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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, May 22, 1979-Page 7
'Intra'-ducing a mellifluous wind ensemble
By JEFFREY SELBST place. This group needs to work on spoken of too highly. A split-second titudes of the School of Music, from
Sudience for Intradad, a woodwind balance. It is a question of politeness; sense, evidenced in the Mozart, but which all five hold performance
hamber g oup which performed obviously, they tried vainly to keep out heard to even greater effect in the degrees. Whether this bent exists at all
everal shor works Sunday afternoon of one another's way, and usually suc- Schuller and the Francaix, marks the is the question. True, three of the four
the Michigan League, was nicely- ceeded. musicians as five who are truly in tune composers chosen for Sunday's
ressed and well-behaved. So was the Carl Daehler, ace hornist, seemed so with one another. Tone, clarity-these program are still living, but none of the
erformance. concerned with this that during the things can be ironed out, balanced, per- three works are terribly daring or even
Intrada, comprised of Nancy Waring Francaix Quintette (the third work on fected. But if a group simply doesn't adventurous pieces of music. There is a
flute, Carolyn Hohnke on the oboe, the program), he stepped so completely click, doesn't hear the music in the large body of wind music that is seldom
a deVries on clarinet, Erik Haugen out of the way that at times he sounded same way or with the same kind of ear, played in public, from all eras. Perhaps
bassoon and Carl Daehler on french muffled, as though playing in a nearby no unity is possible. Intrada can see its way to exhuming
nraeplayedsacdistinctly modern group closet. Carl Daehler mentioned to me that some of these lovely old works. That
works, with a deferential nod at the During the program, which also in- the group had been chided for playing would seem to be more adventurous
assics via the inclusion of the opening cluded Gunther Schuller's Suite and so much "contemporary" music, and than trotting out the same old twen-
Eugene Bozza's Scherzo Opus 48, one that complaint is problematic. If true, tieth-century showpieces. Just a
problem became clear-Intrada as a that would be in keeping with the at- thought.
whole needs a more consistently clean
sound. Individually, the musicians are
superb artists; collectively, they oc-
casionally slip into muddy-sounding Now Showin, Campus Area B =t..rf.e.. . Theatres
squabbling and produce an indistin- "* *** ----- -M
umber, Mozart's Divertimento No. 11 ctive sound. MONDAY NIGHT IS ADULTS FRI., SAT., SUN.
251. This piece, in four movements, The group's fuzzy moments are WEDNESDAY IS "GUEST NIGHT" EVE. j HOUDATS$3.S0
ontains some rather typical Mozar- really rather few, though-the second "BARGAIN DAY" TWO ADULTS M9.ThUE.EVE. $3.00
an melodic material as well as some movement of the Schuller and the third $1.50 UNTIL 5:30 ADMITTED FOR THE rot MATIhcEdS$2.o0
redictable sonorities. The group rose of he Francaix come to mind. But In- PRICE OF ONE . tIWTD 14 $1.50
the occasion, giving a creditable trada is clearly capable of a rich tone, a . ..
ad-through of the material. The warm sweet sound, which it displayed
usicians sense of timing is superb, (paradoxically) also in the third
eir attention to the detail of such a movement of the Francaix, as well as
nall-scale work unfailing. throughout the Mozart. .[ [
The flute and the clarinet engaged in So, if it has a weakness in some
attle during the allegro molto regard or other, Intrada also has some '
ovement; just when the clarinet ap- marvelous strengths: a superb sense of MON, TUE, THUR, FRI MON, TUE, THUR, FRI7:30-9:30
eared to have won, the second fun, a rapport with the music necessary 7:30-9:40 SAT, SUN, WED
ovement (andantino) happened along to any really great performing group. SAT, SUN, WED 1:30-3:30-5:30-7:30-9:30
id the flute put the clarinet back in its Also, the group's timing cannot be 1:30-4:30-7:30-9:40 THEY ARE AN
AMERICAN DYNASTY.
l r .r~r a e israel.bound ""- -.On----an i'heri

While summer weather does mean
somewhat fewer stage offerings, there
is still a healthy spread of plays coming
up over the next three months.
Following is a list of the productions
that have been announced:
The Professional Theater Program,
as always, offers four plays in reper-
tory, beginning July 13. Shakespeare's
Much Ado About Nothing leads off,
provides a nice change from the usual
Bard-less summer. Wedding Bahd, a
predominantly black show by Alice
Childress is next, followed on Sunday,
July 15 by two openings-Noel
Coward's Hay Fever, and Ah, Wilder-
ness, Eugene O'Neill at his lightest and
most optimistic.
ON MAY 31, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
will open Stephen Sondheim's cynical
Follies in the Power Center, a big step
up from the local company's usual
Mendelssohn productions.
MUSKET will bring Ann Arbor its
first original show in some four years
during the July 6 weekend. The
musical's big opening is in the fall, but
the authors want to give it a sort of out-
of-town tryout, to be staged in the
Union.
Arbecoll Theatrics, a new company
in town, will stage the shamelessly im-
mortal Fantasticks in June, Over the
Rainbow (a musical revue) in July, and
Butterflies are Free, the inspiration for
the popular movie, in August. All three
shows open during the first week of
their respective months.

Andrew Mendelson, a teacher and
director in the University's Speech
Department until recently, has moved
on to the opera world. He will be direc-
ting an Israel National Opera produc-
tion of Carmen starting June 30. The
opera will star Metropolitan Opera
mezzo-soprana Joann Grillo.
Mendelson directed PTP's She Stoops
to Conquer last fall and the Women's
caucus presentation of Out of Our
Father's House in April.

SUMMERTIME '79
a program of fun for children
ages 2 to 10 years
(daily 7:30 am to 5:30 pm)
Clonlara Register now
1289 Jewett for all or part
Ann Arbor of summer.
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