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ARTS

The Michigan Daily

Sunday, January 23, 1983

Collage concert
creates musical
memonies

By Tom McDonald
A COLLAGE is an artistic en-
deavor which integrates a
multiformity of individual fragments to
create a unified theme or concept. Well,
the University Music Department com-
posed a collage of their own Friday
0ight, from a very unique perspective.
The effortfeaturedthe amalgamation of
a variety of selections representing
many musical genres into a polished
one hour of continuous music.
The always popular Collage Concert,
an annual occasion for the last seven
years, again generated an enthusiastic
response, as listeners filled Hill
Auditorium to capacity for the free per-
formance. The concert, an annual
lighlight of the Midwestern Conference
on School Vocal and Instrumental
Music, provided a fine opportunity for
music school studfents to showcase
their talents in front of a large audien-
ce.
Commenting on the contributors to
the show, Production Coordinator of the
affair, David Aderente stated, "The
show features performances from both
graduate and undergraduate students.
It encompassed about half of the music
school who is some way were involved
in the project, almost 400 people."
The format of the well-organized
event was quite unusual. After
positioning musicians of various in-
strumental ensembles, choirs, and per.-
forming bands all on the stage at once,
the lighting focused on one group of per-
formers at a particular location on

the stage, and then after completion of
a song, switched to another group who
commenced playing with hardly a
second of silence, making the flow of
music both smooth and continuous.
Highlights of the first half of the con-
cert included the Viola Ensemble, who
played a sound rendition of Paganini's
"La Campanella" with impeccable
precision and clarity. The range of the
violists appeared almost unlimited as
they proceeded through the challenging
piece with a definitive style.
Piano soloist, Brian Connelly's sen-
sitive version of "Graceful Ghost" was
abruptly followed by the University
Symphony Band, proficiently conduc-
ted by the Collage artistic director, H.
Robert Reynolds.
The transition of songs, as one might
expect from a performance of this
nature was surprising, creating a
dramatic impact on the unexpected
listener. This feature was quite evident
as the show proceeded from the
relaxing soprano solo by Carla Conners
of "Oh Shenandoah" to the Wind En-
semble's up-tempo jazz version of Ber-
nstein's "Riffs" from the lengthy com-
position, "Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs".
The Collage Concert again illustrated
the talent and versatility of the Univer-
sity Music Department's performing
groups. The superb hour of music
surely was not enough for the musical
appetites of a packed house at Hill
Audiorium, who would have been
delighted to sit through another couple
of hours of fine music.

Records
Michael Jackson-
'Thriller' (CBS)
A story. Once there was a would-be
genius. The genius was sort of drowning
under his own doldrums for that one
smash hit. And he prayed unto the
Lord, and he said, "Give me talented
helpmates," and the Lord said, "So it
shall be done." And it was done. The
genius said, "Give me golden trumpets,
and gilded voices so that my helpmates
can back them." And the Lord said,
"You shall have them," and it was
done, too.
The townspeople loved the genius,
and bestowed many gifts praising his
work. And the genius beamed, his
voices smiled. And the Lord came to
him, and said, "What will ye do, now
that you h'ave everything and have
achieved such goals in such fashion?"
And the genius said, "Why, Lord, why
not again? Cannot the people be fooled
and chided to love me and spread joy
unto ustagain?" And the lord said,
"Lookout! "
So the genius gathered the helpmates
and built an icon to the Lord. They star-
ted at the toes, they all helped. Scores of
helpmates went over every inch of the
toes and legs. Not a square of the
stomach, torso, and head was not
touched by the genius, and his helping
horde. And the genius asked his help-
mates, "Is it good?" And the air was!
filled with their cries of "You bet!" and!
"Sure !" The genius beamed, and he
was of genial countenance.
And he said, "Lord, I have made you

an icon, wondrous to behold." And the
Lord said, "Where?" The genius said,
"Behold, it is beneath thy huge
probiscus." The Lord said, (yawn) "I*,
cannot find it, it is not here.
"What can I do?" shouted the genius.
"The Lord must see my icon." And the
golden trumpet shouted unto the Lord,
"I wanna love you/Pretty young.
thing," and the sound was that of glee
and purity, and the "Billie Jean" bass'
knocked his knee, yet the Lord said, "It
will not be enough." And the genius
cried, "What will I do, what will I do?"
There was a young man, on a rock,
there by the icon. And the young man r
said, his arm curled around a wood
nymph "You're piece of vanilla ain't
got no genitalia!" And the young man
took the numph, and "Beat It", twisted.
and throttled her pale throat, and
chewed her sinews. There then did ap-
pear the icon's sex. The genius cried to
the Lord to "See how the young man
plays!" And the Lord cried "Oh my! It
hurts so wonderfully." The young man-
loved to play his six strands of sinew.
Yet, and it was still that the Lord could
not find the icon, for the young man
quickly went away, and the cone of
silence returned, and yea thought it did
remain.
"Oh ye of little faith" sayeth the
genius, a frown upon his visage. Those
inhabitants, though, consoled, the
genius, and again bestowed him with"
gifts and offerings. And the genius
smiled therefore, knowing that he could
do it again.
-C. E. Krell

Daily Photo by DAVID FRANKEL

Bloom blows his horn

Les Bloom was one of the major jazz performers Thursday evening when he
appeared with Bruce Dondero at the Performance Network. Their program
entitled "Classical Jazz: An Intimate Evening of Living Music," featured
the premiere of a Dondero composition, "The Dancer." Bloom is the co-
leader of the Bloom-Dondero Sextet and is active in several other jazz
groups in the Ann Arbor area.

OLD TIMES

by Harold Pinter

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Directed by
Richard Burgwin

January 26-30 8 p.m.
February 16-19 8 p.m.
February 20 2 p.m.
New Trueblood Arena
Frieze building
Ann Arbor

Equus' runs in the money

A Poetry Reading
with
Bill Chown and Michael Myers
Reading from their works
Mon., Jan. 24 8 p.m.
Guild House 802 Monroe
(622-5189)

Tickets:
PTP ticket office
Michigan League
764-0450

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By Kern Fox
C ANTERBURY LOFT'S return en-
gagement of Equus at East Quad's
Residential College Theatre is filled
with serious actors and actresses.
Each member in Friday night's per-
kormance brought to their role the
disturbing intensity needed to create
the psychological tension inherent in
Peter Shaffer's play of a young boy's
obsession with horses.
Lanney Steele as Dr. Dysert, bridges
Alan Strang's demented world and the
audience's sane anticipation. Steele's
authoritative voice and self-indulgent
chain smoking, gives his performance
credibility as he enacts the emotional
psets of the jealous- ;psychiatrist,.
'ysart's fervent pacing and glowering
eyes condemned the audience to his
nightmare as he questions his
psychiatrical expertise.
It is his professional duty to tran-
sform Strang's zealous mind to perform
in a conventional mode? Dr. Dysert
contests, "Passion can be destroyed by
a doctor, it can't be created," as he
speculates over his proficiency jux-
taposed by his own passionate void.
David Eichenbaum's portrayal of the
crazed Alan Strang is awesome. The
psychological suppression of Strang's
chagrin manifested in Eichenbaum's
stare, creates an undercurrent of

sexual fantasy in the role itself.
Strang's eyes mirrors those of the hor-
ses, "staring at us, meaningless but un-
settling."
The rest of the cast is equally
professional. J. Drew Picard, playing
Frank Strand, accurately depicts
Alan's stuffed shirt father as his stone-
faced expression exemplifies his stub-
bornness. Julie Bernstein as Alan
Strang's mother, Dora, masters the art
of fingering rosaries, preening her hair,
and nervously fidgeting with her dress
collar. Bernstein's starched speaking
manner and submissive body language
fulfills every dimension of the charac-
ter.
Hesther Salomon, the magistrate who
brings Alan Strang's case to Dr.
Dysart, is played by DaleAnn Winnie.
Winnie's matter-of-fact demeanor ser-
ves as a concrete staple in the play. As
Jill Mason, Bea Hernandez portrays a
young woman who engages Alan in his
first sexual encounter. Hernandez's
carefree saunteriung about stage and
ease in smiling reflects the character's
relaxed, uncomplicated attitude. Jill
Mason, a psychologically healthy
youth,nprovides a foil of Alan Strang's
twisted personality.
Perry Perreault is exquisite as the
horse, Equus. His sensitivity to the
animal's bold stance, yet delicate
movements can be attributed to his
fruition in mime. Perrault contorts his

human figure scrupulously to match
the ennobled head and puffed chest of
Strang's deity, Equus.
Finally, director Elise Bryant
demonstrated an imaginative flare in
her staging of Equus. The smooth tran-
sition between scenes has a dream-like
quality, as the characters flowed
through and between scenes without
pausing. This ever-involving technique
produces a time warp in which the plot
progresses, yielding a more complete
semblance of Alan's derangement and
ultimate purgation.
The production of Equus is first rate.
Tonight's final showing begins at 8 p.m.
Treat yourself, this play is not to be
missed.

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