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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thursday, September 7, 1989 - Page 2

The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition - Thur

By Ad Sch
Daily Arts Wi

's not just for elevators


Let's examine some mispercep-
tions which might prevent you from
experiencing the passion and adven-
ture of Ann Arbor's classical music
1.Clkssical is beyond the under-
standing of the normal human be-
ing. Different people have varied def-
initions of classical music. William
Bolcom, a University professor of
musical composition, calls classical
music quite simply "any music that
you can't do without."
Leonard Slatkin, conductor and
music director of the St. Louis
Symphony Orchestra, defines classi-.
cal as "music that represents a legacy
of musical excellence for the present
and future generations to enjoy, as
opposed to pop music, which is
only supposed to last a short period
of time."
Slatkin feels that classical music
is continuously evolving. It is not
only crucial to play pieces by com-
posers like Brahms, Beethoven, and
Bach. It is just as important to per-
form musical compositions by new
composers and develop our genera-
tion's own musical legacy.
Indeed, the Kronos Quartet, who
played at the Michigan Theater last

spring and are classical chamber mu-
sic's most commercially popular
ensemble are known to perform Jimi
Hendrix's "Purple Haze" on violins,
cello and viola!
Classical music is only heard in
elevators. Among the classical
venues in Ann Arbor without emer-
gency stop buttons...
Hill Auditorium is one of the
premier concert halls in the country.
Besides having one of the largest
seating capacities for classical mu-
sic, the fine acoustics attract some of
the best musicians in the world.
Recently, the famed Vienna Phil-
harmonic with conductor and com-
poser Leornard Bernstein included
Hill as one of only three Americans
stops during their last concert tour.
The Power Center also show-
cases a variety of classical musi-
cians. For example, the renowned
New York City Opera National
Company will perform Puccini's "La
Boheme" there in February 1990.
The Power Center's modern architec-
ture provides good acoustics for lis-
tening and a great view of the perfor-
mance from any seat.
Rackham Auditorium provides
an intimate setting to hear chamber,
music and classical solo perfor-
mances by a variety of internation-

ally known musicians such as the
Vienna String Quartet and guitarist
Christopher Parkening.
The Music School Auditorium,
on the University's North Campus,
provides a stimulating setting for
listening to the school's own skilled
musicians. The Music School's
recital halls are especially good for
organ recitals and dance perfor-
Lastly, the Michigan Theater
occasionally features interesting con-
temporary performers, such as Bra-
zilian Classical Guitarist Carlos
Barbosa-Lima, the avant-garde string
ensemble Kronos Quartet, and mini-
malist soundtrack-hero Philip Glass
and his ensemble. It is always enjoy-
able to attend a concert at this re-
cently restored old theater.
Classical music is only for older
people who can afford to buy tick-
ets to concerts. The fact is that
most classical concert tickets are
cheaper than those for rock concerts.
The University Musical Society usu-
ally offers rush tickets for all unsold
seats the day before a performance.
Prices are a bargain, ranging from
$3- $11.
Another bargain is the special
student season ticket prices avail-
able for concert series given by the

Classical music is a lot more exciting and interesting than this photo
from the University's annual Halloween concert implies.

University Musical Society, located
at the ground floor of the Burton
Tower (you know, the big one with
the bells). One upcoming series, The
American Contemporary Dance Fest-
ival, will feature "the geographic and
stylistic diversity of avant-garde
American dance." Tickets for this
lineup are especially dis-counted for
students at $35-$60.
In addition to these advantages,
consider the fact that you may be
within simple walking distance of
great performers, such as Bernstein,
whom you may never be able to see
again. Consider that the legendary
classical guitarist Andres Segovia, in
his nineties at the time, played one

of his final concerts at the Hill
Auditorium in 1985 - right on our
own campus, just minutes away
from my dorm!
So CARPE DIEM! You may
not realize until later the greatness of
the variety and entertainment that
awaits you here.


The Annual Michiganensian Photography Competition is Back!
All entrants: must be current enrolled at the
University of Michigan, Ann Arbr, for the Spring/Summer
° term and/or Fall Term 1989.

3-way Convertible
. Lounger
Twin, Full or Queen


Lounger Poston

Subject Matir: Impressions and expressions of the people,
places and themes of the University and AnnArbor area.
Entries: Black & White or Color photographs. 5x7 to 8x10
glossy prints In a protective wrapping. Entry form (fill out
when you hand in photo). Name and phone # on back of
photo. '"AIlof this must be done or photo will not be
Judging: Photographs will be judged by Michlganenslan
and Michigan Dally photo editors, U of M School of Art Faculty
members, and local professionals.
Drop off: The Mlchiganenslan office in the Student Publications-
Building- 420 Maynard, Ann Arbor.
Deadline: November 17th, 1989. Photos willnot be returned.

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