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Men's Glee makes musical magic
By EMILY LAMBERT
Before you, or your parents, or your
grandparents, or your great-grandpar-
ents, and maybe even before your great-
great-grandparents were born, there was
a Men's Glee Club at the University of
Michigan. This weekend, the Univer-
sity of Michigan Men's Glee Club, the
second oldest collegiate chorus in the
country, celebrates its 135th anniver-
The Glee Club is the oldest con-
tinuously student-run organization at
the University. Faculty members
choose music and run rehearsals, but
every other aspect of the group's op-
eration is left to its members.
"Literally (hundreds) of hours are
spent organizing," director Jerry
Blackstone said of the students' com-
nitment. Glee Club members handle
the publicity, organize tours, coordi-
nate activities with alumni and have a
myriad of other responsibilities.
The choir goes on tour regularly
and performs overseas every fourth
year. Plans for 1995 include a weekend
trip to Massachusetts for a collabora-
tive performance with the University
Women's Glee Club at Smith College.
A two-week tour of several states is
scheduled to take place in May.
The Men's Glee Club is composed
of students from every college and
school of the University. Every age
group is represented - the choir in-
cludes first-year through graduate stu-
dents. Blackstone, in his seventh year
I hope (the Glee Club)
maintains Its tradition
of musical excellence,
and remains one of the
leading male choruses
in the country.'
- Jerry Blackstone,
Glee Club director
as director, characterized the group as
"energetic, committed, dedicated, tal-
ented and smart. They are willing to do
what needs to be done," he said.
Although today's Glee Club mem-
bers share a love of music, they have
diverse interests and aspirations. The
same was true ofpastmembers. Alumni
of the group have, become business-
men, lawyers, politicians and musi-
cians. Prominent alumni include sing-
ers in the famed Metropolitan Opera
Company, Sesame Street's Bob
McGrath, and presidential candidate
Thomas Dewey, who ran against
Truman in the election of 1948.
In honor of its 135th anniversary,
the Glee Club will host an alumni re-
union. Events planned for the celebra-
tion include a banquet, a program with
several speakers and a tailgate. Al-
though the founding members will be
unable to attend the festivities,
Blackstone expects approximately 140
alumni to convene on the University
campus from all over the country. One
alumnus will even fly in from London
to take part. After three rehearsals, the
alumni will join the current Glee Club
in the second half of the weekend's
culminating event - the Annual Fall
Saturday's performance will in-
clude a wide variety of music. The Glee
Club will sing classical, sacred and
contemporary works, as well as tradi-
tional Michigan favorites. The Friars,
an entertaining octet selected from the
Glee Club, will also make an appear-
For the Michigan Men's Glee Club,
an alumni reunion connects a long and
distinguished past with what Blackstone
is confident will be a brilliant future.
"I hope (the Glee Club) maintains
its tradition of musical excellence," he
said, "and remains one of the leading
male choruses in the country," he said.
With the continuing support and dedi-
cation of its members, past and present,
we can expect the Men's Glee Club to
flourish for another 135 years, and then
E MN'S GLEE CLUB will
perform its Annual Fall Concert
Saturday at 8p.m. at Hill Audito-
rium. Reserved seats are available
for $10 and $8, general admission
seats for $5, and student seats for $3.
Tickets are available at the door or
at the Hill Box Office (764-8350).
Credit card orders call 763-TKTS.
For more info call 764-1448.
Dr. Jerry Blackstone directs the Men's Glee Club. JUDITH PERKINS/Daily
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"Cross Road" is agreatreminderof
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American Highway Flower
Combining sentimental lyrics with
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cal compositions, dada became one of
the most welcome new bands to the
alternative pop scene with their 1992
debut, "Puzzle." The overall quality of
their album was so high that some fans
couldn't help but wonder what they
could do for an encore. The good news
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follows along the same musical and
lyrical path, but the bad news is that this
release doesn't quite live up to the
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with "Puzzle." This album is still to be
recommended highly, though - it is in
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The musical ability in each mem-
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continues to lay down any kind of beat
needed, though he always keeps enough
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songs moving ever forward. Joie Calio
is a solid, steady bass player who stays
somewhat hidden in the mix. And
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creative and powerful as it has ever
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The anger and disappointment that
dada obviously has at the world contin-
ues on their second release: "Scum" is
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"Don't you fucking touch me." On the
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"Real Soon:" "I'm gonna met some-
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Thursday-Sunday, November 10-13
Hansel and Gretel, by Engelbert Humperdinck
Opera Theatre Production
Martin Katz, conductor; Joshua Major, director
8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun
Tickets: $16, $12, students $6 (764-0450)
Saturday November 12
Men's Glee Club and the Friars
Jerry Blackstone, conductor
" Conte, Hassler, Mendelssohn, Thompson, plus spirituals
" "Two Jamaican Folk Songs" by Paul Rardin-premiere
Hill Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10, $8, $5, $3 (764-1448)
Tuesday, November 15
Campus Symphony Orchestra
David Tang and Jon Krueger, conductors
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Hill Auditorium, 8p.m., free
Thursday, November 17
Ed Sarath, director
Rackham Auditorium, 8 p.m., free
Campus Philharmonia Orchestra
Vincent Danner, conductor
Music of Lalo, Khatchaturian, Handel, and Tchaikovsky
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