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Gewandhaus

brings

tradition to

Hill

By Bob King
The Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leip-
zig will bring its tradition and magic
tonight and tomorrow with its perfor-
mance of several of Europe's great
compositions.
The orchestra's unique title, taken
from the imposing structure that
housed scores of Leipzig's finest linen
merchants in the 18th Century, was
adopted in 1781 when the Gewandhaus
became the group's permanent
residence.
The musical roots of Leipzig,
' however, reach back into the early
Renaissance, and blossomed in the late
17th Century with the creation of the
Collegium Musicum (an erudite Greek
appellation for "College of Music") by
Georg Telemann.
The Collegium was taken over in 1729
by J.S. Bach, and 15 years later,
through donations from the citizens of
Leipzig, its musicians formed Ger-
many's first professional orchestra.
This ensemble was the precursor of
today's standard professional or-
chestra, and introduced a formal con-
cert atmosphere that is now taken for
granted.
Through nearly two and a half cen-
.turies, the Gewandhaus has remained
connected to its roots: Over 85 percent
of its current members have been

trained at the Leipzig College of Music.
The orchestra's strong ties with its
past, however, has not hindered its role
in the evolution of its art. The Gewan-
dhaus' celebrated array of music direc-
tors has made ensemble a leading in-
novator in Western music.
It was one of the Gewandhaus' more
famous music directors, Felix Men-
delssohn Bartholady, who was one of
the pioneers of the policy of featuring
works of past composers. This was, at
the time, a nervy idea, but his efforts
began the revival of the then "passe"
canon of J.S. Bach.
Another innovation of Mendelssohn
was his manner of leading the or-
chestra from the podium, rather than
the keyboard. He was the first such
maestro for the Gewandhaus, and an
early representitive of the interpretive
and unifying conductor who is now the
hallmark of the twentieth century sym-
phonic performances.
Even aside from Bach and Men-
delssohn, the Gewandhaus can boast in
its music directors the finest of German
talent: Richard Wagner, Gustav
Mahler, Bruno Walter, and Richard
Strauss all shared part of their careers
with Leipzig. As guest conductors, the
Gewandhaus also has attracted such
masters as Brahms, Berlioz, Grieg,
Schumann, and Tchaikowsky.
The present conductor of the Leipzig

orchestra and conductor of tonight and
tomorrow's performances is maestro
Kurt Masur. As have most of his
musicians, Masur persued his studies
at Leipzig's College of Music.
Originally trained as a pianist, Masur
began to study conducting while at the
college. Upon graduating he quickly
moved from a position as orchestra
coach of a small town theater to
Kapellmeister of the Leipzig opera
theater, and in 1955, became conductor
of the Dresden Philharmonic.
Masur returned to opera in 1958 as
General Director of Music of the
Mecklenburg State Theater, and rose in
two years to Senior Director of Music at
Berlin's Komische Oper. His tours
with this prestigious group did for
Masur's reputation what the New York
Philharmonic did for Bernstein's, or
what Michael Jackson did for Gerome.
From Berlin, he returned to the
Dresden Philharmonic as Chief Con-
ductor, ascending to his present
position with the Gewandhaus in 1970.
Masur's first U.S. appearance was as
a guest conductor with the Cleveland
Orchestra in 1974, the year of his first
U.S. tour with the Gewandhaus. This
year marks the fourth time that the en-
semble has toured the U.S. with Masur,
each soujourn generating sheets of
warm reviews from the critics. On

their last U.S. tour, one critic described
them simply as "an immensely ex-
pressive group of musicians who play
with love and involvement." Though
perhaps not exceeding their American
counterparts in sheer virtuosity, these
musicians of Central Europe are
developed in the atmosphere of cen-
turies of illustrious tradition, giving
their interpretations an almost filial
richness that escapes exact descrip-
tion.
No less stirring performances are
expected here. Tonight's concert will
feature Bruckner's Seventh Symphony
and Beethoven's rich Symphony No. 1.
Friday's program is equally spec-
tacular, beginning with Beethoven's
epic Third Symphony in E flat major
("Eroica"). The second symphony will
be a work of the Gewandhaus' Felix
Mendelssohn, his romantic Fourth in A
major ("the Italian"). The arrival of
Mendelssohn's own orchestra to per-
form his score promises to bear the
magic of Dickens, for example,
showing up in Ann Arbor for a reading.
Tickets are still on sale at Burton
Tower, and Student Rush Tickets will
be available for all remaining seats at
$5.00 each between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m.
today only.

Music director Kurt Masur conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig
tonight and tomorrow night at Hill Auditorium.

-...

Reagan sets

new term agenda

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But he has said he expects to increase
revenues, both through growth and
through an overhaul of the tax system,
to help reduce government red ink.
Although he has given few clues to his
plans for a second term, Reagan's ap-
proach to the tax issue can be gleaned
by piecing together several of his
recent remarks about taxes and a study
he ordered last spring on ways to sim-
plify the federal income tax system.
That study is due at the White House

next month and is expected to contain
proposals for implementing a modified
"flat tax," a system with few brackets
requiring those with higher incomes to
pay the government higher percen-
tages of their taxable incomes.
MONDALE, IN accepting the
Democratic presidential nomination,
had expressed a widely held view that
whoever is inaugurated in January will
have to raise taxes to reduce giant
budget deficits run up during Reagan's

first term.
"The American people will have to
pay Mr. Reagan's bills," he said then.
"The budget will be squeezed, taxes
will 'go up, and anyone who says they
won't is not tellying the truth to the
American people. . . . Mr. Reagan will
raise taxes, and so will I. He won't tell
you. I just did."
It may have been an act of political
courage, as Mondale sought to portray
it, but Reagan used the statement like a

sledgehammer to beat his opponent
over the head at every opportunity.
IN LANGUAGE that narrowed as the
campaign progressed, from saying he
would raise taxes only as a last resort to
simply saying "no" to a tax increase,
the president came down to telling
people their taxes would go up only
"over my dead body," an expression he
regretted uttering immediately after-
ward.

'U' profs concerned about MiG sale

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1929, he said.
And because many Nicaraguans
remember this era, Rosenberg said,
"it's natural for them to be wary of out-
side forces, and if they go out and get
weapons, we shouldn't be overly con-
cerned."
According to Rosenberg, U.S. grain is
more important to the Soviets than
Nicaraguan military support.
HOWEVER, AT an after-election
press conference Tuesday night,
President Ronald Reagan said that the
introduction of these planes indicates
that Nicaragua is "contemplating
being a threat to their neighbors here in
America."
Biology Prof. John Vandermeer
disagreed with Reagan's statements.
"(Nicaragua's) desire has just been.
to stop the CIA supplied spy and supply
planes that help these bands of
guerillas and who are little more than
bandits," he said.
Nicaragua
"That is our position," he said from
Reagan's re-election celebration
Tuesday night in Los Angeles. "We
would certainly consider that an ex-
treme escalation."

"THESE MIG's are just the planes
that are needed to combat them," he
said.
Reagan's entire theory is absurd,
Vandermeeer said. "The idea that the
Nicaraguans are planning to use these
planes to attack other countries is just
absurd," he said. "Any serious military
analyst would know that it would be
suicide. Anyone that does suggest it is

planting propaganda for the United
States."
The Honduran embassy made similar
allegations yesterday, saying that the
reports were an attemplt "by the U.S.
administration to create conditons
which it would then use as a
justification to carry out its attack
against the people and the government
of Nicaragua."

QUOTING intelligence sources, CBS
news reported Tuesday that if the ad-
ministration determined that the cargo
contained warplaines, it would consider
an attack to destroy them.
Raymond Tanter, a political science
professor said he sees no truth in the
Nicaraguan allegations.

GOP wins in all state education races

Associated Press

Up up and away

Gene Zimmerman displays a Jim's Phere balloon which computes wind
direction, speed, and shears at the weather station at Cape Canaveral
yesterday.
Soviet cargo reaches

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they would not vote for her because
while she personally opposes abortion,
she refuses to take a public stance.
Muldoon said Right to Life endorses
regental candidates not only because
many go on to run for other political of-
fices, but also because the group en-
courages pro-life regents to change
policies for health services on college
campuses to develop "a clear
protection of the unborn child."
DOCTORS AT University Health
Services do not perform abortions, but
they provide free contraception infor-
mation, pregnancy counseling, and
gynecological examinations.
Nielsen said he had not been contac-

ted by the Right to Life organization
about the issue. But he refused to say
whether he would ignore a propoal
made by the group to change health
service policies.
The regent-elects will take office in
January. Nielsen said the most impor-
tant issue facing the board next year
will be to find new sources of revenue
for the University. During his cam-
paign he called for increased funding
from research firms and private in-
dustries for service-type research per-
formed at the University. He said
yesterday he hopes to establish a task
force to look into the matter.
The unofficial totals with 92 percent
of the precincts reporting also had
these results:

(Continued from Page 1)
D'Escoto's note said these incidents
"coincide with denunciations made by
Nicaragau of preparations for even
greater plans for aggression by the
Government of the United States again-
st Nicaragua."
Among current acts of "aggression,"
it claimed, were U.S. support for rebels
based in Honduras and Costa Rica
fighting to overthrow Nicaragua's lef-
tist Sandinista regime, spy flights over
Nicaragua by U.S. Air Force SR-71
planes, and preparations to mobilize
the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division.
The note claimed that all this, "con-
firmed the denunciations made by jun-
ta coordinator Commander Daniel Or-
tega Saavedra at the United Nations
about the imminent launching of
superior military actions against
Nicaragua."
Ortega claimed in the U.N. General
Assembly that the United States was
planning to invade Nicaragua on Oct.
15. D'Escoto's not claimed that "all this
situation" is "a prelude to a direct in-
tervention by the United States against
Nicaragua."

Speakes said U.S. officials are not
certain what cargo is on board the ship,
but said the administration will not
tolerate the delivery of MiG's to
Nicaragua..

MICHIGAN ECONOMIC SOCIETY
GENERAL MEETING
November 8, 1984 - 5:30
101 Lorch Hall
GROUP PHOTO WILL BE TAKEN
Topic covered by speaker will be:
Changes in employment in response to our economy's
reorientation toward service production.

University of Michigan
MEN'S GLEE CLUB
DR. PATRICK GARDNER, Director
will present its
125th Year Reunion Concert
SATURDAY, NOV.10 at 8:00 P.M.
HILL AUDITORIUM
Tickets at Hill Box Office
November 5-9, 8-5 p.m.
November 10, 8-8 p.m.
Reserved Seating $6.00, $5.00, $4.00 ($2.00 Students, General Admission)

State Board of Education:
Dorothy Beardmore-R -1,582,997
Cherry Jacobus-R -1,457,997
John Watanen-D -1,298,797
Gumecindo Salas-D -1,212,173
MSU Board of Trustees:
Kathy Wilbur-R -1,508,734
Dean Pridgeon-R -1,475,841
Charles Vincent-D -1,334,516
June Kretzshmer-D -1,509,734
WSU Board of Governors:
George Bashara-R -1,470,271
Gary Artiwian-R -1,439,869
Dennis Lewis-D - 1,349,920
Winifred Fraser-D -1,311,162
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