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Page 8-The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 31, 1989
Horror at Hill
Costumed 'U' Symphony Orchestra to perform

BY SHERRILL L. BENNETT
THIS Halloween, as always, the
Phantoms of the Orchestra will
haunt Hill Auditorium with a con-
cert of spooks, spoofs and hair-rais-
ing tunes.
This annual concert features the
School of Music's University Sym-
phony Orchestra... I think. It's hard
to tell underneath the clever and cre-
ative disguises they've conjured up.
This is the group's one chance to
dribble out of their stuffy black and
show their comic side, and for play-
ers who sit in the back of the orches-
tra, this is their one chance just to
beseen. So needless to say, they re-
ally outdo themselves. In past years,
everything from traditional ghouls to
the Blues Brothers to Floot Loops
has shown up in the pristine sur-

roundings of Hill Auditorium.
Players aren't the only ones with
creative disguises. Many audience
members also come in costume, and
Associate Director Richard Rosen-
burg, cloaked in wings for a perfor-
mance of Die Fledermaus (The Bat),
has hung upside down to conduct
without missing a cue.
The music is chosen for its abil-
ity to evoke a holiday atmosphere
with eerie sounds and special effects.
Anything from, the chilling organ
music of Bach's Tocatta and Fugue
to the mystifying Symphonie Fan-
tastique of Berlioz is fair game.
Other works are chosen to match a
conductor's costume, such as a past
performance of Star Wars theme
conducted by Darth Vader, and The
Sorcerer's Apprentice with an ap-
pearance of the Sorcerer and true ap-

prentice student conductor Clotilde
Otranto as Mickey Mouse.
The Halloween Concerts are the
brainchild of 'Musical Director of
Orchestras and Opera Gustav Meier.
"We started it as a legitimate piece,
and it just got out of hand," says
Meier lightheartedly.
What will be the surprise this
year? This being the unlucky 13th
concert, anything is bound to hap-
pen. But be forewarned: past concerts
were so popular that a free ticket
system was implemented this year
- and they've all been snapped up
by hungry little demons. So try to
scam one off a friend - it'll be
worth the trouble.
The University Symphony Orches-
tra's 13th annual HALLOWEEN
CONCERT will raise the roof at
Hill Auditorium tonight at 9 PM.
Tickets are no longer available.

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GARGOYLE
Continued from page 7
the page in the Gargoyle's credits for "the endless sup-
ply of comic material."
But Ricardo Montalban is not on the cover by
whim. Richard Eisen reviews Montalban's autobiogra-
phy, entitled Reflections: A Life in Two Worlds. What
else can be said? Only that in the space of three pages,

not once is the joke "what kind of M&Ms does Tattoo
like?" even considered as comic material.
And they call this a humor magazine.
THE GARGOYLE goes on sale tomorrow in the Diag
and Fishbowl, and outside the cafeterias of South Quad
tomorrow and Friday at lunch and dinner, East Quad
tomorrow at lunch, and Markley on Thursday at lunch
and dinner.

Ponder this puppy
More than just a rock 'n' roll group, Poi Dog Pondering is an organic mix of folk, jazz, rock and funk. In this
musical muesli, you'll also find chunky bits of the spirit of Zorba the Greek and Marc Chagall. You can chew
on Poi Dog Pondering tonight at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First Street. Captain Dave and the Psychedelic Lounge
Cats open up the Halloween festivities around 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance.
Leonardo did more than
paint shi~fty eyes

Hey, guess what?
r ih the

the University of Michigan's humor magazine,
Goes on sale Wednesday!
Or maybe Thursday. It's still at the printers, actually.
So let's just say it goes on sale some time this week, on the Diag and in the
Fishbowl, and maybe in some dorms; we don't know. Definitely on the Diag.
We do know that it's really funny, and certainly worth a dollar fifty. I
mean, it's just a dollar fifty, what else we're you going to do with a dollar fifty?
French fries and a Coke?
Well, I can see that.
But buy the Gargoyle anyway; - ,,
there are a lot of funny pictures of Ricardo Montalbon
in it.
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BY JENNIFER R. BALLEW
A T the mention of the name
Leonardo da Vinci, most people
think of the painter of the Mona
Lisa and The Last Supper. But
Leonardo was a scientific genius
who was well ahead of his time. In
the late 15th century, he was design-
ing machinery which was not put to
use until the early 1900s. Models of
Leonardo's designs can be seen in
traveling exhibits at the Ann Arbor
Hands-On Museum and at the Rack-
ham School of Graduate Studies.
These exhibits, sponsored by IBM,
feature 16 small-scale models of
Leonardo's drawings. Although the
two exhibits feature some of the
same models, they are not identical.
In the late 15th century, the time
of the European Renaissance,
Leonardo dreamt up plans for flying
machines, automatic transmissions,
and hydraulic screws. His ideas were
highly imaginative but always logi-
cal. As they would not be technolog-
ically feasible for centuries, he could
not put most of his models to actual
use.
Some of the most interesting
models at the IBM exhibits include

Leonardo's designs of flying ma-
chines. These included a wooden
frame with movable wings, a trian-
gular-shaped linen parachute, and a
vertically ascending machine which
was meant to be pedalled like a bicy-
cle. His most practical model was an
"aerial screw" which whirled very
fast to propel people off the ground,
clearly a prototype of the modern he-
licopter.
Leonardo was interested in other
modes of mechanical transportation
as well. He designed a spring-driven
car which was steered by a tiller. He
also came up with the idea of vari-
able speed drive, the basis of modern
automatic transmission. In the area
of naval engineering, Leonardo de-
veloped the idea of a double hull for
ships as a safety measure. He also
designed a paddle wheel ship, and
engineered bridges which would pro-
vide defense as well as regulate water
traffic.
It may disturbing to recognize
this, but this Renaissance man also
developed highly technical models
for offensive warfare and weapon de-
velopment. These include a ladder el-
evated by a crank meant for scaling
enemy walls. He designed an ar-
mored tank with cannons, a idea that

was not put to use until World War
I. His most impressive military
weapon design was a triple tier ma-
chine gun which he developed while
attempting to achieve greater fire-
power.
One of the first clocks to measure
time in both minutes as well as,
hours was designed by Leonardo.
This clock displays two separate
clock faces and uses two independant
weights to move the parts. Leonardo
also made other advances in mea-
surement. He developed an odometer
(a simplification of an ancient Ro-
man machine) and came up with
ideas on measuring the Earth's radius
by using the North Star. He also
measured humidity and wind pressure}
with common household items.
The replicas of these inventions
reaffirm that Leonardo da Vinci was
a man of many talents. An artistic as
well as mechanical genius, his le-
gend will live on.
The exhibits of LEONARDO DA
VINCI can be viewed through
November S at the Hands-On Mu-
seum (at the corner of Huron and
Fifth) and through November 2 in
Rackham's East Gallery.

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