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The Michigan Daily- Thursday, Septen
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By Lauris Kaldjian
IF COLLEGE were all academia, and
if the answers to life's paradoxes
could be found in a text book, then it
would not much matter where on
civilized earth the University of
Michigan was located. Fortunately
college life is not that simple nor that
boring; and if you appreciate the aspec-
ts of life that necessarily complement
education, then you should be pleased
with Ann Arbor's culturally diverse
atmosphere and exploit it to your
heart's desire (and your wallet's
despair). If you particular pleasure is
music, then anticipate ensconcing
yourself in Ann Arbor's welcoming
concert halls to indulge in some of the
world's finest classical music.
The University's influence on the fine
arts in Ann Arbor is most clearly seen
(and heard) by the accomplishments of
its affiliate, the University Musical
Society. The Society (since 1879) has
been responsible for presenting inter-
national artists and ensembles of the
highest caliber and the 1983-84 season
will be no exception.
Once again the society has assembled
a star-spangled cast of performers that
titillates the musical senses. Opening
the Choral Union Series is violinist
Isaac Stern, and closing is cellist Yo-Yo
Ma. In between these two are enough
noteworthy morsels to make you a glut-
ton: cellist Mstislav Rostropovich,
soprano Leontyne Price, Leonard Ber-
nstein and the Vienna Philharmonic,
Lorin Maazel and the Orchestre National
de France, the Warsaw and Czech
Philharmonics, and the Los Angeles

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University Musical Society: Prague Symphony, Isaac Stern will perform this month.

are sponsored by the University Ac-
tivities Center, a student run
organization dedicated to providing en-
tertainment. Both organizations put on
musicals. Musket producestwo shows a
year, Soph Show only does one. For
students who want to get into the act,
up front or behind the scenes, and also
have fun these are the groups to be in-
volved with.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society also
offers many opportunities to students.
G and S produces only the works of, you
guessed it, W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur
Sullivan. The society puts on two comic
operas a year. Students participate in
all aspects of the shows. And as with
Musket and Soph Show auditions are
open to all and are usually well
publicized.
Outside of the University there are
many opportunities as well. Canterbury
Loft, located on State Street is more
than a theater. The group offers plays
that raise political and social, issues.
Because the loft is so small they often
will move to larger facilities around the
town.
The Performances Network is also
the home of a space as well as a group.
The Network produces theater, videos,
films that are politically and socially
relevant. Much of their work is ex-
perimental and avant garde.
Ann Arbor Civic Theater puts on a
number of musicals and plays in some
of the University owned theaters as
well as in its own theater located on
Main Street. Many University alumni
are involved with its shows.
For those with a car the Black Sheep
Theatre, a 120-year-old building located
in Manchester, also offers a broad
range of shows.
All of the community theatre groups
are interested, in fact anxious, for

and English Chamber Orchestras. All
of these concerts will resound in the ac-
claimed accoustics of Hill Auditorium.
Each year the Musical Society
polishes off its season with a series of
four May Festival concerts which
feature separate works for orchestra,
soloists, and chorus. For the past 47
years the resident ensemble has been
the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the
direction of Eugene Ormandy (excep-
ting this past Festival with the or-
chestra's current director, Riccardo
Muti).
Under the direction of Maestro Or-
mandy, the Philadelphians will per-
form their last Festival concerts before
they are succeeded in 1985 and '86, by
Andre Previn and the Pittsburgh Sym-
phony; the termination of such a long
and sweet association is due to the
Philadelphia's extended commitment
to touring and recording. If you will be
in town at the end of Winter Term, be
sure to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra
led by one of the true conducting giants

of our time. The May Festivals are
wonderfully refreshing, even if they are
in April.
Though the lofty wings of the Musical
Society create a formidable shadow,
there is more under the sun in Ann Ar-
bor's musical scene. Ars Musica -
America's only full-time, resident,
original instruments, baroque or-
chestra - makes its authentic home in
Ann Abor. Now in its 14th season, Ars
Musica will begin a three-year
celebration of the music of J.S. Bach in
anticipation of the Tricentennial of the
composer's birth (1685). A healthy con-
trast to the symphonic powerhouses,
their programs are laced with music
ranging from Vivaldi and Rameau to
Mozart, Haydn, and even Beethoven.
This spirited ensemble has gained a
deservedly fine national reputation and
helps us get Bach in the swing of
baroque.
Other groups indigenous to Ann Ar-
bor are the Ann Arbor Chamber Or-
chestra and the Ann Arbor Symphony
Orchestra, both of which recruit
capable local talent. The symphony
provides concerts gratis which oc-
casionally include well-known
professionals from the School of Music.
The Chamber Orchestra presents
their music in what some consider to be
a more relaxed and less stilted at-
mosphere. They perform in the
renovated, grand Michigan Theatre. On
March 31st Prof. Peter Schickele will
mislead the Chamber Orchestra in the
infamous music of P.D.Q.Bach (1807-
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1742?). In addition to infectious humor,
Schickele displays a profound musical
ability through untraditional means
and shows a superb musical wit. This is
your chance to see Bach let his wig
down.
We should not forget the very segment
of our beloved institution that
specializes in this topic of discussion:
the School of Music. With the sweeping
current of international musicians
through Ann Arbor, it is difficult not to
be spoiled. Nevertheless, the countless
concerts, productions, and recitals that
result from the diligence and talent of
students are enjoyable and seldom
trouble your finances.
Music students need teachers and
Michigan has several whose names are,
or could be, associated with the concert
stage. Though not as often as we wish,
faculty members do perform publicly
to the genial appreciation of their
home-town audience. A memorable
case in point this past year was the per-
formance of the Brahms Violin Concer-
to played by Ruggiero Ricci, accom-
panied by Leon Fleisher (as conductor)
and the University Symphony Or-
chestra.
For those who enjoy wide and varied
concerts, Ann Arbor supplies enough
material to let one major in music ap-
preciation. But such a course of study
probably would not sit too well with
your folks. Time is an unfortunate con-
straint for the student, but it can be
made.
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For information on our
current bands
call
996-8555

Theater group: A student productio
students to come see or become in-
volved with any aspect of their produc-
tions. Auditions and callsfor rtech
people are usually well publicized in the
local papers or on campus kiosks and
bulletin boards. But if you are afraid
you might miss something give any of
the groups a call. All are eager to have
you in their audience, on their stage, or
their production staffs.

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