Monday, October 24, 1988
The Michigan Daily
Cassini capitalizes on
BY DAN COLE
Violist John Madison is certain that more people are
getting married these days. "The thing now is to have
chamber music at your wedding," he said. "If our recent
performing schedule is any indication, there are an aw-
ful lot of weddings going on in Ann Arbor."
Madison is a member of The Cassini Ensemble, a
local string quartet that regularly concertizes the Ann
Arbor area. Devoted to more that just appearances at
weddings, The Cassini Ensemble has enjoyed an ever-
expanding audience since its first concert series in
1985. They opened their 1988-89 concert series last
Wednesday night at the Kerrytown Concert House.
"It has taken a couple of years for people to start
taking us seriously," Madison said in an interview be-
fore the Wednesday night performance. He and violinist
Marla Smith co-founded the ensemble in 1979, while
both were students at the University. "Until recently,"
he added, "people thought we were just an extension of
that student group."
The Cassini Ensemble's resume since 1985 includes
performances with Sesame Street's Bob McGrath in
Ann Arbor in 1986, and with the internationally fa-
mous Colla Family Marionettes during one of their
two American performances in 1987. Ann Arborite
have had frequent opportunities to hear the quartet at
the Summer Festival's Top of the Park series.
"Ann Arbor is one of the few areas that really al-
lows independent musicians to thrive," said the ensem-
ble's pianist, Robert Conway. Described by one critic
in 1986 as "the finest living contemporary pianist,"
Conway joined the group three years ago, and has con-
tributed significantly to their reputation.
Both Madison and Conway live in Ann Arbor. The
other two members in the ensemble, Smith and cellist
Rebekah Stark, live in Lansing and Southfield respec-
tively. This arrangement, coupled with the performers'
individual obligations to the Detroit and Toledo sym-
phonies, requires plenty of travel time for the quartet.
See Cassini, Page 9
Christopher Murray rants and raves in an exceptional portrayal of Barry Champlain, in
University Players' production of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio.
Have you considered a career in
How much do you know
about careers in: U
BY MARISA 4N AY A
HIS weekend, the Trueblood
Theatre will continue to pose as ra-
dio station WTLK, complete with
control booth and sound system,
giving you the opportunity, if you
dare, to confront Barry Champlain,
the bold and controversial host of
WTLK's Nighttalk with Barry
If you do dare, you'll see Barry
Champlain's desk, strewn with old
Burger King wrappers, dirty ashtrays
and shot glasses. You'll see Cham-
plain in action, sarcastically berating
his callers. Most importantly, you'll
see the person behind his strident,
media personality front.
Talk Radio is a play written by
Champlain chain smokes (in spite of
the several No Smoking signs
around the station), chugs shots of
Jack Daniels, lies, rebels against his
boss, and, after repeatedly insulting
his callers, he cuts them off the line
Sounds like a pretty obnoxious
guy, right? So why does the audi-
ence sympathize with him, espe-
cially in the end? This is where the
brilliance of the play comes in. We
become engrossed in the character of
Barry Champlain not only by wit-
nessing him in action, but also
through personal testimonies from
his coworkers. The lights flash, the
stage goes black, and the other char-
acters freeze while one spotlighted
character speaks to the audience
about his or her experiences with the
See Talk Radio, Page 8
You can learn more about the variety of career opportunities in the health sciences at Perspec-
tives on careers in Health. This program will help you identify professional opportunities
through an informal exchange with faculty, staff, and students from The University of Michigan
Health Science Programs (School of Public Health, School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy,
School of Dentistry, and the School of Medicine.) Please join us for Perspectives on Careers in
Health. All students are welcome to attend.
Richard Klautsch directs and
Christopher Murray plays the part of
Champlain, the frustrated talk show
host who attacks and ridicules his
audience for the sole purpose of cre-
Because of Murray's exceptional
portrayal, however, we learn that
Champlain is a far more complex
character than just an obnoxious
Morton Downey. We feel his ago-
nizing frustration through his facial
expressions and mannerisms.
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7-9 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7-9 pm
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7-9 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7-9 pm
Strauss Memorial Library, West Quad
Mosher Jordan Library
Benzinger Library, East Quad
4Refreshments will be served
Y.J University of Michigan Health
WASHINGTON - NEW YORK - LONDON - PARIS
Cordially invites you to a presentation on
Please join Ron Cooper, Vice President, and other members of
SPA's professional staff at the University of Michigan:
Monday, October 24, 1988
Michigan Union, Kuenzle Room
We will also hold an informational session at the.
School of Business Administration, Paton 1016, at 4:30 p.m.
FROM YOUR SUMMER
The Office of Orientation
wants you to have an
in the Office of
Orientation, Room 3000
Michigan Union .
Interested 1989 graduates
sign up in Career Planning & Placement or
submit resumes and transcripts to:
Karen Sachs, Recruiting Coordinator,