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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 1, 1999 -- 9
vUAnnual Choral Union features DSO

By Jeff Glogower
For the Daily
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs a
controversial piece from the former Soviet

I

Union that spea
Detroit
Symphony
Orchestra
Hill Auditorium
Monday at 4 p.m.
performancesi
Leiferkus, theI
and the UMS

aks out against its government's
policies for the first time
in Ann Arbor on Sunday.
This continues a tradi-
tion of musical excellence
I when the University
Musical Society holds its
121st Annual Choral
Union. This year's perfor-
mance features the DSO.
The DSO, under musical
direction of renowned con-
ductor Neeme Jarvi, will
be performing
Shostakovich's Symphony
No. 13 (also known as
"Babi Yar"). Other guest
include Bass-Baritone Sergei
Estonian National Male Choir
Choral Union. Cabarat Artist

Andrea Marcovicci will be providing entertain-
ment for the Season Opening Dinner following
the concert.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is interna-
tionally known with recordings being distrib-
uted all over the world. Recently, they toured
through Europe and Japan. In addition to
worldwide recordings and tours, the DSO also
broadcasts their concerts on more than 560
radio stations to about one million people who
tune in each week.
Their musical director, Neeme Jarvi, joined
the DSO in 1990 as their i1th director. Jarvi is
internationally acclaimed as well, having over
350 recordings, making him one of the world's
most recorded conductors. He has performed
for the UMS eight times already.
The feature performance will be of
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13, ("Babi
Yar"), being performed by The Estonian
National Male Choir and the UMS Choral
Union. This piece has a very interesting histo-
ry. It was inspired by a poem written by
Yevgeny Yevtushenko. The poem protested

against anti-Semitism and the murder of the
Jewish People by the Nazis during W \brld War
II.
Shostakovich utilized this theme and com-
posed "Babi Yar" as a way to speak out against
the Soviet Governments policies during the
Cold War. This created some controversy as the
government tried to keep this piece from ever
being performed. The "Babi Yar" was per-
formed anyhow, and it received an amazing
ovation from the audience. This marks the
first-ever performance of the Symphony No.
13 in Ann Arbor.
Other performances will include Estonian
composer Eugen Kapp's "Nordic Coast" and
Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, Op. 40.
Immediately following the performance, the
UMS Advisory Committee will be hosting the
annual season opening dinner at the Michigan
League.
At the dinner, Andrea Marcovicci will be
providing entertainment with a piece called,
"I'll Be Seeing You: Love Songs from World
War II."

Courtesy of ABC
st of "Oh, Grow Up."
eh, Grow
Jp' )needs
imne to

Courtesy of UMS
Neeme Jarvi directs the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Weak acting destroys 'Family Law'

row up

By Meredith Love
For thie Daily

3WlIy Watchowski
'the Daily

As apart of the new fall line-up,
"Family Law" premiered Monday

It appears promising, funny even
"Three men who don't miss their
ildhood because they never left it:"
bower viewing the seriespremier of
row Up," a new comedy by
riter/producer Alan Bael, it is clear
at this show needs to take its own
vice if it plans to survive into adult-
)od.
The scenario is a popular one among

Family
Law
*
CBS
Mondays at 10 p.m.

night on CBS.
The story line is
set around Lynn
Holt, played by
Kathleen Quilian
(Apollo 13).
Lynn is a suc-
cessful woman in
her forties, who
owns a successful
law firm in part-
nership with her
husband and is a
loving mother of
two. This perfect
world is turned

willing to stay and work on their fail-
ing marriage. To add insult to injury,
Lynn arrives at the office the next day
only to discover her husband has
moved out of the firm to begin his own
practice. He takes along with him most
of the associates, clients and their
files. So, to survive Lynn must now
rebuild her family, her career and basi-
cally her life.
The first order of business is to find
new associates. As a result of this
search, she stumbles on the unlikely
pair of Randi King (Dixie Carter) and
Rex Weller (Chris McDonald). King is
an aggressive southern belle dedicated
to the destruction of Lynn's husband
and male species in general. Weller on
the other hand, is the classic scumbag
lawyer, who will ultimately reach any
low in the name of the almighty dollar.
"Family Law" has an appealing plot,

however, the performance of the actors,
range from being melodramatic at some
points to completely dead at others.
For instance, the only breakdown the
main character experiences includes a
striptease to prove how she has stayed
in wonderful shape for her husband
despite her age, after which sheis com-
pletely able to handle the stress of other
cases and the care of her children, who
also magically bounce back without so
much as a teardrop. Maybe age played a
role in the show's appeal; because I kept
having to resist the urge to turn on
"Road Rules."

UM School of MUSK Dept otfTheatre & Drwa
escape Fr
a quirky comedy by 0' happn e O
George F. Walker
One family's BIZARRE struggle
to hold on for dear life.
this play contains adult language and themes
Octber 7 - 9, 14 - 16 at 8pm
ctober 10 & 17 at 2pm
Trueblood Theatre
Tickets are $14 * Students $7 with ID
League Ticket Office 734-764-0450

Grow
Up
ABC
edriesdays at 9:30 p.m.

prime time sit-
coms: three guys
living, learning,
and laughing in
an apartment
located in (where
else?) New York.
While the
"Friends" image
is the first to
come to mind, the
illusion is quickly
dispelled as the
lives of these for-
mer college
roommates, an

upside down when her husband
Michael announces that he is no longer

Pixie Anne Pennwright
Spokescritic * Club Diva . Milk Drinker

fe and a paternally deprived
piager begin to unravel and inter-
-ine creating a world that is a public
'rVice announcement for the Peter Pan
yfndrome and the damaging affects of
ega on the human brain.
The cast consists largely of
61lywood unknowns, who despite
ir over-enthusiastic characterization
monstrate a group chemistry, which
.a provide the foundation upon
'l4 this comedy could grow. First
ere is Ford (John Ducey), a newly
ut-of the-closet homosexual who
cently hit his oblivious wife Suzanne
ena Sofer) with the door on the way
ut. 'While "dissolving" his marriage,
e moves in with his long time bache-
" buddies who have lived together for
ecades on the opposite side of the city.
Norris (David Alan Basche) is a for-
er medical supply salesman who
l ons his career to channel his
as ion and try his luck as an artist.
unter (Stephen Dunham), on the
ther hand, is a middle aged playboy
lho divides his time between running
construction company and engaging
particularly loud bedroom
sc ades forcing his roommates to
vest in earplugs. The men live har-
oniously in their pubescent world of
1-1e- dudes" and Sega tournaments
their dog Mom (Can you say
edipal complex?) runs a sarcastic
ommentary via subtitles.
Everything appears to be going
ther smoothly until Hunter's 18-year-
Id daughter Chloe (Niesha Trout),
oon to be a student at New York
niversity, decides to drop in. This pre-
ents two problems. First, it is revealed
at Hunter is 35, somehow a disturb-
ng fact after witnessing his pathetic
ttapts to recapture the essence of his
ood. Secondly, but likely not sur-
risingly to the already disillusioned
udience, Hunter does not know he has
daughter. Yet, with her quick wit and
arcastic but sweet persona, Chloe,
hough only a teenager, is a spark of
aturity and humor in a world rampant
ith mid-life crisis. It is she who pre-
ents a character with whom the audi-
nce can sympathize, literally, as she
;tgles to find herself while also par-
tn ng her father and his roommates
vho act more like her peers than her
Iders:
While the potential is there, the
choolboy nature of "Oh Grow Up"
eeds to do exactly that. In a time slot
here it is competing with some of

The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF Music
FACULTY/GUEST RECITAL
Friday, October 1
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., 8:00pm.
Faculty: Yizhak Schotten, viola; Katherine Collier, piano
Guests: Simon Wynberg, guitar; Ester Noh, violin
Tom Landschoot, violoncello
Arianna String Quartet
*Paganini: Quartet #15 for Viola, Guitar, Violin, and Cello
*W.A. Mozart: Quintet in A, K. 581 for Viola and String Quartet
*R. Schumann: Piano Quintet in E Flat, Op.44
OCTUBAFEST
Saturday, October 2
McIntosh Theatre, E.V. Moore Bldg., 8:00pm.
UM Euphonium and Tuba Students, Solos and Duets
Jazz duet by two tuba students who will also double on piano
and guitar; Gillingham "Vintage", Newton "Capriccio",
Broughton "Sonata", Scottish folk song "Carrick Fergus",
Schumann "Adagio and Allegro", Luedeke "Wonderland Duets"
(Narration by Fritz Kaenzig), Baroque and Classical duets.
GUEST MASTERCLASS
CHRISTIAN LINBERG, TROMBONE
Monday, October 4
Cady Room, Stearns Bldg., 12 noon
Linberg is a Swedish trombone virtuoso, recording artist and
composer who has premiered 69 trombone concerti. Has per-
formed the Haydn Trombone Concerto with the London Philharmonic
and Mozart Concerto with the Prague Symphony.
GUEST MASTERCLASS: WILLIAM WESTNEY, PIANO
Monday, October 4
McIntosh Theatre, E.V. Moore Bldg., 7:00pm.
A refreshing, innovative workshop that looks at performance from a
different point of view focusing on how the performer communicates
to his/her audience.
OCTUBAFEST
Monday, October 4
Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Bldg., 8:00pm.
UM Euphonium and Tuba Students, Solos and Duets
Music of a variety of styles and eras.
UNIVERSITY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Monday, October 4
Hill Auditorium, 8:00pm.
Kenneth Kiesler, Conductor -
- Copland's Appalacian Spring * Beethoven's Symphony #4
UNIVERSITY PH1LHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
Tuesday, October 5
Hill Auditorium, 8:00pm.
Rossen Milanov, Conductor (UM debut performance)
- Wagner's Overture to Die Meistersinger
* Haydn's Symphony No.103 (Drum Roll)
- Stravinsky's Le Chant du Rossignol
FACULTY RECITAL: ANTHONY ELLIOT, CELLO
Friday, October 8

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