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- THE MICHIGAN DAILY
'A rts & Enterta inmret Tuesday, January 13, 1976 Page Five

®

Detroit Symphony flounders

By DAVID BLOMQUIST
Well, the Detroit Symphony
is back to work. Big deal.
You may recall that a bitter3
dispute between symphony man-
agement and musicians over I
pay scales forced the ensem-
ble to cancel over two months!
of the current season.
But frankly, if the Detroit en-
semble's performance Sunday
afternoon in Hill Auditorium
really represents the state of,
symphonic art in the Motor
City, the two months of enforc-
ed silence may have been a
blessing in disguise.
Sunday's all-Beethoven con-
cert, which was part of the
Choral Union Series of the Uni-1
versity Musical Society, was
the second chance I've had to
hear the Detroit Symphony
since their triumphant (?) re-'t
turn to the concert stage last!1
November. I've been disap-
pointed with their performance '
both times.
The problem with the Detroit
group doesn't 'seem so much to
be a total lack of technical vir-
tuosity (although there are
more than a few weak sections),;
but rather an apparent dearth I
of performance discipline - anI
unwillingness on the part of the;
orchestra to move with theI
conductor in anything but the
barest essentials of tempo and'
dynamics.
Arts Briefs:

Music Director Aldo Ceccato ing and expression in the pas-;
- who received notice from toral largo second movement.j
the symphony management last Indeed, it might have been a
summer that his contract would truly memorable performance-'
not be renewed after this sea- had the orchestra's contribution'
son - attempted to inject some possessed more verve than a
vigor Sunday into the orches- recording from Rick Wake-
tra's performance of two Beet- man's mellotron.
hoven staples: the Third Con- ' w
certo for Piano and the EroicaEThe ensemble's work in the
Symphony. But the ensemble Eroica Symphony was a bit
seemed unwilling to follow his more credible. In fact, the
phrasing or subtle dynamics. quick and light allergo molto
I left Hill Auditorium con- finale were quite acceptable. ,
vinced that Sunday's concert Ceccato and the orchestra
would have been no different if brought out the wide varieties
almost any other director had of tone color in the allegro mol-
been up on the podium. The to rather effectively, achieving
Detroit performers were sim- a fine blend in the final varia-
ply in no mood to follow - or, tion sequences.
for that matter, to even look up But a myriad of difficulties;

reaches down to the lowest reg-
ular note of the violin - a
register in which the Detroit's
strings sounded a bit rough.
All of this is really too bad,
because Detroit deserves a
good orchestra for the kind of
investment that symphony con-1
tributors have made over the
past decade and that the new
union contract calls for during
the next three years.
But if Sunday's concert re-
vealed any definitive morals, it
emphasized just how important
the selection of a new principal
conductor will be. A director
with the proper prestige and?
intestinal fortitude might be
able to wake up this unfortun-
ately floundering ensemble.

Interesting
Sports Facts
Ricky Bell of Southern Cali-
fornia rushed for a total of 560
yards in his first three games
this season.
The 18 National Hockey
League teams figure to travel a
total of 833,015 air miles before
the season ends on April 4, 1976.
T h e Washington Redskins
scored 28 points in seven min-
utes in trimming the New York
Giants 49-13 this season.
George Scott of the Milwaukee
B r e w e r s led 1975 American
Leaguers in runs batted in with
109, three more than John May-
berry of the Kansas City Royals

from their desks at - their marred the opening two move- Such talent ,however, does not
conductor. ments. Noticeably absent from come inexpensively, and these
And thus, like far too many the familiar allegro con briof are tough financial times in De-
Detroit Symphony concerts over was the light staccato touch troit. Yet with a cheap hack at
the last five years, Sunday's that should decorate some of the helm, I'm afraid we can-
performance was just incred- the heroic string passages. not look forward to much musi-
ibly dull: an uninspired, blase Some balance problems ap- cal improvement in the sym-
rendition of some of the most peared here and there through j phonic representative of Amer-
common meat - and - potatoes the allegro con brio as well. ica's fifth largest city.
compositions in the repertoire. The second movement, the
Pianist Gina Bachauer pro- classic funeral march, exposed David Blomquist is Arts and
vided welcome relief from the some color weaknesses in the 1nt(ertainmfentf Editor of The
spiritless orchestral perform- strings. The principal "theme Daill).
ance. She handled the C minor -
concerto without a flaw, dis-
playing thesort of crisp attacks
the Detroit's pale accompani- X.RATE D PU PP ETS
ment.
I especially enjoyed Bacha-
uer's exquisite sense of phras- not exactly, but it is adult puppetry

Getting robbed
Mary Lou Rosato of John Houseman's "The A eting Company" finds herself aloft during a
scene from Uhry and Waldman's musical "The Robber Bridegroom", to be presented in
POwer Center later this month. The New York-based company will be' in residence at the
University for the next four weeks.
Canadian Opera's Boheme:'
SA11i

Loveiy mus

By JEFFREY SELBST
I was all set to compare the
Canadian Opera's production of
La Boheme Saturday night at
Power to a delicious Chinese
dinner served in eclectically
tasteless surroundings (which
as far as I know describes the
normal Chinese restaurant), un-
til somebody pointed out how
stupid that was.
Well, how about this: The or-
chestra and the singing was
lovely, and musically the pro-
ductiao was well-conceived and
executed.
The acting, staging, casting,
and other trappings, well -
shall I put it bluntly? - made
mne sick.!

Tho
pens
pany
siste
of b
scre
jecte
pictir
La G
sible
thos
sult
dak
Expo
Bu
not
out.
tate
they
expe
faith

tPARIS (Reuter) - The Co- out Paris while workmen up.
7b amedie Francaise, France's bas- dated its home in a wing of an
tion of classical theater, has 18th century royal palace in
e set, however, was too ex- is uncomfortably aware of this. bowed to criticism by giving its the heart of the capital. The
ive to believe that the com- Mimi is. forced to suffocate in actors a taste of freedom. company will return next Sep-
lacked for money. It con- comfort, and that looks pretty The country's oldest theater tember to plush seats, air con-
d of the merest suggestion silly, let me tell you. company, often attacked in the ditioning and sophisticated light-
ohemian settings and three nast as an actor's prison, is ing.
ens upon which were pro- The casting was atrocious. loosening the players' -bonds to
d photographic slides de- Apparently the singers were the troupe. Their 20-year con- More Sports Facts I
ng somebody's opinion of chosen on vocal ability alone; tracts will be halved and their
Vie Parisienne. The impos- they looked physically nothing forays into films encouraged. George Scott of Milwaukee
mix of technology and pa- like they ought, and not a one In fact, 1976 will be a revo- and Reggie Jackson of Oakland
was unpalatable, the re- of them knows anything, any- !ltionary year for the national eage hm1975 A n e r i c a n
looking rather like the Ko- thing at all, about acting. No, theater company founded by -points.
pavilion in the Montreal let me take that back Musetta "Sun King" Louis XIV in 1680. ___nts._
D '67. was half an actress, she had The actors' will have new con- The Seattle Seahawks begin
one or two good moments. But tracts and they will be moving play in the National Football
t they cut the chorus. No, no one else, do you hear me? It back into their renovated head- League next year.
cut back, mind you, cut was' performed with the elan: quarters after two years in the
They could afford to imi- and flair of a fourth - grade wilderness. . Illinois football coach Bob
2001: A Space Odyssey but Thanksgiving pageant. The Comedie has been playing Blackman is in his 27th seasonI
couldn't afford'a necessary E in different theatres through- Ias a head coach.
nse in order to remain Mimi, lovely creature that ---------------- .---

"An
outstandi ng
event,
beautiful
and
cbptivatisnq
--Univ. of
Nebraska

"This is no
kiddy show,
this is
elaborate
adult
theatre."
-Jackson
Daily News

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ful to Puccini's conception

I'll put my strong objections
into one well-considered but
ill-tempered line: Some peo-
ple are so intent on being
avant-garde that they don't give
a hang what happens to the
art.

and in some cases
music?

his actual'

Now that I've cooled off a
bit, I'l explain my objections.
The first one is fiscal. The pro-
duction looked shabby. All
right, maybe they don't have
any money. The romantic pic-
ture of the struggling young op-
era performers is too strong to
rule them out on that point
alone. But how about putting on
an opera which doesn't demand
a lavish production to sustain
an audience's belief? Mozart
and his farces and fantasies
could yield to an impressionis-
tic interpretation, and certainly
Menotti requires no elaborate-
ness to produce.

This required the elimination
of the delicate fabric in Act
II, which consists of principall
Isingers balanced against a
chorits. It also required that M.a
3 Parpignol be changed from a
toyseller to the keeper of a
cafe. His part was changed
from almost a walk-on role to
a general factotum, the Greek
chorus who existed to explain
the story to an audience bewil-
dered by the poorly-considered
changes.
The other glaring error was
in making a unit set in the first'
place. Once the indoors has
been suggested in a unit, it is
I difficult within the same set to
1 suggest anything. It requires
imagination, which in turn ac-
quires a fix, and that must be'
worked within.

she was, looked terrified of Ro-
dolfo most of the time - I don't
blame her, if I'd seen that com-
ing at me in a dark alley I
wouldn't have waited around
for the second act-- as it is I
almost didn't -- and that's a
shame, because Rodolfo should
be semi-convincingly young and,
handsome. In Act IT, there is a
contrast set up between Ro-
dolf and Mimi at one table in
the cafe, and Musetta and Al-
cindoro at another. But Ro-
dolfo looked as old and ugly
as did Alcindoro. Something
was missing there.
Now we come down to the;
question of blame. One of the
chief culprits was set designer
William Lord, but I think Her-
man Geiger - Torel should bear
most of it. He is the General
Director, and I think he should
be indicted, sentenced and shot,
for gross artistic immaturity
and a pathetically inappropriateI
attempt to prove the company's
chicness, betraying both a lack:R
of taste and judgement.
Jeffrey Selbst reviews drama
and musice for The DAY.

Q75 MUSKET
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La Boheme is a Romantic op- ' u h otas ewe h
era, depending upon contrasts waBut the contrasd the co t
between poverty bravely borne which Mimi waits in Act III)
and foolish wealth, youth andw i minas(ntatap
old age; and the inevitably tra- is gone, and in case that ap-
gic death of the beautiful hero-pears t be n le e
ine by consumption, all of which, er ob i-iknltm
incby onsmpton al ofwhihsay that an intelligent audience
transpires within two hours. -
That's pretty hard to take by
itself, and so a literalness is
required in everything else in'
order that the compressed-time
factor might not seem too in- TON
congruous.

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