the Mendelssohn Box Office the day of the per-
farinance
also-Special Children's Show Jan. 28 at 1:00 p.m.
UAC Concert Co-op
SHAWN PHILLIPS and STEVE GOODMAN
COMING SAT., FEB. 7 AT HILL AUDITORIUM 8:00 P.M.
Tickets $4.00 and $4.50 ON sale Now
BOB SEGER and FOGHOT
COMING WED., FEB. 11 AT CRISLER ARENA 8:00 P.M.
Tickets $5.00 and $6.00
GO on SALE TOMORROW at Michigan Union
CAROLE KING tonight at Hill Auditorium
some seats still available . . . on sale at the Michiqon Union until 5:30. And at the door
beciinninci at 6:30.
Tickets for these concerts at UAC Michiaan Union Box Office Mondav thru Friday 1 1:00
a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more info call 763-2071
UAC MEDITRICS UAC SHAKESPEARE
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN CINEMA
starrina GENE WILDER JULIUS CAESAR
Jan. 30 and 31
Times: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 1 starrino MARLON BRANDO
Times: 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
Natural Science Audi. Modern Lanaaue Buildina. Audi. 4
Tickets-$1.25 Tickets-$1.00
UAC POSTER SHOP
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Call ANDY at 662-1838 or UAC at 763-1107
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UAC TRAVEL
OPEN For more info call 763-2146. Times-10:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m.

LAST YEAR was the centen-
nial of Maurice Ravel's birth,
but it was Friday night that the

ANNOUNCING!
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"the f narbor fim cooperative
-TONIGHT-
TUESDAY, JAN. 27
EL DORADO
(HOWARD HAWKS, 1967)
AUD. A-7 ONLY
An exciting and often very funny Western about a gun fighter
(John Wayne) who comes to help out an old friend (Robert
Mitchunm), a sheriff who has become a drunkard, against a
rancher who is terrorizing the community. As usual, the story
is simply an excuse to look at some characters that interest
Hawks, and to play some variations on themes he has been
elaborating and deepening for more than forty years. Not
to be missed. James Caan.

UAC Ticket Central located at Hill Auditorium
L'H ISTOIRE DU SOLDAT
ANN ARBOR DANCE THEATRE PRODUCTIONS FEB. 6, 7, 8

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