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By Gordon Jay Frost
T HERE'S MORE classical music to
be heard in Ann Arbor than there is
in any other town in Michigan, much of
it unparalleled in the nation.
Ars Musica is perhaps the best
example of a classical musical ensem-
ble that is regularly overlooked by
students. Based in this city, the group is
America's only full-time, original in-
struments, baroque orchestra. Ars
Musica has received world-wide ac-
claim for its unique interpretation of
the works of Vivaldi, Rameau, Mozart,
Hayden, and Beethoven. Periodically,
the ensemble presents a mind boggling
evenings-worth of incomparable
listening as they perform all six of Bach's
Brandenburg Concertos.
On the lighter side, the Comic Opera
Guild and the Gilbert & Sullivan Society
produce works designed to both in-
trigue and entertain. While the Comic

Orchestras: More than a big band.
Opera troupe produces light-hearted
fare from a number of composers, the
Gilbert & Sullivan Society naturally
sticks to its namesakes with operetta
such as H.M.S. Pinafore, Pirates of
Penzance, and The Gondoliers.
There are two classical organizations
that rely purely on community talent.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
holds concerts in some of the town's*
larger halls and will perform three
times this fall at the Power Center. The
Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra usually
presents itself in the Michigan Theater,
sometimes to accompany a silent film
as was done in the very early 1900s. And

once a year, Professor Peter Schickele
usually leads the Chamber Orchestra in
the intricately hilarious music of
P.D.Q. Bach.
One of the most interesting ways to
see good music, both classical and
modern, is through the University's
School of Music. Recognized nation-
wide as one of the finest training groun-
ds for musicians, there is a wide selec-
tion of concerts offered the entire
calender year.
If your budget is particularly tight,
you can still get the musical education
of a lifetime by attending the free
recitals given by students and teachers
to hone their talents. Additionally,
many intra-University ensembles
regularly perform throughout the cam-
pus. The University Symphony Or-
chestra, the Percussion Ensemble, the
Musical Theater Program, and others
present musical programs almost
every day of the week. A schedule of
School of Music concerts is available or
you can find out upcoming shows by
calling 764-0583.
The University Musical Society has
provided a constant stream of concerts

from the finest classical artists in the
world since 1879. This year's program
will feature some regular favorites as
well as many Ann Arbor debuts.
'Among the symphony orchestras ap-
pearing will be the Chicago, Cleveland,
Atlanta, Prague, Royal Philharmonic
conducted by Yehudi Menuhin, and the
National Philharmonic conducted by
Hakan Hagegard, Vladimir Ashkenazy,
Viktoria Mullova, and Paul Badura-
Skoda. The Guaneri String Quartet will
return to begin performances of the
Beethoven quartets. On a more
theatrical level, the Western Opera
Theater will perform as well as Royal
Winnipeg Ballet, the American Ballet
Theater II, and Balletap USA. If you
can't find enough music to satisfy your-
self in this program, you better transfer
to another college.
Located on the first floor of the Bur-
ton Memorial Tower, the University
Musical Society is always ready to help
you. But buy your tickets early. Their
concerts, and those of the other
classical groups in Ann Arbor, are ones
you can tell your children about.

Commercial cinema: Entertaining the masses.

Lots of'
theaters
for films
By Susan Makuch
WELL, THEY have McNuggets,
don't they? Why shouldn't Ann
Arbor have McCinema? This sleepy
college town used to have only three
movie theaters, but what with slicing
theaters down the middle and the
mall's multi-theaters, we can now boast
of 15 showcases for commercial
cinema.
What the theaters make up for in
quantity, they appear to lack in quality,
though it may be unfair to compare
Porky's, Where the Boys Are, and Har-
dbodies to the campus film societies
showings of Casablanca and Grand
Illusion.
The Ann Arbor Theater (210 S. 5th
Ave.) generally books some of the more
interesting movies available. Foreign
films such as Carmen, Entre Nous, and
La Balance, limited-release pictures,
and special showings like Koyanisgati
and The Trouble With Harry, regularly ,
play for a week or two. Though both sides
of this twin theater are rather small the

variety of the product puts it far above
the city's basic fare.
Our local suburban-styled mall
recently increased its theaters to seven
in number. The Movies at Briarwood
(Briarwood Mall), isn't known for its
cinematic taste - on any given week-
day they'll be showing an academy-
award winner right next to Cannonball
Run H. But that's the kind of scheduling
that made this country great. The only
sour notes are the small screens, the
sticky floors and the distance from
campus.
Runner up for the most-theaters-
under-one-roof category is the once
grand State Theater (231 S. State). This
former movie palace was sliced ver-
tically down the middle and horizon-
tally right under the balcony to make
four cozy theaters. The State often gets
some of the better current films but is
more noteworthy for its midnight
shows. Every Friday and Saturday,
night at 12 p.m., it generallly shows
two semi-cult films like Apocolypse
Now or 2001, a triple-X double feature,
and Harold and Maude. That black
comedy has been playing in Ann Arbor
for so long that it may soon be made a
University distribution requirement.
The best campus area theater is -
what else - the Campus Theater (1214
S. University). With its large screen
and ample auditorium, the Campus
tends to show a single blockbuster
movie for several months at one stret-
ch. E.T. and Return of the Jedi both
played there from late May until well
into the fall term. Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom will undoubtedly give
that record a run for the money.

There are two other theaters in town,
but both are far enough off the beaten
path to make transportation
troublesome at best. The Wayside
(3020 Washtenaw) is perhaps bigger
and more comfortable than the Cam-
pus, but its location makes it a rare stop
even for devoted movie patrons.
Likewise, the Fox-Village Theaters
(Maple Village Shopping Center) may
get some good first and second run pic-
tures to show in its four-theater com-
plex, but you're going to have to
carefully plan your trip out there.
What with the campus film societies
screening old and foreign classics and
the commercial theaters dishing out the
best and worst of the current selection
of movies, Ann Arborites have a
tremendous choice for their silver-
screen entertainment. Compared to
almost any other college town, it's the
choice of a lifetime.
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