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July 20, 1974 - Image 5

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Free (
The University of Michigan
Javanese Gamelan will give its
annual summer open-air concert
at 7 p.m. tonight on The Uni-
versity of Michigan School of
Music grounds. Admission is
If it rains tonight, the concert
will be held tomorrow night.
Since 1969, the outdoor game-
Ian concert beside the School
of Music pond has been as
much a part of summer in Ann
Arbor as the Street Art Fair
and the Jazz Festival. Each
aummer adults and children
flock to the School of Music
grounds to listen to traditional
Javanese music played on the
gamelan, the ensemble consist-
ing of hanging bronze gongs or
suspended bronze slabs, gradu-
ated xylophone-style, the bowed
fiddle (rebab), the flute (sul-
ing) and male or female vocal-
Prof. Judith Becker, who has
studied the gamelan in Java,
continues to direct the ensem-
ble. Featured in this concert
will be a guest artist, Sumar-
tono Prawirosusanto. Sumar-
tono will do the Klana Topeng
dance, or the Dance of King
Klana, an ancient masked dance
of Java.
King Klana, according to
Prof. Becker, is a demonic
king who has magical powers.
His is a dance of love and pas-
sion describing his various
moods as he thinks of his loved
one. The story is part of tradi-
tional folklore and is told in the
dance by stylized movements.
Sumartono, who will do the
dance, is currently a student of
physics as the University of
Wisconsin, but like many Java-
nese, he has danced since boy-
hood, and is an unusually fine
dancer for an amateur, Prof.
Becker notes.
The gamelan performers are
students of Prof. Becker. They
are mostly graduate students
from many different disciplines
in the University. Each per-
former has to attend Prof.
Becker's courses in gamelan
performance before qualifying
for the gamelan,. Every year
Prof. Becker gets more appli-
cations for the gamelan than
she can find places for.
"Although gamelan music be-
longs to a completely different
system of music from Western
music, it is perhaps the most
accessible kind of Asian music
to Western ears. This may be
due to the tone quality of the
instruments, which does not vio-


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Bock Rim, the group's com-
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late Western norms of aesthe-
tics as do other kinds of Asian
sounds," Prof. Becker says.
"Western concepts of melody,
harmony, and rhythm do not
properly apply to gamelan mu-
sic, which operates on a prin-
ciple of cyclic time rather than
linear time as in Western mus-
ic. Time cycles are marked off
by a stroke on the largest gong.
These cycles are further sub-
divided by strokes on the other
sets of bronze instruments of
the ensemble playing different
subdivisions, perceived as fast-
er or slower melodies.
The different instruments
playing different melodies at
different speeds produce a rich
polyphony. There are two tun-
ing systems and various modes
of composition, each mode dis-
tinguished by peculiar melodic
contours and cadential patterns.
Lacking a system of detailed
notation, gamelan music has
been transmitted down the cen-
turies by rote. Javanese learn
their music by listening and
participating, and the popular
involvement in music and dance
is much greater than in the
Tonight's program will in-
clude several perennial Java-
nese favorites. Performers will
wear traditional batiks.
The audience is encouraged
to bring blankets and mosquito

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New generation
finds C.S. Lewis

A chronicle film that equates the rise and fall of Italian fascism with
the short, dreadful, very romantic life of a voung man for whom con-
formity becomes a kind of obsession after a traumatic homosexual en-
counter in his youth. Bertollucci's cinematic style is so rich, baroque,
and poetic that it is simply incapable of meanino only what it says.
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Sando. Italian with English subtitles.
NEXT WEEKEND:;Paul Newman Weekend

WHEATON 11. (UPI) - C. S.
Lewis, he English scholar and
"apostle to skeptics and intel-
lectuals" whose death in 1963
was overshadowed by John F.
Kennedy's assassination t h e
same days, is undergoing a re-
vival of public interest in his
reflections on Christian faith.
When former White H o u s e
special counsel Charles W. Col-
son told of his conversion to
Christianity last December, he
saidtone of the reasons was a.
chapter in Lewis' book, More
Christianity, which concerned
the sin of arrogance.
"Arrogance was the great sin
of Watergate," said Colson, who
has since pleaded guilty to ob-
struction of justice, "I think
the greatest sin all of us a r e
guilty of, and it's the hardest.
one to recognize, is putting our
own ego, our own selves, really~
believing that we as individ-
uals have capacities that we de-
velop m ourselves,"
Lewis' books are getting to be
campus bestsellers, more popu-

arty books and articles publish-
ed about Lewis.
Now, Wheaton College, in the
outlying suburbs west of Chi-
cago, has become the repository
for one of the world's leading
collections of Lewis works and
memorabilia, ranking alongside
Oxford University's Bodleian
Dr Clyde S. Kilby, professor
of literature at Wheaton and a
foremost Lewis scholar, h a s
plans to build a replica of
Lewis' house on the campus by
1988 as a permanent home for
the collection he began in 1965.
Upkeep of the collectiol will
be financed by a $20000 grant in
memory of Marion E. Wade,
founder of ServiceMaster Inc., a
suburban Chicago janitorial
firm, who died last fall. Wade,
like Colson, admired Mere
Christianity and quoted from his
heavily underlined copy at sales
Kilby is working to acquire
the first editions of all works
by Lewis and his literary com-
panions, including Charles Wil-
liams, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. K.

tonight at 7:30 and 9:30
CINEMA 11 tickets on sate
at 6:30 p.m.

adm. $1

Laurence Qlivier's HAMLET
The actor who has been called the world's greatest gives his interpreta-
tion of the stage's greatest role. Olivier's subtle direction in moody black
and white expidres the psychology of ploy much more effectively than on
stage. With Eileeln Herlie, Easel Sydney, Jean Simmons and Felix Pylmer.
TONIGT at Architecture
CINEMA GUILD 7:30 and 9:30Arteure
adm. $1.

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