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The Michigan Daily Sunday, January 22, 1984 Page 5
SPop goes the 'U' Orchestra

By Pamela Starrett
O N JANUARY 6, 1949, Leonard
Bernstein set a modern version of
Romeo and Juliet to music. "A novel
idea...Can it succeed?" he wondered.
"It hasn't yet in our country..."
On January 24, 1984, the University
Symphony will perform a Pops Concert.
A novel idea. Can it succeed? It hasn't
yet in our city.
When asked if such a concert will
become an annual event, Orchestral
Director Gustav Meier replied," If it's
a success . . . if people come."
This Pops concert is a great learning
experience for the orchestra. It
prepares the students for today's

professional orchestras which use
"Pops" to increase audience size and
revenue. Ticket prices for professional
"Pops" are usually steep, but this con-
cert of popular favorites is free.
But this is January. What about the
Collage concert? For the past seven
years, the University Symphony and
other ensembles have prepared a very
popular concert in conjunction with the
Midwestern Conference on School
Music called Collage. According to
David Aderente, general manager of
University ensembles, the conference
is using their own Youth Ensembles
this year.
The USO has spent this month
preparing an extensive program of

"Pops" music rather than the Collage
concert. Meier conducts the orchestra
in Strauss' "Overture to die Fleder-
mause," and "Dance of the Seven
Veils" from the provocative opera
Salome. Music from Copeland's
western ballet Rodeo will be con-
ducted by FooHuang Chen.
The second half of the program
begins with the "Overture to William
Tell," conducted by Yakov Kreizberg,
and the aria "Una voce poco fa" from
the Barber of Seville, both by Rossini.
Beverly Rinaldi will perform as
soloist the Rossini aria and Cunegon-
de's Aria "Glitter and be Gay" from
Candide by Leonard Bernstein. She has
appeared as soloist with orchestras all
over the country and with the New York

Choral Society. Due to the sensitive
conducting of Meier and the prepared
accompaniment of the orchestra,
Rinaldi is delighted to be a part of this
concert. John Phillip Sousa, the "Pied
Piper of Patriotism," concluded nearly
every band concert with "The Stars and
Stripes Forever" whether or not it was
printed on the program. The Symphony
will end their concert in similar
The University Symphony will also
perform excerpts from Bernstein's
West Side Story. This "novel idea"
became a musical reality.
Perhaps with audience support, a
successful Pops Concert could lead to a
1985 concert of quality Pops music for
Ann Arbor - free of charge.


Pretty boys
Everyone is hungry like a wolf for those Duran Duran tickets that go on
sale tomorrow for their concert at Cobo Hall Saturday, February 25.
Johnny Tarzan)
dies, at 79'

You are having your first party of the
term and you need some new music to
get everyone dancing, but you haven't
heard anything in a while that really
got you bopping. Well, one of 1983's
most danceable albums, Fantastic, by
Wham! U.K. may be just what you are
looking for.
George Michael and Andrew Ridgely
nicely mix their songs with alto and
falsetto voices. Fantastic is an in-
terestingcombination of rap and funky
rock. None of the songs contain impor-
tant or significant messages, which is,
fine because Wham! U.K. never
pretends to provide anything other than
great upbeat dance music.
"A Ray ofSunshine," their anthem to
dancing, is on side one, the more upbeat
of the two sides. It also contains "Bad
Boys," the dance chart hit, as well as
Wham! U.K.'s version of the 1970's hit,
"Love Machine." The song is basically
unchanged, except Ridgley and
Michael's voices are much higher.
Fantastic also contains a high-paced
rap song appropriately titled "Wham
Rap (Enjoy What You Do)." The song
extols the virtues of not caring what
anybody thinks and just getting out and
having a good time.
The album slows down a little on side
two, but is still very danceable.
"Nothing Looks The Same In The
Light," is a slower, breathier song.
"Club Tropicana" features crickets
and sounds like a typical night in an
SL.A. club:

You're Needed All
Overithe World.
Ask Peoce Corps Moth volunteers'why
their degrees ore needed in the class-
rooms of the-world's developing notions.
Ask them why ingenuity and flexibility
are as vital as adopting to a different cul-
ture. They'll tell you their students know
Math is the key to a solid future. And
they'll tell you that Peace Corps odds up
to a career experience full of rewords
and occomplishments. Ask them why
Peace Corps is the toughest job you'll
ever love.

ACAPULCO, Mexico (UPI) - John-
ny Weissmuller, the world champion
swimmer Who won gold medals at two
Olympics and motion picture fame as
the chest-beating "Tarzan," died of a
lung blockage, his doctors said yester-
day. He was 79.
Weissmuller, who overcameA
childhood polio and went on to win five
gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 Olym-
pics before appearing in some two
dozen. films, died in his Acapflco home
about 11:30 p.m. local time Friday.
Rodolfo Gomez, director of the
Funeraria Gomez funeral home in the
Mexican resort 250 miles south of
Mexico City, said Weissmuller's fifth
wife, Maria Gertrudis, and daughter
Linda were at his side when he died.
Weissmuller had a history of heart
trouble and was hospitalized in 1973 af-
ter fracturing *a hip in a fall. He had
become infirm the past three years.
Officials at nearby Sinai Hospital
said its staff personnel had treated
Weissmuller for some time.
"Two -or three staff members would
go to his house to treat him regularly
during the last year," said Dr. Eustasio
Ordaz Paredes, who was in charge of
his care. "He was attended by a nurse
at all times."
A hospital spokesman said the cause
of death was listed as pulmonary
edema, or a blockage in the lungs.
Gomez said Weissmuller would be
buried in Acapulco, but did not know if
services would be conducted yesterday
or today.
Born in Winder, Penn. in 1904,
Weissmuller rose to prominence first as
a world-class swimmer - he never lost
a swimming competition - and then as
the yowling, loin-clothed king of the
jungle in the film versions of Edgar
Rice Burroughs' famed "Tarzan"

The hulking, 6-foot-4 John Peter
Weissmuller was just a tall, skinny kid
when he suffered a polio attack at the
age of 9.
"My doctor said I should take up
some sort of exercise to build myself
up," Weissmuller once recalled. "I got
into a swimming pool at the YMCA and
liked it," he said. "And I found I had a
natural flair for it.
Working as an elevator boy and
bellhop at the Illinois Athletic Club,
young Weissmuller met famed swim-
ming coach William Bachrach - who
turned him into an Olympic competitor.
Weissmuller gained world attention
as a swimmer during the 1920s, winning
five Gold Medals at the 1924 Paris
Olympics and the 1928 games at Am-
He was hailed by sportswriters as the
'greatest swimmer of the 20th century
for a decade of competition that saw
him win 52 national championships and
break 67 world records.
A handsome 200-pounder in 1930,
Weissmuller was working out at the
Hollywood Athletic Club's pool when he
was seen by novelist Cyril Hume, who
was writing a screenplay for a Tarzan
picture at the time.
After a screen test, the former
swimmer became the daring, chest-
thumping king of the jungle.
Although there were other Tarzans
before and after him, Weissmuller was
the most popular, beginning a string of
jungle pictures with "Tarzan the Ape
Man" in 1930.
"I went to the back lot at MGM, they
gave me a Q-string and said, 'Can you
climb a tree? Can you pick up that
girl?' I could do all that," Weissmuller
He made many of the films with
Maureen O'Sullivan, who played Tar-
zan's wife, Jane. The last movie in the
series was in 1947, "Tarzan and the

Bad boys George Michael and Andrew Ridgley (Wham! U.K.) offer some
great dance tunes for your next party with their latest release 'Fantastic.'

The first four songs of the album
would be a welcome addition to any
party tape. The rest of the songs just
aren't as good. But Fantastic will get
.even the amost apprehensive party-
goers dancing.

And just in case you aren't having a
party, the inside jacket features the
words to all the songs so you can bop
around your bedroom singing along
with George and Andy.
- Halle Czechowski


NBC cans racist 'White Dog'

HOLLYWOOD (UPI) - The con-
troversial movie "White Dog," a
thriller about a German shepherd
trained by a racist :to attack black
people, has been yanked off the network
TV schedule in response to objections
by minority groups.
NBC this month paid a reported $2.5
million for rights to the movie,
produced by Paramount Pictures in
1981 but never distributed in American
The network planned to air the film
during the February sweeps, when
Nielsen audience ratings determine
how much sponsors will pay for adver-
tising time.
NBC officials described "White
Dog," starring Kristi McNichol, Paul
Winfield and Burl Ives, as "a well-
made motion picture that makes a

strong and anti-bigotry statement."
That assessment was challenged by
spokespersons for the NAACPand the
Black Anti-Defamation Coalition. Both
organizations saw the film as an in-
flammatory tract for racist activists
and said they feared it would fuel racist
The NAACP, in fact, objected to the
movie before filming began, prompting
Paramount to hire black consultants in
an unsuccessful effort to curb the
"We were disturbed the film would be'
a blueprint for certain groups, like the
Ku Klux Klan, or encourage the use of
/dogs or vicious animals to attack
blacks," Jose De Sosa, president of the
San Fernando Valley NAACP chapter,
said of the objections to a network

"I don't see why our society would
want to promote this kind of com-
munication when we are all trying to
live together harmoniously," he said.
Network executives refused to
discuss the cancellation, issuing only a
terse formal statement.
"After we notified Paramount of our
intention to buy 'White Dog,' the movie
was reviewed in Burbank and New
York," the statement said. "A deter-
mination was made that it would be
inappropriate to broadcast it and we
are holding discussions with
Paramount about a replacement."
NBC purchased network rights to the
shelved* "White Dog' only after the film
had been sold to cable TV services, in-
cluding the 2 channel, selecTV and The
Movie Channel in Los Angeles.

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