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A Cultured Weekend
The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. presents its newest work tonight
and tomorrow night at the Power Center. "Still/Here" delves into the painful
topics of terminal illness and facing mortality, as it encourages the
celebration of life. Call 764-2538 for ticket info. The Contemporary
Directions ensemble salutes the work of Polish composer Henryk Gorecki.
The concert is free at Rackham, beginning at 8 p.m. tonight.

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The Cleveland Quartet goes out with a bang
By Emily Lambert James Dunham, "but basically what it you," he commented. "I was in the ing quartet every two years. "It leaves
Daily Arts Writer comes down to is personal lives and right place at the right time as a stu- something meaningful to continue
Robert Marsh of the Chicago Sun- being gone so much ... We gave our- dent." after the quartet ends," Dunham said. -
Times said it best: "Critics are sup- selves 18 months to set the finish in Dunham has been playing cham- With the abundance of chamber 4:

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posed to avoid superlatives, so I shall
not call the Cleveland Quartet the
best in the business, although I cannot
CLEVELAND
QUARTET
When: Sunday at 4 p.m.
Where: Rackham
Auditorium
Tickets: $32, $30, $26, $20
Call 764-2538 for information.
name a finer group." This sentiment
has prevailed for 26 years, during
which this multi-award winning en-
semble has earned a prestigious inter-
national reputation. So why then,
when they appear to have the world at
their feet, have its musicians decided
to call it quits?
"Well, it's a very complicated and
long story," said the group's violist,

order."
Cleveland, the site of the group's
formation, will appropriately be the
location of its final concert when the
quartet comes full circle at the end of
1995. Violinist William Preucil will
leave in April to become concertmas-
ter of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Dunham looks forward to
stretching his boundaries beyond the
realm of chamber music. "I don't
have anything lined up in particular
but I'm hoping to be more active in
things besides string quartet play-
ing, which I've been doing for al-
most 25 years."
Before he joined the Cleveland
ranks in 1987, Dunham played in
the Sequoia string quartet, which he
formed with several of his faculty
members at the California Institute
of the Arts when he was still a stu-
dent. "Sometimes these things find

ber music professionally long
enough to be able to reflect on how
the scene has changed, or how it
hasn't. Audiences, he said, are just
as passionate about the music as
ever. What differs is the sheer num-
ber of musicians in the field. "Thirty
years ago there were a handful of
groups that were doing all of the
playing. Since that time there has
just been a blossoming of active
professional chamber groups."
Dunham should know. He and his
colleagues are recognized as master
teachers as well as players, and have
guided the careers of many young
quartets and soloists. "We're very
strong believers in young musicians,
and of young people in every area.
There's a lot of vitality and talent."
To prove this, the quartet is creat-
ing an endowment that will create
income to be distributed to a promis-

groups, is there a shortfall of audi-
ence members? "It's not a huge audi-
ence but it never has been and it's not
designed for that anyway," Dunham
commented. Though he doesn't be-
lieve the artform is dying out, Dunham
recognized the importance of encour-
aging people of all ages and interests
to be exposed to classical music.
"That's why we love coming to cam-
puses like yours and talking to people
like you," he told me, "just to make
sure that people understand that it is
not the elitist form it's often per-
ceived to be."
Sunday's concert will include
works by Schubert, Turina and
Dvorak. The quartet will be joined by
renowned klezmer clarinetist Giora
Feidman in "The Dreams and Prayers
of Isaac the Blind," newly composed
by Osvaldo Golijov and commis-
sioned in part by the University Mu-

sical Society.
The foresighted quartet members
are deeply committed to the perfor-
mance of new music. At the same
time they both specialize in the pre-
sentation of works centuries old and
act as musical gurus, teaching and
encouraging promising players.

Though the future will not include the
Cleveland Quartet for much longer,
the quartet will have left a legacy for
others to further. Said Dunham, "We
love what it is we do and anybody
who loves what they do wants to
make sure it keeps happening ... they
best music talks to your heart."

Feel Widespread Panic as it fills the Michigan Theater

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By Aaron Ruppert
For the Daily
Over the past eight years, Wide-
spread Panic has developed from oneof
the most promising new American rock
bands into one of the country's greatest
live bands, as anyone who caught them
on the 1992 or 1993 H.O.R.D.E. tour
can attest.
"We had aTV and a band. That's all
we needed," said singer-guitarist John
Bell of the group's time spent hanging
around the University of Georgia in
their early days. Widespread has fol-
lowed an obscure path since Bell and
guitarist Michael Houser met in col-
lege, starting the band with bassistDave
Schools and drummer Todd Nance,
then enlisting percussionist Domingo

S. OrtizandkeyboardistJohn Hermann.
It was February of 1987 when the band
got their first real gig at some club in
Athens, Georgia.
WIDESPREAD
PANIC
Where: Michigan Theater
Tickets: $15,50 and
$12.50 in advance'
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
When asked about how the band
managed to maintain their integrity
through the here-today, gone-tomor-
row music of the '80s, Bell recounted
the group's philosophy.
"I think that in all decades there's

Here's Widespread Panic filling their rusty old car. In fact, everywhere
they go, widespread panic follows. Maybe it's because there's just so
darn many of them, or maybe it's because they're so darn cool. At any
rate, check out their jam-based Southern-fried rock. It's yummy.

always been some good stuff cookin'
along with a lot of the media-main-
stream garbage. And then there's us,
who I think are kind of typical of the
musical communication that's been
going down through the ages. People
want to get together, listen to each other
and play off each other. We represent
the notion behind trying new stuff and
trusting the other guys in the band, you
know, follow, lead, follow, run-around
Widespread Panic has gained
much of its recent success due to their
latest album, "Ain't Life Grand."
MTV picked up the album's first
single, "Can't Get High," and radio
stations nationwide eagerly wel-
comed it. Bell couldn't say exactly
why the band is beginning to break
through after eight years of touring
without a Top 40 hit until now. "We're
doing what we've always been do-
ing. I feel good about the progression
of our albums because every one has
been more of a group effort. We push
the songs in the studio as far as the
inspiration will take us. Still, it's just
a snapshot. That's what an album is.
The songs continue to grow as we
play them."

"Mostly we're pretty true to the
notion ofspontaneity," said Bell, whose
group juggles upwards of 100 songs on
tour, playing most of them over the
courseof fourorfive shows. "It's alittle
presumptuous to make a set list, be-,
cause we don't know what's going to be
appropriate for the moment," he ex-
plained.
When questioned about the current
profusion of 'neo-hippie' bands, Bell
professed his appreciation for their
music. "So much of the integrity that
we were taught from growing up with 0
the Rolling Stones and the Beatles has
bred this group of bands, including
Phish, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews
Band, Soul Hat, you name it. They
understand the notion of staying true to
their music or philosophy, whatever it
is. A lot of these bands are really not
posers; they're working the music,"
Bell insisted.
"For us, it's most important now to
stay cool and be yourself on stage," Bell
concluded, "so that when people come
to the shows out.of curiosity we do the
right thing andjustgive 'em what we've
been doing all along. You sleep well at
night knowing what you did came from
the heart."

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