Mozart's magical 'Flute'
School of Music opera presents Mozart with a twist
By KEREN SCHWEIZTER
Mozart's enticing melodies and wondrous harmonies
are beckoning us to the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre this
weekend. The School of Music's Opera Theatre is
presenting Mozart's delightful opera, "The Magic Flute."
Set in an imaginary kingdom, Mozart's last opera has a
timeless and magical quality that even includes a happily
"The Magic Flute" is the adventurous love story of a
handsome young prince named Tamino and a beautiful
princess named Pamina. The courageous Tamino, who
has recently killed a giant serpent, is approached by the
Queen of the Night to save her daughter from the evil
Sarastro, King of the Sun. After catching a glimpse of
Pamina's beautiful face, Tamino falls in love with the
princess and agrees to save her.
Tamino embarks upon this mysterious adventure armed
only with his magic flute and Papageno the bird catcher.
In order to win back the princess, Tamino must endure a
trial of purification and several grueling hardships. Pamina
and Tamino suffer through the trials and tribulations
together and they succeed in destroying the powers of
According to the Harvard Dictionary of Music,
"Mozart's last opera is a blending of diverse operatic
elements into a truly German style which transcends
singspiel. The Italian opera buffa idea which prevails in
"The Marriage of Figaro" is replaced by a seriousness of
purpose and sincerity of feeling that presage Beethoven."
For those of us not familiar with the term singspiel, it
means the use of spoken dialogue in an opera.
Director Joshua Major has decided to set the opera in
a world heavily influenced by the Belgian surrealist painter,
Magritte. "Magritte is one of the only artists who
successfully visualizes thought. He does this by
juxtaposition and challenges basic cultural perceptions."
Major continued, "His work has a clean, whimsical humor
that captures the essence of Mozart's music. Similar to
Magritte, Mozart also tries to reconcile opposites. The
violence and brutality of his work is cloaked in order,
beauty and humor."
Major's vision is accommodating to the restraints of
the stage. He says, "The only possible place in the world
where my concept can occur is in the theater." Major
added, "Everything I've done is based on the relationship
of the characters. The humans are always the focus."
THE MA ICFLUITE wilZl e perfocmed at 8p.m.
Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets are $14, $10 ($6
students). Thursday through Sunday performances are
SOLD OUT. However, tonight's dress rehearsal has
been opened to the public. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m.;
tickets are a mere $10 ($4 students). Call 764-0450for
Wzart's delightful opera "The Magic Flute" will be presented at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre this weekend.
Hey first-year students, do you
want to see what the inside of the
Blind Pig looks like'? PJ's Used
Records is sponsoring an all-ages
BenefitBash forour very own WCBN,
88.3 on you FM dial (uh, quartz tuner).
Local rock bands Morsel, Larnyx
Zillion's Novelty Shop, The Melba
and Whiptail have graciously
inteered to adorn the event with
their musical delicacies Yay verily.
WCBN is a student-run radio
station devoted to musical variety and
sophistication. Its programming
ranges from rap to renaissance and
everywhere in between, depending
on which student is at the helm of
which program. In this respect, it holds
up to every expectation college radio
i'ir to, transcending the trappingsof
mercialism and bringing out the
best in music.
As the Benefit Bash Coordinator
Joe Magee explained, "It is one of
about20stations left in the nation that
plays free-form. A lot of people think
that 'free-form' just means 'you can
play what you want.' (But) good free-
form. should show where the
connections are between genres of
music ... we're definitely doing
something different that you can't
hear anywhere else in Michigan."
Being student run, the station
depends heavily on donations.
Thursday's show is one in a series of
benefits held for WCBN year round,
headlining all genres of music. In
spite of this variety, Joe admitted
however, that the bands selected to
perform for this bash aren't exactly a
genuine reflection of WCBN's
musical diversity. "In the past two
bashes that I've done, we've moved
towards rock. I think at this bash the
bands still represent what CBN's all
about, within the rock spectrum."
Headlining the event is Morsel,
perhaps the most expansive rock band
Ann Arbor has to offer. On the
threshold of their new album "Noise
Floor," they describe their music as
"experimental ... ranging anywhere
1 Support college radio
from conventional guitar, bass and characteristics to Adam and the.
drum to a flute, tape loops, micro however. "They sort of bleed i
cassette recorders and a saw." Lead with the heavy drumming, as w
Guitarist Shawn Hedge has a knack their maniacal, theatrical ed
for playing with electronic gadgets doesn't just bop along like
and musical toys; they consider their average rock 'n' roll, anyway.
live acts "fairly unpredictable ... a When the Novelty Shop ta
mixture of plans and accidents." the stage, they don the the
Commenting on the Ann Arbor complete with multicoloredjum
music scene, bassist/cook/glue-gun and clown makeup. Larnyx des
artist Brian Hussey confessed, "I think his live shows as "pretty campy.
the music scene needs help ... There's not like rock 'n' roll where peo
a lot of people that want to do things and get up there and prove that th
above the college bar." Shawn added, something they're not."
"There doesn't seem to be much to do Be prepared for an eveni
in Ann Arbor at night, which is the plans,accidents,jumpsuitsand
only time I'm awake." makeup. In addition to the m
Even more eclectic is Larnyx revelry, they will be raffling off
Zillion's Novelty Shop, a slightly records, WCBN T-shirts and
deranged rock entourage centered assorted goodies, so it may be
around Lawrence Miller, the brother to get there on time. Do the righ
of Mission of Burma's Roger Miller. and never mind the commercial
When asked whether or not Roger bullocks;come support college
had any influence over his style, WCBN BENEFITBAHS is~
Lawrence, a.k.a Larnyx, replied with Thursday March 24 at the Blin
a snickering -definitely not." He did Pig. All ages are cordially inv
attribute some of his musical for $6. Doors open at 9 p.m.
PLAY IT AGAIN, MURRAY
Internationally-celebrated pianist Murray Perahia returns to Ann Arbor in a
program featuring works of Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin, tonight at 8
p.m. in Hill Auditorium. Tickets range in price from $12 to $40 and are
available at the University Musical Society Box Office. $7 Student Rush
Tickets are available today at the Union Ticket Office and the North Campus
Commons. For further information call 764-2538.
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