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London Sinfonietta
David Zinman, cond.
Henryk Gorecki:
Symphony No. 3
Symphony of Sorrowful Songs
Elektra / Nonesuch
Some pieces of music, when heard
for the first time, leap out of the speak-
ers at you, throttling you to within an
inch of your life. Others begin quietly,
almost serenely, but with an intensity
that eventually grows to such propor-
tions that, at times, you feel as if your
chest might explode. The third sym-
phony of Polish composer Henryk
G6recki, written in 1976, is definitely in
the latter category. Scored for strings,
percussion, piano, harpsichord and so-
prano soloist, the piece achieves this
power not through a bombastic brass

A whale of an actor enjoys life, learns

section, but, it seems, through the sheer
will of conductor David Zinman and his
performers.
A memorial to the victims of the
Holocaust (the composer's birthplace is
near Auschwitz), the three-movement
work is based on traditional Polish
prayers and folk songs. Although com-
posed at the height of the avant-garde
movement in serious music, the piece is
not only accessible to all types of listen-
ers, but extremely moving.
As always, soprano Dawn Upshaw
is untouchable; this recording features
what may be her most passionate sing-
ing to date. Polish is not a language one
often hears sung; even so, Upshaw is
unfailingly expressive. The London
Sinfonietta's performance is likewise
sensitively played and deeply felt.
- Michelle Weger

WHALEY
Continued from page 1
weather"
For reasons not entirely weather re-
lated, Whaley will probably be spend-
ing more time in NYC in the next few
years, around the Broadway area, of
course. "I kind of made a decision last
year to try and do more theater. This
year I've done three plays. At this point,
I want to be really choosy and pick
really quality films, whether it's a lead
or a supporting role. I'll do movies
where I believe in the material, believe
in the director, and mix those quality
films with more stage work, which I
think really fulfills me and helps me
continue to learn as an actor."
This learning process, while taking
place on the stage, has also been en-
hanced by his film work. In projects like
"The Doors," "JFK" and "Born on the
Fourth of July" Whaley has also had the
fortune to work with and learn from
director Oliver Stone. "I think we have
arelationship based on mutual respect,"
said Whaley. "I know I respect him a
great deal and I think that he also re-
spectsmy talent. Yaknow, wedon'tcall
each other on the phone every other day,
but if there's a script that he's doing that
I believe I want to do, I feel free to call
him and ask him for parts. He often says

no, but,it's that kind of relationship."
Whaley has had the opportunity to
learn from some of the greatest actors of
all times, like Marlon Brando. "He ter-
rified me," said Whaley as his call-
waiting clicked ("Oh no, sorry, that's
probably him right now," he laughed),
"But it's funny, he seemed a bit oblivi-
ous to the whole thing. I remember

stepping on his foot once, kind of kick-
ing him in the shin by accident. He just
looked at me and told me to get the hell
away from him. That's the only advice
he ever gave me. But you know that is
my greatest thrill to date, that I have
actually a piece of film with him and I
on it. I could retire a happy man. If only
Montgomery Clift were alive and I could

from peers
do a film with him, I'd be really happy."
Happy? After 23 (mostly) success-
ful movies as well as numerous plays
over the course of less than a decade,
Frank Whaley has no reason to be any-
thing but. It's no wonder he hasn't tried
Crystal Pepsi. No need for change in
this man's life. But Fanta? Guess
everyone's got to have some flaws.

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Frank Whaley is one of the most underrated-actors of his generation. And he doesn't want to try Crystal Pepsi.

Visit to friendly Dental School teaches life lessons

EARLE
Continued from page 4
another woman hooked me up to an IV.
(in one try!)
While these two were playing Op-
eration, two residents in lab coats and
running shoes who apparently missed
the lecture on operating room etiquette
embarked upon a conversation about
the patient next door.
"That was a long one," said one
resident. "God, we were in there for
almost an hour," said the other. This
helped my blood pressure a great deal,
although it is impossible to tell, because
their cohort had just accidentally un-
plugged the monitor.
It's possible that I was being overly
judgmental. After all, this was not my
first experience wh health care at the

University of Michigan. I still retained
bitter memories of my fruitless efforts
to obtain a band-aid from University
health services after I got a few scrapes
in a minor bike accident my sophomore
year. -
Evidently, Health Services-known
for practically flogging its patients with
condoms when they come in for a check
up - has strict departmental policy
forbidding the distribution of band-aids
without a doctor's approval due to some
kind of insurance reasons. Of course,
seeing a doctor at health services entails
a one to two hour wait, and the phar-
macy in the basement does not carry
band-aids, perhaps to deter renegade
doctors like me and Jack Kevorkian.
Knowing better than to try arguing
money with a hospital, I ended up en-
gaging in a sort of medical civil disobe-
dience. I wandered throughout the

Health Services building on a religious
crusade to steal a band-aid from one of
the many labs. After risking far too
much time (and possibly blood, although
mine had clotted long before I would
leave) I grabbed a handful of condoms
and went to Richardson's drug store for
treatment.
Unfortunately, getting my wisdom
teeth. out was not a religious crusade
based on principle like the one for a
band-aid, but a necessary punishment.
The time had come for me to take my
lumps. Unfortunately, I had to take them
from a doctor with acne who strolled
into the operating room in a pair of
Nikes.
Looking at my X-ray that was
mounted on the wall, I reminded him
several times that I already had one
tooth out - the upper right. The idea
was that if I pointed this out enough

times, he would not conduct any explor-
atory surgery for a tooth that no longer
existed.
I suppose the operation went well,
because I was feeling pretty good when
I revived. In fact, I was experiencing an
incredible high, although my entire face
was drenched with tears.
My ordeal was over, and I was al-
lowed to leave as soon as I recovered
(i.e. paid). The dental school has a very
clever way to extract payment from its
customers: get them while they're
stoned. I was in no capacity to fill out a
check, so I just signed it, and left the
numbers up to them.
As far as I can tell, they did not
overcharge me, because I still receive a
bill every month for the $15 remaining
on my balance. I suppose I should pay it.
It would more than cover the cost of the
pants.

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