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Friday, December 8, 1989
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A capella Amazin' Blue gains recognition
BY LYNNE COHN
"WE have a kind of inspired lunacy about us," said
graduate student Keith Chaffee. "It's definitely a learn-
ing experience, though, and I'm having a great time."
He is referring to the co-ed, 12-member a cappella
singing group of which he is a member, Amazin' Blue.
The group, which has been struggling for success since
October 1987, has finally earned official University Ac-
tivities Center committee status.
This year.seems to be a turning point in many ways
for Amazin' Blue. By the end of last year, they had re-
tained only two original members, causing them to hold
auditions for ten new spots this fall. "It's difficult only
in that we have to teach our music to all the members
instead of just a few new ones," said member Anna
Callahan. "However, it's actually great for the group.
We definitely have higher quality musicians this year."
Amazin' Blue, started by a graduate student from
Yale, wanted desperately to be a UAC committee. The
group earned a two-year probationary status during
which they performed as much as possible to gain
recognition. It worked. Now Amazin' Blue, as a full-
fledged UAC committee, is becoming recognized more
and more on campus.
"We produce a spring and a winter concert every
year," said Callahan. "We are striving to point our mu-
sie and arrangements more toward the musicianship
rather than pleasing the audience." Callahan wrote some
of the music that the group performs. One song entitled
"Blind, Deaf, and Dumb," whose lyrics were composed
by Chaffee and Fred Clarke, will be performed at
Stronger ties are forming within the group, as they
are trying to do more together. Amazin' Blue had its
first retreat this fall at member Sarah Jackson's farm.
They spent time getting to know one another and, of
course, singing. The group rehearses four hours per
week and one hour for each section, although their prac-
tice time has skyrocketed as the show looms closer.
Even though they have no director or faculty assistance,
they seem to be doing just fine.
Clarke, a new member, said, "I have seen Amazin'
Blue perform since 1987 and watched them improve ev-
ery year. I was impressed to see so much talent. I con-
sider it an honor to be a new member. It's hard for me
to believe that I am now a part of the Amazin' Blue
The members like to push themselves to do difficult
pieces. They do improvisational warm-ups, perform a
mix of music, and continue to learn from each other.
The group has produced a tape called Amazin' Blue's
Little Black Box, which is available for $6 at tonight's
show, and they are looking forward to their first tour
"Everyone contributes different qualities to the
group," said Callahan. The group seems to click. They
help each other, they laugh together, and more impor-
tantly, they have become a group of friends.
Amazin' Blue will perform at 8 p.m. in the Michigan
Union Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased at the door
Opera without the
BY SHERRILL L. BENNETT
ARE you interested in musical the-
ater and opera, but don't have time
to sit through an entire production?
The School of Music Opera Work-
shop has a solution. Tonight and
tomorrow evening at the School of
Music, the Opera Workshop will
perform scenes from the opera and
musical theater repertoire ranging
from Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado
and Gondaliers to Rossini's Barber
of Seville, and Bizet's Carmen. Each
scene is a mini-production accompa-
nied by live music, costumes, make-
up, props, and simple sets and stage
direction. The performances give
both participants and audiences a
broad sampling of different works -
and both end up having lots of fun.
"Everyone gets a chance to partic-
ipate, and it's great performing expe-
rience," says Kevin Murray, a
School of Music senior and voice
major involved in the production.
Voice students take Opera Workshop
as a class, part of their degree re-
quirements, but many elect to take it
more than once to get a chance to
sing portions of roles they love.
Ken Cazan makes his debut as
the Workshop's director and coordi-
nator, the first to hold this position
on a full-time basis. Don't miss this
free opportunity to get down to the
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Season, Charles Dickens (as assisted by Bert Hornback) will read A Christmas Carol tonight and
tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the University Museum of Art. School of Music harpists will perform at 7:45 p.m.
Caroling, courtesy of the Residential College Singers, will follow the reading. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
Admission is by free ticket only.
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LS&A students (and others, too), there
best parts of the musical theater and
T1lE OPERA WORKSHOP takes
place tonight and tomorrow at 8
p.m. in the School of Music's Mac-
intosh Theater. Admission is free.
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Lenora Champagne, a New
York director, author, and perfor-
mance artist, will present some dy-
namic art tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the
Tom Simonian, DJ and ubiqui-
tous campus figure, has a best of the
'80s show in New Music tonight
and in Reggae tomorrow night at the
U Club; he will continue the best in
those genres on December 15 and 16
and January 12 and 13. Expect the
usual giveaways and prizes.
Michigan Union Ballroom
Friday, December 8
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