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April 15, 1998
'Benefit pearesafor Night
Dy Jewel Gopwan
Daly Arts Writer
They say it is better to give than to
receive. Monday nights concert at the
U-Club to benefit Take Back the Night
was an evening full of giving.
e'he Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center sponsored the event,
and gave time and effort to bring local
bands together to support the cause.
Supporters gave a $5 cover to con-
tribute to Saturday's Take Back the
Night rally and the musicians, Lisa
Hunter and Plaidipus, gave diverse sets
The Ann Arbor
a Coalition on Rape
Lisa Hunter is the sponsor for
Benefit for Take Back the
Take Back the Night. As a mem-
Night er of this coali-
ani13U 5 tion, SAPAC
hosted the benefit
to raise money for
rr Anna Philips, a
SAPAC and mas-
ter of ceremonies,
said she was
excited about Lisa Hunter playing the
She said that this Ann Arbor folk-
rock singer took an early interest in
By hristopher Tkaczyk
/ Performing Arts Editor
The most beautiful sound Stephen
Sodheim ever heard must have been
'the tinkling of the Maestro's genius fin-
gers upon the keys of some grnd piano
made even gmander by the hands that
touched it. Leonard Bernstein was the
definitive American musician of this
century. Having composed music for
almost very field possible, Bernstein
%p a nmaster at his craft - whether
Oting for opera, musical theater,
dance or simply classical composition.
He created an ema and mentored many
Bernstein's greatest contribution to
American culture is "West Side Storythe
modem musical version of Shakespeare's
"Romeo and Juliet:' While the
Shakespearean themes of good and evil
and love and hate
not only in the
West Side musical, but in
Story today's society as
Power enter well, Bernstein
Tonight through aledthman
Satray at a pom; lg of the story by
Sua at 2 yi. adding a dash of
racism to the
against the Puerto
added a great
depth to the conflict of the dooned love
story. Because of the existing race rela-
ions within Manhattan during tie '0s,
the story not only seemed real, it seemed
a likely possibility of actually happening.
Everyone knows at least one song
from "West Side Story." It is a jewel in
the treasure chest of American art. With
~ch. classic gems as "Maria'
Wvonight," and "Somewhere;' the musi-
eal has provided American music with
some of the greatest songs ever written.
The School of Music's musical the-
ater department is presenting "West
Side Story" this weekend as the closing
"We met her at another benefit con-
cert (for the State Street Poetry Project
in February), and she was interested in
our organization'" Phillips said. "She
is really concerned about violence
against women and she really wants to
Hunter, who graduated from the
University in 1992, began the evening
with her folk-rock stylings. On stage,
with just her guitar, the singer/song-
writer played a quality set of tunes
from her first album, "Solid Ground,"
and from her next album "Flying;' due
Aside from the music, the best part
of Hunter's set was the stories she told.
Revealing the inspiration behind each
song, Hunter let the audience visit the
psyche of a songwriter. The topics of
her songs, which include her family,
friends, relationships and her experi-
ences at the University, made Hunter's
lyrics easy to relate to.
That made the crowd enjoy the show
even more. "The show was pretty
cool," LSA sophomore Samantha
Mathers said. "Lisa really tried to par-
tieipate with the audience.
Perhaps the most touching song of
her set was "Storm." Lisa told the
audience that he co-wrote the song
with a survivor of domestic violence.
Singing to a captivated audience,
Hunter used her performance to bring
the cause to the forefront,
Because Hunter is an interactive
musician, she encouraged audience
participation. This was a slight chal-
lenge for the quiet crowd, which was in
awe of her performance.
Nonetheless, Hunter enjoyed the
benefit. "Doing the show for SAPAC
makes it that much more special,'
Hunter said. "The crowd was really
open and accepting. I felt very wel-
Hunter played a powerful set, mix-
ing music, stories and the cause, also
generating a positive vibe for the next
Plaidipus offered a different
sound. A little louder, this instru-
mental funk outfit, took the crowd by
surprise. Once the audience got used
to the volume, they were able to
enjoy the fun-loving jam rock of
Proudly wearing a Phish T-shirt, the
drummer revealed the band's obvious
influence. Particularly in songs like
"Two," "Tenmporary'" and the jams
that occurred between them,
Plaidipus showed off it's quality musi-
"I thought it was a really good show
for a good cause;' said Chris Zaranski,
an Engineering senior. "Both of the
acts were great."
Although the music was impressive,
Lisa Hunter performed Monday night at a Benefit for Take Back the Night, sponsored by SAPAC.
whether it was folk-rock or funk-rock a sound system and permits," said performance by the Emily Berry
on stage, the idea of Take Back the Phillips. Dance Company and a march around
Nighrt always canme through as the The funding is necessary for campus.
mnain reasont for the benefit. Saturday's rally to Take Back the For anyone would like to con-
"The rally is going to cost roughly Night. tribute to Take Back the Night,
$1,5011. That includes the speakers The event, will begin at 7 p.m., and SAPAC is accepting donations at its
featured itn the rally, insurance costs, will feature numerous speakers, us office in West Quad.
James Luxton and Adriene Daigneault are Tony and Maria In "West Side Story."
production of its annual season.
Directed by Prof. Gary Bird, "West Side
Story" will showcase the talents of
many students, including those of
James Luxton, a Music junior and
Adriene Daignaeult, a Music senior,
who play Tony and Maria.
Prof. Bird "has described this show
as being an abstract impressionistic
interpretation of the classic musical;'
"It focuses on the way in which one
brush stroke can represent more than
itself and expand what reality is,
Because of the music and all of it's
rhythms, there's more to it than just any
specific stroke,' he explained.
"In preparation for rehearsals, Gary
had us do an animal study. We had so
pick an animal and act oat our roles in
our animnal selves. We weren't sup-
posed to think our lines, hut respond
as if we were our animals. Is was a
form of experimentation that allowed
us to physicalize the acting instead of
internalizing it. In many acting class-
es actors are taught to internalize
their emotions. For this show, we had
so physicalize it because of the
demands of the choreography;'
Jerome Robbins' original choreogra-
phy is given new life by visiting
Broadway performer Mark Esposito.
Esposito has appeared in the recent
Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls;'
"Jerome Robbins' Broadway:' and the
national tour of "Damn Yankees:'
"West Side Story" will he accompa-
nied by a group of student musicians
under the direction of Kevin Sedatole,
who also serves as the director for the
Michigan Marching Band.
About his role, Luxton explained the
admimation he has for Tony. "Every male
tenor sings 'Maria' in studio or showcas-
es. hut not that many have the opportuni-
ty to actually perform it in an uactual pro-
duction. I'm really excited to he able to
get this chance:' Luxton said.
"The song I love most is 'Maria.' I's
a tritotne, one of the most atonal things
to Westerno music. It just repeats over
and over again. It's important because
this song is the very word and the very
woman he dies for;' Luxton said.
As with almost every nmusical theater
production on campus, the regular per-
fonmances of 'West Side Story" have
Fortunately, the powers-that-bc have
decided to open tonight's dress
rehearsal so the public for reduced tick-
Reduced-priced student tickets for
tonight's dress rehearsal of "West Side
Story" are available at the League
Ticket Office for $5. All other perfiur-
nmances have sold out. Cull 763-0450
for more information.
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